Before You Start

Scope of Practice

Integrative Health clinic is run by a medical doctor who specializes in lifestyle and nutrition medicine. We offer integrative medical consultations for stated services under the service section. This is not a general practice therefore we do not enroll patients and do not offer the full range of general practice services. I am a vocationally trained GP and may work in that capacity in a general practice setting elsewhere.

I strongly advocate that each patient visiting us has a general practitioner of their own. That’s where you would have your acute and routine health care like cx smear, mammogram recall, etc.

Safety

Having good understanding of nutrients and herbs I prescribe and their possible interaction with conventional/pharmaceutical medications helps me to prescribe them safely.

For your safety, I strongly believe that your GP should be aware of all the treatments you are receiving elsewhere including this clinic. This is important so that your GP can also prescribe safely, after taking into consideration of rest of your treatments. It is our policy to communicate with your GP unless you specifically request that we do not, this will be discussed with you at the new patient and report of findings visit.

Cost

This clinic is self-funded and receives no government subsidy to care for patients.

The cost of each consultation covers various services such as consultation time, referrals for further investigations or healthcare providers if required, analysis of lab results, and a detailed treatment plan. Additionally, you will receive two email communications between your appointments, included in the overall cost. For the initial consultation, the cost also covers the preparation work of analyzing your intake form, any relevant questionnaires, and past test results, if available.

Additional costs that you should be aware of before you book the appointment:

The majority of blood tests required will not cost you. However, some vital nutrient blood tests must be self-funded and will cost you from 180-500 NZD depending on your requirement and affordability. Similarly, some nutrients and hormones are available on prescription, while most nutrients are required to be self-funded.

Functional tests (eg DUTCH, Microbiome test) and analysis of results will incur an additional cost. This will be discussed with you at the time of ordering the test.

Email communication over and above your allocated lot will be chargeable.

Scheduling

The following is a general guideline to the frequency of visits and what to expect at your visits. Of course, this will not work in every case and services will be tailored to your individual needs.

The initial consultation includes:

  • 90 minutes of consultation time.
  • 30 minutes preparation – analysing questionnaire and test results.
  • 30 minutes post-consultation preparation of detailed assessment summary and treatment plan.
  • Two email communications between your appointments.

Once you book your initial appointment, we will be sending you health questionnaires to fill in. Please take the time to fill them in as thoroughly and sincerely as you can and send them back to me before your appointment. This will help me understand your issues and possible contributing factors even before you come in.  At our initial meeting, we can look at the relevant areas in more detail. Tailored investigations will be requested to confirm diagnostic possibilities, nutrient levels, etc. Investigations may include laboratory tests, radiology, and functional tests. Approximate cost and instruction to perform the tests will be discussed and written information will be provided at the time of the request. A preliminary health plan (one or two diets and lifestyle change, nutrient, or herbal support) could be drawn up at this visit.

The second meeting is usually booked 3-4 weeks from your initial visit. By this time your results would be back and you would have had a chance to observe the effect of the preliminary health plan. In collaboration with you, your personalized health plan will be formulated.

Subsequent appointments: Follow up appointments may vary from 4-12 weeks intervals.

Once you gain your health goals working with us, we highly recommend doing yearly WOF checks to maintain your health and continue to improve. Sadly we often see that people, once feeling better, slip back into the old habits that got them ill in the first place, and they stop taking maintenance nutrients and may see us after a couple of years with deteriorated health.

Telemedicine: It’s awesome that we can have a consultation from the comfort of our homes through telemedicine. To get the best out of your investment of time and money, it’s important that you commit to the appointment fully. Best to organize and inform your family so you are not disturbed.

We understand that our Clients have busy schedules, and we take pride in not keeping them waiting or keeping them longer than planned. Each session will end as it was scheduled to in order to maintain a respectful flow for other clients. Please be on time, so that we can get the most out of our session.

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We are here to work as detectives to find the root causes of your health problems,  inspire and educate you, and support you by providing a personal healing plan that suits your pace. We are your partner in your health journey and pride ourselves in providing a non-judgmental, unrushed environment where you feel safe and listened to.

Most of our clients make significant progress within the first 6 months, but around 20% of clients may need digging deeper, like checking for heavy metals or mould or deep trauma management before they start to recover. When you suffer from multiple system dysfunction, recovery can be two steps forward and 1 backward.

Your Commitment to achieving your health goals

  • You are curious to learn about your health and yourself, willing and motivated to change your lifestyle and take the required nutrients.
  • You are willing to find time to work on your health.
  • You have funds or a way to finance your health journey – required appointments, testing and consulting other therapists as needed.
  • You have community support.

Supplements

At Integrative Health Clinic, we specialise in utilising nutrients, hormones and herbs as a treatment approach to balance your biochemistry.

We prescribe practitioner only supplements that you can obtain in NZ, or good brand supplements that you can obtain directly from online stores.

We recommend that you avoid low cost nutrients from poorly known companies. It is tempting to replace what you have been prescribed with a cheaper alternative, however it’s not all the same, for example, there are many different magnesium formulas and what you need may not be present in the substitute. Sometimes it can even be harmful, if it is contaminated with lead, mercury or other toxins. You may discuss what brands are safe with your practitioner.

If you purchase products that are alternatives to the ones you have been recommended, you should be aware that you may not get the results we are hoping for.

Goal

It is my deep commitment to inspire and empower each client to achieve harmony with their body and achieve their best possible health.