Natural healing is about taking control of your life and being responsible for everything that goes in and out of your body, mind and soul.”
~Richard Schulze


Appointments

I signed up with your organization months ago. Am I still an active client?

Free clients are typically not deemed as active clients since they tend to be more sporadic in their approach to improving their health.

Active clients are those who are currently signed up for a paid holistic package (or service) that has not been fulfilled.

Clients signed up on the holistic package route, he/she is considered active if they maintain continuous enrollment (and payment) without any unexcused absences for scheduled sessions.

For those who take the service route, once your session has been completed, you are no longer considered an active client, and thus your online client account may be disabled after 30, 60, or 90-days depending on our available seats (via a various online platforms).

Are clients/guests required to wear masks for/during appointments?

Sessions are typically virtual; however, for in-person sessions, masks can be worn at your own discretion – see also: “Can I hide or disguise my face during a telehealth session?”

What is a “personalized nutrition protocol” and why do I need it?

Holistic nutrition/herbalism clients are typically asked their primary and secondary complaints. This knowledge along with your past health history, current health state, and personal preferences is used to completed a personalized nutrition protocol that is unique to you.

A personalized nutrition protocol – also known as a holistic protocol – is a written assessment offering recommendations in the areas of diet/nutrition, lifestyle/exercise, minerals, vitamins, and other dietary supplements. In most cases, we also provide future recommendations, especially as it relates to future lab tests to discuss with your medical team. Nevertheless, such protocols are revised as needed and are unique to your situation and circumstances – see also: “What is your process?” for more details.

Clients with outstanding accounts may be denied access to their full protocol until his/her account is brought into good standing.

Can I hide or disguise my face during a telehealth session?

We’d hope you wouldn’t want to. 😃 A virtual session is still considered a face-to-face meeting except conducted via an online platform.

If safety or privacy is a concern, telehealth appointments are handled within a private and secure client management application that you access via the web on your portable device or web browser on your PC/Mac. As holistic health practitioners aren’t required to do so, our online client portal, Healthie, is HIPAA-compliant.

Do you offer free consultations?

Unlike other holistic practitioners, we do not offer free consultations except at our free clinics or low-cost community-based events. Instead, we offer a low-cost, roll-over pre-consultation fee of $55 USD. Unless otherwise stated, pre-consultations are required for all clients. Honestly, our pre-consultation fees are designed to identify those who are truly serious about holistic health and have no problems making a low, out-of-pocket payment to ensure we are a great fit. To see if our working together will make us a great team for accomplishing your goals and ambitions.

It’s only during a pre-consult that we “formally meet” and get a feel for one another and you are ready to commit to a holistic package within 14 days of our pre-consult, your fee will be later deducted from your overall package; otherwise, it’s considered nonrefundable. We hope this doesn’t deter anyone from working with us but if it does, we hope you find another holistic wellness practitioner that better aligns with your needs.

 

Where do we meet for “in-person” appointments?

For those opting for an in-person and you live in/around the Shreveport-Bossier City area, you can visit with us at our temporary office housed within New Awakening Mental Health located at 8575 Fern Avenue, Suite 106. Clients are only seen at this location by appointment only. Please no walk-ins.

Alternative Health

Do you sell or offer CBD products?

At this time, we do not offer CBD products; however, we can include CBD recommendations with your personalized nutrition protocol. CBD recommendations are fully extended to our holistic healthcare package clients (Levels 3+).

My doctor has dismissed, ignored, or belittled my interest in holistic health, what should I do?

Unfortunately, this is the norm. Of course, holistic wellness is a threat to medical doctors, which is while is referred to “woo-woo” or quackery. On the other hand, the pandemic caused some doctors to rethink traditional medical offerings as more of them are moving into alternative health via the integrative medicine field.  Simply put, integrative medicine clinics are where licensed medical doctors offer billable holistic techniques alongside the other areas of expertise. Per PerMed Central – an online research database ran by the U.S. National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM), integrative medicine is defined as:

Practicing medicine in a way that selectively incorporates elements of complementary and alternative medicine into comprehensive treatment plans alongside solidly orthodox methods of diagnosis and treatment.

