Dr. Vanessa’s Functional Medicine Process
What To Expect
Prior to your initial visit Dr .Vanessa will review new patient forms, including in-depth medical, diet and lifestyle questionnaires. It is best to fill these out prior to your visit as they will take some thought and time on your part. Please complete them at least 3 days prior to your visit to allow enough time for Dr. Vanessa to review.
During your 60 minute appointment, Dr .Vanessa will review your current health concerns and discuss any questions she has about your health history in detail. During this time she will also give you an in-depth look at your comprehensive blood work, that you will have done prior to your initial visit.
Based on your unique health concerns, past health history and the findings on your blood work, she will discuss options for relevant lab testing. She may recommend specialized functional laboratory testing through Doctor’s Data, Great Plains, Genova Diagnostics, Precision Analytical, Cyrex, Quicksilver and others that are warranted depending on your needs. This includes but is not limited to comprehensive stool testing, urine organic acids, nutrient levels, food sensitivity, complete hormones, cortisol, heavy metals, mycotoxins and environmental chemicals.
Advanced functional medicine lab kits are provided to you from our office and can usually be collected at home, and include a prepaid envelope for return shipping. Functional medicine labs are largely cash-pay, but we offer the ability to bill through insurance when possible. Costs are transparent and pricing of these labs will be discussed during your initial visit, as they will require an investment on your part.
Dr. Vanessa will make specific supplement recommendations, which will be detailed in your patient plan. Supplements can generally be purchased from our office. If we do not carry a special product, we will give you directions on how to obtain it.
For most patients, Dr.Vanessa recommends a follow up visit about 3-4 weeks after your initial consultation (depending on the advanced functional medicine labs she recommends) to review the results of any additional labs you performed. At this time, she will make more specific recommendations in terms of supplements, diet and lifestyle changes. Please allow about 1 hour for this appointment.
How often you follow up with Dr. Vanessa will depend on why you are being treated. Some healthy people see her once a year for comprehensive blood work to optimize body function, while others with more complex cases are seen more often depending on what Dr. Vanessa deems necessary. These visits usually last about 30 minutes depending on complexity and time to review lab work, but brief 10-15 check-ins are also an option.