FAQs

FAQs2018-07-23T20:29:55+00:00
Do you take insurance?2018-05-15T15:54:18+00:00

We DO NOT accept insurance in our office. However, we will provide you with all the necessary codes and a superbill to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. The large majority of insurance companies do not reimburse for our care. We are considered out-of-network and encourage you to call your insurance company in advance of your visit to verify your benefits and determine what they will and will not cover. Depending on your policy,  most of the conventional blood tests drawn in our office can be billed to insurance. Please note that you cannot submit forms for reimbursement for Medicaid or Medicare.

Why don’t you take insurance?2018-05-15T15:57:32+00:00

At Holistica, we strive to give our patients truly holistic care, looking at how the body, mind, and spirit together influence your health. Insurance only reimburses for minimal amount of time per patient, and we believe that we cannot give high quality, holistic care in such a short amount of time.

Do I really need a full 1.5 hour appointment on the first visit?2018-05-21T21:18:23+00:00

We believe it is imperative to spend 1.5 hours with our patients, as this is necessary to gather comprehensive information, including past medical history, current symptoms, social history, diet, and more. Because each patient’s case is unique, we focus on looking at the whole person with multiple systems. The first appointment is essential for laying the foundation for your future care.

How much are follow up visits and how often to do I have to come in after the initial appointment?2018-05-15T16:04:36+00:00

Your second appointment (follow up visit) can be anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks after your initial visit, depending on the complexity of your case, and vary in price based on the practitioner you are seeing. You can usually anticipate this visit being 45-60 minutes. We often have a good idea of the direction we want to head with your care, but sometimes, we may need to wait for lab results or other items to come back to us before proceeding with a protocol.  Once we find a plan that works for you, follow up visits tend to be every 4-6 weeks, depending on the support you need. Ultimately, our goal is to support you and your family in getting well and staying well without the need for continued follow up appointments.

Can you prescribe medications?2018-05-17T15:52:19+00:00

Yes. Our patients are able to get their prescriptions filled through our office. Our nurse practitioner writes conventional as well as bio-identical hormone prescriptions, which is a great part of the collaboration at Holistica.

How do I get a prescription if I see one of the Naturopathic Doctors?2018-05-23T03:15:04+00:00

Your Naturopathic Doctor will make a recommendation for your prescription needs. However, you will need to set up a 15 to 30-minute consult with our nurse practitioner to have a prescription approved and written. There is a fee attached to this consultation, but your prescription will be valid for 6 months to a year, depending on the nature of the medication.

How do you decide which tests I may need?2018-05-21T21:13:04+00:00

Our recommendation is based entirely on each individual’s constitution and condition being treated. We order a variety of specialty tests to evaluate all systems of the body in addition to conventional laboratory tests.  This is why it is important to have a 1.5 hour initial consultation and evaluation to ensure we are addressing your unique health care needs. Our foundational testing often includes: gut health, food allergies, nutrient status, adrenal function, and some basic blood work, including thyroid function, hormones, complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, Vitamin D, etc.

Do you do gynecological exams? Can I see one of your practitioners instead of an obstetrician?2018-05-17T15:55:58+00:00

Yes. All of our practitioners are trained in women’s health and can do gynecological exams. We do not deliver babies and would refer you to also work with an obstetrician if you are pregnant.

Do you always put people on handfuls of supplements?2018-05-17T15:58:44+00:00

No. However, in order to stimulate your vital force to heal, supplements are often useful to treat an imbalance. We also use herbs, homeopathic remedies, low dose immunotherapy, IV therapy, and work with your diet and other aspects of your life to help you get well. We aim to use minimal amounts of supplements and other drugs to get you well. Our goal is to help you regain your vitality and find more balance with your diet and lifestyle. Micronutrients are often helpful to achieve optimum health and prevent disease. We do work with everyone individually to prioritize their treatment plan and will only make recommendations that we think are essential to supporting your optimum health.

What does collaboration mean?2018-05-17T16:00:31+00:00

All of the practitioners at Holistica work together under one roof to diagnose and treat you. Even if you are only seeing one of our practitioners, you have a team of highly skilled health care providers with extensive expertise in their field, who are advocating for your health, making recommendations, and sharing protocols. All patient information is kept in strict confidentiality.

How does a Naturopathic Doctor treat and diagnose illness?2018-05-23T03:14:07+00:00

Our Naturopathic Doctors spend at least an 1.5 hours on your first consult to best understand the disease process you are experiencing and the numerous variables that are contributing to your condition. While they use standard laboratory (blood) testing and physical exam for diagnosis, they also use “alternative” laboratory testing. These tests may include but are not limited to: adrenal function saliva testing, heavy metal testing at a specialized laboratory, stool studies, specific hormone panels, food allergy testing panels, Candida growth tests, immunologic profiles, and more. Once they have highly specific information for you that is reliable, they create a specialized treatment plan based on your symptoms, health care concerns, and information from the tests. Treatment ranges from traditional medications and nutrient supplementation to clinical nutrition and energetic medicine, such as homeopathy.