Frequently Asked Questions
Insurance, Payment + Cancellation Policy
Do you take insurance?
We do not accept insurance. And, here’s why. Insurance companies decide how long and what type of care physicians can provide to their patients. This is why a growing number of physicians have moved away from accepting insurance. In the insurance system, every meeting must be submitted as a billing claim to the insurance carrier in order for the physician to get paid. The physician only receives a small portion of the billing as payment. Therefore, physicians in the insurance system must see 3,000+ patients per year (which averages 30 visits per day) just to generate enough billing claims to make a living. This is why you may wait so long for an appointment and can feel rushed once you come in for the visit.
What is your payment policy?
We run a cash based practice. Payment is due at the time of service (unless other arrangements have been pre-arranged) and we accept cash, check, Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover credit cards and some HSA accounts.
What is your cancellation policy?
When you schedule an appointment as a patient, time is reserved especially for you and no one else. Cancellations are significant interruptions to our schedule. Here are the fees that are charged if you miss or cancel an appointment.
Initial Visit: In the event you miss your initial new patient visit or cancel less than 7 days before this scheduled appointment, you will be charged $175, a portion of your initial visit fee.
Follow-up: In the event you miss your follow-up visit or cancel less than 2 days before your scheduled follow-up appointment you will be charged a $75 fee.
Working with Dr. Hamada
What are Dr. Gloria Hamada’s qualifications?
Dr. Hamada is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. She is also a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with The Institute of Functional Medicine and a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Hamada has been practicing as a clinical nutritionist for over 30 years focusing on finding the root cause of her patient’s symptoms and disease. She has worked with thousands of patients to help them live their best health. Learn more about Dr. Hamada’s story by visiting here.
Why choose Dr. Hamada over another provider?
Our patient-centered philosophy paired with the decades of experience Dr. Hamada has working with patients to reclaim their health is a reason why we receive many word-of-mouth inquiries. Patients who have worked with Dr. Hamada share their experiences with others who are suffering from symptoms of disease. We are grateful to our patients, and we wish there was more than just one Dr. Hamada!
Is Dr. Hamada accepting new patients?
Dr. Hamada is accepting new patients on a limited basis. We currently have a waiting list for new patient consultations. Each new patient goes through an Initial Functional Medicine Intake Consultation as their first step. The next FAQ goes over what the process is like for new patients.
What is the general process like for new patients?
How long is the Initial Functional Medicine Consultation and follow up visits?
For new patients, the Initial Functional Medicine Consultation is a 60-90 minute virtual meeting. Prior to your meeting, Dr. Hamada will review any past lab work provided and all required paperwork and intake forms.
Does Dr. Hamada work with children?
Yes, Dr. Hamada works with patients of all ages. However, a majority of her patient focus is for ages 10 and above. Anyone under the age of 18 is required to have a guardian present.
What are Dr. Hamada's specialties?
Digestive issues & leaky gut
Food sensitivities and intolerances
General well being
Nutritional planning and much more!
About Functional Medicine
How do I know that Functional Medicine will work for me?
Can I afford Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is not covered by insurance, which may seem like an expensive option. However, the long term repercussions and costs associated with treating symptoms of disease add up exponentially over time. Historically, many patients with chronic disease seek out functional medicine after exhausting other avenues and we hope that changes in the future. Treating the underlying cause of disease has an up front cost, but will save the patient in health care costs down the road.
How long does it take to see results?
Each body is different. What works in 30 days for one patient may take 7 days for another. There is no comparison or magic number on how quickly you will get results. The practice of Functional Medicine is a lifestyle change. Successful outcomes are typically very high when patients are committed and prepared to follow Dr. Hamada’s suggestions.
What types of labs does Dr. Hamada run?
Dr. Hamada uses specialty laboratories for the majority of testing that are only available to healthcare professionals. During your consultation, she will determine which tests are needed and then review the testing recommendations, the instructions and cost. Some testing can be performed at home with test kits to collect blood, urine, saliva or stool samples. Others may require you to go to a local laboratory to draw the blood with a doctor’s order. Some patients may elect to use a concierge lab draw where someone can come directly to their home.
Do I have to purchase my supplements through Dr. Hamada?
Can Dr. Hamada be my primary care doctor?
No, Dr. Hamada requires all new patients to have a primary care physician to cover emergencies and routine care and screening, prescription medication needs and management. She works as a functional medicine consultant, and though she often assists with both traditional labs and specialty functional testing, she utilizes these to focus on root cause analysis and personalize lifestyle interventions - including specific dietary, nutritional, sleep and stress management support – and encourages you to share all results with your treating PCP.
Can Dr. Hamada prescribe medications?
No, Dr. Hamada does not prescribe or manage medications. Dr. Hamada will consider potential nutritional needs relative to your prescribed medications. Any prescribed medications would come from and be managed by your PCP or your other prescribing providers.