Day one-initial consultation:
It is very important that you return your health questionnaire prior to first appointment. This allows Dr. Mashner to review this material and to be prepared to adequately review and discuss your health story. We ask you not to wear perfumes to the office, as some of our patients are very sensitive to chemical aromas. We also ask that you not wear finger or toenail polish as Dr. Mashner will be looking at your nail beds as part of the physical examination process.
When you arrive at the office, Dr. Mashner will perform a comprehensive examination and a health interview to help determine which nutritional laboratory tests are most appropriate to gain an understanding of how we can best help you. Dr. Mashner will review and analyze your laboratory results, your examination, and your health history to lay out and recommend a holistic treatment approach based upon your present state of health. This powerful functional nutrition approach will help set the stage for restoring the natural balance your body needs.
Upon receipt of your laboratory results our office will call you to schedule any follow-up appointments that may be necessary. It is usually necessary to have more than one follow-up appointment to discuss these results. Because the uniqueness of these tests, it is very important that you understand how these results are related to your current state of health and how addressing these findings can impact your health recovery process.
Our philosophy is based upon education. Our goal is to provide you with a thorough learning process that helps you understand the nutritional recommendations which we might make, as well as the dietary and lifestyle recommendations you will need to follow to achieve your health goals. Dr. Mashner will not cut corners with time when it comes to educating you. He wants you to not only develop an understanding of the causes of your current health challenges, but he also wants you to “own” your nutritional and lifestyle plan for recovery.
His philosophy is simple: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” Once your nutritional protocols are in place, Doctor Mashner will follow up with you on a periodic basis for the next 3 to 8 months. This is largely dependent upon the nature of your health issues. Additional laboratory testing and follow-up may be necessary to monitor your progress and improvements.
How long will it take before I start to feel better?
This question is a different answer for different people. Our goal is to provide you the education you need to embark upon a lifetime of health success and doctor independence. Simply put, it largely depends on your compliance and the severity of your condition. Some body tissues take longer to heal than others. While most patients can begin to feel dramatically better within the first few months of treatment, others will take longer. Understand you did not get the way you are overnight, and much of what we do together depends upon you.
Dr. Mashner will layout the map, but you will have to follow it in order to achieve your health goals. That being said, no doctor can guarantee results including Dr. Mashner. You can visit our patient testimonial links the see examples of how past patients have responded to Dr. Mashner’s functional nutrition approach.