May I Line Up a New Patient Appointment Without a Referral?
Yes, though we’re happy to work with any referring physicians.
Are You Covered by Insurance?
We no longer accept insurance. Because most insurance companies do not recognize what we do as a standard of care, they are unlikely to provide reimbursement. That said, the patient will be kept informed of all out-of-pocket service costs and given an option on whether they wish to proceed with recommended tests and programs throughout the functional medicine process. We believe in full transparency at LSMC and will ensure you are educated about your care from start to finish.
Do I Need a Diagnosis Before I Come to You?
No. We use a holistic medicine approach to provide comprehensive diagnostics as part of our new-patient intake. To provide the most complete diagnostics, LifeSeasons Medical Clinic works with multiple diagnostic labs and outsources complex imaging services.
Do You Meet With Patients Remotely (Distance Medicine/Telemedicine)?
We can provide remote consultations via phone and email, but only as follow-up to an in-person, new-client intake meeting. Since functional medicine depends on establishing face-to-face rapport and a comprehensive physical examination, our in-person meetings are a crucial aspect of your treatment.
Can I Quit Working With My Conventional Doctor and Go to My LSMC Doctor Instead?
LSMC physicians are happy to serve as a patient’s primary care doctor and we do offer some urgent care needs.
Can You Serve as My Child’s Pediatrician?
LSMC can see patients 14-years-old and above but will consider below 14 on a case by case bases such as functional support and treatment for complex health challenges, including ADD and ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, allergies, diabetes, GI challenges, immune challenges, and other chronic conditions.
Do You Prescribe Pharmaceutical Medications?
Yes, though not as a first line of treatment. Our focus on integrative medicine allows us to look for root causes first and focus on powerful nutritive and lifestyle changes. We then prescribe pharmaceutical medications when appropriate.
Can I Meet With Dr. Bredesen?
Dr. Bredesen is serving solely as a consulting physician and has personally mentored Dr. Apostol. Dr. Bredesen is not available for in-person clinic visits at this time.
How Do I Access My Patient Information and Treatment Notes?
You may access your health timeline, treatment notes, and latest lab test results anytime through our website. Click on the ‘Client Portal’ button to log in for access.
Can I Review My Latest Invoice and Billing Information Online?
You may review your latest invoice and pay your bill at any time through our website. Click on the ‘Client Portal’ button to log in for access.
Where Are My Lab Results?
We will email you as soon as your results are in and provide a link to the results through our online patient portal. Once they are posted there, you may review and download them at any time.
What Are the Benefits of Our Client Portal?
We have partnered with a HIPPA-compliant, cloud-based service to provide a convenient online patient portal that makes it easy to handle all your medical and billing tasks during your functional medicine treatment plan. With access to the patient portal from your desktop, tablet, and smartphone, you have around-the-clock access to your health information.
Is My Health Information Secure on the Client Portal?
Yes, we ensure a secure and comprehensive platform. You will enter the portal through a HIPAA-compliant link that gives you unequaled support and protection.
The Intake Health Questionnaire Seems Longer Than Most, Is There a Reason for That?
The first thing you’ll notice about our intake forms is that they are a lot more detailed than any other intake forms you’ve probably completed for conventional clinics. Because we use a functional medicine approach, we ask about your current symptoms, risk factors, and stressors you may have never thought of — including lifestyle factors that affected you years ago.
This depth of inquiry is crucial for us to understand who you are and to determine your true root causes. From there, we can develop a personalized functional medicine treatment approach. Your honest and thorough replies translate into far more effective treatment.
How Long Should I Set Aside to Fill Out the Initial Health Questionnaire?
Most patients take between 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
Can You Work With Me Even If I Prefer Not to Use the Internet?
Yes, we have dedicated areas in our functional medicine clinic where you can fill out your information prior to your visit with Dr. Apostol. Additionally, we’re happy to mail you the intake forms prior to your visit and your results following your visit.
How much do visits cost?
The cost of your visit will vary with the complexity of your condition and is based on time spent with the physician and the testing and procedures to be performed. For this reason, we cannot offer an expected cost. However, before and after your initial complimentary consultation, we will be able to discuss with you expected costs for your treatment.
How does a Physician become certified in Functional Medicine?
Dr. Apostol is a board-certified practitioner of family medicine as well as board-certified in Integrative medicine. She is certified as a functional medicine practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine, the gold standard for education, training, and clinical practice in functional medicine globally.
Do you sell nutritional supplements?
Yes! LifeSeasons Medical Clinic has a selection of physician-curated supplements from many top brands in-house to purchase. We are also able to have them prescribed and shipped to you via online dispensaries including Fullscript and Wellevate.
How does functional medicine differ from normal nutritional coach training?
As a physician and functional practitioner, Dr. Apostol has received training in using specific food plans to for therapeutic purposes rather than offering generalized, one-size-fits-all diet recommendations. We know no two people are alike and therefore require individualized treatment.
What should I expect at my first visit?
After completing your initial complimentary consultation and intake paperwork, you’ll be scheduled for a visit with our physician. This visit can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour at your discretion. Dr. Apostol will review with you your medical concerns and medical history to come up with a therapeutic plan to help you on your health journey. Often testing is recommended, depending on symptoms that will be discussed before the end of your visit.