FAQ

Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is an approach to healthcare that focuses on identifying the root causes of medical issues within the body. Rather than just treating symptoms, functional medicine providers take a holistic approach that aims to address underlying factors by gaining a full understanding of a client’s medical history and habits, plus their mental and emotional health.
What is included in the first initial consult appointment?
Before you come in, you’ll electronically fill out forms including your personal health history and a few medical questionnaires on our patient portal.

The first consultation visit is typically 60 minutes. After discussing your current medical issues in-depth, we will co-create an action plan to help you feel better. If Dr. Stephanie feels that you need to visit your PCP or a specialist, she will share that advice with you. All of the information gathered during the consultation will be available for you to share with your primary care medical team as needed.

Can Dr. Stephanie Thompson be my primary care provider?
No, Dr. Stephanie will not be your primary care physician. Having your own primary care provider is mandatory in order to participate in ongoing consultation with Dr. Stephanie. However, she can collaborate with your primary care provider and communicate with them on your behalf, if you desire.
Do you take insurance?
No. Dr. Stephanie does not accept private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare insurance at this time. Dr. Stephanie, nor her staff, will not file any insurance paperwork on the client’s behalf.
Does Dr. Stephanie prescribe prescription drugs and medications?
Dr. Stephanie is licensed to prescribe. However, each client is unique, and a treatment plan will be determined based on each client’s medical history and current issues. Dr. Stephanie will not prescribe any pain medicines or manage chronic pain medications.
Does Dr. Stephanie believe in and practice regular, conventional medicine?
Yes. Dr. Stephanie is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctoral degree in Nursing. She believes in blending today’s conventional medicine standards and tools with the art of personalized lifestyle functional medicine and mind-body medicine.

Your healthcare and wellbeing goals are important. It is Dr. Stephanie’s belief that blending integrated, personalized functional medicine and modern, conventional medicine is the future of medicine and healing.

IV Therapy

What is an IV?
“IV” is short for “intravenous”, which means “in the vein”. We provide our IV services by using a small catheter that’s placed directly in your vein. This allows for much more effective and efficient treatment than simply drinking liquids.

If you’re nervous about needles, the IV treatment does involve a quick poke with a small needle, but as soon as the vein is accessed, the needle comes out and the plastic catheter is left in its place.

Is IV Therapy Safe?
All IVs are administered by a registered nurse and performed under the direction of Dr. Stephanie, and all of the vitamins we use are FDA-approved and have gone through rigorous testing.

Before every client receives IV therapy, their health history is evaluated, and any concerns or questions are answered.

Side effects from IV therapy are rare, but on occasion, clients might experience some discomfort, bruising, inflammation, or redness around the site of injection– which could last from a few minutes to several days.

How often should I get an IV?
The frequency of your IV therapy will be determined on a patient-by-patient basis. Just like everything we do at Lake Town Wellness, our IV therapy is highly customized to suit your individual needs.
What can I expect during IV treatment?
Most of our IV treatments take between 30 and 75 minutes. During this time, you can relax, recline, read, listen to music through headphones, and just take some time for you while enjoying the benefits of vitamin therapy.

You might experience a warming sensation in your arm, chest, or abdomen while the IV is infused, or you might taste some of the vitamins and nutrients that are in the treatment.

IM Injections

What are the advantages of regular wellness injections?
Our vitamin-based wellness injections provide many different benefits, which are tailored toward our clients’ individual needs. Vitamin B12, for example, is essential in the development of healthy blood cells, nerve cells, and proteins in the body. It also helps with the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

Some other benefits include an increase in energy, and a boost in concentration, memory, and mood.

Where are the injections given?
Typically, the injections are given in the deltoid (upper arm), or gluteal area (upper buttocks).
Will the injection hurt?
You can expect some redness, swelling, or pain at the site of the injection, but this should clear up within 48 hours.
What if I don’t like needles, but really want to start my wellness journey?
Our nurses are here to put you at ease. We are all trained in IV and injections to minimize pain and to make clients feel as comfortable as possible. We also offer topical numbing cream. All “pokes” are quick!
Can I get both an IV and IM vitamin shot at the same time?
Yes– in fact, this is what we recommend! Injection boosters are a great way to maximize your IV therapy time, by adding an injection to any drip that does not already include it.

Aesthetics

What exactly is a neurotoxin? Which products do you use?
You know those pesky little wrinkles between your eyebrows that won’t go away? They’re called glabellar lines, also referred to as “frown lines” or “elevens”. Jeuveau® is a prescription injectable treatment that works to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines in adults.
How does Jeuveau® work?
When injected, Jeuveau® temporarily prevents your nerves from telling your facial muscles to flex. The result is a smooth, fresh appearance with a temporary improvement in your frown lines.
How long does the neurotoxin last?
These treatments are temporary, but they typically last at least three to four months. The amount of time your treatment will last depends on many different individual factors.
What is a dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are substances injected beneath the skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles and add volume and contour. The products are composed of stabilized hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin. It works by drawing in water and therefore augmenting the skin, reducing wrinkles.

It’s temporary and completely biodegradable. Depending on what type of fillers and where they’re placed, results can last between one and two years.

What should I do after getting a dermal filler?
Most patients can return to their everyday activities after leaving the office. To reduce any redness and swelling from the injections, your doctor might recommend icing the area for 15-20 minutes before you leave.

Weight Loss

Who will I see for weight loss?

You will meet one-on-one with Dr. Stephanie for every visit. She will review your medical history and conduct a brief physical. She’ll also clearly explain the system, along with her expectations. After your initial consultation, you’ll visit monthly to track your progress and goals.

What happens at my medical weight loss visit?
We’ll measure your height and weight in order to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI). We’ll also take your blood pressure. Dr. Thompson will ask questions about the types of foods that you eat, your eating patterns, and what you’ve tried in the past for weight loss. Your weight and body measurements will also be taken at your follow-up visits.
What are the medications, and are they safe?
All of the weight loss medications we use are FDA-approved. We offer options including phentermine, phendimetrazine, semaglutide, and all-natural, non-pharmaceutical programs.
Are these medications available to anyone?

The doctor will review your medical history to determine whether you are a good candidate, and will prescribe a treatment plan accordingly. However, if no contraindications are present and your BMI is over 26, you will likely be considered a good candidate.