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Frequently asked questions

  • What is Direct Primary Care (DPC)?
    DPC is a new way of offering primary care that realigns that physician and patient so that they can work together in a trusting and caring relationship to find the best possible health outcome for the patients. The DPC model is unique in that it is subscription based and no insurance is typically accepted. Benefits include better access to the physicians, no wait times, and healthcare when you need it. Membership is often limited to a few hundred patients rather than several thousand, improving the patient-doctor relationship. There are many different kinds of DPC. At LFM, I provide access to Lifestyle Medicine as well in order to address root causes of chronic diseases. I also make myself available 24/7 for emergencies.
  • What is Lifestyle Medicine?
    Lifestyle Medicine is a newer field of medicine that uses evidence in the realms of nutrition/diet, physical activity, sleep, social connectedness, stress reduction, and avoiding toxic substances, to prescribe and coach lifestyle modifications for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Each recommendation is customized tot he individual and their preferences, capabilities, and risk factors. I conduct extensive risk assessment and apply well-established change behavior techniques. If you are thinking about making any changes in your lifestyle to be healthier and want expert guidance in a professional setting, please sign up today!
  • As a member of LFM, will I still need health insurance?
    I recommend that everyone carries at least catastrophic coverage (covering trauma or new critical illness diagnoses) or stay opted into any health plans offered by employers. If an employer plan is not an option for you, please look into health shares, which are an alternative model to health insurances.
  • Can I be an LFM member if I don't have insurance?
    Yes, you can absolutely be a member even if you don't have insurance. Furthermore, I have negotiated rates with lab, radiology, and certain screening service providers to get you affordable testing when needed.
  • Will you bill insurance?
    In general, I will not be billing insurance. I am required to bill Medicare and the weight loss program does accept certain insurances. Other than that, I can provide you the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance company.
  • Why can't I make an appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays?
    On Wednesdays and Fridays, I take virtual appointments only. If you have a schedule conflict and can only be seen on Wednesday or Fridays, please reach out and we will work it out.
  • Do you prescribe controlled substances, such as narcotics or benzodiazepines?"
    Though I am licensed to do so, that is not inline with the philosophy of this practice as a treatment option for chronic (long-standing) issues. I am fortunate to be able to refer you to a network of specialists who can manage chronic issues that might require controlled medications, including a pain management specialist and psychiatrists. I do prescribe controlled substances when indicated for short-term issues, and I am also licensed to prescribe Suboxone.
  • Are there any family plans? Small business rates?
    Yes, a group discount of 10% applies when at least three people from the same family unit enroll together. I also offer the same discount to small businesses that offer LFM membership to employees. Membership plans do not all have to be the same.
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