Debi will be able to handle many of the primary care needs associated with the condition(s) or symptom(s) for which you are seeking her consultation. However, she does require that you maintain your primary care provider for routine screening exams such as pap smears, colonoscopies, prostate exams, etc. and for same-day or emergency situations requiring immediate care or hospitalization. As a consultant, she will take an active role in helping you transition off medications in collaboration with your Primary Provider.
Yes, you are most welcome! Many of our patients live outside of the Indy area, so we have adapted our practice to work with patients wherever they may be. If you would like to become a patient and live elsewhere, you will need to be seen for your first visit only by Debi in person to establish a legal provider-patient relationship by which she can offer prescriptions and orders. All subsequent consultations may be conducted by phone or Zoom.
Indy Family Medicine is not contracted with insurance and therefore does not accept any form of medical insurance or Medicare/Medicaid. However, the office will provide you upon request with an itemized bill with traditional ICD-10 codes and CPT codes at the end of your consultation. You may receive partial or full reimbursement by filing that with your insurance company depending on your policy. You may also be able to use pre-tax dollars from a health savings account (HSA) or a flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for your consultations and lab fees.
We honor our patients' financial obligations by practicing Functional Medicine without the regular need for potentially costly Functional Medicine lab testing. Debi will thoughtfully order those lab panels that give the critical data that improves your success with diagnosis or prognosis without unnecessarily ordering expensive tests that don't serve you or your finances. She does not believe that all patients must receive the same, comprehensive list of labs. After a thorough review of your case, she will make targeted recommendations to save time, money and hassle.
During your first visit, Debi will perform a brief physical exam. She will map out her big picture, strategic plan of care based on her visit with you and review your online health history form. Many times, she will recommend some essential lab testing done through routine lab companies. If you are happy with her assessment and proposed plan of care, you can choose to continue and our team will draw your labs at the office that same day. You will then be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment to review these results and determine if further evaluation/ treatment is necessary, usually 1-2 weeks later.
Debi usually recommends specific supplements to begin your initial treatment plan after her review of your case. Most of these supplements are temporary and work to expedite healing in the early stages of your treatment. Some of them may be useful to continue on a long term basis, especially as safer alternatives to your prescription or over-the-counter medications. Some patients are able to get reimbursed through their flexible spending accounts and/or health savings accounts for these prescribed supplements.
The frequency and length of your follow-up appointments will depend on the nature of your illness and ultimately, your success with our lifestyle and supplement recommendations. Debi finds that most people see significant improvement after 2-3 visits or 3 months. However, if you have a complex or severe condition, your healing could take longer than 3 months and may require more visits, spaced out over the year as you and Debi work to systematically 'peel back the layers' of dysfunction. Fortunately, you are always in control of the speed at which you want to implement her recommendations.