In the Shreveport-Bossier area, there are a few integrative medicine doctors such as Dr. Nicole Cotter, who focuses on integrative arthritis consultations and Dr. Karen Pendleton of Pair O’Docs, a lifestyle medicine doctor. The choice for who you see is totally up to you! 👍

If I choose to work with you, what is your step-by-step process?

Unless otherwise stated, all sessions are provided 100% online through a secure video conferencing platform within an online client engagement portal application.

As contemporary and alternative health providers, we are not licensed medical professionals and thus do not bill traditional insurance.

Payment is due at the time of service unless a payment plan is in place.

Some services like energy work and private yoga, will have fewer steps but for holistic nutrition and herbalism consultations, we typically follow these steps:

  1. Pre-Consultation: Here’s where we meet virtually to see if we are a good fit to work together. This is typically a low-cost, 20 minute consultation.
  2. Initial Intake: This is our first holistic appointment in which we meet virtually and discuss your health complaints and review your intake form.
  3. Holistic Plan/Protocol: An initial holistic protocol is typically provided during the initial intake. On occasion, new information is provided during the initial (or even follow-up sessions) that may warrant additional research before a full nutritional protocol can be provided.
  4. Follow-Up Session(s): The average holistic package has two follow-up appointments and in which clients report an update on their progress.
  5. Close-Out: By this point, we’d hope that your goal has been met and you are satisfied with your own progress/outcome. At this point, there is nothing else expected of you. If you are interested, you can pursue other services we may be offering.

For more details of the above steps, read more here.

Is there a physical exam or any medical tests to be run?

“Exams” are limited to pulse, tongue, and/or face evaluations. If you participating in a telehealth or phone appointment, then such questions may be asked of you during your initial holistic health session. 

Whenever tests – such as blood, urine, allergy, and similar tests – are needed, clients should utilize their insurance in partnership with their current medical team for having tests conducted. Always request printouts of your lab results, which we can use to provide a bloodwork analysis. As an FYI, holistic ranges are quite different form traditional medical ranges as it relates to identifying potential illnesses early on. With holistic health, we go by what’s known as optimum health ranges, which can sometimes identify health issues long before problems show up in traditional test results.

Ultimately, any tests needed should be conducted through one’s licensed healthcare provider especially since such testing is usually covered by traditional insurance.

Do you provide nutritional supplements?

For a reduced cost, our clients can explore and purchase practitioner-grade nutritional/dietary supplements through online virtual either through FullScript and/or Wellevate – both of which are online virtual dispensaries.Please note that some of our recommendations may be readily available at local health food store but at a much higher (retail) price. Yet clients are not required to purchase from us and at present, we do not profit from any sales made through these partnerships. We will strive to update this such that change.

Are you (and your team) medical doctors? Do you write prescriptions?

No, we are not medical doctors and do not uphold ourselves as such. We identify as unlicensed complementary and alternative health providers. Simply put, we are holistic wellness coaches and nutritional consultants. We do not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease nor do we write or prescribe prescriptions. We are not licensed medical professionals.

Per the Louisiana law (exemption, RS 37:1742.1), we serve as unlicensed vendors: “Any person who provides information or makes recommendations regarding lifestyle modifications, food, dietary supplements, or homeopathic remedies, for a consulting fee….” Herbal therapeutics do not replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Therefore, we are not replacements or substitutes for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. However, we can and do work alongside your existing medical team (if desired) to offer holistic guidance.

However, as trained holistic wellness professionals, we are able to offer access to practitioner-grade vitamins, minerals, and supplements via one of our online virtual dispensaries. Currently, our FullScript is only accessible to all holistic nutrition/herbalism clients while Wellevate is primarily accessible via premium packages.

Drugs, Prescriptions & Vaccines

I’m strongly considering the COVID vaccine, but I’m still unsure, can you help me?

