You may benefit from an Integrative Medicine consult with Dr. Dersam if you want to take a more holistic or integrative approach to your health. She is trained in traditional medicine and integrative medicine. This means she can offer new therapies for chronic illnesses or consult with you regarding a specific health concern that has not been adequately addressed in the past.
An integrative medicine consultation takes place in two appointments. Additional appointments can be added if needed. During the first appointment, Dr. Dersam will take an in-depth history, review your medical history as well as additional health information such as your diet, level of activity, sleep, sources of stress and level of self-care. This allows her to get a picture of factors in your life that affect your health and well-being. She will perform a focused physical exam and order laboratory tests to get a thorough evaluation of your health. She may demonstrate simple stress relaxation exercises, recommend dietary changes and/or supplements as a first step to your healing journey.
This first appointment may take an hour or more. During the shorter second appointment, Dr. Dersam will review results of any labs or testing and provide recommendations for improving your health. These may include dietary changes, exercise, stress relaxation techniques, herbals or supplements and sleep improvement. Additionally, she may refer you for other therapies such as acupuncture, massage, health coaching and nutritional evaluation by a dietician.
When you consult with Dr. Dersam, you still need to keep your regular doctor. She will not replace your primary care provider unless you decide to enroll in her personalized concierge care. For acute care and medical emergencies, you will need to seek help from your primary care physician.
Dr. Dersam will send a copy of your consultation visit to your primary physician, so that your medical team is aware of all treatment recommendations. Your physician can contact Dr. Dersam at any time for more information.