F.A.Q.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a medical care approach that seeks to take a root cause look at what might be causing dis-ease and symptoms to develop. By looking deeper into the complexity of your body systems to uncover the source of your symptoms, we have a better chance to reverse the problem and restore health.  Check out our Functional Medicine page for more details.

Is Functional Medicine right for me?

Functional Medicine is right for anyone who is willing to take part in maintaining or restoring their optimal level of wellness. Please understand that it may take a little time and some effort.  This treatment plan may recommend that you alter your eating habits, your stressors and change some of your lifestyle habits for the best results possible.  Nutraceutical supplements and medications are often used to enhance function for your total wellness.  If you are willing to invest time in your health that is beyond the effort of swallowing a daily medication, then you are a great candidate to experience the full power of Functional Medicine!

What are some common body systems treated by Functional Medicine?

Allergy
Autoimmune
Cardio Metabolic
Chronic Pain
Dermatologic
Emotional
Fatigue
Gastrointestinal
Gynecologic
Hormonal
Mental Illness
Neurological
Pediatric
And MORE….
For more details on each body system go to our Functional Medicine page. 

What is Direct Pay?

Root Function Wellness is an insurance-free, direct pay, fee-for-service clinic. This means that you will be expected to pay your bill at the time of service.  Our clinic can accept payments via cash, check, debit card, credit card, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).  We also have the option of Care Credit Services that may allow you to budget the cost of your visit over several months interest free. You can learn more about this option and complete a credit application at CareCredit.com.

Upon request, Root Function Wellness will provide you with a written receipt for your visit with all of the necessary diagnoses and billing codes that would be requested by your insurance company.  If you are eligible for reimbursement from your health insurance provider, you may submit the receipt for reimbursement of your expenditures at our clinic.  Submitting your receipt may also mean that your expenses are applied toward your deductible.

Why is your clinic insurance-free?

Health insurance is complicated.  At Root Function Wellness it is our philosophy that patients will be treated based on what they need for improved health and not what insurance dictates.  Our goal at Root Function Wellness to keep costs low is a number one priority.  Operating a medical clinic has many required expenses, but the additional cost of hiring staff to track insurance copays, coverages and deductibles is not mandatory. We will make every effort to keep the cost of your care transparent and you will be provided with a written receipt that you may submit for reimbursement to your health insurance, if the services are eligible. In some instances we may ask for you to share your health insurance information to streamline ordering of lab or imaging tests that are recommended, but Root Function Wellness will not submit claims for clinic visits to your insurance.  You will be responsible for the cost of each clinic visit.  

Do you accept Medicare?

Root Function Wellness is an insurance-free practice.  Dr. Amy Wagoner is a non-participating provider with Medicare.  This means that you may choose to seek reimbursement from Medicare or a Medicare supplement on your own behalf.  Root Function Wellness will expect you to pay for your visit at the time of your appointment. 

What will be the cost for a visit?

At Root Function Wellness we will make every effort to keep your costs low, and we will be transparent about the costs of your care.  Contact us for our current rates.  You will choose which services are most valuable to your healthcare needs. Functional Medicine care often allows you to cut back your need for prescription medications and chronic medical care follow-up.  

How much time do I get with the Doctor?

Please take advantage of our FREE 15 minute phone consult with Dr. Wagoner to decide if we are a good fit for your healthcare needs.  For your FIRST onsite clinic visit you will spend 90 minutes with Dr. Amy Wagoner reviewing your current healthcare situation.  Most follow-up appointments will be allotted 45 minutes with Dr. Wagoner unless you request more time.  How much time did you spend with your healthcare provider at your last standard clinic visit?

Can I cut back on my medications with Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine care often allows you to cut your need for prescription medications and chronic medical care follow-up.  Consider that according to the website GoodRx.com (a discount prescription service) in October 2018, the monthly cost of Humira was $4831.00, Advair was $396.00, Lantus insulin was $278.00, and one generic Albuterol rescue inhaler was $56.00.   How much could you save if you could cut back or quit taking even one of your current prescription medications?

