I love to work with individuals who are are committed to transforming their lives and obtaining their highest level of well-being.

Your best health is your most valuable asset.

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The Process

Consultation

As your wellness physician, I promise to treat you as a person, not a list of diagnoses. My passion is identifying the systems in distress and restoring function and balance. I collaborate with the best in the field to provide you with the latest in research-based interventions.

Analysis

As an MD, I believe in identifying and verifying metabolic, immune, nutritional, infectious, and gastrointestinal disorders with advanced and comprehensive laboratory testing. Quantification of your individual imbalances allows me to personalize your treatment protocol. This is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.

Answers

I find the answers to your most frustrating symptoms – illnesses that impacted your well-being, setbacks that prevented your success, lack of improvement that caused endless frustration. Now, you are powerfully equipped to handle everything that comes your way. You know what your specific needs and triggers are.

Personalization

Based on your unique story and test results, I provide you with a customized protocol to nourish, balance, purify and age-proof your body and mind. No more guesswork – you know more about yourself now than you ever have!

Results

This process takes time and commitment from both of us. It’s not an easy road, but rest assured my team and I will be there to empower, guide and support you along the way. Once you begin to see and feel the results, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner!

INFORMATION AND RATES

In addition to Functional Medicine and Wellness consulting and specialty lab testing, I am now offering on-site blood draws, advanced IV therapy, vitamin injections, comprehensive evaluations for nutrient deficiencies, bio-identical hormone replacement, personalized supplement programs, and health/nutrition coaching.

What you can expect from me:

I’m an experienced, licensed, board-certified medical doctor also certified through the Institute for Functional Medicine. I am also currently studying with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Metabolic Medical Institute. I see all kinds of patients, from those looking for solutions to complex illness to those who enjoy good health and want to be proactive in maintaining it. My practice is small and I accept a limited number of new functional medicine and wellness patients per month in order to maintain a personalized experience and the highest quality of care. I get the best results with patients who are willing to maintain a close working relationship with me and my team, provide frequent feedback, and check in often, so I try to make that as easy and enjoyable as possible.

I prefer to treat you as a whole person instead of focusing on a specific illness or disease, so my approach takes into consideration all of the systems of the body and how they are inter-related. My patients come to me with a variety of needs and conditions, and some of those are listed below:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Adrenal Fatigue/ HPA Axis Dysfunction
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Food sensitivities
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Brain fog and cognitive decline
  • Fatigue and energy issues
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Systemic inflammation
  • Toxin related illness
  • Heavy metal toxicity

What I expect from you:

  • I ask that everyone complete the application for consultation and book a complimentary call with me before I accept you as a patient.
  • I require that you have a primary care doctor for routine health needs. I serve as a specialty consultant and cannot take the place of your regular doctor when it comes to acute illnesses, injuries, and routine health maintenance like mammograms, pelvic exams, prostate exams, cardiac stress testing, and colonoscopies.
  • I ask that you always be open, honest, and thorough in providing the required information.  I also ask that you be patient and willing to implement healing strategies that may take 3 to 6 months, and sometimes longer for complex issues. I require that you see me at least every 3 months thereafter to maintain your health, especially if you are on a hormone replacement or nutritional program.

I offer several great options to new functional and wellness medicine patients. All of them are customizable. This is designed to give you an idea of how I like to put things together and how many visits it typically takes to get you on track. Most of the prices are based on direct pay for the labs.

  • Option 1 : Initial Comprehensive Case Review (ICCR) – This is how I get to know you and is required for all new functional medicine, wellness, and hormone therapy patients. The ICCR is a thorough review of your health history, including any previous labs and records you upload for me to interpret, and a 60-minute appointment with me to give you a “functional” perspective on your health and create a diagnostic plan for you, or give you a second opinion. Prior to this appointment, I go through all of the questionnaires you completed, review your old records, and construct your health profile. I also do some “thinking and linking” about your history and current issues.  During the appointment, we fill in the blanks and create your unique health timeline. Lab testing is not included. Recommended labs and a proposed plan of treatment will be discussed at the end of our appointment with approximate pricing, and test kits prepared for you to pick up at a later date. $695 initial (Pediatric 16 and under initial consult rate $395) Follow-up visits $350/hr billed in 15-minute increments.
  • Option 2 : 3-month Optimal Wellness Package – For those that know they want to dig deep and learn more about optimizing and managing their health with the ultimate guidance from my team, I have created this package. It includes the initial consultation and 3 follow-up appointments with me to discuss test results and implement healing strategies, 3 1-hour sessions with my health and nutrition coach, unlimited email access for questions along the way, and a 10% discount on recommended professional-quality supplements, IV vitamin therapy, and select aesthetics products and services. Labs not included, $2025

