Where is the clinic located?
Edmond, Oklahoma, just north of Oklahoma City and 30 minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. If unable to come to the clinic in person, Rob will be happy to coach you back to health via phone or Skype consultations. Please note that there are limitations to what Rob can legally do if you are unable to see him in person. See Contact page for more info.
Does Rob Prescribe Medications?
If necessary and the patient is willing. In addition to using food as medicine and implementing lifestyle modifications, Rob uses the highest quality professional grade supplements, herbs and vitamins available to correct imbalances, treat therapeutically and support the body's internal healing mechanisms. However, there are times when prescription strength medications may be beneficial or needed either temporarily or for the long term. Such medications may include bio-identical hormone therapy, thyroid replacement, etc. Rob works with you hand-in-hand to develop a treatment plan that you are comfortable with.
will Lab Work be ordered?
Yes, when necessary. Rob utilizes conventional lab testing as well as cutting edge Functional Medicine lab testing to discover the root causes of your health concerns. New patients will be asked to send in any lab work or other testing that has been conducted within the last 12 months for Rob to review.
Will Rob BE MY PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER (pcp)?
Short answer, no. Rob is trained in primary care as a board certified family nurse practitioner and can legally be your PCP. However, Rob's passion is in Functional & Integrative Medicine, nutrition and preventative care. Therefore, he would prefer that you kept your primary care provider for routine screening exams like pap smears and prostate exams, vaccinations and acute care services. If you are an established patient and and want a natural and holistic approach for an acute ailment such as a cold, sore throat etc., Rob is happy to see you if
Does Rob treat children?
Yes, Rob treats children from 12 years old and up.
Does Thrive medical Accept medical insurance?
Unfortunately we are unable to accept any form of medical insurance, medicare or medicaid and we do not fill out any insurance paperwork on the patient's behalf. However, you will receive an itemized bill after your appointment that will include ICD-9/ICD-10 codes and CPT codes that you may use to file a claim with your insurance company.
why does Thrive MEdical not accept insurance?
Rob is committed to the Functional Medicine model of care that addresses the whole person, searches for the underlying causes of your symptoms and constructs a highly individualized plan of care. This type of healthcare takes more time and requires a different approach that would not be attainable in the insurance based model of care.
When clinics bill insurance companies directly, the clinician must agree to become a participating provider and sign a contract with the insurance company. The clinician must agree to accept the fees covered by the insurance company regardless of whether the fees are reasonable or applicable to the practice. Insurance companies are generally heavily invested in the conventional model of care that relies on brief visits, medications and surgery, as opposed to preventative care and wellness services. It would be impossible for Rob to give his patients the time and care he feels is needed if he were to participate in the insurance based model of care.
Clinics typically overcome the low reimbursements from insurance companies by seeing anywhere from 20-40 patients per provider per day to cover the running costs of the clinic. Because of this, these visits typically focus more on managing symptoms as it is impossible to address the whole person, including history, lifestyle and nutrition when the appointment only lasts 5-15 minutes. This model of care would simply not work at Thrive Medical. Rob sees all new patients for 90 minutes to 2 hours for their initial appointment and follow-up appointments are scheduled for either 30 minutes or 1 hour. This assures that patients get the time and attention they need to get well and stay well.
will my insurance pay for the labs?
Your insurance company should cover most of the conventional lab tests ordered, such as thyroid panels, lipid panels CMP, CBC etc. For these conventional labs, you will simply provide your insurance information at the lab center when getting your blood drawn and the lab will bill your insurance directly.
Rob also utilizes cutting-edge functional lab testing to dig deeper and uncover the root of your illness. These labs will typically not be covered by insurance. However, Rob is able to offer these lab tests at lower rates, sometimes significantly lower than the prices listed by the lab company. You pay for these labs at checkout and we pay the lab directly, ensuring that you pay a much lower price.
*Please note that Rob does not make any lab testing mandatory. He will offer his professional opinion on lab testing, but ultimately you decide what you can and can't afford to pay. Rob does not order any unnecessary lab testing and will work with you to determine a plan of care that is right for you and your individual situation.
How much Does it cost?
Please click here to view our costs and consultation options.
what forms of payments does thrive medical accept?
Thrive Medical accepts cash, check and credit card. Out-of-state patients may pay via credit card or wire transfer. Thrive Medical also accepts flexible spending account (FSA) & Health Savings Account (HSA) cards. The FSA & HSA cards can also cover labs and supplements that are part of your treatment plan.
We can NOT accept Care Credit.
DOES thrive medical offer financing?
Yes, we offer financing via a third party company, eMedical Financing Solutions. You can apply before you become a patient to see what financing options might work for you, including lines of credit with 0% interest for up to 18 months and several loan options. Even if you qualify, you do not have to accept the financing or become a patient. Click Here To Apply For Financing Options
does thrive medical accept walk-ins?
No, all appointments must be scheduled and may have to be booked months in advance.
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