New Patient Visit at our Integrative Medicine Center

You will experience a different level of care at Atlanta Functional Medicine. As practitioners of Functional Medicine, we consider the patient as a whole, not just a set of symptoms. Our focus is on identifying and treating the underlying factors which cause pain, illness and chronic disease.

If you are interested in becoming a patient, please call our office directly at (770) 667-3006.  Once a staff member schedules your new patient visit, you will then be requested to complete your New Patient Paperwork (our comprehensive medical history) located on our Patient Portal prior to your first appointment.

What To Expect

2012-12-13 11.08.39 copyYour first visit to Atlanta Functional Medicine will involve a consultation with your physician of choice.  During this comprehensive assessment, we will discuss  your health history, complete a physical examination, and will determine what specialized testing is needed.

 

We will consider multiple factors including:

  • Environmental Influences Diet, physical activity, toxic exposures as well as traumas
  • Biological & Genetic Influences Regulation of hormones, digestion and absorption of nutrients, environmental and food allergies, immune system function and inflammatory responses
  • Mind-Body Connection Psychological, spiritual and social factors which influence your health and energy

Based on the information provided on the Intake Questionnaire, consultation, and test results, we will create a personalized treatment plan that will put you in control, and will teach you the skills needed to prevent disease and maintain optimal health. Your treatment plan will be tailored with ongoing modifications to meet your changing needs on an individualized basis.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Do you accept insurance?

Answer: All of our providers are considered out-of-network providers with all insurance companies, and AFM does not file directly with insurance companies for office visits. We will be happy to provide you with the necessary forms you need to file with your insurance company for reimbursement. Because payment is due at the time of service, your insurance company will reimburse you directly. We do utilize insurance for most lab tests offered. For more information, please see our Insurance and Payment page here.

2. What can I expect during my first visit?

Answer: Your new patient appointment will last anywhere from 1.5 – 2 hours in length. Your practitioner will spend time going over your medical history in detail, ask several in-depth questions about your chronological life, perform a detailed head-to-toe physical examination, discuss your specific needs and desires, discuss applicable diagnostic testing needed, and will discuss a potential initial treatment plan moving forward. Diet and lifestyle measures are also often addressed at your initial new patient visit.

3. Does AFM perform diagnostic testing during my initial new patient visit?

Answer: Because every patient is unique, AFM physicians will choose which type of testing you need based on the results of your initial assessment. Sometimes testing can be done during this new patient appointment. If fasting blood work is needed, and you are traveling from out-of-town, please make the staff aware, so we can accommodate your initial new patient visit to include fasting blood work. Our staff will be happy to provide you with these instructions. Please make sure you drink plenty of water prior to your fasting blood draw.