What’s It Like Working With IMC?
Be sure and read the frequently asked questions below before your call with Dr. Ford so that you’ll have the basics out-of-the-way.
How will you personalize my treatment plan?
Each client is assessed as an individual with an extensive medical, dietary, lifestyle, and nutritional history…often followed by specialized testing. All of your recommendations are then individualized, based upon the specific imbalances Dr. Ford detects.
What are the costs and fees?
Initial Consultations with Dr. Ford are scheduled to last for 2 hours; the charge for this session is $500. This gives Dr. Ford the time to discuss, in depth, all health concerns, and answer questions without being rushed. A 10% deposit is taken to secure the time slot for the Initial Consultation and is applied to the visit charge at the time of the appointment.
Follow-Ups are scheduled to last 45-60 minutes and the charge is $250.00. Dr. Ford wants to make sure there is plenty of time to go over test results, changes in your health and symptom profile, and discuss options for moving forward toward restoration of your health.
Follow-Ups are usually spaced 4-12 weeks apart, depending on the client’s individual needs, with the goal being to achieve a level of health where the client only needs to “check in” as needed or desired after 6-12 months.
Most clients find that if they do the necessary work and make the needed changes, they will find resolution to their health concerns within 4-8 months. Everyone is different and every case has a different level of complexity, but most are able to move on and enjoy their newly restored health and vitality within that time frame.
Are there any additional expenses I should be aware of?
Depending on your history, symptoms, and any current lab results you may have brought with you, Dr. Ford will often recommend cutting-edge functional medicine laboratory testing.
These tests are often simple, at-home test kits involving saliva, urine, a simple cheek swab, a finger prick, or the collection of stool. Occasionally Dr. Ford will recommend a test that involves a blood draw, and she will tell you where you can go to get the sample drawn.
Testing costs vary and the range is from $300-$1000.00 per test, depending on the company and the type of testing being done. Dr. Ford only covers her expenses and does not profit off testing.
Dr. Ford does not write prescriptions, and instead uses the aforementioned targeted, physician-quality nutritional, botanical, and homeopathic supplements. She provides easy access to trusted distributors for the supplements she will recommend to you, and strongly suggests that you purchase from the provided resources so you can be assured that you are getting what you are paying for.
The monthly cost of supplements can range from $40.00 to $400.00, depending on the complexity of each individual case, how aggressive the client wants to be in their work toward recovery, and how much the client is willing to spend. Dr. Ford strongly believes that when it comes to supplements, quality is not something on which to compromise. She is happy to work with any budget and will make recommendations tailored to each client’s needs.
What kind of support will I receive?
Your visits with Dr. Ford are not rushed. You will have enough 1:1 time in each consult to answer all your questions, translate the meaning of test results, and clarify the steps in your personalized health program. If additional questions arise, email support is available.
How long will it take to see results?
For clients in our private care plans, we recommend one visit per month (on average) in the beginning. As your health improves, less frequent visits are needed. Most clients happily graduate to an “as-needed” schedule of visits within 6 months.
Of course, you are always welcome to return should other conditions develop in the future.
Will insurance pay?
Unfortunately, due to licensing regulations regarding naturopathic doctors in the State of Texas, Dr. Ford cannot accept or work with insurance carriers and cannot sign any documentation regarding, but not limited to, the reimbursement of monies regarding supplement recommendations, testing recommendations, and/or diet recommendations.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Venmo, and Discover.
Can you be my primary care doctor?
Unfortunately, due to licensing regulations regarding naturopathic doctors in the State of Texas, Dr. Ford cannot be your primary care doctor or perform physical examinations, and does not offer after-hours care. We strongly recommend all clients retain an MD, NP, PA, or DO as their primary care providers.
Instead, Dr. Ford’s focus while working with you will be enacting a longer-term plan to correct the underlying cause of your health challenges.
How do you ensure that the supplements I buy will actually work?
We only use physician-grade, top-quality supplements. We also take great care to discern quality, potency, synergistic formulations, bioavailability, and whether important standards are met by the manufacturing facilities. You won’t be guaranteed this level of quality assurance when buying off the shelf online, or at a store or pharmacy.
Because of the care we take to ensure that your investment is going towards quality products, we insist that clients purchase their supplements from distributors we recommend. That way, if something isn’t working, we can be confident it’s not because of a supplement quality issue.
If you are purchasing your supplements from other sources, you may very well be purchasing counterfeit (yes, they look just like the real thing!), expired, or spoiled products that have been stored in conditions that cause the ingredients to decompose.
Working with IMC, there are no automatic monthly refills or subscription schemes — you will buy only what you need, as you need it…so you’re most efficient with your money.
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