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Being a natural doctor is not an easy task. It takes a special kind of doctor to be able to do this type of work. It also takes a special type of patient. Many times it involves flying in the face of conventional medicine, going against the grain, or bucking the trend.
It takes hours upon hours of extra training and continuous continuing education. The natural Medicine that Dr. Mortensen practices is ALL EVIDENCE BASED natural medical care (explained in the FAQ section below)
Our typical type of patient generally is one of two types of people.
The first one is the typical type of acute patient that is looking for an alternative, natural form of healthcare for some type of immediate care need. They are usually looking to to work with the body as opposed to taking medications to cover up ones symptoms. A good example of this is a patient that is a child and comes into our office with an ear infection. As opposed to giving this patient an antibiotic (which can mess up intestinal system function or cause allergic reaction) we will recommend natural forms of care that will help the body heal on its own.
The second type of patient that we see in our office is the chronic condition patient.
This patient is the one who has had all kinds of medical care and are generally on many different medications, yet they still can’t figure out what is wrong and still feel sick, run down, depressed, or whatever symptom that might be the problem. This patient is one that requires a much different approach to the first one. This type of patient will often require a combination and natural care with what we call integrated functional medicine, which digs deeper into the why someone has something wrong and how that is causing their symptoms or disease.
Take a Look at our FAQ section.
It may answer many of the burning questions you have about our natural care practice, why we are different and how we can benefit you more.
The best way to describe the Functional Medicine that we practice in our office is, all inclusive.
I’ll be honest, not every patient needs every aspect of what a functional medicine physician can do. But, everyone does need many of the aspects of what we do.
Let me explain.
Functional medicine is rooted in the fact that disease and illness has a cause. That cause may not always be evident, our job is to find the cause. Occasionally someone gets some unexplainable disease, but the majority of the time there is a reason for someone getting something. One doesn’t catch diabetes or cancer. They develop it. Functional medicine looks to find the cause of the disease or illness and remove or fix it, thus eliminating the cause and fixing the persons ills. This approach really is the future of healthcare. It is very effective for chronic disease cases or those wishing to optimize health.
However, for those that are looking for an alternative natural form of healthcare for a more acute need, the full functional approach may not be needed. Thats why we also practice what some call alternative medicine, holistic medicine, naturopathy, naturopathic, integrative medicine, natural medicine etc.
What is need from the functional medicine approach that not all alternative, natural, or holistic doctors use, is the need for evidence based care. Evidence based care means that treatments are proven effective, safe, natural, and most importantly, not harmful. This is the basis of our practice. Everything is evidence based.
Unfortunately, most “natural” doctors don’t practice this way and
often use methods that are questionable at best.
For the Integrative functional medicine patient treatment tends to be much more involved and comprehensive due to the nature of the problems addressed. They tend to be more chronic, involve multiple symptoms and medications. Treatment for these patients includes a natural medicine approach, but is more inclusive. It many times involves functional testing evaluations, genetics tests to determine propensities for certain disease or conditions, lifestyle changes, detoxification programs, hormone therapy, possible medications and many other treatment options based on the individual person. Is short, Integrative functional medicine is much more involved and comprehensive by nature. If need be we will also refer out to certain specialists.
1) It is a pain in the butt and the amount that they pay does not make it financially feasible.
2) Insurance doesn’t cover the necessary time spent with each patient.
3) Did I mention it’s a pain in the butt?
4) I am blessed enough to have a busy enough practice that I don’t have to take insurance.
To help you bill your insurance for your visits we will (upon request) proud you with what is called a “superbill”. This is basically an itemized statement with all the ICD10 diagnosis codes and CPT procedure codes. You can submit this to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Some of the most common insurance companies patients are able to to do this with include Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, and some others. I can never guarantee if and how much an insurance company will decide to reimburse.
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Dr. Craig Mortensen
151 N. Kraemer Blvd., #115
Placentia, CA 92870
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