 

  • Option 3 : 3-month Optimal Wellness Package with Labs – Same as above, but including my Core Lab evaluation: adrenal health screen, nutritional and metabolic testing, and a comprehensive stool analysis to look at the health of your microbiome. $3125
  •  Option 4  : Complete Hormone Health – The path to vitality is healthy hormone levels! This includes the initial consultation, Adrenal, Thyroid, and Sex Hormone testing using state of the art methods, essential nutritional screening, 2 follow-up visits to review your labs in detail, and a customized hormone revitalization protocol that may include both prescription and non-prescription recommendations. Continuation of the protocol requires a monthly membership fee that includes regular testing and follow-up visits every 3 months, but as a member of the practice you get 10% off recommended professional-quality supplements, IV vitamin therapy, and select aesthetics products and services . $1925 first 3 months, then $175/month thereafter
  • Option 5 : CardioMetabolic Reboot – This package is for those with a history or risk factors for heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes and a desire to be proactive in preventing or reversing disease. Includes the initial consultation, an advanced lipid panel and biomarker test, metabolic testing, and 2 follow-up visits to put your plan in action. It also includes 10% off recommended professional-quality supplements, IV vitamin therapy, and select aesthetics products and services. $2145
  • Option 6  : Leaky Gut and Food Sensitivity Evaluation – It’s a hot topic these days. If you’re already dealing with an autoimmune disease or want to be proactive in avoiding one, this is the testing you need. I partner with Dunwoody Labs for their intestinal permeability assay, comprehensive stool analysis, and food sensitivity testing. Beware, this is not for the faint of heart or those not prepared to significantly modify their diet in order to heal. Requires the initial consultation and 3 follow-up visits, gut-healing supplements, and re-testing at 6 months. $1745, does not include labs, $2045 includes 3 sessions with my health and nutrition coach
  • OptimalSelf Membership : As a member of the practice, you are entitled to a half-hour visit with me every month, 10% off professional-quality supplements, IV vitamin therapy, and select aesthetics products and services like Botox, Juvederm, facial laser resurfacing, SculpSure laser body contouring, and Revision Skin Care products. $175/month
  • IV Therapy Consultation: An online health questionnaire is required and reviewed prior to your first infusion. If screening labs are necessary, I will discuss those with you. Currently available are Myer’s cocktail with custom variations, FastVitaminIV, Vitamin C, Glutathione, and NAD (Brain Refuel) therapy.  Come see for yourself how intravenous vitamin therapy can make a tremendous difference!  Cost varies based on protocol, starts at $150 for a basic Myer’s drip
  • Vitamin Injections Classic B12 (both methylcobalamin and hydroxycobalamin available) as well as MIC (“fat-burning”) B12 for a boost of energy and metabolism! Vitamin D3 injections also available $15 and $25, and $30
  • Aesthetic Services : Once you’re feeling amazing, you’re going to want to look that way too! I’ve partnered with my husband (the other Dr. B) to provide convenient and accessible aesthetic services and products in our beautiful downtown location with Tuesday evening and occasional weekend hours.

Appointment types: The initial appointment must be in-person, but follow-ups can be via Skype or telephone.

Payment –  Payment is due at the time of service. We as a practice are out of network and do not accept private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.  I can provide you with a HCFA form and coded receipts to submit for reimbursement (except for Medicaid and Medicare). However, you are ultimately responsible for submitting the appropriate documentation that your insurance company requires for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company to determine what their individual requirements are. Submission of a claim for reimbursement does not guarantee payment and is subject to specific health plan benefits. Each health plan is different. Check with your insurance company about your out-of-network benefits. You may also use HSA/FSA cards if permitted by your insurance plan. Payment is due at time of service, and membership patients must have a credit card on file. Due to the amount of time reserved for your appointment, we require notification of cancellation no less than 3 business days before your appointment. A credit card is needed to reserve your appointment and you will be billed 50% of your visit fee if you fail to notify us in time.

