What To Expect
- Expect to be both seen and heard.
- Expect to be treated with respect and honor.
- Expect me to show up on time.
- Expect a quick turn-around time between you contacting me and me getting back to you. Unless I'm traveling, teaching, with family, or taking excellent care of another patient--then I'll respond as soon as I am able.
- Expect a very short intake form (demographics, how to get in touch with you, your health goals).
- Expect to tell your story in your own words. Your choice of metaphors will help me hear more than you say.
- Expect to play an active role in your own healing journey.
- Expect to accept responsibility for your actions, including your health outcomes in response/reaction to your actions.
- Expect a mug of tea if you come to me; expect to offer a mug of tea to me if I come to you. We're in this teamship together.
- Expect to be real and honest with me. I can't provide best care if you withhold vital details.
- Expect the unexpected, including tears, raucous laughter, and celebratory dancing.
- DON'T expect me to read your mind.
Initial office calls usually last 90 minutes. During this time, the patient's history is taken, the chief complaint or reason for the appointment is explored, and other health concerns are noted.Diet, lifestyle, social support, exercise, spiritual health, genetic predisposition, family history, prescriptions, over-the-counter preparations, supplements, and motivation for change are discussed.
After this process is completed, goals are set with time-lines and recommendations to achieve the goals. Every effort is made to ensure that you understand why and how to follow the recommendations. Education is key in achieving your goals and better health. Depending on the patient's condition, a follow up appointment--typically lasting one hour or less--may be scheduled in a month to 6 weeks (typically), or as far out as three months into the future.