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Work With Us

Feeling unwell is frustrating, exhausting, and defeating—especially when you can’t pinpoint the cause. That’s where we come in. No one should have to do this alone, so let’s work together to address the root cause of your health concerns so you can get your life back.

What Makes Us Different

There are a lot of integrative functional medicine doctors, nurses, health coaches, practitioners, etc. out there. So, why work with us?

Firstly, every member of our team was hand-chosen by our medical director, Dr. Maren, based on the following criteria:

  • A strong foundation in conventional medicine, including education, training, and hands-on experience
  • Formal training in Functional Medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • A track-record of success in practicing root cause medicine
  • Personal experience healing using integrative functional medicine (our team has some pretty impressive stories to tell!)
  • An empathetic and compassionate approach to patient care

In a nutshell: we’re conventionally-trained, experienced medical professionals who have adopted integrative functional medicine as our primary system of care. 

We believe in what we do, not just because we’ve studied and observed it, but because we’ve healed ourselves and helped hundreds of patients using this approach. 

We believe in your innate ability to heal too, and we’re here to help.

What to expect when you become a patient

The minimum commitment to start working with our team begins with a 3 month program. This includes an initial case review with Dr. Maren followed by a review of findings, where Dr. Maren creates your custom treatment protocol and roadmap to healing.

We’ll check comprehensive labs such as a complete thyroid panel, nutrient levels, inflammatory markers, autoimmune markers etc. and you’ll have access to additional specialty functional medicine testing for gut health, food sensitivities, hormones, mold toxicity, heavy metals, and more.

Patients who continue working with our team will have regular follow ups over the next year with our providers to review your progress, re-assess lab work, tweak your program, and answer questions.

Programs also include complimentary holistic nutrition support with our Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (CNTP) for a custom nutrition plan and coaching.

You can expect ongoing support and secure portal messaging with our team between visits (remember, you’re not in this alone!) and virtual consultations to help keep you on track (no matter how busy life gets!).

You’ll have a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and test results, with access to discounted pharmaceutical-grade supplements, as well as prescription drug management (when indicated).

Patients also get access to exclusive patient education materials, tools, and resources to keep you motivated and empowered to heal.

How To Get Started Working With Us

Step 1: Review our website and the information on this page to get a feel for how we approach your care

Step 2: Apply to become a patient by completing this form. Why the application? Because we want to make sure we’re a good match and can provide the care you’re looking for before setting up/billing for a consult

Step 3: Keep an eye on your email (and be sure to check all of your inbox folders)… we’ll be in touch about the next steps in your journey back to health, which starts with a brief discovery call to answer questions and discuss our program in detail before your initial case review is scheduled with Dr. Maren.

Please note: because of medical licensure laws our team is only able to work with patients in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas at this time.

What Our Patients Have to Say

Frequently Asked Questions
Why programs?

Programs help us to be able to care for patients in the way they deserve, and attend to their needs between visits.

In our clinical experience, achieving optimal health is easier when: 

      • We have regular support and access to help

      • We don’t feel alone

      • We can get our questions answered sooner

      • We get consistent feedback to see what’s working (or not) and why the changes being made matter

      • We achieve our health goals faster

More time with patients and consistent visits ensures everyone gets the personalized care and attention they need to address their health concerns at the root cause.

Can you see patients outside of Colorado, Michigan or Texas?

No. At this time, we can only accept patients in the states where Dr. Maren is a fully licensed physician, which is Colorado, Michigan and Texas.

Medical licensure laws still apply when patients are seen virtually over telemedicine.

Live outside of these states? Our nutritionist may be able to help. Contact us directly for details.

How does telemedicine work?
We know that fitting in self care is a challenge. Telemedicine is a modern day solution that makes getting good care more convenient… No waiting in a doctor’s office and less time away from work and family.

Our practice was built to facilitate virtual consultations, and connecting with patients remotely is easy. There’s no need for fancy software on your end, as long as you’re comfortable with using the internet and communicating online.

Once your appointment is confirmed, you’ll receive a link via email. You’ll also be able to access this link in your secure patient portal. Shortly before the visit start time, please join your appointment by clicking the link (make sure your audio and video are enabled).

Lab orders, lab results, supplement recommendations, actionable plans and handouts will all be readily available from your secure patient portal. Functional medicine lab kits and supplements can be shipped directly to your house, and prescriptions can be sent to your local pharmacy. You’ll have direct access to our team through portal messaging between visits.

Initial consultations are done via secure video, and follow ups can be by phone or secure video.
How can new patients can schedule a consultation?

If you’re interested in becoming a new patient, the first step is to apply online. You’ll then receive a link via email to schedule a call with our clinic to make sure it’s a good fit.

What symptoms and issues do you treat?

Dr. Maren is best known for her work in thyroid, gut, autoimmune, and reproductive/ preconception health. Our team also has first hand knowledge of mold toxicity, and can support you in addressing weight loss, aging, food sensitivities, optimizing your health during pregnancy, and sports performance.

