New Patient Visits
At Progressive Medical Center of Atlanta, our goal is to resolve the underlying causes of your symptoms with minimal side effects and long-lasting results. When you visit Progressive Medical for the first time, we will focus on gathering information about your symptoms and health concerns, previous medications and diagnoses. Some preliminary testing will be done that requires only urine and saliva and the results will be reviewed during your visit.
Future testing recommendations will be developed by the doctor and your financial obligations will be discussed before moving forward. In subsequent visits, your practitioner will design a treatment plan specifically targeted for your needs, monitor your progress, and fine-tune your diet, treatments and therapies for maximum results.
For your first visit, please remember to fill out your patient intake forms prior to arrival and ladies- please wear only light eye-makeup, or no makeup, for the physical examination.
- Preliminary Testing and Educational Overview
- Physical Exam and History
- 2nd Visit
- Future Visits
- Frequently Asked Questions
Preliminary Testing and Educational Overview
Your first visit as a new patient will include an examination, a urinalysis and an iodine diagnostic test. These are non-invasive and are done with a urine and saliva sample that will be collected during your prep time prior to seeing your practitioner. The iodine diagnostic test will show if the thyroid has enough of this vital nutrient to function properly. You will also view a video giving you an overview of the practice.
Physical Exam and History
Your examination will include an in-depth look at your history, symptoms and environmental factors. This is necessary for your doctor to analyze your case and determine underlying causes of your symptoms and an action plan to get you on the road to recovery. Please make sure to provide detailed New Patient Intake Forms, which will form the foundation of your visit. Your practitioner will ask and discuss those areas that he/she feels are of importance to fully understand your health challenges as well as conducting their own examination. This may include the skin, nails, tongue, lymph nodes, abdomen and other areas. Because the practitioner will be examining the coloration of the skin on the face and coloration of the fingernails, we ask that our female patients remove their nail polish (if able) and to go without make-up for this visit, though light eye make-up is permitted. The results of the urinalysis and iodine diagnostic test will also be discussed. Once your practitioner has a more in-depth understanding of your symptoms and clinical history, the next step is to recommend further diagnostic testing, targeted to your specific symptoms. Progressive Medical utilizes many different forms of diagnostic testing including standard blood chemistry, stool testing, food allergies, adrenal stress, hormones, heavy metals, and nutritional testing. Cutting-edge testing is helpful to quickly identify and address the underlying causes of your symptoms. By doing this, the unwanted symptoms can be reduced. Usually treatment is not initiated until your test results have been received, at the 2nd or 3rd visit.
After writing the orders for further diagnostic testing, the billing representative will sit down with you and go over what your insurance coverage will be based on the practitioner’s orders. We will also discuss what self-pay packages are available. You will learn all of this information and your financial responsibilities, prior to conducting any further testing. Once you have decided to do further testing, we will take you to our onsite lab to do a blood draw. If any take-home tests have been ordered, you will be given the test kits and instructions on how to conduct these at home.
Before leaving, we will set up your next appointment time, preferably one to two weeks later. At your 2nd visit, we will conduct any fasting labs or studies that may have been ordered, you will meet with a naturopath to discuss your initial test results and to create your first treatment protocol- a customized detoxification. The practitioner will plan what type of dietary and nutritional supplements may most benefit your individual case and you will meet with one of our dietitians at this time.
As you start on the road to optimum wellness, the time between follow-up visits will be more spread out, starting at four to six weeks between visits, then two to three months, and finally three to six months between visits. The goals of your appointments are to initiate treatments and therapies, modify them as needed, monitor your progress, and periodically run diagnostic testing to verify that the treatments are working. Dietary changes, nutritional supplements, therapies, and detoxification are some of the primary ways we restore health to the body. Some of these treatment protocols are initiated for the short-term only, as a way to build the body back up to optimal functioning. Other treatments and dietary changes may be needed as part of your long-term health maintenance plan. Your health plan will be tailored to your individual health needs with the guidance of your practitioner. To learn more, visit Our Approach, and Diagnostic Testing. We are here to support you in a lifelong journey of optimal health!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of insurance do you accept?
We are in-network on only a few policies and are considered out-of-network for most. Please call one of our new patient coordinators at 1-770-676-6000, and select option 1 for questions about your specific policy. We are unable to file with TriCare, Medicaid and Medicare related policies. For these patients, we have created excellent, discounted Self-Pay packages and we will be happy to discuss your options. We have also partnered with Care Credit if you would like to make monthly payments.
What is the cost of the new patient first visit?
The new patient first visit can be found in the new patient documentation and includes your examination as well as a urinalysis and an iodine diagnostic test utilizing a urine and saliva sample. If you decide to move forward as a patient and start your comprehensive diagnostic testing that day, then we will bill this visit to your insurance along with your testing.
Can you help my diagnosis?
While we cannot specifically guarantee a resolution to your symptoms, our comprehensive approach leads to very good success in a variety of conditions. Using natural therapies that mimic the body’s own healing capacity, we can decrease symptoms by addressing the underlying causes of illness. Before you lose hope or resort to invasive treatments that have unwanted side effects, let us apply our safe, evidence-based methods to bring about relief and resolution of your complaints.
How is this different than the medical care I’ve received up to this point?
Our approach is distinct from standard conventional medical care you’ve received. We listen to your experience and empathize with your concerns and difficulties. We will not dismiss your complaints or prescribe a medication to cover up the symptoms, with only short-term results. Natural medical therapies are preferred as a way to mimic and enhance the body’s natural, healing abilities while minimizing unwanted side effects. The focus is to address the underlying causes of illness, not just the symptoms, and to promote health of the whole person- mind, body, and spirit.
Can your physicians write prescriptions?
We have a team of physicians and practitioners that includes medical doctors (M.D.), osteopathic doctors (D.O.), naturopathic doctors (N.D.) and Certified Physician Assistants who are able to write prescriptions when necessary. However, if a natural, effective, method of treatment is available we prefer to discuss those options with you first. In most cases our practitioners will not write a prescription on the new patient first visit. We have been able to help many patients come off of their prescription medications and this is our goal in most cases. If you have a question or concern about this, please contact our new patient care coordinator at 770-676-6000, prompt 2.
What perks are there for patients at Progressive Medical Center?
Complimentary visits with registered dieticians and, in Atlanta, complimentary sessions in the far infrared sauna are perks for patients at Progressive Medical Center. You will meet with our dieticians on your 2nd and 3rd visits and they are available for ongoing consults. At our Atlanta location, we also encourage our patients to utilize our on-site Far Infrared Sauna to clear unwanted toxins from the body and for ongoing health benefits. This is also a complimentary service for current Atlanta patients.
Putting the I Into Health Part of the problem of medicine today is that we sit around and wait for that dreaded day of a diagnosis. Instead of sitting around and waiting, there are basic processes that can be evaluated to prevent day one of that diagnosis from even occurring. Long before we are sick there are warning signs on the road to disease. There are four “I”s of health that are critical to manage. These are:
- Immune Function
By charting the course of these critical areas, the cause of most conditions can be prevented and eliminated. The four Is are what fan the fire of pathology. Management of the “I”s give us clear tools to put the pathology out. Many diseases such as heart disease and even cancer are perpetuated by sugar, chronic infections and the pain and inflammation that they create. Simple steps can help to balance the immune function in a way that augments wellness and moves us out of disease and into true health care. For more information on your first visit, or to schedule an appointment in Atlanta, call 1-770-676-6000.