We are very excited to work with you. We offer functional medicine to patients aged 18 – 60 at this time. Our functional medicine is offered as a membership, and requires a 6 month commitment. This is because functional medicine works upstream, and takes time.
Functional Medicine focuses on gut health while utilizing a holistic approach to wellness
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a root cause analysis approach. We keep asking why. We do also offer symptom management recommendations, however, we don’t
We work to make gradual and lasting changes. It does take time and commitment on your part, and we want to support you in these efforts. To do this most effectively, the first 6 months of your journey starts with monthly visits with our nurse practitioner, and two hours of coaching per month with our nurse. After this time period, we will reassess and adjust accordingly.
Functional medicine works to create gradual, sustainable changes. This takes time, and energy on the patient's part. We incorporate nurse visits and health coaching in our functional medicine treatment memberships to help you work through multiphase treatment plans, and to help you form new healthy habits.
Your functional medicine provider makes recommendations, and your nurse health coach helps you figure out how to create a new lifestyle to make health a reality.
Coaching involves forming a partnership, and holding space for reflection, non-judgement, and the utmost positive regard. Coaching can help you achieve lasting change through empowerment, and works to help you discover your own motivation, inner wisdom, and strength.
Your initial session is about setting the foundation of our work together. We discuss the vision you have for yourself. What are your desired goals, but also, how do you want to be in this ideal life. We work together to develop and pursue this vision, allowing it to unfold. Then create a plan and steps to help you get closer to your goals and desires.
Your telehealth nurse visits will involve your nurse helping guide you through the testing process and functional medicine protocols while answering any questions that you may have. Your nurse will prov education regarding your diagnoses and treatment plans.
Your nurse is also a functional medicine heath coach. While some of your sessions involve assisting you with your functional medicine workup and treatment plan, a majority of your sessions will be spent as health coaching sessions. This is an essential part of your journey towards health. This is where you will explore your daily habits and barriers.
Can I use my Health Insurance?
For functional medicine and nurse visits, you will be able to use a flex account or Health Savings Account (HSA) for your membership. Regarding health insurance benefits and reimbursement, we recommend calling the number on the back of your insurance card to see if they will offer reimbursement, as each plan is very individual. If they do reimburse, we will provide you with an invoice that you can submit to be reimbursed. Our memberships do require pre-payment.
What is the process like for functional medicine, and what kind of testing will I receive?
You will start by meeting our nurse, who will ask you about your goals, and past medical history. Then you will have a physical exam with our nurse practitioner. Your testing will include a comprehensive bloodwork panel, stool analysis, and breath analysis. Depending on your results, you may need further testing. The testing is sometimes covered by insurance (depending on your specific insurance plan). Once all the results are in, we will create a treatment plan just for you, that often involves multiple phases. These plans are comprehensive and involve diet and lifestyle recommendations as well and supplements and prescriptions as needed.
We often will suggest re-testing to assess response to treatment protocols, and will adjust accordingly. We recognize that this can be a large commitment on your part, and have designed our memberships to provide robust support. Upon reaching the 6 month mark, we reassess progress and adjust your visits and membership plan according to your specific needs. Our goals is to get you off on the right foot, and continue to provide support throughout your journey towards health and wellness.
We additionally offer reflexology, shamanic journeying, reiki, and herbal consultations at our collaborative to support your wellness journey. We have found that reflexology is very successful in reducing stress and can be a powerful adjunct to any gut protocol. We also suggest our guided journeying and reiki to explore repeating matters and provide a means to self explore. Lastly, if you no longer need functional medicine, we offer a more flexible schedule for health coaching or nurse visits to keep you on the right track.