- Do you take Insurance?
Health Insurance supports a medical care system that is failing us. Conventional medical care is based on expensive diagnostic technology, an outdated diagnostic system, band-aid treatments designed to improve symptoms without addressing underlying conditions. The US spends 50% more per person than any other country in the world and has very little to show for it. We are far down on the list of health indicators in comparison to all other developed societies. The health insurance industry is designed by and for this system and it does not help people be well. So we not only don’t, we can’t in good conscience participate in these practices and do not accept insurance nor will we submit claims on your behalf. In limited circumstances (lab testing) we may be able to help you cover some of our recommendations
- Do you treat “X” disease?
We get many questions about whether or not we have seen and successfully treated a specific disease. The beauty of the Functional Medicine model is that it is able to dissect and understand any combination of symptoms as a breakdown in one or a number of the basic physiological processes of the human body. We have an approach to supporting the recovery of each of these fundamental processes and, possibly more importantly, we understand how they are all related. We see substantial response in 80+% of our patients.
- How much does it cost?
The fees for our programs are highly variable depending on the complexity of the illness, the number of diagnostic tests undertaken, the nature of the treatment protocol and the duration of the program. The program could be as little as $800 or as much as $12,000. Regardless of the total cost of the program we have options that will make this affordable to most individuals, including those on fixed income.
- Do you require my significant other to be present at the initial visit?
We strongly encourage it. Unless you can make financial decisions independently it is important that both of you feel the investment is a worthy one. Because the treatment protocols are holistic and require changes in behaviors, these changes are more successful when you have a supportive member of your family “on board”.
- How is the program customized?
Each person is uniquely un-well, and the intervention must be based on the specific root causes of their illness. These causes are uncovered by a thorough history, review of past lab testing, and choosing additional testing aimed at uncovering the physiological breakdowns specific to each individual.
- How successful have you been?
We have a long (greater than 18 year) record of working with complex illnesses and our record over the years is very good. Eighty percent of our patients respond to our programs and many of them consider themselves cured. The remainder feel like they a) understand the nature of their illness and b) have learned with our coaching the specific techniques necessary to keep them out of crises and with a minimum of symptoms.
- How soon can you get me in?
We take a limited number of patients each month and a limited number of patients with specific conditions. We are not a high volume clinic, preferring to provide intimate and personalized attention to each of our patients. Please call to make an appointment or to get on our waiting list.
- What does the initial visit cost?
You will be asked to make a non-refundable deposit of $125 when your appointment to see Dr. Sharp is scheduled. At that session, he will review with you his recommendations regarding your program. If you elect not to commit to the program on the day of this visit, you will be charged an additional $125. If you do commit to the program that $125 is waived and your program will be launched on that visit.