Cancellation Policy: Due to the amount of time reserved for your appointment, we require notification of cancellation no less than 3 business days before your appointment. A credit card is needed to reserve your appointment and you will be billed 50% of your visit fee if you fail to notify us in time.

Examples of Labs I use:

  • Nutritional Evaluation: Depending on the patient, I use Genova NutrEval, ION, Organix, Metabolic Analysis, the Optimal Nutritional Evaluation, Spectracell Micronutrient testing, or a combination of these. All are very comprehensive, using either blood or urine and give me unprecedented depths of insight into your unique metabolic status and nutritional needs.
  • Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology, GI-MAP, or Genova GI Effects  – 1 to 3-day stool collection to evaluate digestion, absorption, elimination, potential bacterial imbalance, infections, yeast, parasites, and the state of your microbiome.
  • Dunwoody Lab’s Intestinal Permeability Assay for quantitation of leaky gut, histamine levels, and DAO levels.
  • Genova Diagnostic’s SIBO Breath Test
  • Cyrex or KBMO FIT Test for food sensitivities – this test measures IgG antibodies and activated complement to limit the number of false positives. I may combine this test with salivary sIgA testing to get the most accurate results.
  • Precision Analytical’s DUTCH Test – dried urine testing for complete hormones, including sex hormones and adrenal function. I believe this is easier to collect than saliva for some patients.
  • ZRT Neurotransmitter panel
  • ZRT salivary hormone and adrenal function testing
  • Cleveland Heart Lab – Advanced lipid testing and ApoE genotype
  • Quest Labs for standard testing
  • Biomarker panel – a customized panel for men or women that includes a CBC, comprehensive metabolic panel, hsCRP, IGF-1, ferritin, iron, hemoglobin A1c, and homocysteine, among other important tests.
  • Comprehensive Thyroid testing far beyond the standard TSH.
  • I use many other specialty labs depending on the needs of my patients.
  • Most traditional lab tests are covered by your insurance plan regardless of the ordering physician, but this is not true with specialty testing which is still considered “experimental”. I recommend that you check with your insurance provider to better understand any restrictions or financial obligations you may have under your current plan. For instance, if you have to meet a large deductible before labs are covered, you may decide that paying cash is a more affordable option and may apply to your deductible for the year. I offer all labs to you at a discounted cash price, but some lab companies will take a co-pay and bill your insurance.

FAQ

Functional medicine is highly dependent on honesty, commitment, and patience.  You have to believe in me, yourself, and the process. Although I have a high rate of success and your plan will be thoroughly researched and customized to your unique health status and your personal goals, no guarantees can be assured regarding the outcomes of nutritional protocols, dietary changes, or lifestyle modifications.

UPDATE: At this time I am unable to provide consultation services across state lines without an initial in-person visit.  If you cannot travel to see me, do not apply for consultation.  At some point the laws may become more clear, but as an MD I am held to a higher standard than other practitioners of functional medicine.

Virtual visits are for individuals who cannot or choose not to be seen in the office at least once per year. In such a case, a legally binding doctor/patient relationship is not established. Thus, the “telemedicine” or virtual consultation is for educational and health coaching purposes only. Assessments and recommendations are intended to assist you and your local health care provider in using natural means to support your health. Recommendations are not intended to serve as a medical diagnosis or treatment. If you are unable to come to me in person for initial consultation but wish to have an in-person consultation, in some cases arrangements can be made for me to come to you.  Otherwise, I am happy to discuss your health needs and coach you back to health via virtual visits. These consultations are for advice and guidance, but please note that I will be unable to treat you “medically” and will be unable to include this communication as part of your official medical record. Please message me if you have any questions.

In order to give you the full concierge experience, we meet online as if you were in my office, and test kits can be shipped directly to you to be collected. Since I am unable to do a physical exam, there are certain instances where a virtual visit would not be appropriate. In most cases, however, I can take you through the process without you having to travel to see me!

When you call and schedule an appointment, time is reserved especially for you and no one else. Since the appointments are much longer than standard office visits, cancellations are significant interruptions to the schedule. Thus, a minimum of 7 days’ notice is required for cancellations of new patient visits and 2 days’ notice for existing patients. There is a 50% office visit charge for “no-shows” or late cancellations.

