Do you take my insurance?
No. If your insurance company pays toward the care you receive from me, I'll help you to get reimbursed. But I don't accept insurance in payment, and I'm truly sorry about that.
I decided long ago that I wanted to focus ALL of my attention on patient care, and that I also wanted to spend as much time with each patient as possible without charging a whole lot. Trust me when I tell you that your doctor's office spends more time trying to get paid from your insurance company than s/he actually spends caring for you. To provide the kind of individualized attention that I do while accepting insurance would mean that I would have to charge about double what I am currently. That's not acceptable to me -- or to anyone else either, probably.
Ok, Dr. Smarty-Pants, how much DO you charge?
$80 per visit, and you'll be here about an hour. $110 for the first visit, and that takes about an hour and a half.
I'm afraid of the needles.
Don't be. They are EXTREMELY thin and since they don't have a "barrel" like hypodermic needles do, there's very little tissue damage and consequently very little (if any) pain. People often don't even feel a needle going in. Once in a while you get a "yowza" if one of the tiny nerves in the skin gets touched, and those needles come out immediately.
I want to take herbs but I'm already taking so much other stuff.
The "dangers" of herbs are WAY overblown. Although about a third of Americans have taken an herb of some sort, so few people are harmed by them that the government doesn't even bother to monitor them. Plus, most Chinese herbs have been in use for so long that although they haven't been officially "researched" we know when they can and can't be used anyway. AND, the herbs that are most likely to interact with medications are well known and can easily be avoided or substituted for. I encourage you to try them if you are curious.
Are you going to do chiropractic or acupuncture on me?
Usually both, because they work together fabulously well. It depends both on what you want or don't want, and what I think should help you most. But really I'm not going to "DO anything to you" at all. We are going to work together, and WITH your body, not "on" it, to help get you back to where you want to be -- functioning normally.
Can I just get herbs and not do the other stuff?
Yes, and if that's what you want to do I think it's great. Herbs alone can help so much I wish that everyone would use them.
I hate the traffic in Green Hills.
Me too. But if you avoid rush hour and mostly stay off Hillsboro Road, you'll be ok.
--dr. diane holmes
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