Honestly, to take or not take the COVID vaccine is a personal and private decision. Aside from the vaccine, what’s not being emphasized by the media and government is the long-term affect of excessive fear has on the body and how it can manifest later as real symptoms leading to a real disease or disorder.

Aside from reports of new variants of COVID – the latest one is the Omicron variant, other fears include concerns regarding if employers (or the federal government) will continue to mandate vaccines, how long will international travel bans to certain countries remain in place, and what will be required to visit a country now and in the future…and the list goes on.

I strongly suggested doing your own research and not rely solely on the advice from traditional media outlets. Tap into your own inner wisdom. Combined your intuitive/gut feelings alongside some good research skills and listening to voices that you can fully trust will lead in the right direction. Simply exploring the possible side effects of the available vaccines against your own medical conditions could save your life and thus make the decision for you. Again, the choice is yours and yours alone and you don’t have to publicize that choice to anyone but unfortunately, many are left with having to share their decisions with their employers and whatnot,

However, if you choose not to get vaccinated and a vaccine mandate is enforced, check out this guest post: How to Say No to the COVID-19 Vaccine by Richard Enos. Lastly, feel free to contact us for life or wellness coaching to explore your lifestyle changes should you need to quit or leave your job (or schooling) rather than comply with vaccine mandates.

I’ve taken the COVID vaccine and now I regret it, can you help me?

If someone has had one or more doses of the COVID vaccine and is now seeking a holistic practitioner, it could be because  s.he is experiencing adverse reactions causing serious health issues not previously experienced. Or, one may have no symptoms but is now regretting they didn’t follow their gut instinct and is now seeking ways to improve their health in general or decrease their chances and possibly reverse or neutralize any possible future side effects. We strongly encourage you to be honest about having taken the COVID vaccine and let us know which one – in the US, doses were provided by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson, the number of doses, and if known, a lot number for each dose. Post-vaccine clients will be taken on a case-by-case basis.

Do I really need to share any and all drugs that I’ve taken? 😨

First off, this is a no-judgment zone, so there is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. The answer is Yes.

It’s imperative that you share any and all drugs taken including prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), dietary supplements, herbal remedies, as well as illegal substances too.  Since we provide herbal, homeopathic, and dietary supplement recommendations, we surely need to know if anything you are currently taken could cause an adverse reaction and we can’t do that without knowing your drug intake (and your health history).

This is also true as it relates to diseases and illnesses that you’ve been diagnosed with because certain herbs, nutrients, and medicines could be contraindicative to one another, to your current prescriptions, or to your current medical conditions. As a precaution, we actively refer to the latest editions of the AHPA’s Botanical Safety Handbook and Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions by Mitchell B. Stargrove, along with seeking advice through membership in both public and private holistic wellness organizations locally and abroad.

When a case is beyond our scope, we will suggest that the client instead see a more seasoned holistic practitioner or a licensed medical professional.

Payment

Do you offer a sliding scale or payment plans?

At present, holistic packages that exceed $300 are typically presented via a preset payment plan. You of course also have the option to pay in full.

For those experiencing legitimate financial constraints yet are still highly interested in receiving holistic health, please check out our newest partnership with the Open Path Healing Arts Collective. (OPHA). Through OPHA, clients could qualify for holistic services at $30-60 sessions. (NOTE: Supplements and other supplies are not included). To learn more, click on the links provided to visit healingarts.org or my OPHA profile.

For other free clinics or low-cost opportunities, please consider joining our mailing list here.

What are your fees?

Our fees vary based on service. Fees – for all available services – are posted here. Please note that some services are only available to current clients – see also: “Do you accept insurance…?”

Do you accept insurance?

As unlicensed holistic health providers, we cannot accept traditional insurance and thus operate as a self-pay practice.

Unless on a payment plan, full payment is due at the time sign-up and after the first initial appointment.

However, if not on a payment plan, clients pay for their visits/treatments/sessions at each appointment.

Clients with outstanding accounts may be denied future appointments until his/her account is brought into good standing.

error: Content is protected !!
Just a phone call away!