Functional Medicine Testing

After my Instagram post about my full blood panel I run on myself yearly and many of my FM patients, I have had a lot of inquiries! So here is a little FAQ to clarify a few things:

How is this different than the blood work from my PCP?
This blood work is much more extensive. See the list here. I interpret your numbers using optimal values for health. If you stay on top of these numbers, ideally you can avoid major health set backs or the need for medication. 

How much is it?

The blood panel costs $180. The office visit to review your results and go over a treatment plan is $250. This cost of the office visit takes into consideration the time outside of the office that it takes to put together the information.This can take 2-3 hours depending on the complexity. Continued treatment is dependent on your personalized treatment plan. 

**I am completely fine with patients getting test results on their own through their provider or through another source to try to have insurance pay for it. You have the list provided here, knock yourself out! However, if I am given test results to interpret, I do charge a $50 fee as I have to manually input your lab values into my system to use the Functional Medicine ranges. 

***Keep in mind, if you have a high deductible, or your insurance doesn't cover the testing your provider orders, you may end up with a bill much higher than $180. 

What do I get with the testing?

To view a sample report, click here

What other testing can you do?

The sky is the limit! This is a blessing and a curse in FM. You can spend a lot of money on testing - food sensitivity panels, hormone testing, nutrient panels, genetic testing etc. I have access to ordering all of those, and if needed, sometimes I recommend them on top of or instead of my basic panel described above. However, treatment is usually the same, or it is difficult to determine treatment if I don't have the basic blood levels. As someone once told me: "Rubbing a wet washcloth on your skin doesn't hurt unless you have a sun burn. The problem is not the washcloth but the inflammation in the skin." Meaning, you may have a bunch of false positives on a food sensitivity test not because the food is the problem, but because you liver is not functioning properly, or maybe your white blood cells are all over the place. Let's start there. 

Does insurance cover it?

Insurance does not cover preventative health measures (except prevention in the sense of your yearly check up with your PCP or vaccinations). Some insurances, like Health Sharing Plans will reimburse you for these services. You can also use your HSA to pay for it. 

As a reminder from above:

**I am completely fine with patients getting test results on their own through their provider or through another source to try to have insurance pay for it. You have the list provided here, knock yourself out! However, if I am given test results to interpret, I do charge a $50 fee as I have to manually input your lab values into my system for interpretation using the Functional Medicine ranges. 

***Keep in mind, if you have a high deductible, or your insurance doesn't cover the testing your provider orders, you may end up with a bill much higher than $180. 

How do I get started?

For new patients, I do require an office visit beforehand to make sure what this is and what is involved is understood. The cost of this visit is $100.
For current patients, I typically order the blood work, send a symptom survey to your email, and then we meet once I have your results back. It is typically a 2 week process. 

 How long will I be under treatment for?

This is completely dependent on the condition. My general rule of thumb is: For however many years you have been experiencing the issue, expect 1 month of treatment. For example: If you are now 25 years old and have had issues with your period since you were 15, expect 10-12 months of treatment to turn it around. Most of the time, I follow up with patients every 2-3 months in person to monitor progress and tweak treatment if needed. 

Will this treatment be successful?

Your body is pretty smart. If you give it the things it needs, it can heal, repair, and keep you feeling good.

Functional Medicine is different than conventional medicine because it is investigative. This means we have to do some detective work to figure out why you are experiencing symptoms. There is no magic pill, and it takes a financial investment as well as work from you. As the provider, my job is to lead you to the water, but I can't force you to drink.

My goal is to provide you with empowerment and share with you the knowledge I have gained through years of training and experience so that you can take the responsibility to apply it in your day to day life. Nothing will change unless you do!