WHAT TO EXPECT
Your first office visit will typically last 60-90 minutes. We ask that you set aside 2 hours of your time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Upon arrival the registration process will take a few minutes. Vitals as well as a brief physical are performed. We perform a few non invasive quick tests that help us gauge your antioxidant, zinc and calcium levels. We will also perform a BIA (Body Impedance Analysis) test which gives us information about your basal metabolic rate, body mass index, hydration and integrity of your cells.
Next you will have a detailed consultation with your Doctor that will last 45-60 minutes. The detailed medical history form that you filled out prior to your visit is reviewed. Your main health concerns will be discussed at length, giving you ample opportunity to voice your concerns and questions. If you have recent laboratory results or test results from other practitioners that pertain to the visit, please be sure to make a copy for yourself and another set for us to retain in your chart. Do not have copies of office notes and results faxed to us as they are often difficult to read. Any prescription medications and nutritional supplements you are taking are also reviewed. Please bring them to the visit or make a detailed list.
Before the end of your visit, your doctors will give you a written protocol of their recommendations and plan of treatment. Basic laboratory testing, urinalysis and some specialized laboratory testing may be recommended. Most patients are offered an initial protocol consisting of nutritional supplementation, dietary and life style recommendations.
A follow up visit is typically scheduled 3-4 weeks after the initial visit. In the interim, the recommended testing is completed by you, either at our office, at a lab, or with take home kits. Some therapies offered at the center may also be initiated. At the follow-up visit, a comprehensive review is completed with you and our doctors. Our medical team will spend one on one time with you to interpret and explain your results. Together you will explore your goals and discuss your treatment plan options. These treatment plans can be implemented using multiple modalities such as medications, hormones, diet, supplements, intravenous therapy, detoxification, behavior and lifestyle changes, and alternative therapies. Our doctors will prescribe a preventative and comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and fits into your lifestyle. Subsequent visits are made on an as needed basis.
Our doctors and our team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine will regularly monitor your progress and track the effectiveness of your program making adjustments if necessary. Our goal is to support you and advise you every step of the way. We work in conjunction with your existing doctors and may refer you to specialists we work with if needed to make sure you receive the best possible care and all areas of concern are appropriately addressed and evaluated.