What is included in my consultation with Dr. Overman?
It is important to understand that this is not simply a one-time meeting with a physician. At Grace, we want to see you succeed with your health goals and that takes time and commitment…and more than one visit.
Your first consultation with Dr. Overman consists of a minimum of 90 (ninety) minutes in the studio to review your completed intake form, listen to your story and develop the first stage of your treatment plan. After your visit, Dr. Overman spends at least another 60 – 90 minutes reviewing your goals, story and lab work. She then makes additional recommendations for your treatment plan during a 15 – 20 minute phone call or by encrypted email, depending upon your preference. If any labs are ordered during your initial consultation, interpretation of those are included in the initial consultation fee of $245. There are two exceptions to this. Interpretation of DUTCH test results are quite involved and require an additional visit to review and develop a plan. DNA test interpretation is charged as a separate service altogether.
Expect to schedule a follow-up consultation for approximately 3 – 6 weeks after your initial visit, depending upon your specific situation, goals and treatment plan. Your follow-up visit is typically an hour long which allows a thorough review of your successes, frustrations, any changes in goals, etc. Dr. Overman will again call or email to check in on your progress and offer additional updates to your treatment plan approximately one week after your visit. The follow-up consultation fee is $160.
Additional follow-up visits will be scheduled as needed based on your plan and goals.
Cost-savings Wellness Packages are available – just ask!
What is an appointment like? What should I expect?
Expect a very professional yet casual experience. Grace is located in the same space as Integrative Yoga Therapy in downtown Easley. The environment is calm, warm and unlike any other doctor’s office. And that’s the goal – no one wants the stress and anxiety that seems so automatic when going to a doctor’s office. (And any added stress or anxiety totally goes against what Dr. Overman is trying to accomplish at Grace!)
Your actual visit will be a relaxed and conversational version of your typical doctor visit – Dr. Overman will review your completed New Patient Questionnaire and medications/supplements, listen to your story, ask lots of questions and work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your personal priorities and health goals. You will be asked to help make decisions and to approve the plan recommended by Dr. Overman. We acknowledge that you are the one who has to do the work once your appointment is done; you should have confidence in the plan before you walk out the door. We want your success!
There is rarely a reason to disrobe during visits to Grace, even for osteopathic manipulation.
How has Grace changed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The biggest difference is the availability of telehealth visits. If the trip to Grace is too far or if you are an individual who is at high-risk for COVID, we can meet on-line instead. The only limitation at this time is that Dr. Overman is only licensed in South Carolina; you must be in the state of South Carolina during the telehealth visit. Dr. Overman is looking to gain licensure in nearby states – so ask if this option is available to you.
If you are still planning to come to the studio for your appointment, we welcome you! But if you have had a fever, cough, unusual fatigue, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, muscle aches or other symptoms unusual to you during the week prior to your appointment, please call ahead and talk with Dr. Overman. You may be offered a telehealth visit as an alternative, or simply rescheduled.
During in-person consultations, a HEPA air cleaner will be running at all times in our meeting space. We will do our best to respect social distancing, knowing that it will be a challenge! If you are coming for OMT services, you will be asked to wear a mask and Dr. Overman will also wear a mask during your treatment.
If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please feel free to call the studio at 864-546-5505 and ask.
What should I bring to an appointment?
For new patients, please bring your completed New Patient Questionnaire and other clinic paperwork (all of which is emailed to you when you make your appointment) and copies of all labs or imaging studies completed by other providers within the previous 12 months. Bring all medications and supplements to every visit.
Returning patients should bring any labs or imaging results that are new since the last visit. Again, bring all medications and supplements to every visit.
And if you have done genetic testing through 23andMe or Ancestry.com, you already have information about your genetic SNPs, like MTHFR or COMT, so let Dr. Overman know about this resource.
What forms of payment can be used? Which insurance do you accept?
Full payment is expected at the time of the appointment and can be made using credit card, check, cash and/or HSA or FSA accounts.
We accept no insurances. Dr. Overman is not credentialed with any insurance company, including Medicare. Dr. Overman made this decision so she can provide the best possible care for you, based on your personal health goals and resources, instead of being limited by insurance companies. Even if she were in contract with insurance companies, most of them would not pay her for her services.
For any labs or imaging studies Dr. Overman orders, she will work with you and the lab to get as much covered by insurance, including Medicare, as possible.
Do you have a list of services and how much they cost?
Initial integrative health consultation (90 minutes) – $245
Follow-up consultation (60 minutes) – $160
Telephone Consultations in excess of twenty (20) minutes, established clients only – $100
Email/Text Consultations and/or Prescription Refill Requests, established clients only – $40
Osteopathic Manipulation (OMT) only consultation and treatment – $160
Genetic Report Interpretation – $160
Will Dr. Overman write me prescriptions for my regular medications?
Dr. Overman will only write prescriptions for medications when they are part of your plan for health agreed upon by you and she at your appointments. She does not write prescriptions for medicines originally prescribed by another doctor. She does not write any prescriptions for narcotic pain medications.
Will Dr. Overman be my family doctor and see me for any and all illnesses?
Dr. Overman is not a primary care physician or a pediatrician and will not see patients for general complaints, acute illnesses and injuries or well-visits. She does not see children younger than the age of 16 years. If you desire, she will communicate with your family doctor so your entire healthcare team is aware of your plan for health.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine is true preventive medicine. It focuses on the physician-patient relationship and looks to both conventional medicine and treatments that have historically been viewed as alternative or complementary, like massage therapy, yoga, Ayurveda, homeopathy, and acupuncture. While the integrative medicine physician may not be the expert and provider for all of these treatments, they do understand when these kinds of treatments may be more effective for the patient. The Upstate is very fortunate to have a network of these providers to which Dr. Overman can refer you with confidence.
What is Self-Care? What is a Self-Care Studio?
The basis of self-care is the understanding that we each have the need to regularly stop for a moment and take care of ourselves, mind, body and spirit. Many of us know all the right things to say when someone asks how we take care of ourselves, but we rarely act on that knowledge. Life is too crazy, the kids are too busy, there is simply too much to be done or we are too tired for us to justify taking thirty minutes – or even ten minutes – to take care of “me”. Self-care becomes an art to be learned and practiced – it is unique to each of us and our unique situation. Self-care may change from day to day, season to season. At Grace Integrative Medicine, our goal is provide you with the knowledge and skills to seek out or create your own daily self-care practices. We are all learning.
What are examples of Self-Care?
If you spend much time chatting with Dr. Overman, she will frequently end up talking about knitting – or her dogs. Both are part of her self-care practice and great stress relievers. Self-care looks different for everyone. It could be learning how to cook, starting a yoga practice, taking a walk every day, singing in a choir, setting boundaries in a relationship or finding a way to nurture your creativity – like knitting or woodworking. It is all about taking care of you so you can stay healthy as you deal with what life throws at you. This life is not easy! What does your self-care practice look like?