Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions, Answered

What is Integrative and Functional Medicine?

Integrative Medicine describes the synthesis of multiple approaches to patient care. In this case, as a PA, Jessica utilizes cutting edge modern diagnostics, and prescribes medications for treatment of disease. With a background in acupuncture and herbalism, she provides her patients with additional options for treatment of pain and medical conditions. Integrative medicine has the unique advantage of leveraging diverse medical options to provide the most appropriate care for the individual patient.

Functional Medicine is the use of cutting-edge comprehensive labs to uncover disease processes. The core principle of Functional Medicine is that the body has the ability to heal itself. For most people, this will require specific dietary and lifestyle interventions. For others, it may require additional supplements or medications, or the removal of medications that no longer serve you.

Do You Bill Insurance? What are your Fees?

Superbills are available for you to submit to your own insurance, but Jessica does not directly bill insurance companies.  Jessica has chosen to offer direct patient care with transparent fees:

  • New patient Functional Medicine appointments are $375.

  • Return patient Functional Medicine appointments are $225, and will be recommended every 3-6 weeks for investigation and coaching until results are achieved.

  • Acupuncture only for established patients is $150. Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine only for new patients, not also seeking functional medicine care is $225. 

 

Packages are available for individuals requiring regular appointments.

What does a healing relationship with Jessica look like?

Expect to have a partner and advocate as you determine what optimal health looks like for you. Jessica's goal is to discover underlying causes of disease, and educate her patients so they can heal themselves.

 

In the beginning, appointments will be scheduled at least once monthly, as a root-cause diagnosis is established and you receive the support and guidance needed to make true physiologic shifts. For many patients, weekly acupuncture may also be recommended (especially for fertility patients). 

New patient appointments generally take 75-90 minutes to gather all information and create a concrete plan. In general, reserve 45-60 minutes for all return-patient and acupuncture-only appointments. 

Please note, that although Jessica is trained in general medicine, and can prescribe, order labs, and order imaging, it is recommended to have an additional primary care provider for regular health screenings (such as pap smears) and basic preventative care. This way, appointments with Jessica can focus more on inquiry, investigation, coaching, and Chinese medicine therapies.

What should I expect from my first session?

Jessica believes in quality over quantity. New patients should be advised to reserve up to 90 minutes for an appointment. Please bring all prior medical records, labs, imaging, and medications, herbs, and supplements to this appointment. Jessica will take the time to thoroughly review your medical history, discover your personal health goals, and come up with a plan for you to step into your own healing, with education to help you understand why she has made these recommendations. This plan often involves initial dietary and lifestyle interventions, a panel of basic labs, 1 or 2 functional medicine labs, adjustments to current supplement or medication regimen, and sometimes acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy. 

How do I know I would benefit from care with Jessica?

The ideal patient for Jessica is someone who want a provider who collaborates with them on care to create a true wellness team, empowering and teaching them to heal themselves. Someone seeking a provider who looks for the root causes of illness, leveraging the best diagnostics from modern medicine with the more subtle findings of traditional practices, to come to a holistic understanding of the state of the body. Someone who trusts, or who is willing to try, natural herbal therapies, supplements, and traditional treatments. Someone who wants a provider with a broad integrative medicine toolbox to draw from with the goal of optimal wellbeing, rather than relying strictly on medications that often only manage, rather than reverse, disease. Most importantly, this is someone willing to change their diet and lifestyle, and commit to radical self-care.