FAQs

Can Dr. Carrasco be my primary care physician?

Not at this time. Although Dr. Carrasco is a board certified Family Physician, her current practice structure does not allow for her to be available for the level of acuity necessary for a primary care practice.

Can I keep my primary care physician?

Absolutely. NOURISH serves as a consultative functional/integrative medicine practice.  Dr. Carrasco is glad to work collaboratively with your PCP and provide her expertise to help manage a specific aspect of your health.

What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. For more info see integrative medicine.

What’s the difference between the terms alternative, complementary, and integrative?

Alternative therapies are described as those used instead of conventional medical treatment, whereas the term complementary describes treatments that are used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. Integrative medicine combines the best practices from conventional, complementary and alternative therapies, resulting in a complete and well-rounded health care model.

It is our hope that in the future we will have no further need for these labels, and these concepts, definitions and approaches will simply be known as “good medicine.”

Does this replace conventional treatment?

Integrative medicine is a blend of both conventional medicine and alternative medicine, and is meant to co-exist with conventional treatment plans. Dr. Carrasco is a board certified Family Physician with extra training in Functional and Integrative Medicine and will bring together the best of both worlds.

How do you choose your therapies?

The integrative approach involves applying a rational framework at all times, and presenting treatment options that have been proven safe and effective based upon current research and findings. Dr. Carrasco will strive to use natural and less invasive therapies whenever possible, while at the same time ensuring that important and proven conventional treatments are not excluded.

Do you accept insurance?

We are a fee for service practice and currently do not accept insurance of any kind. Payment is due at time of service. However, we will provide you with an itemized bill with traditional ICD-10 codes and CPT codes at the end of your visit that you may easily file with your insurance company.

You may also use pre-tax dollars from a Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for your consultations and lab fees.

Can I attend workshops and lectures if I’m not a patient?

Yes. NOURISH wants to openly share information from the growing field of integrative and functional medicine. We want NOURISH to be a community resource; a place where you can access up-to-date information, gain practical tools, and receive personalized support.

Do I need a referral from a doctor to come to NOURISH?

No referral is required. We welcome anyone to our practice.

Do you write letters of medical necessity for your patients?

Yes, but we bill for time.  The fee is $225 per hour.

Do you see children?

Yes, but only children older than age 2.  We do not see newborns.

What is your cancellation policy?

We require a minimum of 48 hours notice for cancellation of appointments. For anything less, full fees will apply.