Your first appointment:
Please arrive a few minutes early so that you can fill out the required paperwork prior to your appointment time.
If possible, please bring in any medications and supplements you are taking. Think about your family medical history or ask parents/grandparents about their health so I can evaluate health risks and identify genetic susceptibilities.
Also, if you have copies of your lab results from other healthcare practitioners (I always advise people to keep track of their own health records by keeping copies of test results), please bring them to the initial appointment as this helps me to make a more informed diagnosis.
Please refrain from wearing perfumes/cologne as many of my patients have chemical allergies or sensitivities that would be aggravated by these scents.
Typically, I spend 1-1.5 hours getting to know you and your health history. I also spend time explaining what is happening in your body so that you can understand how to begin the healing process and why I am choosing the treatments that I prescribe for you specifically.
There are many factors that affect your health. We will discuss your health concerns, your history, and your family medical history but I will also ask questions about your medications, your environment, your support systems, your diet, and your lifestyle.
Before creating a treatment plan, I will explain any necessary testing that must be done to determine more clearly what exactly is going on inside your body.
Your health goals will also help me to create a treatment plan that is most appropriate to your individual needs.
Follow-up appointments are an opportunity to discuss your progress. I monitor improvement and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed. We also discuss lab work and test results and incorporate this information into the plan.
I also keep very close track of any improvements, changes, side effects, etc. in order to improve my clinical skills as well as to be able to assess scientific clinical viability of treatments. There is no end to education and scientific improvement and no treatment is so perfect that it be used for every individual. Research and analysis will help me and my colleagues improve medical care.