What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interaction among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.
What Should I expect at the Initial Consultation?
At your initial consultation you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal health goals with a functional medicine provider. This will be an opportunity for you and our staff to identify if you are a good candidate for our services.
How much is the initial consultation?
The initial consultation is $299.
Should I bring anything with me to the initial consultation?
We ask that you bring any pertinent medical records, supplements, medication and lab test results with you. If you are not the financial decision maker, we ask that you bring your significant other with you to the consultation.
How long should I expect the consultation to last?
Expect the consultation to last for 60 minutes. If you are a good candidate for our care we will go over the test kits and some paperwork to get you started. This will be an addition 10-15 minutes. We value your time and do our best to provide a timely service.
Is insurance covered for Functional Medicine services?
We do not accept insurance or Medicare for our consulting services. Your case requires special attention and time that is not covered by insurance companies. Some of our recommended labs will have partial insurance coverage.
Does your office offer single lab tests or a-la-carte lab testing?
We do not offer a-la-carte testing since this goes against the paradigm of functional medicine. If we are going to address the root cause of your health issues, we will need to take a more comprehensive approach. We only work with patients on a case management basis in one of our programs.
Can I use my HSA or FSA account for payment?
Yes, we do accept these.
Do I still need my primary physician?
Yes, we do not provide acute care services and we do not replace the services that your current medical team provides. We provide a stand-alone service.
Do you see patients from other cities, states, provinces and countries?
Yes, we can work with any person in any country.
Do I qualify for the Essentials Program?
This program is for anyone looking to optimize their heath. The only time somebody is not qualified is if their health is too far-gone or their condition requires urgent medical attention. If a client is not motivated, engaged and willing to take the steps necessary to get healthy they would not be a good candidate.
How much should I budget for Functional Medicine Lab testing?
By joining our essentials program you have access to direct pricing on lab test kits, which ensure you pay the lowest price possible. On average, you should budget between $500-$1000 for functional labs.
How does lab testing work?
The lab testing is typically done at home through a saliva, urine or stool collection. In some instances you might have to get blood work done at a local blood drawing facility. We use Anderson Hospital in Maryville. You will receive instructions and guidelines on how to perform the test when you receive the kit. Payment is made directly to the lab to ensure you have the lowest price possible.
What happens at the end of my program?
Once we have gotten you to a stable place you can follow up as needed. If you require additional support after your essentials program is complete you have the option to pay per visit at.
I'm ready to get started, what are the next steps?
Please set up a free discovery phone consultation to make sure you qualify and to verify our solution is viable for you.