Frequently Asked Questions
Will you be my primary care physician?
No, you will need to maintain your relationship with your primary care physician. I only provide integrative consults, not acute or primary care. I also want you to take full advantage of your insurance for covered services to keep your health care costs as affordable as possible.
My focus in on helping you heal by evaluating the root causes of illness and guiding you on your own path to wellness, which should complement the care you are already receiving from other providers.
I do not prescribe opiates, benzodiazepines or other controlled substances.
Is this alternative medicine?
I don't use the term "alternative medicine" to define what I do because it implies a rejection of conventional medicine. I have a deep foundation in understanding the body and disease because of my training in Family Medicine. Integrative medicine incorporates complementary health approaches that have evidence of benefit into mainstream health care.
I think our current system does not focus enough on the root cause of disease or on prevention and lifestyle. There is more to offer patients with chronic disease than just prescription medication and my Integrative Medicine training has given me more "tools in my toolbox".
What is Your insurance Policy?
This is an insurance-free practice. The insurance model rewards high volume quick visits and procedures, which is the exact opposite of the goals of integrative medicine. I want to spend time getting to know you and not have us feel rushed or that you do not have time to ask questions. You may want to check with your employer to see if you can use HSA funds to help offset the cost of your visits. I can supply you with a "superbill" with appropriate ICD-10 codes if you have commercial insurance so that you can submit it for possible out-of-network benefits. However, I will not be contacting insurance companies on your behalf.
By not taking insurance I am able to give you the personalized attention and time it takes to really address all the issues that may be impacting your health.
I do not participate with Medicare and Medicaid. I have "opted-out" which means that in order to see me you must sign a contract that states you will not seek reimbursement for any of my services.
How do I make an appointment?
First, schedule a free phone consultation on the contact page. You can learn more about me and how my practice works. This step is required to schedule to make sure we are a good fit for each other.
If you decide you would like to partner with me, I will send you a link to create a new patient chart. You will need to complete forms and a detailed questionnaire online prior to your appointment. My goal is to learn as much as possible about you so that I can develop a personalized integrative plan that addresses your whole health. You will be instructed on how to upload results of your recent tests into your own chart, so that I may review them. If needed, I will send you a release of records so that I may review any pertinent office notes, imaging, and testing that you may have had from other providers if you do not have access to that information.
Once I receive your medical records and a deposit for a new patient appointment you will be contacted to schedule your appointment.
What are your office hours?
I am available by appointment only. If you need to contact me, please call my office or send me an email, I will respond as soon as possible.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes. I require 3 business days advance notice of cancellation in order to refund your deposit.