How Does Membership Work?
When you become an Integrative Life Member, you become part of our family.
Why Become an Integrative Life Member?
You deserve a doctor that will be your ally in achieving and maintaining health and wellness. As a member of our practice, you will receive highly personalized direct primary care for only $69/month. Our members get:
- More time with the doctor. We offer 2-3x longer visits than the typical doctor.
- Individualized care and attention. We develop a personal lifestyle plan.
- Integrative, holistic, lifestyle approach. We combine traditional Western Medicine and natural, complementary methods to fit your needs.
Benefits of Membership
YEARLY COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL
Because we want you to stay healthy!
$20 FOLLOW-UP & URGENT VISITS
No need to worry about financial hurdles when you are sick.
PHONE, EMAIL & SKYPE APPOINTMENTS
Not everything requires an in-person visit.
PERSONALIZED HEALTH COACHING
Our coach works with you to find solutions that fit your life.
PRIORITY ACCESS FOR APPOINTMENTS
Same day and next day appointments available.
ONLINE MEMBERSHIP ACCESS
24/7 access to our membership area and patient portal.
INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLASSES
FREE or discounted access to all of our classes.
PERSONALIZED NUTRITION SUPPORT
Our nutritionists works with individuals and families to prevent and reverse illness.
Integrative Life Member Savings
HIGH-DEDUCTIBLE & COST-SHARING SAVINGS
Most of our patients with high-deductible or cost-sharing plans save thousands of dollars every year.
Medical procedures, from stitches to biopsies, are a fraction of typical prices.
DISCOUNTS WITH COLLABORATING PRACTITIONERS
We’ve partnered with top providers to offer you discounted services, including x-rays, ultrasounds, labs, and much more.
DISCOUNTS FOR FAMILIES
After you’ve paid for two members at the regular price, additional children under 18 can join at a discount.
How do payments work?
The Integrative Life Membership can be paid in full for one year or in 12 monthly installments. These payments can be drafted directly from your checking account or charged to a credit or debit card. The Integrative Life Membership is a commitment for at least one calendar year.
If you choose the monthly payment option, your payments will continue beyond your one year mark unless you notify the office otherwise. If you choose to pay for the year in full, your membership will auto-renew one year after your sign-up date. This will keep you as an active member with your established provider.
Co-payments, lab fees, and other charges that are not covered by the membership are due in full at the time of service.
Can I cancel at any time?
The Integrative Life Membership is a commitment for at least one full year from the date you join. There is an early termination fee of $250.00 should the membership be cancelled prior to the one year mark. This fee helps cover the cost of care delivered during the initial visits.
How does the family discount work?
Children under 18 are eligible for the discounted rate of $35/month in households with two full-paying family members.
What kind of classes do you offer?
We offer programs and classes that support our patients in lifestyle goals such as weight loss, seasonal cleanses, hormonal balancing, and physical fitness. Check out our monthly newsletter or our online calendar for upcoming classes. Past classes have included:
- Introduction to Chinese Medicine
- Permaculture Design
- Qi Gong
- Tea Demonstration with Panther Moon Teas
- Natural Foot Health
- Natural Approaches to Insomnia
How do your “on call” hours work?
Should you have a need that arises after normal business hours, you may call the office and discuss your issue or concern with either a RN or NP. Our On Call service will advise you on how to best address your issue until the clinic reopens. An encounter of your conversation will be sent to the office the following morning to ensure continuity of care with your established provider. These calls have a maximum duration of 15 minutes, which is typically plenty of time to address your concern. There is a charge of $20 for each after hours call.
Are there additional costs?
What kinds of procedures do you offer?
The clinic is able to perform many primary care procedures such as stitches, ear irrigations, cryosurgery and skin biopsies, all of which are offered at discounted rates for Integrative Life Members. For any procedure that is not done in the clinic, such as mammograms or X-rays, the office will send a referral on your behalf and ensure that you are set up with the appropriate appointment. If you have specific questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the front office.
What kind of Targeted Health Programs do you offer?
Targeted Health Programs will emphasize healthy lifestyle and dietary optimization. Stay tuned for details!
What is a screening panel?
A screening panel is a set of labs we perform to better understand how your body is functioning. The panel includes tests for kidney function, liver enzymes, calcium, protein, and glucose levels. The results of your screening panel will help to emphasize the key areas of your health that require attention and assist your provider in creating a plan of care tailored to fit your individual needs. The screening panel can often highlight the underlying cause of many symptoms you might be experiencing. Fasting for eight hours prior to a screening panel is required for accurate results.
The screening panel consists of the following labwork:
- CBC (Complete Blood Count)
- CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel)
- Lipid Panel (Cholesterol)
- Vitamin D
For specific questions, please feel free to contact us at 828-575-9600.
What is considered a “routine lab?”
The following labwork is considered routine and always discounted for Integrative Life Members:
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
- Complete Blood Count
- Lipid Panel
- Hemoglobin A1C
- CRP (C-Reactive Protein)
- Strep Test
For specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our front office.
What are specialty labs?
Specialty labs are outside the scope of routine primary care. We practice integrative primary care and designed our clinic to make this level of service available to more people. At our price point we cannot operate as ‘Functional Medicine Consultants.’ We collaborate often with local practitioners who provide this specialized care.
Certain conditions straddle the line between primary care and specialty care. These include hormone management, some thyroid concerns, and some GI concerns. It will be up to you and your provider to determine when we need to bring a specialist onto your care team.
If we decide to begin a work-up at our clinic, we may offer to do a specialty lab panel. These labs may utilize blood, saliva, urine, or stool samples for testing. Examples of specialty labs are comprehensive GI panels and hormone evaluations. To account for the additional training and expense of offering specialty services, we charge an interpretation fee per specialty lab panel. This allows us to offer some of these services when needed and in a transparent way without having to raise the price for all of our members. We charge our cost for the panel + the interpretation fee at the time of picking up the kit from our clinic. If you bring specialty panels from other providers or panels that you have ordered on your own, we will require an interpretation fee for us to review them.
Please understand that this policy allows us to make our level of care affordable to more people. We deliberately charge a fraction of what most Integrative Specialists require since it is a large part of our clinic mission to make Integrative Primary Care accessible to more members of our community. For specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office.
Do I need hormone testing?
Only if you are experiencing symptoms or desiring to start bioidentical hormone therapy. Your healthcare provider will help you determine if testing your hormones would be helpful.
How do urgent care visits work?
An urgent visit is appropriate for one acute issue, such as a sudden illness or injury that happened within one week of the appointment. While an appointment is required, in most cases we are able to schedule patients either the same day or within 24 hours from the time they call.
The clinic is open to provide members with urgent care treatment Mondays-Thursdays from 8:30am-5:00pm and Fridays from 8:30am-12:00pm.
Urgent care appointments can be scheduled with the first available provider on staff that day. All medical providers are highly trained to provide you with the best possible medical treatment. Priority access to first available appointments are given to Integrative Life Members.
We also occasionally have urgent care appointments available for new patients and non-members. If the problem is chronic or involves multiple concerns, we require an establish care visit/membership with our clinic so that we may understand your full picture before offering recommendations. We can only address one concern in a 20-minute urgent care visit.