Integrative medicine and functional medicine are wellness-based approaches to health care. It looks at the whole patient and their unique timeline when drafting a plan for wellness. By using a systems-oriented approach and empowering patients to take an active role in their own healing process, the goal is to achieve the highest expression of health possible.
Assessments are more thorough to get at the source of health ailments and considers impacts of mental health, nutrition, environment, and stress.
Meet Our Integrative Medicine Specialist
Dr. Christopher Smith is our Integrative and functional medicine specialist. Dr. Smith pulls from his extensive background as he is board certified in family medicine, integrative medicine, medical acupuncture, and is a current candidate to become a delegate of functional medicine. Dr. Smith also completed the two-year flagship fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, which is the program started by Dr. Andrew Weil.
Values of Integrative Medicine
Our integrative and functional medicine clinic values:
– Optimal Health: Optimal health is at the center of holistic health and medicine. The practice aims to reach optimal functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully alive.
– Prevention and Treatment: Integrative healthcare practitioners promote health, prevent illness and help raise awareness of disease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms.
– Wholeness Holistic: Our practitioners view people as the unity of body, mind and spirit, as well as the systems in which they live.
– Innate Healing Ability: All people have innate abilities of healing in their bodies, minds and spirits. Integrative healthcare practitioners evoke and help patients utilize these powers to affect the healing process.
– Integration of Healing Systems: Our integrative practitioners embrace the use of all appropriate global healing traditions and integrative healthcare strategies, disciplines, systems and healthcare professionals in order to carry out the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. We embrace collaborative care among providers and between disciplines.
– Relationship-Centered Care: The ideal practitioner-patient relationship is a partnership, which encourages patient autonomy and values the needs and insights of both parties. The patient is empowered to take an active role in his/her healing process. The quality of this relationship is an essential contributor to the healing process.
– Individuality: Integrative healthcare practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness, rather than the illness the person has.
Integrative/Functional Medicine Consultations: These consultations entail a health systems-focused approach that considers the whole person and his/her unique timeline. Strategies that address the root cause of health issues will be employed, as opposed to symptom treatment. These consultations will involve extended histories, a review of antecedents, and a review of healing goals. The physician’s recommendations will include complimentary, functional, and integrative approaches when possible, with the goal of attaining optimal health.
Price: $350 initial 90-minute consultation, $250 follow-up 45-minute consultation. Each additional hour is $100.
Acupuncture: Many recent studies have shown that acupuncture is effective at treating various illnesses. This ancient form of medicine has been practice for thousands of years, and has proven to be indispensable in well-established integrative medicine centers. Series of acupuncture treatments may be recommended as part of a comprehensive plan to optimize health.
Price: First treatment $199, Subsequent treatments $99
Fees, Labs, Appointments, and Cancellations
Wellness-based services such as those offered in Integrative and Functional Medicine are NOT covered under most traditional health insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. The Integrative Medicine services at UCF Health are offered on a self-pay basis only. We do not file a claim with your insurance company for these services. It is highly unlikely that insurance companies will reimburse for these services. However, we will provide you with a receipt if you wish to seek reimbursement from your insurance company. The balance of any fee is due at the time of service.
To schedule Integrative Medicine appointments, please call 407-266-3627.
We request that you send in your medical records prior to your appointment to allow the doctor to best prepare for your consultation. You can fax your medical records to 407-266-4910.
Primary care services are not offered during integrative and functional medicine consultations. Patients are expected to have an active primary care physician to seek these types of services. Furthermore, within the integrative medicine appointment we do not provide acute care (e.g., care for colds and sinus infections), narcotics, medical marijuana, IV therapy, weight-loss medications, or other lifestyle medications.
Please consider the time your doctor has allotted for your appointment. If you need to reschedule, please let us know two business days in advance. Also, if you are more than 15 minutes late to your appointment, we may need to reschedule you.
FAQs About Our Integrative Medicine Services
Q: Can Dr. Smith be my primary care physician?
A: If you are seeing Dr. Smith for integrative and functional medicine consultations, we expect that you have an active primary care physician to seek these type of services. Dr. Smith will coordinate care with your primary care physician.
Q: Can I make an integrative and function medicine appointment for acute care, such as when I have the flu?
A: Within the integrative medicine appointment we do not provide acute care e.g., care for colds, flu and sinus infections.
Q: Does Dr. Smith do IV vitamin therapy?
Q: Can Dr. Smith provide me a prescription for medical marijuana?
Q: Can Dr. Smith provide me with a prescription for weight-loss or other lifestyle medications?
Q: What about narcotic prescriptions?
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