Focusing on nutritional and therapeutic lifestyle interventions
The Institute for Human Optimization
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 $399 (plus tax where applicable).
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 50 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 10-15 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.
Does your office offer single lab tests or a-la-carte testing?
We do not offer a-la-carte testing since 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 only work with patients on a case management basis in one of our programs.
What is the investment to join the Living Proof Program?
Living Proof Essentials is $3999 (plus taxes where applicable).
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 or MasterCard.
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 to Friday 9 AM – 5 PM EST
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. These may include nutritionist/lifestyle coach and/or a pharmacist.
Does your office accept patients that live in other cities/countries?
This program is for anyone looking to optimize their heath. The only time somebody 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 cost?
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-$1500 for functional lab.
Is the Essentials Program and lab testing covered by insurance?
Our programs and functional lab testing is 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 eight 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 Zoom?
Yes. We can do your appointment on the phone or video conference so we can more be engaged and help you along the process.
How does the lab testing work?
The lab testing is typically done at home. In some instances you might have to get blood work done. We will direct you to the lab that coordinates that. 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. Payment is made directly to the lab to ensure you have the lowest price possible.
What happens at the end of the essentials program?
Once your initial program is complete, we will re-evaluate your case and determine your best steps moving forward. To ensure your continued personal growth and development we may offer a variety of different programs to meet your needs.
I’m ready to get started, what are the next steps?
Please set up a free discovery phone consultation to make sure you qualify and to verify our solution is viable for you.
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