Step 1 : Membership
The first step in our process is to sign up as a patient and member. In addition to your basic contact information, you will be prompted to provide your insurance information as well as bank or credit card information. Your bank or credit card will not automatically be billed at this time. All patients sign up using the same process. Actual charges will depend upon your specific membership plan or requested services.
Step 2 : Medical History
All new patients will be directed to complete our New Patient Intake Questionnaire.
In order for us to get a comprehensive idea of your health history, you will need to complete all sections of the forms and be as specific as possible. Specific dates and occurrences will help us properly evaluate your medical situation and conditions.
The Center for Functional Medicine Intake Questionnaire helps us assess your health and identify the root cause of your symptoms. One of the many benefits of using this application is that it saves our practice time on the intake process – meaning more time for us to paint a comprehensive picture of our patients’ health histories with them.
There are benefits for our patients, too! We are able to personalize your information in real time and provide you with a hard copy of your health assessment. You’ll not only gain useful insight into your health during your visit, but you’ll walk away from your appointment with an understandable, easy-to-read view of your current health, a list of health goals, and, if necessary, a functional medicine prescription.
We will review your intake documents to get a general feel for potential issues and areas for special concentration.
Step 3: First Visit
When you arrive for your visit you will need to fill out the usual and customary administrative paperwork for our practice. This will take around 30 minutes to complete. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment to allow time for this and not distract from your medical appointment time.
At the time of your appointment, you will be brought back by one of our nurses to review your admin paperwork and collect the remainder of your membership induction fee. Please be sure to bring all your old medical records with you as well as old lab testing.
Vitals & Initial Testing
You will then have your vital signs taken as well as advanced biometric testing, vascular testing, body impedance testing and a body composition analysis prior to seeing the doctor. This testing is not covered by insurance but is included as part of your membership benefits.
You will have an extended visit with the doctor, during which time they will review all the above information and evaluate you based on the Functional Medicine Matrix.
This is used in combination with your Functional Time Line to begin unraveling the many layers involved with your biological systems.
Based on your evaluation, additional validated forms and intake questionnaires may be utilized to help us in our discovery process.
Next, we conduct a detailed physical exam.
A physical nutritional evaluation
Functional neurological exam
Complete head to toe evaluation
This comprehensive physical exam is used to help discover physical manifestations of your underlying imbalances as well as determine how the treatment plan will be layered to address these.
You will have a panel of labs, procedures, and testing that will be billed under your insurance. These are standard procedures and covered by your insurance plan. Depending on your personal evaluation you may have multiple advance laboratory panels performed as well. These tests may take up to a month to return due to their specialized nature. Your total time in the clinic may be up to three hours depending on your health situation.
About Laboratory Testing
Some clinicians will order extensive testing from the beginning at a great cost to the patient. Functional testing is already a significant expense and we see no reason to make it more so. Many times, basic imbalances will correct with simple interventions and lead into other areas that need addressing. We tailor testing to each patient at the time in their intervention as appropriate.
While not everyone needs extensive lab work, some will. At times a particular test may be repeated to look for changes. Other times one result will lead to more testing which leads to additional health interventions.
At this point, your story is retold through the lens of the Functional Medicine Matrix. This will include an individual treatment plan as well as lab testing to discover further areas of system imbalance.
Step 4 : Follow Through
More complex patients will require close follow-up and reevaluations based on your response to therapy and results of testing. This could be monthly, bimonthly or trimonthly depending on your health condition.
Once your initial testing has returned, you will first receive an email with results and then a follow-up phone call to review them. After this, your follow-up will depend on your individualized care plan.
Chronic disease does not crop up overnight. It takes years to develop and requires time to address. Our program recognizes this and provides time to work on it. Some patients will see significant progress in 3–6 months; more complex cases may take over a year to return to a state of optimal health and performance. Our membership model addresses this reality in a way that makes you a member of your own health care team committed to your health and wellness. Your wellness program will be changing as your health status changes. Please be patient with us as we work together with you in your personalized wellness and health program.