That said, we work with a wide variety of patients, some of whom are looking to optimize their health and others with specific health concerns.

That’s why we recommend applying to become a patient, so we can review your needs and expectations. If it looks like we may have a fit, we’ll reach out to schedule a complementary discovery call to answer your questions and ensure we’re the right providers for you.

Some commonly addressed conditions include: 

        • Allergies

        • Autoimmune Disease

        • Cardiovascular disorders (hypertension, high cholesterol)

        • Celiac Disease

        • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

        • Depression and Anxiety

        • Diabetes and Pre-diabetes

        • Digestive Disorders (IBS, SIBO, candida overgrowth, parasites, IBD, reflux, H. Pylori)

        • Environmental Toxins

        • Fatigue

        • Food Allergies and Sensitivities

        • Gluten Sensitivity

        • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

        • Hormonal Disorders (PCOS, low libido, PMS, irregular cycles, menopause, etc)

        • Hypothyroidism

        • Infections (acute and chronic low-grade such as Candidiasis etc.)

        • Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

        • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

        • Leaky Gut

        • Mercury and Heavy Metal Toxicity

        • Metabolic Syndrome (pre-diabetes, insulin resistance)

        • Migraines and Headaches

        • Mold and Mycotoxins

        • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

        • Nutrient Deficiencies

        • Optimal health

        • Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Health

        • Sleep Disorders (insomnia)

        • Skin Disorders (acne, eczema, psoriasis)

        • Stress-related Conditions and Adrenal Disorders

        • Thyroid Disorders

        • Unexplained infertility

        • Weight or Metabolism Concerns

How is a Functional Medicine approach different?

Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and addresses the root causes of disease in order to restore function and promote optimal wellness.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, we as practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. We may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions.

We rely on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverage that data to direct personalized treatment plans.

The Institute for Functional Medicine sets the gold standard for Functional Medicine education and training. Dr. Maren and our providers are Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioners (IFMCP).

Just what is functional medicine and why do some DOs gravitate to it? Dr. Maren was honored to be featured in this article from the American Osteopathic Association.

What is your nutrition approach?

We have a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner on our team because we believe that food has the power to either heal us or harm us, and that a healthy diet is the foundation of good health.

 

There’s no one-size-fits-all in nutrition, so personalized coaching and education is important.

 

Our nutritionist helps patients figure out their unique nutritional needs while transforming everyday food into medicine.

 

She utilizes a science end evidence based nutrition approach which takes into account your health goals, health history, and food preferences while using functional nutrition tools to uncover things like food sensitivities, digestive health issues, and genetic variations which directly impact nutrient levels and your current state of health.

 

By taking this whole-person approach, she’s able to craft a custom and practical nutrition plan that not only makes clients feel great in body and mind, but creates the ideal conditions for healing chronic disease and creating long-term health.

 

No extreme dieting. No arbitrary one-size-fits-all way of eating. No weird meal replacement snack or bars to buy. Just a clear path to a nourishing, fulfilling, and healing relationship with the real foods your body (truly) craves.

Do you accept insurance, Medicare or Medicaid?

We do not contract with any insurance companies, and Dr. Maren is not a participating provider in Medicaid or Medicare. This lets us provide the best care possible without the red tape.

On request we will provide an itemized receipt with ICD-10 codes, which you may submit for reimbursement. We encourage you to call the customer care number on your insurance card to find out if your plan covers an “out of network” doctor.

Many of our patients use pre-tax dollars from a Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for consultations and/or lab fees.

You can read more about why we do not bill insurance directly here.

 
What specialty labs do you order?

Our providers order a comprehensive diagnostic panel through conventional labs like Quest or LabCorp. This includes a full thyroid panel, autoimmune markers, metabolic markers, nutrients, etc.



We’ll also recommend specialized functional laboratory testing such as urine organic acids (OAT), comprehensive stool testing, hormones, food sensitivities, mold/mycotoxins, heavy metals and others. We have accounts with Great Plains Labs, Precision Analytical/DUTCH,  Diagnostic Solutions/GI Map, Doctor’s Data, Genova, CYREX, RealTime Labs and others.

How much do labs cost?

Conventional labs (Quest, LabCorp, CPL) can bill insurance directly – this should be done at your discretion, and we encourage you to call the customer care number on your insurance card to make sure you are using an in-network lab. We have negotiated cash pay rates through Quest for patients who are not billing through insurance, or for Medicare patients.

 

Functional medicine labs are largely cash-pay, but we offer the ability to bill through insurance when possible. Costs are transparent and we will discuss pricing of these labs during your visit, as they will require an investment on your part. Most patients invest an average of $500-$1500 in advanced lab testing at their initial visit.

Can I share prior labs with you?
Yes! If you would like to share recent labs with us, please upload them to your online chart under the ‘Labs & Documents’ tab of the portal. Click on the pink button “UPLOAD NEW DOCUMENT.” Please upload relevant labs as a single report vs one page at a time. If you are doing this from home, you can utilize an app like TurboScan to create a multiple page PDF and upload that directly from your computer. You may also fax them to (303) 351-1100. Please do not mail hard copies to the office.
What about vitamins and supplements?

