You have spent the last several years training and preparing to practice medicine as an equal, therapeutic partner. Is your patient genuinely prepared for Functional Medicine’s mutual participation model?
Kara Ware recognized the need to be more proactive in preparing new patients for the Functional Medicine process and partnership. Many patients arrive at a Functional Medicine clinic in a state of crisis. Emotional distress prohibits change and diminishes the patient’s ability to communicate and remember important guidance and recommendations. This makes the medical provider’s role feel more challenging than it needs to.
Therefore, Kara and Dr. Nathan Morris, MD decided to flip the traditional implementation of a health coach upside down. They evolved the integration of a health coach model to maximize the effectiveness of Kara’s health coaching skill set. As the National Board Certified, Functional Medicine Health Coach, Kara was the professional to welcome new patients into the practice, drive the patient’s first encounter, and offer follow-up coaching sessions to assist patients in the change process. Dr. Nathan Morris, MD met with empowered new patients, rather than patients in emotional distress.