A Bit of a Personal Post...

I've been fighting turning into a Lyme-specialized practice for a long time. But after 4 years, I've accepted that this is my calling. Those of you who have experienced tick-borne illness through a loved one or personally, you can understand my frustrations. It's hard. It's frustrating. It causes tantrums. You get called a quack and are constantly told what you're experiencing or treating doesn't exist. You feel alone. 

But then I thought…hey, I'm an ND - I deal with this frustration and name calling on a weekly basis! I just need to pull my big girl pants up and keep on keeping on. The fact is, my patients are getting better. They come to me and finally feel heard. And I want to provide a place for those struggling with tick-borne illness where they can feel validated AND get better. 

So, I've decided that my goal is to expand my practice to a fully integrative clinic for tick-borne illness. A place where you can get full naturopathic and allopathic care, constitutional hydrotherapy, sauna therapy, IV therapy and more. I have no idea where to start, or who to talk to, but putting it out to the universe is the first step, right?

Upcoming Pricing Changes for 2014

Dr. McElveen has avoided raising her prices for over 4 years, but sadly, must do so, effective January 1st, 2014, in order to keep up with the rise in costs. Hopefully this will be offset by the inclusion of NDs for private health insurance coverage so all privately insured patients will get reimbursed - though we are still uncertain if this will apply to Medicare/Medicaid.  

New Price Structure (dependent on complexity of the visit) 

New Patient Appt   $130 - $340  (formerly $90 - $300)

Return Patient Appt  $65 - $200  (formerly $45 - $180)

Annual Gyn Exam  $150  (formerly $120)

Physicals (depending on age and complexity)  $80 - $230  (formerly $60 - $210)

Vitamin B injections were recently increased due to cost and will stay the same at $30 each, or 5 for $130.  

Nutriceuticals, medications and supplements will continue to be sold at MSRP (10% discount if you order them yourself through Healthwave from our Store page)

 

We will also begin charging for prolonged appointment time in order to chart appropriately according to insurance standards with the new insurance coverage. Dr. McElveen has rarely charged for patients exceeding their allotted times, especially for the First and Last Program, which are only 30 min visits, but usually end up 1 hr. So be sure to bring in a list of questions so we can address everything in the allotted time, and prioritize or request a longer appointment time as necessary. The default appointment times for new patients are 1.5 hours and the default for return visits are 30 min. If you expect more time, please make a note when you schedule online or by phone. This is becoming more important now that Dr. McElveen's general schedule is full and typically booked up to 2 weeks ahead. Dr. McElveen knows your time is valuable and takes pride in regularly staying on time for patient visits. 

Check out Dr. McElveen's New Guide on Creating a Successful Naturopathic Practice!

Well, it's finally here! Ever notice how so many people who do marketing seminars and write books on starting practices have never actually run a practice (much less a naturopathic practice)? That's one thing I've definitely noticed in growing my own  practice and I always thought to myself...I need to write that guidebook when I'm ready! So I did.

Urgent Note About the Safety of Your Supplements!

URGENT NOTICE and PLEASE SHARE: A patient of mine called me this morning after having to call 911 and go to the ER for ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK after taking her supplements prescribed by me. She had purchased her refills through a store on Amazon at a cheaper price and only noticed after the fact that they were a different color than the ones she got from me. Not only that, but in another bottle she got from the same store of a different product, the capsules were all melted together.

I try to warn all of my patients, that you may find cheaper prices elsewhere, but you do not know how those products are being stored or handled. These brands are very high quality professional-only brands not found over the counter and should not be sold anywhere where a doctor is not on staff. If you have found them elsewhere, they may be cheaper, but they may also be damaged, or not even the correct product as there are many scams out there! Please be careful and get your supplements from a trusted source!

Know Your Supplement Sources!

Dr McElveen Will No Longer Be in York, ME

July 30th will be my last day at Santini Family Chiropractic in York. I have enjoyed getting to know everyone down there, but sadly, it is just not financially sustainable to continue at this location. I thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to be part of their whole health and know that they will continue to get quality care from whomever the Santinis choose to be my replacement there. 

I will continue to be available at my private practice, Bare Medicine, in Springvale and will be updating my hours in August.

 

ILADS Annual Conference 2011

Dr. McElveen will be attending the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) International Conference in Toronto for all of the up-to-date information on Lyme testing, treatment and co-infections. 

Bare Medicine has Officially MOVED!

Please join us at our new, light, bright location at the Village Green Shopping Center, right between Rite Aid and the BMV. We share a waiting area with several other practitioners, so please ring the Bare Medicine bell at the front desk and Dr. McElveen will be with you shortly.