New Patient Expectations


Functional • Integrative • Family Medicine

What can I expect during my first visit?

Your new patient visit will consist of two visits. In your first visit, your provider will obtain a complete medical history. The key to functional medicine is treating each person as an individual and getting to the root cause of health problems. That generally entails a detailed conversation about your current state of health, health history, family history, diet, lifestyle habits, etc. At that point, he or she will discuss with you potential approaches and recommended laboratory workups. This visit will last approximately 60 minutes and is primarily an information gathering and sharing session. Your provider may make some simple recommendations at this time, but most advice will be deferred until after lab and physical exam results are in and there has been time to thoughtfully consider your case.

The second visit is generally scheduled a week or two later. Any physical exam that is indicated will be performed during your second visit where your provider will also discuss the review of findings. This includes what may be causing your health problems and what supplementation (vitamin, minerals, herbs), diet, and lifestyle changes may be needed, as well as any or other medications that may be appropriate for your care. Follow-up visits are usually scheduled 4–8 weeks from this visit to evaluate progress and make any adjustments in your program, or for follow-up on additional specialty testing (can take several weeks to obtain results).

How often you see your provider depends on your condition and treatment. Patients experiencing minimal health concerns may only see their provider once per year for physical exams and screening lab tests. Those with chronic conditions will most likely see their providers more often based on the severity of their condition and symptoms.