Dr. Susan Plank, D.C.'s Norwin Wellness Center
Dr. Susan Plank, D.C.'s                      Norwin Wellness Center

FAQ's: Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Dr. Plank's blood work and nutritional care different than my doctor would offer?

 

Dr. Plank, your primary care physician (PCP) and any doctor will evaluate your blood work for abnormal results.  Dr. Plank's 25 years of experience allows her to interpret your blood work for underlying and overlooked nutritional  irregularities. 

 

Completing thorough blood work 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 blood work?

 

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 differently than my primary care doctor?

 

Yes.  The blood work 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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