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Functional Medicine: Getting Started

Who can benefit from Functional Medicine services?

Every person is unique. Our patients come to us from all walks of life—those suffering from chronic diseases, competitive athletes, young women, older men, children, and everyone in between. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. A Functional Medicine workup can be beneficial for everyone.

The Process

Step 1:  Call our main number,  501-581-1212. Our medical questionnaire and timeline, the Living Matrix,  and consent forms will be sent to you via email.

Step 2: Complete and return the Living Matrix and consent forms.

Step 3:  Upon completion of your forms your initial virtual appointment will be scheduled.

Step 4:  Congratulations!  You are now a patient and have access to your Patient Support Representative who will guide you through the remaining process. Your Patient Support Representative will assist you to get started with Zoom, our HIPAA compliant video conference service, and on how to utilize our patient portal so that you may have access to your labs and other private health information.  If this seems overwhelming,  don’t worry. We are here to help. Once everything is set up, your appointments are always just one click away.

Step 5:  Enjoy the convenience of experiencing a team of Functional Medicine experts from anywhere in the world.

*If you are still not sure about how all this works or you have more questions, please fill out the form at the bottom the page with a good time for us to call and one of our representatives will be in touch.  

 

What should I expect from an appointment?

Your appointment begins before we talk to you! Dr. Beard and her team of skilled Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants review your medical questionnaire prior to your visit so a more directed medical exam and history can be obtained. The medical questionnaire provides us with valuable information and must be completed and returned to our office before a visit can be scheduled. Your initial visit is an intense information gathering session. Your current issues and concerns are thoroughly discussed and a physical exam is performed. Recommendations regarding any obvious dietary, lifestyle, and medication issues are often made at the first visit. Lab orders are usually provided at the end of the appointment. Both standard and specialty lab panels may be recommended. There is always plenty of time for questions and concerns to be addressed. Our patients are never rushed. Our practitioners have direct access to Dr. Beard who can provide guidance and works with them as a team approach for each patient.

Follow-up visits are often needed, and the complexity of each case will determine the frequency of follow-up visits. Some may need only infrequent follow-up visits, while others will benefit from more regular contact and monitoring. However, many patients will utilize a “Functional Medicine workup” once or twice a year to ensure they are doing everything possible to stay healthy.

 

Functional Medicine Visits and Consultations:

*Virtual visits are not covered by insurance.  

New appointments w/ a Functional Medicine practitioner:                     $350

Your first appointment involves a lot more than the 70 minute consultation. Your medical history is reviewed and discussed with Dr. Beard prior to your appointment. A care plan is developed and provided to you after your visit.

Follow up appointments:                                                                                   $75/ 15 min

                                                                                                                                  $150/ 30 min

                                                                                                                                  $300/ 60 min

The amount of time depends on your needs. If you are an established patient rechecking simple labs or you need a quick clarification on a few items a 15 minute visit is probably enough. Complex issues may require 30 minutes or more. You can discuss follow-up needs with your practitioner at the end of your visit.

 

New Appointments with Dr. Beard                                                                    $700/ 75 min

There are patients who wish to consult with Dr. Beard directly. We offer a limited number of appointments to accommodate their needs.

Follow up appointments with Dr. Beard                                                           $300/30 min

 

Appointments w/ Registered Dietician                                                               $150/60Min

                                                                                                                                      $75/30 Min

If you do not have major health issues but want to improve your health, nutritional guidance is a good place to start.

 

**Most labs are covered by insurance but please check with your insurance provider to determine coverage.

 

Functional Medicine is a process. We start by creating a health time-line.  This time-line includes specific detailed information about all of your medical problems–when your problems started, circumstances surrounding the onset, possible genetic predispositions, environmental factors, etc.  This time-line is the first piece of your health puzzle.  We look for specific signs and physical findings that can help guide us in getting to the root cause(s) of your problems.

For many of our clients we recommend specific therapeutic treatments.  One example is our Foundation diet. This protocol can help “clear the smoke”.  This particular protocol is not only therapeutic but also diagnostic.  Most of our patients’ issues are alleviated and/or significantly improved by our protocols.  Our protocols, which also include counseling sessions with our Registered Dietitian health coach, range from $200-$425 per month long treatment.  Your specific issues will determine which protocol may be recommended.  Most patients’ issues resolve or improve significantly after one month of treatment.  A few cases require treatments up to 3 or 4 months duration.

Our practitioners utilize both standard labs and “specialty” lab panels.  Any standard labs that are ordered can be run through your insurance.  We encourage you to review your lab benefits prior to your visit so there are no surprises (lab copays, deductibles, etc.).   The specialty lab panels insurance copays range in price from $70-$200.

We always strive to solve our patients’ problems as quickly as possible, however, everyone is unique.  The number and frequency of follow-up visits will vary depending on the complexity of your health issues.  We look forward to helping you uncover the root cause(s) of your medical problems and achieve optimal health.