FAQ

Do I have to see the physician in person for my medical consultation?

Yes, our doctor’s medical license requires that he meet with a patient in order to provide an initial medical consultation, and there is no substitute for that initial doctor-patient connection. After the initial consultation and full examination, follow-up appointments can be arranged by phone or in the office.

Can I make an appointment for individual services/treatments?

Our treatment approach for new patients is through a program. We feel this is the best way to address all aspects of your well-being and help you increase success in achieving your health goals. We are not a practice that treats individual symptoms. We use a comprehensive systems approach for uncovering underlying causes of illness and disease and then through lifestyle changes, functional medicine tools, education and support, we help you achieve your goals and attain optimal health. Once you have completed a program and become a member, you will be able to make appointments for the individual services/treatments that we offer.

I am already working with a health coach? Do I need to see the health coach at your office?

Yes, all our programs include the benefit of working with our health coach who is trained to work specifically with functional medicine physicians. She will help you get through situations that can be very complicated and hard to manage without the right support and knowledge from a functional medicine perspective.

Can all the tests I need be done at Tri-Cities Functional Medicine?

We do not perform lab tests at our office at this time. Some testing can be done through conventional laboratories and others are only available through specialty laboratories. During your medical consultation, our physician will determine which tests are needed and will review the testing recommendations, relevant instructions (for instance, fasting or non-fasting, etc.) and costs.

Your financial resources, and how much testing you want to do, are taken into account and the plan for testing is reviewed with you. Testing is frequently done to assess nutritional status. This includes amino acids, fatty acids, oxidative stress, vitamin levels, mitochondrial function, food allergies, and heavy metals. Many other tests are available, including genetic testing for a variety of conditions, hormone evaluations, bone health, gastrointestinal health, adrenal function, and many others.

Some testing can be performed at home with test kits to collect urine, saliva, or stool. Others may require you to go to a local laboratory to draw the blood. In all cases, we will assist you in coordinating both initial and follow-up testing.

While the testing gives a more complete picture of your status, effective care can be implemented without it, or testing can be done over time. You should not let this prevent you from seeing the doctor.

Does the doctor prescribe medicines?

Our doctor can, and will, prescribe medications whenever necessary. He is a fully licensed and Board-certified medical doctor.

Do you take insurance?

Tri-Cities Functional Medicine does not accept insurance or Medicare, and we do not file insurance paperwork on your behalf.

Some insurance carriers may cover some laboratory tests ordered by our physician. You can choose that option or take advantage of our cash based prices.

Payment in full by check, cash, credit card, or Care Credit is due at the time services are provided or package is purchased.

How much does it cost?

Initial consultation: $87

Optimal Health Programs: Every patient is different. We offer 3, 6, 10, and 12 month programs and the cost varies by multiple factors. The cost will be determined and discussed during your initial consultation.

VIP Membership: Each patient who has participated in one of our programs is invited to stay on as a member for a monthly fee of $249. To see the benefits of the VIP membership, Click here

What credit cards do you accept?

We accept the following credit cards:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • Care Credit

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

You should bring all your vitamins and medicines in their original containers if possible. Old medical records are also very helpful, but if possible, these should be sent prior to the appointment.


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