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As with any new experience, the more you know about what to expect, the easier it will be for everyone. We have, therefore, included an explanation of what to expect on the first several visits. Nothing invasive, uncomfortable or embarrassing is ever done to a patient in this office. We work hard to make each office visit a pleasant, relaxing and healing experience for you and for our other patients. We also strive to maintain an environment that nurtures our patients and is considerate of everyone’s needs.

With this goal in mind, we ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or odor-containing makeup, hairsprays, etc. All cell phones, pagers, etc., are best left in your car or silenced while in the office. You cannot heal and work simultaneously, and you will not get the best benefit from your office visit. We also ask that you do not bring food of any kind into this office. If you need to bring a snack or have something to drink, there are patient areas on the first floor you can use for that purpose.

We see many children as patients. However, if the office visit is for you, it would be best to bring someone to watch your children in the lobby area downstairs or leave the children who are not patients at home.

When you make your appointment, you should plan to have at least an hour and a half to two hours set aside so you don’t have to leave before we feel we understand your case. No other patients will be scheduled during your new patient visit. You will have 100% of our attention. We apologize ahead of time if we are running behind. If we do run late, it is often
because we had a challenging sick person or an emergency.

We want to thank you for choosing our office. We have a lot of expectations to live up to, as most of our patients are referred by another doctor or by one of our own patients. We love what we do and are pleased to include you into our circle of happy, healing patients.


What to Expect During Your First Office Visit

Many times when you go to a new doctor you have no idea what they are going to do and what is expected of you during your visits to the office. We hope this short explanation will help you feel more comfortable.


Inforamtion Form
During the first visit we will ask you to fill out a few forms. If you feel that any questions on these forms invade your privacy, don’t fill out the part you are not comfortable with.

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Nutrition Symptom Form

In addition to the new patient form, we will give you a symptom survey form to complete which will tell us about your specific symptoms. We enter this information into a computer program that will give us a correlation of many of your symptoms and nutritional deficiencies. These results are further correlated with the other tests we run while you are being treated in this office.

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Functional Testing

Bio Impedance Analysis — The first test we will conduct is called a Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). The procedure for the test is simple and not uncomfortable.

First we attach four small adhesive pads to connect small sensors to your foot and ankle and to your hand and wrist. The computer will then read your biological impedance, which will take about five seconds. We also weigh you and measure your height. With this information we are able to accurately evaluate your total body water, intracellular water, extracellular water, body fat, muscle, metabolically active (body cell) mass and toxic load. In addition, we are able to determine your cellular health (phase angle) and your cellular ability to exchange fluids, nutrition and toxins across your cellular membrane (capacitance).
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Heart Rate Variability — The next test is called the Heart Rate Variability (HRV). This test is like an electrocardiogram (EKG) except that it tells us about your overall health and, specifically, the health of your nervous system and adrenal glands. While the test is performed, you lie quietly (no talking is allowed during the test) on an exam table with a heart monitor strapped around your upper abdomen. This test is not uncomfortable or invasive. A sensor is attached to your shirt, and you lie quietly for about five minutes while the computer records your heartbeats, displaying them on the computer screen and analyzing them as they are displayed. At an audible prompt from the computer, you stand up (an assistant or the doctor will be present to remind you) and continue standing for the remainder of the test, about five minutes more.

The HRV test will tell us several things about your health. First, do you have any extra or abnormal heartbeats? Second, the brief stress test (moving from a lying position to standing) will evaluate your adrenal and cardiovascular functions. The test will also give us information about the functioning of your autonomic nervous system and tell us if you are balanced between the sympathetic (gas pedal) and parasympathetic (brakes) portions of your nervous system. Other components of the test evaluate your overall physical reserve and conditioning.
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Bio Terrain Analysis* — The Bio Terrain Analysis (BTA) is an optional test and will only be recommended if the doctor feels it is necessary to further understand your condition. If needed, there is an additional charge, which we will discuss with you before testing. This test requires a 12-hour fast followed by a urine and saliva sample collection. For simplicity, we send a test kit and detailed instructions home with you so the test samples can be collected in the privacy of your own home and returned early in the morning for evaluation. Please read the directions carefully. This test evaluates your digestion, detoxification, hydration, mineralization, cellular energy production and antioxidant effectiveness.
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Galvanic Skin Response Testing — Most of us know about he use of lie detectors and how the operators ask certain questions and the body responses in such a way as the operator can determine the truth from a lie. The use galvanic skin response is the technology used for lie detection. Our use of galvanic skin response is different. How we use it, is we have the bioelectrical signature of stressors like foods, allergies, parasites, bacteria, virus and other stressors programmed into the computer. Though an interface handcradle the computer can rapidly test responses to both the stressor signals and then test for the balancer signatures which may be nutrients, minerals, energetic remedies and vitamins. <more>


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Conclusion

Once your tests are completed, the doctor will briefly review the results to be sure all the important data has been properly recorded for analysis. The doctor may, depending upon his schedule, give you a brief overview of the findings before the report of findings, which will occur on your next visit. Once the doctor and staff have completed your first visit, please see the receptionist at the front desk to schedule your report of findings visit and to confirm any instructions or directions for your lab work.

There is a flat fee for the first visit. There are no additional charges for the doctor’s time or in-office testing other than the BTA, as described above. If outside tests are necessary, a $25.00 handling fee is charged on all outside tests. On your second visit, the doctor will present the findings of your tests and discuss your treatment program with you.

*The Bio Terrain test is only available at an additional charge. You may speak to the doctor or front desk for pricing information.

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What to Expect During Your Second Visit

Your second visit is your “report of findings” visit. The doctor will explain to you the results of the tests performed during your first office visit and will also discuss the results of any outside labs. Once the doctor has reviewed his findings with you, he will recommend a treatment program that he feels is the best approach.

A treatment schedule will also be discussed—along with any diet, nutrition, exercise or further testing. The first two visits are the most lengthy and costly visits. We work hard to make it as easy as possible.

At the end of the “report of findings” visit, you will be scheduled for your treatment visits. We find that scheduling a block of appointments is often best so you can reserve a time that is most convenient for you.

If multiple visits are necessary, scheduling the same time or day of the week may be easier to plan and remember.

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Subsequent Visits
Each treatment visit is your opportunity to ask questions, receive treatment, and learn from the doctor. If you have any questions or observations, be sure to write them down so you can go over them during your treatment visit. Keep in mind we are partners in this effort, and we want you to be successful in reaching your goal. You can count on our 100 percent effort toward this goal and, in return, we expect your 100 percent cooperation in following the treatment plan exactly as it is presented.

Cancellation Policy
Please be kind and considerate. Scheduling time for appointments and procedures takes great planning and coordination between the staff, Doctors and hospitals. Since the schedule is often carefully planned to avoid delays and get patients taken care of as quickly as possible, it is important that you adhere to the schedule as arranged. We understand that situations occur and life throws us off at times, so if you anticipate not being able to make your scheduled appointment or procedure, please let us know at least 24 hours beforehand. Giving you that appointment meant that another patient did not get that time slot.

Failure to cancel your appointment or procedure before the 24 hour cancellation window will result in your being charged for the full amount of the appointment or procedure planned. You should know that your insurance company will NOT PAY for a missed appointment or procedure, so you will be personally responsible for paying.

We will make every effort to be on time for your appointment or procedure. However, if due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to perform your procedure or make your appointment as scheduled, be assured that you will be rescheduled at the earliest possible opportunity. Under this circumstance, you will NOT be charged for the cancellation.


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