Becoming a PatientPatient Guide
Welcome to Richmond Integrative & Functional Medicine!
Please read the following page carefully. It will serve as a guide to help us make your consultation and care here as efficient and productive as possible. It will also guide you through the necessary preparation prior to your initial evaluation. We value your time and the following will help to maximize your time here in our office.
1. Educating Yourself
Integrative Medicine & Functional Medicine differ from conventional medicine in many significant respects. It is important, therefore, to understand the unique goals and methods behind our approach to care at Richmond Integrative & Functional Medicine. Please review the following articles to prepare you for your experience here.
While we are increasingly hearing more about inflammation, few of us understand the good purposes inflammation plays in our body or when those good purposes move to dysfunction.read more
Functional Medicine practitioners promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease.read more
In the Functional Medicine model, the body’s function is viewed in light of seven fundamental systems. It takes into account how the environment interacts with your genes and can result in health or disease.read more
2. Our Services
It’s hard to define all that Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine encompass. Below are a few of the services that are offered at Richmond Integrative & Functional Medicine.
Comprehensive Systems Biology & Functional Medicine Intake Exam
This initial evaluation will last 90 minutes and include a Functional Matrix based evaluation. This includes an evaluation of environment influences on genetic expression, nutritional influences on genetic expression (nutrigenetics), nutritional influences on metabolic functions (nutrigenomics), metabolic derangements resulting is system failures (metabolomics), transgenerational influences on gene expression, psychological and mind body influences on systems biology functions and genetics, and if applicable a personalized genetic evaluation. Once this evaluation is complete, a personalized nutraceutical, dietary and if indicated an evidence based herbal regimen will be created for the patient. The above will be in accordance with principles outlined through the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, The American Board of Physician Specialties and The Institute for Functional Medicine.
This is performed during the initial intake of every patient and include but is not limited to Body Impedance Analysis, Biomarker Analysis and interpretation, peripheral circulatory evaluations utilizing vascular reactivity analysis and functional nutritional evaluations.
Metabolic and Organic Acid Analysis, Genetic, Toxicological and Functional Medicine Testing and lab analysis; as appropriate. This testing interpretation requires advanced medical training and at times lab interpretation can involve specialty consultations with other subspecialists in the field. These costs including time and resources are included in the program.
The initial intake appointment after joining RIFM will be 90 minutes. All follow up appointments will be scheduled for at least 30 minutes.
‘Ultra Wellness’ Executive Physical Exam & Advanced Laboratory Testing
RIFM through its participating physician will provide an advanced biological systems based analysis. This will include but not be limited to application of the Functional Medicine Matrix, Functional Nutritional Biomarkers and as appropriate additional functional testing evaluations.
Due to the intensive and time consuming nature of Functional & Integrative Medicine, RIFM agrees to limit the size of its panel for Integrative and Functional Medicine to no more than 300 patients per designated medical provider.
We are offering access to the Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine services at RIFM through a membership program. Unfortunately, neither Integrative or Functional Medicine are presently recognized as a coverable service through most insurers or Medicare. We have chosen a membership model as the best way to provide access to these services. A full description of our reasoning for our policy can be found here.
Your insurance will still provide for the standard labs, x-rays, CT scans, standard evaluation and management procedures (typical office visits), etc. … that will be provided in addition to your comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan. The fee structure for the available memberships are as follows:
Initial membership induction fee of $690 then monthly maintenance fee of $120 per month during the next 12 months of membership. Annual re-induction fees will apply.
Couples & Families
Couples will get a 10% discount on the individual rate when joining. Children up to age 18 can be added on at a 15% discount from the individual rate.
Membership may be cancelled at any time but a written notice is required. The membership will be cancelled on the following monthly cycle. So if you cancel your membership after your initial evaluation you will be charged for only one month of membership after the induction fee. This allows us to do an appropriate follow up for all initial evaluations. Otherwise the membership contract will renew on an annual basis unless terminated by either party.
Intake Instructions (Text)
Intake Instructions (Video Tutorial)
Call to Schedule Your Appointment
- A physical nutritional evaluation
- Skin/nails/hair exams
- Functional neurological exam
- Complete head to toe evaluation