Sanare Functional Medicine FAQ's
Before scheduling a discover call or an initial visit, please read through these frequently asked questions below!
Functional medicine is an approach to medicine that views the body as a whole, and each system as connected. Functional medicine aims to find the root cause of multiple issues (like headaches and stomach aches) and treat that root cause in order to clear up multiple symptoms. Any practitioner can practice functional medicine (DO, MD, NP) as long as they have certain training and maintain a holistic focus in their practice.
Learn more: https://www.ifm.org/functional-medicine/
Naturopathic medicine is a system of healthcare that emphasizes evidence-based, natural and preventive approaches to health. Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person and focus on healing the root cause of illness rather than medicating symptoms. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to empower you with the education and support you need to use food, lifestyle, herbs, movement, sleep, homeopathy, biofeedback and more to help you thrive.
Please note that we are currently accepting new clients that live in Pennsylvania.
The first 60 minute appointment is a thorough review of your story and history, symptoms, medical conditions, your values and your goals. Your clinician will create a custom food-as-medicine plan that includes nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, sleep support, movement and more to help you achieve the healthiest version of you. Your clinician may also recommend functional medicine testing or follow ups with specialists or your primary care physician based on your initial visit findings.
Get to know the Sanare Functional Medicine Team wwhttps://sanaretoday.com/sanare-functional-medicine-team/
No, but you can use your HSA to pay! The states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware do not require insurance companies to reimburse for naturopathic medicine. Write to your senator / representative if you are unhappy with this and ask them to change it as many other states have already done!
No, we don’t provide superbills, but SFM can provide receipts for payments upon request.
No, but she can work with your primary care doctor closely to help you design a holistic wellness plan that gives you the best that modern medicine has to offer! The states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware do not allow naturopathic doctors enough scope to practice primary care (pharmacy, surgery, hospital admissions, etc.) so NDs provide complementary and alternative care only in these states. Write to your senator / representative if you are unhappy with this and ask them to change it as many other states have already done. Tell them you deserve the same rights as someone in Vermont or California when it comes to your healthcare.
Note: In states like Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont, Maine and Arizona, Naturopathic doctors are primary care doctors. In states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and others, Naturopathic doctors are not recognized as primary care physicians and provide only complementary care.
Due to licensing restrictions, our naturopathic doctors can’t change your prescription, but they can help you reduce side effects or amplify your health to the point where you heal and are able to successfully taper off medications if that is your and your doctor’s goal.
The goal of naturopathic medicine is to heal the root cause of the disorder (when possible) so that you no longer require medications or can achieve full health using much lower doses than you were taking before.
More information about the Naturopathic Therapeutic Order and how medications fit into naturopathic medicine: https://www.instagram.com/p/CU2VgpSLv62/
No, but our clinicians can help you understand how to use and take it.
It depends. We often see people with disordered eating as part of their whole-health picture (which may also include anxiety, depression, etc.) as long as they are medically stable and their eating disorder symptoms are mild. We cannot see people with a BMI under 18 or unstable lab values due to the risks of refeeding syndrome when we begin a food-as-medicine program). If this is the case for you or a loved one, please talk with your primary care provider about options for medical stabilization and support. Once you’ve successfully completed a refeeding program, we can see you on an outpatient basis. We require that all clients have an existing care team of at least a primary care doctor that they see regularly in order to work with them.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please use the links provided in your confirmation email from Healthie at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment. This will allow you to avoid incurring a late-cancellation fee of $50 for paid appointments, which is charged for appointments cancelled less than 48 hours from the start time. If you choose to cancel your appointment on time and do not want to reschedule, you'll receive your original payment back minus the processing fee of 3%, which is automatically paid to the credit processing company when you book. If you choose to reschedule, we'll keep your original payment on file and credit you for a future appointment to avoid multiple processing fees.
Our Fax number is 610-471-5659
You do not have to be sick to see us! The only requirement is that you want to thrive. We help people optimize their health and work on preventing problems before they start every day in our practice.