Scope of Practice

Is Dr. Dunston a licensed physician?


Dr. Dunston is conventionally educated as a Doctor of Medicine, with post graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Functional Medicine. Dr. Dunston holds licenses to practice medicine in California, Georgia and Texas.




Is Dr. Dunston a primary care physician?


Dr. Dunston offers primary care services to her Wellness Membership Patients. As a practicing Board Certified OBGYN Dr. Dunston acted as many patients' primary care physician and she transitioned out of traditional office based OBGYN practice in 2011 into consultative Functional Medicine. She no longer provide OB services. Clients who work with her on a consultative basis must maintain a primary care relationship with a physician who provides these services.




Can Dr. Dunston be my OBGYN?


Dr. Dunston is grateful to have delivered many beautiful babies and to have provided primary care GYN services for two decades. She now chooses to focus her practice on the natural treatment of both gynecologic and other medical concerns. Dr. Dunston can help you heal your gynecologic concerns, such as heavy, painful, irregular menses, fibroids, PCOS, ovarian and breast cysts, low libido, hirsuitism and hormone imbalance, using natural treatments. However, she does not perform pap smears, pelvic exams or ultrasounds. These will need to be completed at your primary care doctor's office. Clients are encouraged to select one of the outstanding physicians also certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for this type of care.




Does Dr. Dunston ever prescribe prescription medications?


The foundation of functional medicine care includes dietary and lifestyle modification along with nutraceutical treatments and bioidentical hormone therapy. Prescription medications are sometimes indicated and may be necessary as a part of your comprehensive treatment plan. If a prescriptive therapy is necessitated then Dr. Dunston will provide these prescriptions provided that you are a resident of GA, CA or TX or have seen her in person for an evaluation.




Can you take me off my prescription medications?


The type of root cause resolution treatments that Dr. Dunston recommends will heal your body in ways that may eventually obviate the need for prescription medications. However, it is not recommended that you stop ANY prescription medications you are currently taking until discussing this action with Dr. Dunston and the prescribing physician and receiving clear instruction to do so.




How long will it take before I see results?


Generally, people will begin to notice beneficial changes within one to four weeks of beginning the program. These improvements usually progressively build over the three to six months of the initial phase of the program depending on your adherence to the recommendations made. Achieving a final state of optimal health is a process that can take years in some cases, depending on the level of dysfunction present. The degree of illness you are currently experiencing and the length of time you have been ill are good indicators of the depth of dysfunction that your cells are experiencing. The deeper this dysfunction, the longer the process. Your motivation and adherence to treatment recomendations is a large determinant of the speed of recovery. The more closely you adhere to the program the quicker your progress will be.




Why does Dr. Dunston offer care in programs?


The nature of root cause resolution medical care varies markedly from traditional medical care, which is focused on symptom resolution using drugs and surgery. Functional Medicine is focused on root cause resolution and necessitates deliberate, consistent evaluation and management to address these issues. Having to pay to see your doctor disincentives you from utilizing her services. This type of care requires consistent communication such that a close relationship is formed between clinician and client. Because Functional Medicine is not yet the standard of care for all medical practices there are clinicians who practice this type of medicine in a piecemeal model and address only certain aspects of a patient's health, ie bioidentical hormones and nothing else. Dr. Dunston is well aware of the drawbacks of not addressing all aspects of a person's health and understands that for optimum outcomes, the entire person must be treated. This is most efficiently carried out in a program model of care.




Does Dr. Dunston treat men?


Although Dr. Dunston has worked with males in the past she chooses to focus her practice on treating women who desire to heal naturally and can make a referral to a like minded practitioner who treats men as needed.





Financial

Do you accept health insurance payment?


Although we do not directly accept health insurance payment, you will be provided with a superbill for office visits and some tests that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Health insurance typically covers traditional medical care and not the specialized type of care that Functional Medicine provides. Mainstream medical care offers symptom control care, which is how “health” is defined in our culture. It does not provide for the creation of vitality, which is a state of optimum health functioning.




What payment options are there?


Dr. Dunston is able to extend a discount for in-full payment of all programs upon signing or finance free installment payment agreements over the duration of each program. Payments can be made via Paypal, credit card or HSA debit card.




Do you accept HAS or FSA payments?


Yes, payment with a Health Spending Account or other pretax health expenditure account is acceptable and must be presented at the time of payment. Requests to reverse previously submitted payments for programs to refile under an HSA account can not be honored.




What is your cancellation/rescheduling policy?


Established client appointments can be scheduled via the online scheduling portal. Any cancellations or rescheduling can be completed via this portal or the link in your confirmation email when completed at least two business days prior to your scheduled appointment. Any cancellation or rescheduling request needed within 2 business days of your scheduled appointment will require you to email or call the office with the request. Please include the reason for the request. Repeat cancellation or rescheduling within 2 business days of your appointment or failure to attend your appointment will result in an appointment deposit being required to schedule future appointments.





Other

Is Dr. Dunston available for speaking engagements?


Yes. Dr. Dunston is available for live and media speaking engagements regarding women’s natural health and healing. She is available for interviews and has a variety of prepared speeches on women’s health topics.





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