BECOMING A PATIENT IN OUR OFFICE
HOW TO BECOME A PATIENT
Not everyone who calls our office becomes a patient—you have to be qualified by one of our doctors to be seen in our office…meaning you must have the criteria necessary for care.
The steps involved in becoming a patient are:
- Step 1. Schedule a Consultation to Qualify for Care
- Step 2. Comprehensive Exam and Evaluation
- Step 3. Individualized Treatment Plan Based on Findings
Step 1. Schedule a Consultation to Qualify for Care
Schedule your FREE consultation now. Once you do, our staff will contact you to schedule your consultation appointment. Before we can schedule your consultation appointment we will ask a few questions to see if you qualify for care in our practice.
Due to the unique and comprehensive nature in the way our team of doctors work together, not everyone who requests a consultation with our office is a good candidate. If it’s determined that you may be a good candidate for our care, we will schedule your consultation appointment, where you will come to our office and meet one of our doctors.
Step 2. Comprehensive Ination Exam
During your free consultation, we will determine if it makes sense to move forward with Step 2: Comprehensive Exam. Our Comprehensive Exam is one aspect of what sets us apart from our competition (see what makes us different for more information). This exam is to further our knowledge of your brain-body connection to see if in fact we can help you.
We start with a complete, whole-body exam to discover how your body’s inner workings can be affecting your health and why.
After an in depth interview, where we discuss and review your body systems, we perform a comprehensive Chiropractic Neurology exam including orthopedic, spinal, physical, and of course neurological evaluations. It is important to have knowledge of all your body systems and how they are working with each other. Only then can we begin to get a complete picture of your overall health and brain-body connection.
Have you been told by your primary care doctor that nothing seems to be wrong?
This is a common complaint we get…“If nothing is wrong then why am I in pain?” or “My doctor couldn’t find anything wrong, but I still have these symptoms.” We understand. Your doctor may not have found pathology related to your symptoms.
There is a chance you could have a functional abnormality in your nervous system. This is essentially an operating system gone wrong. It typically does not show up on a conventional neurology examination, MRI, CT, etc. due to its subtlety. We employ certain evaluation techniques, which allow us to “see” the problem more clearly as it exists…functionally.
Some of the evaluation techniques we use are:
- Computerized Blind Spot Evaluation
- Vestibulo-Ocular Testing
- Optokinetic Nystagmus Testing
- Pursuit and Saccade Testing of the eyes
- Computerized Timing and Planning exam
- Vestibular and Cerebellum Assessments
- Coordination Testing
- Mental Status Evaluations
- Motor Testing to check for muscular imbalances
- Sensory Perception Tests including cranial nerves and peripheral nerves, motor reflexes, primitive reflexes and balanceIn addition, traditional physical exam practices are used.
You may also receive a heart and lung screening, blood pressure, and visual exam. As well as oxygen level evaluation, heart rate evaluation, and stress testing to evaluate your autonomic nervous system, which is how your body responds to stress. The exam also takes into consideration past medical testing and diagnosis. It is important to see what has been done and compare it to where you are today.
As you can see, the Comprehensive Exam is just that—comprehensive!
Expect this appointment to take 2+ hours. Depending on your symptoms, we may recommend additional testing for further investigation into your condition, after your examination is complete.
Step 3. Individualized Treatment Plan Based on Findings
After your Comprehensive Intake Exam, we’ll gather the information you’ve given us, along with all of your test results to create a personalized treatment plan that is based on our findings. This plan may include additional lab work or follow-up testing. We’ll provide a report of our findings to lay out care to include, visits, therapy, and nutritional support.
All of our treatment plans are unique and customized to each individual patient and each individual case. There is NO “one size fits all” approach to care with our office!
We truly are a category of one in that we are one of the very rare places in the world that actually looks at all aspects of health. We provide evidenced based results you can measure.
Frequently asked questions about becoming a patient with Integrated Health Systems…
Are your clients referred to you? Most patients are referred to our practice from other patients, as well as, other health care practitioners (such as: chiropractors, medical doctors, nurse practitioners, optometrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, nutritionists, massage therapists, etc.) However with our office you do not need a referral to become a patient. All patients (whether referrals or not) follow these same 3 steps for becoming a patient in our practice.
Do you accept credit cards? Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover, as well as cash or check.
Do you take payment plans? Payment options will be discussed when outlining your custom treatment plan of care based on our findings about your health issues.
Dr. Steadman’s knowledge, caring attitude, ability to educate his patients, ability to really listen to people and ‘retrain’ the patient’s body, allow me to refer him to others without any hesitation.