Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions
What are your office hours?
Monday & Wednesday
8am to 5pm
Closed for Lunch 12-1pm
Tuesday & Thursday
10am to 7pm
Closed for Dinner 3pm-4pm
Do I have to use everything in the workbook to get results?
You can use any of the tools from the workbook, individually or in any combination. The most important tools in the workbook are The Elements of Health. The next step would be to use the health graph and then the other tools.
What happens on my first visit?
You will meet with the doctor for a consultation, health history, and preliminary exam. Most of the information leading to a diagnosis is gathered during a complete health history.
Finishing your first visit, the doctor will recommend and arrange the level and type of exams and lab tests that need to be done to accurately diagnose your health condition. If appropriate, treatment can begin on this visit.
During consultation, the doctor will also determine if he is the right physician for your health problem. If it is indicated, he will make a referral to the ideal physician for you. For some complex health problems, it may be appropriate for you to have concurrent care, being under the care of a few physicians at one time.
How much does my first visit cost?
Usually $140, though it may be less for some very straightforward and focal problems. This does not include the costs of any physical exams or lab tests that may be needed as follow-up to reach a precise diagnosis.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes. You are responsible for keeping your appointment or giving us 24 notice of cancellation.
There will be a $40.00 charge for appointments missed or for appointments cancelled without 24-hour prior notification. (Most offices charge the full cost of the visit for appointments missed.)
We understand emergencies do happen and will consider reasonable exceptions.
We try to do reminder calls, but they are a courtesy; you are responsible for remembering your appointment.
What are your payment policies and methods?
The Elements of Health operates on a cash basis. Our patients are responsible for payment at the time our services are rendered.
We charge $35.00 for checks returned for non-sufficient funds.
We accept all major credit/debit cards, check or cash.
We also have two alternative methods for payment to save time and money for our patients.
$500 Retainer – If you choose to leave a retainer for all in house services you will receive a 10% discount. (The %10 does not apply to products or lab work). You can receive a full refund on the unused portion at any time.
Credit Card on file – We will have you sign a “Credit card on file release form”. Your credit card will only be billed for services and product at the time of sale.
Both ways allow you to get what you need after your appointment and immediately leave. We will send you a copy of the itemized receipt either by mail or email.
Do you have referral incentives?
We at the Elements of Health appreciate our patient referrals of family and friends. And to show our appreciation to our patients for each new patient referral we will extend one complimentary office visit to you. This is the best way we know to show our appreciation, sharing our time and expertise with you.
Why don't you accept insurance?
Insurance companies, unfortunately, dictate care. We are very clear about what it takes to get people well and refuse to compromise our care of you to match limited insurance guidelines. You can get reimbursed, in most cases, by sending your receipts from us to your insurance carrier. Calling your insurance carrier will clear up the details of what will and will not be covered for you.
What are your insurance and medicare policies?
Our office does not accept health insurance. This means that you must submit receipts to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. You are responsible to know what your insurance covers. We will provide you with a “super bill” with the proper codes for your insurance company.
Please remember that you are responsible for the total charge for each visit, regardless of whether your insurance company reimburses you or not.
Medicare is theoretically covered for chiropractic care. We are legally responsible to submit Medicare claims for only the adjustment you receive.
Since we do not accept assignment, all charges are your responsibility regardless of whether or not Medicare pays your claim.
What about personal injury claims?
If you sustained an injury from an auto accident we will bill and correspond directly with YOUR insurance carrier or your attorney, if you decide to retain one. We will not bill a third party insurance company. Insurance companies will not cover supplements.
As a courtesy we will allow you to carry a balance on your account only if you agree to a lien that insures your balance will be paid in full. You will need to pay for the cost of filing the lien ($100) on your first visit. Any bills not covered by your insurance carrier are your responsibility.
How long will it take for me to get better?
Typical course of care for most health problems is six weeks. Healing is a process that takes place over time. Re-exams are used to establish the changes made in your health and determine when you have reached the targets that we agreed on during your report of findings.
Initially, treatment is frequent to make the changes that restore your ability to heal and self-regulate. Frequency will depend on your findings from exams and your response to care, as measured during re-exams.
Some more complex problems require 12 weeks and very severe and complex problems may take many months for you to heal.
What is a report of findings?
This is when the doctor sits down with you and presents all the findings from exams, health questionnaires, lab tests, and , possibly, review of records from other doctors. The findings are then distilled down to the underlying causes of your health problem and the course of care to restore your health is presented. You will be encouraged to work together to set the goals of care and what part you will play in your healthcare.
How much do office visits cost?
The standard office visit is approximately 10 minutes long and costs $60. The costs can vary from that figure, both higher and lower, based on both the amount of time spent working with the doctor and the degree of technical expertise involved in exams and treatment during the office visit.
You will always be informed beforehand, if extra services recommended during an office visit may increase the cost.
Why do you recommend I keep coming in for treatment after I'm better?
Once you've reached your health goals as measured from re-exams, you have the option of continuing with maintenance care.
Supporting, enhancing, and protecting your health over time is the goal of maintenance care. For most people, getting care every three months and getting a physical exam and lab work once a year is ideal. Most people getting this kind of care will remark on how good they feel and how much better they handle the stresses of life.
Can you do a physical exam?
Dr. Force is trained and competent to conduct physical exams and order lab tests. the advantage of getting physical exams through The Elements of Health is that your health is evaluated in the same way as for any regular physical exam and for function of body systems.
Additionally, your trend toward future illness will be evaluated and you will be given direction to offset any trend toward illness that is present.
Do you work with other doctors?
As for any other physician, we know that we have an important role to play in health care delivery and that we can't be everything to everyone. We have an extensive group of physicians from all specialties that we work with and can refer to when appropriate.
We are also pleased to communicate and work with your primary physician or play that role if you do not currently have a primary physician.
Do you treat kids?
Most definitely! The same principles used in functional healthcare are just as true for kids as they are for adults. Kids generally respond more quickly than adults and need less care. Our experience has been that kids tend to become more robust and experience less allergies, infections, etc. after functional healthcare.
Why do you talk in such general terms when you talk about treating health problems? You're not claiming that you treat everything are you?
Functional healthcare restores function to your body systems and thereby your capacity to heal and regulate yourself. It doesn't matter that you may have a muscle or joint problem, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, chronic headaches, allergies, fatigue, etc.
The approach of functional healthcare to any illness or health problem is identify the dysfunction, determine the cause of the dysfunction, use functional healthcare and teach functional selfcare to resolve the cause of the dysfunction, and let the body heal itself.
Functional healthcare will work, at least potentially, for any health problem or illness. The exception is when a disease has so broken down an organ or system that the inherent capacity of that part of the body to heal and regulate itself is no longer present. An example of this situation is compression fracture of a vertebra in the spine as a result of osteoporosis. Although functional healthcare can increase the bone density, it cannot restore the original shape of the vertebra before the fracture.
No, we can't successfully treat every health problem or illness. We are, however, experts in functional healthcare.
We can evaluate any illness or health problem for being, wholly or in part, functional, in nature. We will always be realistic with you and either treat you based on the reasonable likelihood we can help you or make a useful referral. See the webpage presenting functional healthcare for more information on these ideas and the roles of "traditional", or allopathic, medicine and functional healthcare.