How do you become a patient?
It’s not hard to get started working with us, but it is important to go through a step-by-step process that’s designed to give you the best results with our care.
Becoming our patient involves these 4 steps:
Step 1. Qualification phone call.
Call us at (864) 757-8500. One of our team members will ask you some questions to see if you qualify for our care. Not everyone is a good candidate to work with us, for a variety of reasons. One reason is the comprehensive nature of our approach; another is the patient’s condition. The patient’s expectations and goals may be a third determining factor.
If you are a good candidate for our care, we will schedule a consultation.
Step 2. Consultation – Initial visit
Your initial consultation will include a visit to our office to meet the doctor with your spouse, if applicable. If you’re at a distance, we can complete your consultation via phone or Skype. We ask that you bring any blood work you may have had done within the past six months to the consultation.
The consultation involves sitting down to discuss your case in depth. We will review the history of what is going on with your condition, including evaluation of any recent blood work or diagnostics you have had done. We will then make recommendations for further evaluation and diagnostics through our office.
During your consultation, the doctor will answer any questions you may have. Three of the most common questions asked of us will be answered for you by the doctor:
- What is causing me to feel this way?
- Can you help me?
- How much will it cost?
At this point, you can decide whether or not you’d like to go forward with our care. If so, you’ll move on to the next step—the comprehensive evaluation.
Step 3. Comprehensive evaluation
We start with a complete, whole-body exam to discover how your body’s inner workings may be affecting your health and why.
The comprehensive evaluation is a separate appointment in our office that takes about an hour. It’s unlike any other exam you’ve likely to have had before, even if you have “been through the ringer” so to speak, with MRIs, CT scans or other types of neurological evaluations. Many of our patients refer to it as the most comprehensive neurological exam they’ve ever had.
What sets our exam apart? Others approach the examination process from a pathological standpoint, such as with imaging. Nothing is seen from a pathological perspective, so you may be told, “Nothing’s wrong.” Yet from a functional perspective, there may be very real problems with how the brain is or is not working.
In our evaluation, we look closely at the brain and the rest of the nervous system. We try to determine if it is getting the three things it needs to be healthy:
- Food in the form of nutrition
If one or more of these three essentials is lacking or not being received in proper amounts, the brain and/or the nervous system may not function as well as it should.
We may also utilize the qEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram) if it’s warranted based on your consultation visit.
Our evaluation also includes analysis of the comprehensive blood work you will have completed. Any additional testing that may be necessary, such as environmental sensitivity testing, food sensitivity testing or genetic testing may done at this time. Lab diagnostics ordered through our office as part of your exam are performed at separate facilities, and the results are sent to us.
Step 4. Report of Findings
At this stage, we lay out your individualized therapy based on the results of the functional neurological exam, the qEEG (if performed), the comprehensive blood chemistry analysis and any additional testing that’s been done prior to this point. We ask that you as well as your spouse attend this important visit.
We will give you complete information on exactly what we have determined to be the best path forward for you in terms of therapy. We’ll also make sure you understand the “why” behind our recommendations. Any questions you or your spouse may have about your condition or your recommended care plan can be answered at this time.
The report of findings may include recommendations for neurological therapies, nutritional support therapies, lifestyle changes, dietary changes or other types of techniques, tools or interventions that are designed to help your body function better on the inside, so you’ll feel better on the outside. Ultimately, we seek to help you reach your health goals.
Every report of findings is unique, because it’s based on your specific history and test results. Every therapy plan is individualized, too, because it is based on the unique report of findings.
We do not take a “cookie cutter” approach to our patients’ care, even if symptoms seem on the surface to be similar from one person to the next.
Part of your care as our patient involves an in-depth re-evaluation after a set period of time that’s reasonable for your therapy program and your goals. This re-evaluation involves retesting and careful measures of your results.
If you’re not making progress or feeling better? We will make adjustments to your therapy plan, as appropriate. In this way, we take a flexible, ongoing approach to your care that remains personalized and specific to your needs over time. We do not just wish you the best and send you on your way!