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The Initial Evaluation Program is a comprehensive evaluation that takes between three and six visits.
The first visit begins with a check-in with the staff, essential forms, and review of how our practice works. You will then spend a minimum of 45 minutes with the doctor, where your intake forms are reviewed and initial goals and plan developed. You should expect to be at the Center for approximately two hours.
Subsequent visits with the doctor are 45 minutes. The first several visits have specific evaluation protocols, including physical exam with elements of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. We look in great detail at your history related to
- gut (leaky gut)
- malabsorption and nutrient deficiency
- toxic exposures (mercury and lead, halides, pesticides, petro-chemicals, glyphosate)
- dental issues
- stressors and
We review current and past food plans, their successes and failures. as well as past and present supplement protocols.
Extensive metabolic testing is strategized, based on past labs, current problems, and the above histories. Using conventional labs, we can test for some:
- essential oils (omega-3 and -6 oils) and toxic oils (trans and odd fats)
- amino acids
- inflammation and autoimmune markers and
Each set of labs is followed by adjustment of treatment protocols. Three sets of labs over 9-12 months establish a clear trend. Oftentimes persistent abnormalities provide important clues to advanced healing. Thyroid, sex and adrenal hormones can achieve optimal balancing through this methodology.
After or during the evaluation phase of three to six visits, a program plan is formulated between doctor and patient. This program can include: changes in lifestyle (sleep, exercise), environment (air, water, EMF’s), food and supplement plan, and specific metabolic, detoxification and anti-microbial protocols.
Some visits include coaching meetings and follow-up phone calls to assist in implementing the lifestyle changes that are valuable in your healing journey.
This practice values individuality. A rewarding partnership between patient/client, family, staff team and practitioners can be achieved when we approach lifestyle changes by integrating science, compassion, and honesty.
The speed in which we proceed with diagnostic testing and treatment protocols is based upon the patient’s goals and desired time frame, along with the medical status. If a patient is working full time, or is caring for children or others, we must go slow enough to maintain function while healing. Most patients will see some positive results within three months if they can commit a certain amount of time to the program. However, problems that have been present for months to years will take longer.
While Dr. Cheikin participates in many insurance plans for adult care, he does not accept insurance for Medicaid plans or children under 18 years old. Please speak with the staff if you have any further questions.
- When does my insurance plan’s year begin and end (applies to deductibles)
- Am I required to go to a specific lab for blood work? (usually LabCorp or Quest)
- What is my deductible per year?
- What are my copays for specialist visits? (Dr. Cheikin is considered a specialist by most plans)
- Are lab services applied to my deductible? (some plans do no apply labs to deductibles)
- Am I required to get a referral from my PCP (Primary Care Physician) before seeing Dr. Cheikin?
If your insurance requires a referral, this is obtained by calling the Primary Care Physician (PCP). The PCP staff will ask for a practice name and number. Ours is Wyndmoor Rehab Associates, NPI # 144-729-5779. For the problem, many patients use fatigue (ICD-10 code R53.83).
Most HMO’s require that a patient obtain a referral prior to seeing the doctor and many will not issue a referral retroactively. It’s important for the patient to obtain the referral at least 3 days in advance to decrease the chances of a cancellation fee. See our cancellation policy here.
The costs of the first visit are determined by your insurance company as your copay and deductible. There are holistic fees associated with our holistic programs and protocols that will be reviewed in the first visit and will apply only if you decide to work with us holistically. More specific questions about costs and other resources required (time, support) will be reviewed in your initial visit with the doctor.
We have alternative financial and visit strategies that can be helpful if you have a high-deductible plan. These options can be discussed in your initial visit with the doctor (which will be paid toward your deductible).
Yoga classes are taught personally by Dr. Cheikin, and occur on Monday evenings (6:15 pm – 7:30 and Thursday mornings (7:30 am – 8:45). Visits can be coordinated with yoga classes to enable patients coming from a distance to attend a few classes for educational purposes. The role of yoga in your healing program will be reviewed in your initial visits.
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