3.1 Administrative Paperwork
When you arrive for your visit you will need to fill out the usual and customary administrative paperwork for our practice. This will take around 30 minutes to complete. Please arrive at least 30 minute prior to your appointment to allow time for this and not distract from your medical appointment time.
At the time of your appointment, you will be brought back by one of our nurses to review your admin paperwork and collect the remainder of your membership induction fee. Please be sure to bring all your old medical records with you as well as old lab testing.
3.2 Vitals & Initial Testing
You will then have your vital signs taken as well as advanced biometric testing, vascular testing, body impedance testing and a body composition analysis prior to seeing the doctor. This testing is not covered by insurance but is included as part of your membership benefits.
3.3 Medical Review
You will have an extended visit with Dr. Hartman during which time he will review all the above information and evaluate you based on the Functional Medicine Matrix
. This is used in combination with your Functional Time Line to begin unraveling the many layers involved with your biological systems
Based on your evaluation, additional validated forms and intake questionnaires may be utilized to help us in our discovery process.
3.4 Physical Exam
Next, we conduct a detailed physical exam. This includes:
- A physical nutritional evaluation
- Skin/nails/hair exams
- Functional neurological exam
- Complete head to toe evaluation
This comprehensive physical exam is used to help discover physical manifestations of your underlying imbalances as well as determine how the treatment plan will be layered to address these.
3.5 Labs & Testing
You will have a panel of labs, procedures and testing done that will be billed under your insurance. These are standard procedures and covered by your insurance plan. Depending on your personal evaluation you may have multiple advance laboratory panels performed as well. These tests may take up to a month to return due to their specialized nature. Your total time in the clinic may be up to three hours depending on your health situation.
About Laboratory Testing
Some clinicians will order extensive testing from the beginning at great cost to the patient. Functional testing is already a significant expense and we see no reason to make it more so. Many times, basic imbalances will correct with simple interventions and lead into other areas that need addressing. We tailor testing to each patient at the time in their intervention as appropriate.
While not everyone needs extensive lab work, some will. At times a particular test may be repeated to look for changes. Other times one result will lead to more testing which leads to additional health interventions.
At this point your story is retold through the lens of the Functional Medicine Matrix
. This will include an individual treatment plan as well as lab testing to discover further areas of system imbalance.