FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE FOR LIFE FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dr. Whisler works with a small number of individuals who possess the qualities required to get outcomes.  If a person is not motivated, engaged and willing to take the steps necessary to get healthy they would not be a good candidate. Healing requires an investment in energy, time and money.

This is a relationship that begins with a conversation, so the first step is to fill out the Application and request a no-cost Discovery Call .

Our approach is unique because it is based on YOU! Dr. Whisler’s method is a very comprehensive process based on your unique needs and biochemical imbalances. Proper testing and data, quantification, one-on-one care, individually appropriate natural therapeutics and interventions, and nutritional, lifestyle and environmental strategies come together to create an unparalleled transformational process.

Dr. Whisler’s thoroughness and clinical detail sets our programs apart.  As well, this is not a transaction-based approach but based on connection and a therapeutic relationship. You will be guided and supported every step of the way!

The model of diagnosing and treating conditions is what the current medical model does.  The holistic or functional medical model, which is the model that Functional Medicine For Life teaches, does not treat or diagnose  specific conditions, rather we look for root causes underneath why you are having your symptoms and dysregulation, so that we can understand how to best address the underlying issues.

Functional Medicine For Life consults through video (Zoom) and by phone. We can see people ALL over the United States and Canada!  This gives us the ability to have a private face-to-face conversation.

We ship labs directly to your doorstep, complete with a self-addressed return envelope. If we have recommended blood labs, we will create a requisition for you to go to your local LabCorp or phlebotomist for completion.  Our clients love the virtual model because they can have their appointments from anywhere.  From home, their office, and even their car!

The Initial Comprehensive Case Review is $395

Unfortunately, the insurance model does not recognize this type of health care.  The current medical system that is under the coverage of health insurance is a ‘Diagnose and Treat’ model where the treatments typically consist of a pharmaceutical to cover the symptom, or surgery.  The holistic or functional model of health does not diagnose nor does it treat.  Therefore our model does not fall under insurance coverage.   However, in some instances based on your FSA / HSA account, costs may qualify for reimbursement.

Specialty labs are often not covered by insurance; however, some insurance plans may reimburse a small portion.  We are not involved in billing for labs. You can use funds from an HSA to cover the costs of these tests as well.

Yes. Please check with your policy or HR department to be sure.

Some functional lab tests are typically done at home by saliva, urine or stool, and some require blood work. We will direct you to the lab that coordinates that. 

By joining our program you have access to direct pricing on lab test kits, which ensure you pay the lowest price possible. Labs can range in price from a couple hundred dollars up to a few thousand. We will always discuss with you lab options, and recommendations based on your history and what you are wanting help with. 

Using the right labs are a critical component to uncovering the root causes, especially when we see “normal” test results from traditional blood work. 

Functional Labs are ordered through companies such as Genova Diagnostics, Great Plains Lab, Doctors Data, Cyrex, Dutch testing, and others. We look to uncover things such as food sensitivities, nutritional status, infections, detoxification status, mitochondrial function, methylation, inflammation status, heavy metals, toxins, GI digestion and absorption as well as bacterial and fungal overgrowth, genetics, hormone function and more.

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