For almost everyone, supplements are an important aspect of the treatment plan. We will work together to develop a clear and specific supplement plan based on your unique needs – with consideration given to digestion/absorption, nutrigenomics, micronutrient deficiencies, etc.

Which means: we’ll tell you exactly which vitamins or supplements you need (or don’t need).

You’ll have discounted access to prescription quality supplements that will be delivered directly to your home. We only recommend personally vetted companies with the highest quality standards and 3rd party testing.

When you order supplements through my dispensaries, you will get a significant discount from MSRP. However, you should still budget $200-300 for the cost of supplements during the first few months of treatment.

Do you prescribe medications?

Yes. Our providers prescribe all types of thyroid hormones, medications to treat gut infections, Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), and others.

 

We will try to minimize prescription medication whenever possible, and use safer alternatives when they exist. However, prescription medications are sometimes warranted, and we will recommend them when they are in your best interest.

 

Based on the nature of our practice, we do not prescribe any controlled substances, or manage prescriptions like blood pressure medications.

How do I contact your office with questions?

Any urgent or emergent needs should be addressed by going to urgent care or calling 911 in the case of a true emergency.

Once you’ve applied online to become a new patient, you’ll receive a link to schedule a call with our team.

Please reach out to us if you have additional questions or wish to communicate with someone prior to scheduling.

Email is the best and most efficient way to contact us. You can reach us directly at admin@drchristinemaren.com.

If you wish to call, our phone number is (303) 704-4487. If we are unable to pick up your phone call, please leave a message and our office staff will do our best to respond within 1-2 business days.

If you are a current patient, please communicate through the secure patient portal.

Please note: the office is not open on nights, weekends or holidays.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please be courteous and provide at least 48 business hours (2 business days) notice for all cancelled or rescheduled appointments. This helps ensure that we can run an efficient and effective practice, and meet the needs of other patients who are waiting to get an appointment.

There is a fee associated with no shows, cancellations or rescheduled appointments made within 48 business hours of your original appointment time.

 

The new patient deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited if you cancel. Should you need to reschedule, this deposit can be applied to a future visit if you reschedule at least 48 business hours prior to your original appointment time.

 

You may reschedule your appointment through the patient portal up to 72 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment. For cancellations, please call the office at (303) 704-4487 or email admin@drchristinemaren.com.

Can you be my Primary Care Physician (PCP)?

Although Dr. Maren is board-certified in family medicine, she specializes in functional medicine and our practice structure does not allow us to be available at the level of acuity necessary for a primary care practice.

 

Our providers are functional medicine consultants, and we require you to maintain a primary care physician (PCP) for routine screening exams such as pap smears, colonoscopies, prostate exams, etc. and for urgent situations requiring immediate care or hospitalization.

 

We are happy to work collaboratively with your PCP and/or specialists and we ask that you continue these relationships.

Do you see children?

We see adolescents and older children on a limited basis. Please contact us so we can tell you if we are a good fit, or point you in the right direction.

Should I check a Nutrition Genome test?
If you are interested in a more customized plan for supplements, testing and nutrition, we highly recommend the Nutrition Genome DNA Kit. This report looks at nutrigenomics, which is the study of how foods affect our genes, and how genetic differences affect the way we respond to food. You can order this test yourself here. Be aware that results often take 5-6 weeks.
What happens if I get pregnant during my program?

Since we specialize in fertility and preconception health this happens all the time! Although we cannot replace your OBGYN, midwife, or birth team we can still work with you to help optimize your health, create a custom prenatal nutrition program, and manage certain conditions.

That said, there are certain protocols we will put on hold while you’re pregnant. For example, deep detoxification and certain medications and supplements are not appropriate during pregnancy.

This is a perfect time to invest fully in your health, nutrition, and overall well-being and we’d love to be a part of your journey!

Can I work with you if I'm breastfeeding?

Absolutely (and between our team we’ve breastfed a whole lot of babies)! As with pregnancy, we’d just approach your case a little differently by avoiding deep detoxification, focusing in on optimizing nutrition for lactation and postpartum recovery, and staying away from contraindicated supplements, medications, etc.

The season of breastfeeding and postpartum can be a challenging one for body, mind, and spirit. And our risk of certain ailments, such as thyroid disease and nutrient deficiencies, actually increases. Thus, we highly recommend taking extra care of yourself during this phase…and we’d love to help you do just that.

Can you help address health issues associated with mold exposure?

Yes. We do testing for urine mycotoxins and fungal overgrowth through various companies like Great Plains Lab and Real Time Labs. We also have first hand experience working with mold inspectors/ remediators and interpreting environmental testing such as ERMI (but do not replace the need for a qualified environmental inspector/mediator). In general our approach is to help decolonize gut, sinus etc and then work on detoxification.