Frequently asked questions

How do I become a new patient?

To become a new patient with Functional Medicine of Idaho, follow this link.

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is the future of medicine, where providers treat the “whole” person and get to the root cause of disease. By establishing a patient and provider partnership, Functional Medicine of Idaho is transforming healthcare by giving the patient the ultimate power to heal. Functional Medicine efforts focus on the root causes of an individual’s condition and treats those causes. Our philosophy for optimum health is based on our belief that everyone has the potential to achieve wellness. We believe that by studying the individual and his or her interactions with their environment (exercise, toxic exposures, sleep patterns, diet, stressors, mental health, and history of disease or dysfunctions), we are better equipped to help our patients achieve improved health and wellness.

How should I prepare for my first visit?

Before your appointment, please fill out all of the intake forms, questionnaires, and prior medical records release form listed on your patient portal profile (include link to login). Also, we ask that you please bring you insurance card, driver’s license (or some other form of identification) and your 7 day food diary.

Do I have to be in-person for my first visit?

We do require you to be in-person for your first visit, but we offer google meet appointments for follow-ups.

Does FMI take insurance?

All of our providers accept most Blue Cross, Select Health, Regence, Aetna, and Mountain Health Co-op insurance plans. Additionally, Dr. Brus (Pediatrics), Dr. Hudson (OB/GYN & Women’s Health) and Teresa Shelton, PA-C (Adult Functional Provider) are in-network with IPN insurances (Cigna and Pacific Source are the two most prevalent). Please call your specific insurance carrier to guarantee coverage.

All other plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, are not accepted. We can provide a detailed receipt for services performed for you to submit to your insurance carrier directly for potential reimbursement.

Can FMI be my primary care provider?

Yes, any of the providers at FMI can be your primary care provider.

What is your cancellation policy?

To avoid our no-show fees, please cancel an appointment at least 48 hours in advance. The no-show fees for cancelling less than 48 hours before or not showing up for an appointment are: $100 for physicals and new patient appointments and $50 for follow ups and nutrition appointments.

Why Membership?

An annual membership with Functional Medicine of Idaho allows you to receive an incredible amount of functional medicine services at an affordable price. For those patients who have an out of network insurance an annual membership plan is a great option. An annual membership with Functional Medicine of Idaho allows you to see exactly what services you are receiving upfront. Membership medicine is the future of healthcare.

Can I see FMI just for Nutrition?

Yes, you can see an FMI nutritionist without first being seen by a provider, but you will be considered cash pay for the visit. The first visit with a nutritionist is 45 minutes and cost $175 and follow-ups are 30 minutes and cost $99.

Is FMI accepting new patients?

Yes, we are accepting new adult and pediatric patients.

What is involved in the FMI intake process?

Visit our Patient Experience page for an overview of the process.

What to expect at the first visit?

Your first visit will be a full hour with your provider. During this sixty minute appointment, your provider will hear your story and review your health profile with you to gather the appropriate facts. The two of you will create a lifestyle plan based on your medical history, prior lab testing, current illnesses, ailments, nutrition needs and your goals. The provider will determine what additional lab or specialty testing they want done to start you on your journey to optimal health.

What is a group visit education?

Group visits are an informational visit for a community of people. Ina relaxed environment, we cover a vast array of topics, including: anti-inflammatory diet, avoiding toxins in our environment, adrenal fatigue, neuroinflammation and cognitive decline, special and specific diets (keto, whole 30, candida cleanse, etc), etc.

What is a shared visit?

Shared medical visits focus on educating a small group of patients on a particular health topic. These appointments allow for a community with similar health concerns to engage for an extended time with medical providers and nutritionists. The first nutrition visit is typically a shared medical visit in a small setting of 3-5 people and one of our nutritionists.

Do I have to become a member or can I just be seen as a regular patient?

We do not necessitate that you have a membership to be seen by our providers, but we do view the membership option as a great way to affordably pursue the functional medicine journey to optimizing your health.

What is the cost if I choose to cancel my membership halfway through the year?

The cancellation fee is $250.

Do I still need health insurance if I sign up for the membership model?

A membership with Functional Medicine of Idaho does not replace health insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires United States citizens to have health insurance.