Please see the consultation page for more information. I work with a limited number of clients at a time which allows me to concentrate on your case and work closely with you towards your goals.

Medical records can only be released with your authorization. It is your responsibility to obtain previous medical records from other physicians or health care providers that you want me to review. If you feel your medical records are pertinent to your appointment with me, please contact your physician or other health care provider to obtain these records and make sure that I have received them at least 14 days prior to your initial appointment. Your medical records can be mailed or faxed to my office at 864.626.0609 or uploaded directly to your patient portal if you are a registered patient.

There are no requirements that you buy them from me, only that you use the ones I recommend or approve. I use the highest quality, purest supplements in order to guarantee results and reduce potential reactions. If you buy other brands in order to save money, you take the risk of getting substandard or contaminated products.  Don’t bargain shop when it’s your health that’s on the line. You’ll end up wasting money, or worse, damaging your health.

In providing my patients with superb care and unprecedented access to me as their functional medicine physician, I intend to prevent or reduce hospitalizations and specialty referrals. In those circumstances, I will certainly continue to serve you however I can during your hospital stay or visits with specialists. In some cases, depending on the level of care and the sorts of expertise required, I will rely on those specialized caregivers to manage your treatment.

I use specialty laboratories for most of my testing, but I also use Quest for more conventional testing. During your consultation, I will determine which tests are needed and then review the testing recommendations, the instructions and cost. Some testing can be performed at home with test kits to collect urine, saliva or stool samples. Others may require a blood draw at a specific time of day. I can draw blood at the office. Some patients may elect to use a concierge lab draw service for the utmost in convenience!

I do not accept any insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid.

My practice is highly specialized and uses advanced and sometimes controversial diagnostic studies and interventions, many of which are not covered by the average health insurance plan, nor should they be. Insurance coverage is really meant for emergencies, non-elective surgeries, expensive medications, routine labs and radiology, and injuries – not health improvement and maintenance.

A growing number of doctors have moved away from accepting insurance because they are tired of insurance companies dictating the amount of time and type of care they can provide their patients.

In the insurance system, every encounter must be submitted as a billing claim to the insurance carrier in order for the doctor to get paid. The doctor only gets a small portion of the billing as payment. Therefore, doctors in the insurance system must see 3,000 patients or more per year (that’s about 30-40 visits per day) just to generate enough billing claims to pay for an office and make a living. This is why you wait so long for an appointment, only to get a few rushed minutes with your doctor.

The insurance system also limits the type of care you get. Your doctor is only able to discuss issues pertaining to the specific visit type so the encounter can fit into an insurance billing claim. Many labs aren’t covered if you don’t have a particular condition that justifies checking them. If you have another issue, you have to schedule another appointment. Most doctors are as frustrated as you are about it.

I won’t sacrifice my patients’ care. I choose my patients’ well-being over insurance payments. Because of this choice, I have complete freedom to provide highly personalized, cutting-edge, and unrushed care. My patients know they can reach me with questions almost any time of the day, any day of the week. I don’t need extra staff just to handle insurance claims. We can discuss any issue that needs to be addressed at any appointment. The focus is on building optimal health, not doing the “bare minimum” or just treating the symptoms of illness after it happens. In this kind of high-value health care practice, you truly get what you pay for.

My services are as a rule limited to that of consultation only. I require that you maintain a working relationship with a primary care doctor for routine screening exams such as physical exams, pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies, prostate exams, vaccinations and acute illness care or emergency situations requiring immediate attention or hospitalization.  If you have a team of specialists, I respectfully ask you continue to see them as needed.  My services are an enhancement to – not instead of – your standard medical care.

Though many of my patients are located in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, I have the ability to work with patients wherever they may be by way of virtual office visits.  I prefer the first visit to be in person, and that can be in my home office or a house call.  That kind of one-on-one personalized initial visit can be of tremendous benefit.  If we’re going to be working closely together, I need to know about your life, family, and environment.  If you have a fast internet connection, we can use a telemedicine platform or Skype. I can ship test kits anywhere in the U.S. for you to collect and send to the specialty labs I use.

Together we can achieve
Functional Vitality

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