Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine is an approach to treating health conditions that focuses on practitioner/patient relationships. It puts patients’ needs first and addresses physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual influences on overall health and wellness. It combines alternative medicine with conventional medicine to treat acute and chronic conditions.
At LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness, we employ personalized strategies customized to your unique needs, conditions, and circumstances. we take a whole-person, holistic approach to give patients other options in addition to pharmaceutical medications and harsh therapies. Patient opinions are front and center when creating treatment plans. We use holistic therapies whenever possible to enhance your body’s natural ability to fight illness and disease, whether it’s herbal medications, supplements, mindfulness, and/or healthy lifestyle approaches.
Dr. Glover stays up-to-date with the latest advances in integrative medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She’s also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
2. What is Functional Medicine?
Conceptually, Functional Medicine is a system of care. It is not a specific therapy. Functional Medicine is the application of a patient-centered, systems biology approach to healthcare. Systems biology treats the cause and not just the symptoms of a condition. Functional Medicine focuses on understanding a person’s physiological, intellectual, emotional, and physical function, as well as designing and applying a therapeutic program that is personalized to the functional needs of the patient.
3. Is LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness a Primary Care Practice?
The concept of Primary Care originates from conventional medicine practices. It promotes a relationship with a lead physician or other health provider to manage a patient’s care from acute needs, preventive care, routine and follow-up care, and coordinated care when a specialist is needed. LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness views the physician-patient relationship differently, as a collaborative partnership, and thus does not “manage” health care. We encourage you to continue your relationship with a Primary Care Provider to meet those other needs, should they arise.
4. What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is as safe and effective as in-person medical care. It involves meeting with Dr. Glover over the phone or via video conferencing from a remote site so you don’t have to travel. You can have care from a convenient location of your choice, less time away from work or less worry about child-care during appointments. The information you discuss via telemedicine remains confidential, as we abide by strict privacy standards.
5. Does LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness take health insurance?
LifeBalance is a direct pay practice. While we are not affiliated with any Health Insurance companies, we can provide the necessary forms to submit for insurance reimbursement (not guaranteed, though). Other forms of reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs include HSA (Health Savings Account) plans and Health Share Plans. Most people that are insured have “deductible” amounts that must come out of their own pocket before some services are covered by the insurance company. Your payments to LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness may count towards that deductible. Contact your health plan for more information.