What is my first step to get started?

When you request an appointment at Root Function Wellness, you will be asked to complete medical intake forms that you must complete and return to our office at least 5 days prior to your requested appointment time.  Root Function Wellness will also ask that you request prior medical records from your primary healthcare provider, so we can avoid the expense of repeating tests.  All information will be reviewed in detail prior to your visit, so that your full 90 minutes of time with Dr. Wagoner will be spent focused on your personal health and wellness needs.  

What will happen at my first clinic visit?

On the day of your first visit to Root Function Wellness you will spend 90 minutes face to face with Dr. Amy Wagoner as she listens to your priorities and your history.  Your information will be gathered and organized during this conversation.  By the end of your first visit we will agree on how to go ahead with empowering your path toward wellness.  If any lab testing, supplements or medication changes are recommended we will discuss why the information is important for your care plan and what costs would be expected.   

What can I expect related to follow-up visits?

Follow-up visits are  often recommended at two (2) to four (4) month intervals.  At Root Function Wellness most follow-up visits are typically scheduled for 45 minutes.  As your symptoms begin to improve, your treatment recommendations will be adapted to your most current needs.  It is not uncommon for patients to stop some of their prior medications after following a functional medicine plan of care.  

How long until I see improvement?

As you approach what Root Function Wellness means for you individually, it is likely you will require fewer visits and the overall cost of your medical care will have been reduced.  Nothing is more rewarding than helping you to recover thriving wellness and graduating you from the need for routine appointments at Root Function Wellness.   

Should I keep my primary healthcare provider?

Root Function Medicine would recommend that you keep your relationship with your primary care provider for managing preventative care, annual physicals, acute care needs (short-term illnesses or managing any injury that may occur), vaccines, etc. – because at Root Function Wellness we are devoted to Functional Medicine care of your chronic illness.  With your written permission, we would be happy to share your Root Function Wellness medical records with any provider that you choose.  

How can I order supplements?

Root Function Wellness offers an online supplement dispensary service with high quality products available.   These products have been specifically recommended by Dr. Wagoner.  Supplements ordered can ship directly to your home from FullScripts.  You are also welcome to enroll in automatic refills through this service.

What common problems are treated by Functional Medicine?

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  • Allergy conditions:
    • Asthma
    • Eczema
    • Chronic Sinusitis or Rhinitis
    • Food Allergies
    • Environmental Allergies
  • Autoimmune Conditions
    • Hashimoto’s
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Psoriasis
    • Psoriatic Arthritis
    • Crohn’s
    • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Cardio Metabolic
    • Hypertension
    • High Cholesterol
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    • Peripheral Artery Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Pre-Diabetes
    • Metabolic Syndrome
    • PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Obesity
  • Chronic Pain
    • Headaches
    • Migraines
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Arthritis
  • Dermatologic
    • Psoriasis
    • Eczema
    • Rosacea
    • Acne
  • Emotional
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Stress
  • Fatigue
    • Chronic Fatigue
    • Brain Fog

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  • Gastrointestinal
    • Celiac Disease
    • Gluten Sensitivity
    • Colitis
    • Crohn’s
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
    • GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
    • Chronic Diarrhea
    • Chronic Constipation
    • Chronic Indigestion
    • Chronic Bloating
    • Leaky Gut
  • Gynecologic
    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Endometriosis
    • Dysmenorrhea
    • Pre-Conception Nutrition
    • Gestational Nutrition
  • Hormonal
    • Thyroid Dysfunction
    • Adrenal Dysfunction
    • PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Osteoporosis
    • Reproductive Hormones
  • Mental Illness
    • ADHD
    • Insomnia
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Stress
  • Neurological
    • Chronic Headache
    • Migraine
    • Dementia
    • Alzheimer’s
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Parkinson’s
    • Brain Fog
    • Brain Injury
  • Pediatric
    • Chronic Illness
    • Autism Spectrum

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