How long is the program?
That totally depends on you! It depends on where you're at in your healing journey and where you want to go! My practice centers on helping individuals thrive, not just survive. Packages are generally 3-12 months, with the majority selecting 6 months.
From my perspective, 6 months is the perfect amount of time and commitment. The reason I say this is that most people tend to start some really good work and then hit the 3 month mark and don't feel like they've gotten as far as they could have. If there is space to renew for another 3 months, it is possible; however, it is not always possible to renew right away depending on client load. Also, many of my clients have told me that it is right around month 4 or 4.5 where they start to feel really well and then that's a new feeling for them. It's actually a bit scary to feel well and they don't what to do with this newfound sensation. As strange as it sounds, if you're not used to feeling well, it can send you into a tailspin if you don't know how to handle it.
Remember, I work with many women with chronic health problems. Six months is really an ideal amount of time to be able to gauge where you are with your healing.
How often do I see you?
In general, you will have a 90 minute intake and then we will schedule weekly coaching/follow-up sessions in a pattern of 3 weeks on followed by 1 integration week. These sessions last 60-75 minutes. I find the integration week extremely helpful as it allows for some space and time to decompress from our deep work.
In the typical 6 month plan, there is one intake and 19 coaching/follow-up sessions (for 20 sessions total). In a 3 month program, there is an intake and then 9 coaching/follow-up sessions (for 10 sessions total). For the 12 month plan, there is an intake and 39 sessions (for 40 sessions total).
In some cases, depending on schedules and circumstances, it might be helpful to start with more intense schedule (say, weekly) and transition to every other week. We can discuss what's right for you.
How much does it cost? Do you take insurance?
The cost of each program varies depending on length and we will discuss this during your consult. I only take maximum 12-15 patients at any one time so we can truly spend energy and time helping you heal.
Though I do not take insurance, my rates are accessible to many. Generally, insurances may pay for labs depending on your coverage (and may be at out-of-network rates). If functional medicine testing needs to be ordered, I have discounted rates available through Rupa for testing as well as Ulta Labs for out-of-pocket blood work should you have a high deductible. I don't believe you need thousands of dollars worth of tests, though...maybe one or two in addition to blood work at most.
There are payment plans available for my services as needed.
Do you prescribe medications?
If needed, yes (only in Michigan). Though I prefer more natural methods, sometimes medications are needed, either temporarily or permanently. That said, if you are looking to get off of medications, we can make that a priority in your treatment.
If you are out of state, I can make recommendations of medications that may benefit you to discuss with your provider.
What are your qualifications?
What a great question! I am a board-certified physician assistant (associate) meaning I have an advanced degree (Masters) in science plus clinical training as well as I passed my board exam (once upon graduation, and once recently renewed).
This allows me to understand the working of the human body, how medications and supplements work, and how to treat general medical conditions. I have worked in several specialties including internal medicine, surgery, and psychiatry.
Moreover, I have advanced training in mind-body medicine, energy healing, functional medicine principles, and integrative medicine. Much of my experience has come from learning over time, including before I was even a PA. I went to PA school in 2010 with the intent to be a wholistic medical provider! Most importantly, I have trained in multiple coaching methodologies and behavioral change techniques.
Do you believe I can heal?
Oh my goodness, YES I DO! If I didn't, I wouldn't be doing this work.
The human body is incredibly resilient. Healing means different things to different people. For some, it means complete resolution of an illness. Quite frankly, I try to stay away from that definition because the wisdom of the body will guide us. For example, I have Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroid disease. At one time, my antibodies were in the thousands. They are now in the 200-400 range. As someone who had this illness in my teenage years, this is an amazing transformation. I still technically have Hashimoto's, but I don't have the symptoms.
Also, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was in my 20s. For all intents and purposes, this is in remission. Rarely do I experience this pain (even though I used to have it daily for years) - it's only when I allow myself to get overwhelmed, stressed out, or don't pay attention to the needs of my body.
The true question is do YOU believe you can heal? I certainly do. :)
Do you offer refunds?
No. That's why I offer a complimentary initial consult. There is never any pressure from me. It needs to be a mutual fit.
What does a typical session look like?
There is the initial 90-minute intake where we delve into your history, goals, and deep desires. We will generally order blood work at this appointment which you will complete prior to your first follow-up which is scheduled usually 2 or 3 weeks later to allow time for the labs to return.
Then you will come in for follow-up/coaching sessions. Each of these coaching/follow-up sessions look a bit different. They generally start with reviewing what and how you've been doing followed by reflection on what is working and what isn't. We generally do some coaching and possibly energy/somatic awareness. Some sessions will be talk heavy. Some will be experiential and may include mind-body medicine techniques (breathing, guided imagery, movement, etc). It is customized to you and you will never have to do anything that makes you "icky uncomfortable" ... which means, that, yes, sometimes we need to be uncomfortable to grow, but you will never have to do something that you would deem to be too much for you.
At the end of the sessions, you will generally set an intention for the next week or two and we will schedule your next session.
Do you offer telehealth?
Of course, especially for those out of state or who cannot make it in.
Interestingly, some of my current clients drive 60 minutes to see me because they love the space and the connection.
Can you be my primary care provider?
No; you must keep your primary care provider for emergency/urgent issues as well as general health appointments. I provide consultative medicine and specialize in helping clients truly get to the root cause of their health issues. If I were spending time on the basic stuff, there wouldn't be enough time to truly delve into the hard stuff (which is what I specialize in).
If I have Medicare, can you see me?
I can see you, but through a "wellness" only coaching lens. What this means is that I cannot diagnose or treat any conditions medically if you have Medicare. The reason for this is that I am still an enrolled Medicare provider and as such, cannot charge you out of pocket for medical services. In the near future, I will be dropping my Medicare enrollment and this won't be an issue.
Until that time, we can still work together. I can order labs, make recommendations, but cannot diagnose or prescribe medications for Medicare patients.
What if I can't afford to work with you?
I totally understand that you might not have the resources to work with me 1:1.
I am committed to opening up new possibilities for a hybrid group/1:1 opportunities in the near future, starting August or September 2021.
Can I see you if I don't live in Michigan?
Yes! You may see me, but it has to be under a coaching/wellness lens as I can only "practice medicine" in the state of Michigan. What this means is that I cannot diagnose you or prescribe medications if you are outside of Michigan, but I can order/review labs/tests and make supplement recommendations. Obviously, for legal reasons, I must tell you to discuss these recommendations with your primary care provider. If you are interested and live out of state, set up a call and we can chat about coaching-only options. :)