Once you are an established patient, most follow up visits will be scheduled for phone or video conferencing (a secure form of Skype). You can use the patient portal to request an appointment, update questionnaires, upload labs and documents. If you have questions about this, don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are now booking in-person consultations in the Detroit metropolitan area. We are also thrilled to offer new patients in Michigan, Texas & Colorado the option to establish care virtually via telehealth.
Prior to your initial visit I will review your new patient forms and questionnaires. It is best to fill these out before your visit because they will take some thought and research on your part. Please complete them at least 2 days prior to your visit so that I have time to review. You will be able to complete these in the patient portal after you have registered as a new patient.
The initial consultation fee includes time spent reviewing paperwork before and after your visit. I will spend 60-90 minutes with you reviewing your current health concerns and discussing your personal and family history in detail. This includes a review of any previous lab work. Please upload copies of all recent lab work to your portal. If you are being seen in-person, it is best to bring all medications and supplements with you so that we can evaluate them more thoroughly. If you are being seen virtually, please have these nearby. I will recommend lab workup and give you an actionable, detailed plan following your visit.
We will schedule a follow up 2 weeks after the initial consultation to review the conventional lab results. At that time, I will make more specific recommendations in terms of medications, supplements and diet. Please note that most follow up visits will be scheduled for phone or video conferencing (a secure form of Skype).
Another follow up is scheduled 6 weeks from the initial visit to review functional medicine labs, evaluate progress and make adjustments to your plan. This is based on an assumption that you can collect and submit your functional medicine lab kits within 2 weeks of your initial visit. If this is not possible, please let us know.
How often you follow up with me after that will depend on why you are being treated. Some healthy people see me only once a year for physical exam and screening tests. Many people who have more complex issues are seen more often depending on their condition. Follow up visits usually last 30-60 minutes depending on complexity and time to review lab work. There is a fee associated with all follow up visits, and you will be charged based on the time spent with the doctor.
*Fees do not include lab work. If you have insurance, some labs will bill your insurance directly. Others will be an out-of-pocket expense. We will discuss pricing of these labs and weigh costs vs. benefits, as they will require an investment on your part. Most patients invest an average of $500-$1500 in advanced lab testing.
Payment in full is expected at the time of service. Functional Medicine consultation services may or may not be covered by your insurance plan. I encourage you to call the customer care number on your insurance card to find out if your plan covers an ‘out of network’ doctor. I do not bill your insurance directly but will give you a receipt for services, which you may submit for reimbursement. I am not a participating provider in Medicaid or Medicare.
I am a functional medicine consultant working in conjunction with your current health care team. I ask that all patients have a primary care physician to cover for acute needs, routine care and screening (such as mammogram, colonoscopy, and pap smear).
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