Why is Dr. Plank's labs and nutritional care different than my doctor would offer?
Dr. Plank, your primary care physician (PCP) and any doctor will evaluate your blood work and labs for abnormal results. Dr. Plank's 28 years of experience allows
her to interpret your blood work for underlying and overlooked nutritional irregularities.
Completing thorough labs is necessary to evaluate for biologic and biochemical imbalances in your body. When interpreted nutritionally these labs reveal
imbalances, which are often reveal the root cause of symptoms.
For example, hormones are frequently imbalanced in men and women but rarely ordered by physician's. Dr. Plank will evaluate your body as a whole to find the cause
of your symptoms.
Do you accept insurance for your services?
We will always try to work with you so you can get the fullest benefit from your insurance for services. We have found health insurance may limit care by imposing
limitations on certain testing, number of visits and visit length.
Your initial visits will include extra time with Dr. Plank, her expertise and experience in lab interpretation, food sensitivity testing, detoxification guidance, body composition analysis and your
personalized wellness report. None of these services is reimbursible through insurance.
Each health insurance policy is different with varying coverage limits including deductibles, co-pays, co-insurances or additional insurance limitations. Please
keep this in mind when using your insurance coverage for lab work.
We've updated our plans to include blood work, food sensitivity testing, detox programs and visits.
We've found it impossible to give sufficient attention and personalized
care to our clients in an insurance controlled setting.
You can chose to use your health insurance for blood work if you reside in Pennsylvania, but please do so with caution. Labs will charge increased rates to
insurance companies and you are responsible for the up charge. We've seen mark ups of 5-12 times versus the cash price we offer through our exclusive contract with the labs. See the
example of an actual client's insurance lab charges below.
Keep in mind Medicare and most Pennsylvania insurances no longer cover nutrition consulting.
Can I use my Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA)?
Yes, but only for individual visits. We are unable to give receipts for lab services or program packages that include lab services.
We ask that you check with your HR or Benefits Department to be sure.
Why is Body Composition Analysis necessary?
It is critically important to evaluate and monitor your fat, muscle and water percentages as a critical biomarker for your health and fitness. We utilize the Futrex Body
Analyzer, which is highly technologically-advanced in our industry.
Please make sure you are well hydrated as we will be performing a state-of-the-art body composition analysis.
Do I need to have labs?
The short answer is, Yes, if you want to see results. Most clients that come to the office have been frustrated by years, sometimes decades of failed weight loss
attempts. While you may have had other blood labs completed we find that the most important blood work markers are rarely ordered. These biomarkers offer a glimpse of the efficiency of
your body's energy production, biochechemistry, digestion and hormone levels.
Does Dr. Plank order and interpret blood work and labs differently than my primary care doctor?
Yes. The labs Dr. Plank orders is needed to evaluate the nutritional imbalances that can cause your symptoms. Usually, on your second visit you will
be presented your lab findings and depending on the package you chose your personalized health report. Dr. Plank will outline the step by step process needed to address the critical health
markers that must be brought back into balance.