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

We deliver life changing outcomes through a complete and efficient approach with expertise ultimately saving you time and money. Programs begin at $3850.

We do not accept insurance or Medicare. Your case requires special attention and time that is not covered by insurance companies.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are not interested in preventative wellness care and health promotion but are highly invested in the conventional model of drugs and surgery. Dr. Whisler is committed to treating the whole person in a Functional Medicine approach.

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 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. Most of the tests have shipping included in the cost of the kits, if not you will be responsible for the shipping. You will get instructions in more detail on how to do the test kits and the kits come with clear instructions as well. Payment is made directly to the lab to ensure you have the lowest price possible.

By working with us, you have access to direct pricing on lab test kits, which ensures you pay the lowest price possible. On average, you should budget between $800-$2000 for functional lab testing.

Functional Labs are ordered through companies such as Genova Diagnostics, Great Plains Lab, Diagnostic Solutions, Cyrex, Dutch testing, and others. They test for things such as food sensitivities, nutritional status, detoxification status, mitochondrial function, methylation, inflammation status, heavy metals, toxins, GI digestion and absorption as well as bacterial and fungal overgrowth, genetics and hormone function and more. Dr. Whisler has learned that the accuracy of your lab findings is a key component to uncovering what’s going on. Quality is not equal across all lab companies. Many times we see “normal” test results from regular lab companies and our lab tests find many “functional” problems. The lab companies used by Dr. Whisler have the highest testing standards and the most consistent lab results year after year.

Yes, we do not provide acute care services and we do not replace the services that your current medical team provides. We provide a stand-alone service

This depends on the complexity of your health issues. The rate of your healing is largely impacted by program compliance, the rate you implement strategies, how long you’ve been experiencing these problems, stress, and lifestyle factors. Most will see in changes in the first few months. 

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