What should I expect at the initial consultation?
At your initial consultation you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal health goals with a functional medicine provider. This will be an opportunity for you and our staff to identify if you are a good candidate for our services.
How much is the Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation is $400.
Should I bring anything with me to the consultation?
We ask that you bring any pertinent medical records, supplements, medication and lab test results with you. If you are not the financial decision maker, we ask that you bring your significant other with you to the consultation.
How long should I expect the consultation to last?
Expect the consultation to last for 45-60 minutes. If you are a good candidate for our care we will go over the test kits and some paperwork to get you started. This will be an addition 15-30 minutes. We value your time and do our best to provide a timely service.
Does your office take insurance for Functional Medicine services?
We do not accept insurance or Medicare for our consulting services. Your unique health concerns require special attention and time that is not covered by insurance companies.
Does your office offer single lab tests or a-la-carte testing?
We do not encourage a-la-carte testing because this goes against the paradigm of functional medicine. If we are going to address the root cause of your health issues, we will need to take a more comprehensive approach. We prefer to work with patients who are committed to achieving sustaining results via one of our programs.
Is my lab testing covered by health insurance?
Functional lab testing is usually not covered by most insurance providers.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept, cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Do you offer financing services?
Yes, we offer patient financing through Care Credit.
Visit www.carecredit.com to apply.
Can I use my HSA or FSA account?
Yes. Please check with your HR department to be sure.
What are your office hours?
Our office hours are
Monday - Wednesday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Closed for lunch
Do I still need a primary care physician?
Yes, we do not provide acute care services and we do not replace the services that your current medical team provides. We provide a stand-alone service.
Will I see other practitioners?
Yes, you will work with a team of experts to help you accomplish your health goals.
What is included in the DWW Essentials Program?
Do I qualify for the DWW Essentials Program?
This program is for anyone looking to optimize their health. The only time a person is not qualified is if their health is too far-gone or their condition requires urgent medical attention. If a client is not motivated, engaged and willing to take the steps necessary to get healthy, they would not be a good candidate.
How much should I budget for functional lab testing costs?
By joining our essentials program you have access to direct pricing on lab test kits, which ensure you pay the lowest price possible. On average, you should budget between $500-$1000 for functional labs.
Is the DWW Essentials Program and lab testing covered by insurance?
Our programs and functional lab testing are typically not covered by insurance.
Does the cost of the initial appointment apply towards the cost of a program?
Yes, your first appointment is one of your six appointments. We apply your payment to the total cost of the program and therefore you are paying into the program when you schedule your first appointment.
Can my appointments be done over the phone or video conference?
Yes. We recommend that your first appointment is done in person so we can meet with you and make sure we’re a good fit for each other. If that’s not possible, depending on your geographic location, we can do your appointment on the phone by video conference so we can be more engaged and help you along the process.
What will happen during my second and third appointments?
During your second appointment you will receive guidance on food choices, recipes and menu planning. We will also cover lifestyle coaching and consulting so you’ll walk away with actionable steps you can implement right away to get your health on the right track. Your third appointment will be with your clinician who will be overseeing your case, answering your questions and recording your lab result videos. This third appointment is designed to review your lab results.
Is it mandatory to use all six appointments?
If you are a self-starter and like to be independent it is not mandatory to use all appointments as you have direct clinician access. The program’s core value is in evaluating your history, building your clinical case, ordering the right testing, educating and designing a unique solution for you that addresses the six building blocks. Our goal is to empower you and guide you on the right path so you can use these strategies for the rest of your life. You are always welcome to use the remaining 3 appointments as needed to focus on your clinical, nutritional or coaching needs.
How does the lab testing work?
The lab testing is typically done at home. Blood work can be drawn in our office or at a lab draw station. Many of the tests have shipping included in the cost of the kits, if not you will be responsible for the shipping. You will get instructions in more detail on how to do the test kits and the kits come with clear instructions as well.
What happens at the end of the 6 month program?
Once we have gotten you to a stable place you can follow up as needed. If you require additional support after your essentials program is complete you have the option to pay per visit at $300 per half hour appointment.
I’m ready to get started, what are the next steps?
Call 816-888-5200 to set up an initial consultation to make sure you qualify and to verify whether our solution is viable for you. At the end of your initial appointment if you qualify, you will be entered into our essentials program and you will receive the functional lab test kits unique to your health concerns.