Your Initial Consultation–Getting Started at Abacus
Jeffrey diagnoses and treats patients based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, East Asian, and Osteopathic principles. He practices an “integrative” model which means he can work with patients who have been diagnosed and are simultaneously being treated with Western medicine.
Because of Jeffrey’s diagnostic procedure, your first consult may be significantly different than you are accustomed to with other healthcare providers. Most of us expect to start a healthcare appointment by describing our symptoms and issues. Then, after the provider has listened to our complaints, we expect to be examined as the practitioner looks for the problem. Jeffrey does it much differently.
Listening to the body first
In your first appointment, you will be asked to save your report of problems till after Jeffrey examines you. He wants to hear what the body tells him first.
After the exam, Jeffrey will ask what your chief current complaints are and your history. He then combines this information for an integrated understanding of how best to customize your treatment plan.
You might be pleasantly surprised after your initial consult as one patient told us. It’s amazing. He knew what was bothering me and I hadn’t said a word. He simply checked my pulse and ear!
So, yes, things are done differently here! And it’s probably safe to say that’s a large part of why you are coming to Abacus. There are no one-size-fits-all treatments at Abacus.