What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine addresses all physical, emotional, mental, social, and environmental influences that affect health. A personalized strategy that considers all the patient’s needs and circumstances, it uses interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to help people regain optimum health.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is the future of conventional medicine – available now. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and view the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.
Will you replace my current primary physician?
One of our physicians, Dr. Kevin G. May is a board-certified internal medicine physician. In addition to functional medicine, Dr. May provides primary care. For those patients in the Integrative PLUS membership, primary care services are included, however switching primary care providers to Dr. May is not required. For those patients not in the Integrative PLUS membership, they are still able to receive primary care services from Dr. May outside the membership.
What age range will you treat at IHM? Do you treat children?
We treat all ages of patients starting as young as 3 years old depending on the health concern. Treating patients under 16 years old is a decision made by an IHM provider on a case by case basis.
Who would benefit from coming to Integrative Health Matters?
Everyone regardless of their health condition can benefit from integrative and functional medicine. Many of our patients come to us after they feel conventional medicine has failed to help them. They may have tried both conventional medicine and alternative treatments, but still don’t “feel better.” They may not have a clinically identifiable disease – they simply know they do not feel well. Others come to us because they like the idea of identifying and dealing with the root causes of disease and not simply managing symptoms. Still others have a goal of living their lives in a state of optimal wellness and avoiding chronic diseases whenever possible. Our team helps restore and optimize health.
How do I get started?
Call us at 903-595-8077 to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with an IHM team member. During this call, the IHM team member will discuss with you your health concerns and answer your questions about becoming a patient. It is on this call that we will schedule your first appointment with an IHM medical provider.
Do I need an appointment? Do you accept walk-in patients?
Each patient needs to schedule an appointment to see a medical provider. Before any patient sees a provider, we require an extensive health history questionnaire and previous medical records. Our providers spend significant time preparing before each appointment by reviewing the patient’s medical records and health history questionnaires to ensure each patient gets the most value possible from each appointment.
What should I expect during my first appointment?
We ask our patients to plan to be at the clinic for up to 2 hours for their first visit. This isn’t time you will spend in the waiting room, but time you will spend with our medical team working towards a solution for your concerns. We’ll listen. We will ask a lot of questions. You will walk away with recommendations on how to move closer to discovering the root cause of your disease/symptoms.
Do you have a cancellation policy for appointments?
Yes, we require two days’ notice if you realize you will miss a scheduled appointment so we can schedule another patient for that time slot. If we receive a notice less than two days, you will be charged a cancellation $100 fee.
What will treatment cost?
We offer a variety of treatments based on our patients’ varied needs. You may participate in some services we offer (Mindful Movements, Koffee Talk with Karol, etc.) at low or no cost. If you decide to participate in our individualized treatment and care programs, you can choose a plan that fits your needs and budget. The program that would work best for your specific needs will be discussed on the initial 15 minute phone call. There are some examples of such programs here.
Do you accept insurance?
No, IHM does not bill insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid. When clinics bill health insurance companies directly, the providers are required to become participating providers. The providers must sign a contract that allows the insurance company to determine which services they will and will not provide and how much they can charge for those services. In general, insurance companies are not focused on any preventive or wellness services. They are heavily invested in the conventional model of health care that too often relies on drugs and surgery. We are committed to the functional medicine model that addresses the underlying causes of your symptoms with specific nutritional and lifestyle recommendations.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.