Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of training did you receive?
I am a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Doctor of Medicine. I received my doctorate from UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School and my postdoctoral education from Mount Sinai Medical Center. I have received complete training in the biological sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, histology, blood chemistry, neurology and pharmacology, as well as conventional medical diagnosis and treatment. My post doctorate education and training was in Radiology and Neuroradiology. In addition, I have received extensive training in Functional Medicine which included clinical nutrition, botanical medicine and lifestyle counseling.
Do you prescribe medications?
Yes. As a medical doctor I am able to prescribe and make recommendations about prescription medications and controlled substances. The goal is to limit your body’s need for these types of medications and encourage the use of natural, noninvasive methods such as nutritional therapy, herbs, supplements, stress management techniques and lifestyle changes to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal function and health.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately Functional Medicine consultations are not covered by insurance at this time. However, Medicare and many private insurances may cover some of the testing and services but not all. We do everything we can to make sure Functional Medicine is affordable, and available to everyone! All costs and fees will be outlined for you in detail prior to your appointments, so you will never get stuck with an unforeseen bill.
How long will my treatment take?
The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the complexity of your condition, how long you’ve had it, how much time, energy and attention you’re willing to devote to treatment, and how well you respond to treatment. In general, health programs for chronic illnesses last between six and twelve months, but most patients start seeing improvement within the first month. Patients may elect to continue with a maintenance program after their initial treatment plan is finished.
How much will my program cost?
Functional Medicine is not just for the wealthy. Most of our patients are working class people who want to get healthy and feel great. Our top patient bases are nurses and blue collar people who want to get healthy. We only want to take on patients we believe we can help improve their overall health. The application process would start with setting up an initial evaluation. If you are accepted into the program, price depends on several factors, including the complexity of your condition, the extent of lab testing required, the combination of natural medicines and other therapies needed during treatment, and the number of consultations you receive. We do everything we can to make Functional Medicine affordable to the average person. Again, most if not all of our patients are normal, working class people who want to improve their health.
How can I learn if I am a candidate?
The best way to determine whether you would be a good fit is to schedule an initial comprehensive evaluation. This gives us an opportunity to learn more about your goals and needs, and gives you the chance to ask us any questions you might have. During the comprehensive consultation with me we would go over your health history in detail, and go over your past labs that you would send us before your consultation, in detail. We would also find out if Functional Medicine is right for you, and if it is, in what capacity. We love our job and take Functional Medicine very seriously and care for our patients deeply. Working with them over the months they are with us, they become our friends and like family to us. We are humbled and honored to be a part of their journey into health.