FAQ

What should I expect during this partnership?
Your journey to health will be designed based on your personal needs. You will be driving the direction of your care. We start off by knowing your story . You will be sent via e mail a detailed history form called the living matrix. This needs to be filled prior to your initial visit. This give us your unique story and gets us to identify the starting point of your healing process.
Do we take health insurance?
Dr. Chellam believes in creating the time needed to resolve health issues. This requires time and detailed personalized testing. With insurance, the insurance determines what testing and what care is needed and they stay focused on reactive care not the proactive in depth analysis and approach which is paramount to healing.  Her practice is also ideal for those with high deductibles or Medical Savings Plans (MSA) or Health Savings Plan (HSA), as she offers discounted labs and supplements through special vendor relationships.
What are the office hours?
Office hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00AM-5:00 PM.  Available appointments will be listed in the online booking service. Fridays are our Telehealth day from 8Am to 10AM.
Will my medical insurance pay for lab testing?

In most cases, for standard labs, your insurance can be billed for the lab testing. The practice uses

  • True Health diagnostics for functional labs
  • Spectracell for micronutrient testing
  • Immuno Labs for food sensitivity
  • Diagnos techs for functional analysis of stools
  • Diagnos techs for salivary hormone testing
  • Cyrex labs for detailed food analysis and antibody analysis
Why do I need a wellness team and a program?
When people fall sick or have a disease it is because there has been a systematic failure and long term disturbances that created the disease process.  It takes time and testing to get to the multiple factors environmental, mind-body connection and genetic makeup influencing the disease process. We have to identify the triggers and tease out the factors that keep you sick including toxins, hormonal imbalance, inflammation , digestive dysfunction, psychological and spiritual dysequilibrium.  To change how the systems function and to keep on tract of healing, we all need support and community.  The one pill for every ill has not worked and so we need to think outside the box. You become a partner with us and the team supports you attain the mutually determined goal.
Will Dr. Chellam be my primary care physician?
Dr. Chellam is board certified in Internal Medicine.  She will be able to address all of your health care needs in the visit.  However, she cannot function as your primary care provider in the sense the insurance determines this.  You will need to maintain a separate PCP for insurance purposes.  If you do not have a PCP, she will recommend one for you at Providence Park or Henry Ford.  She has worked with many of the excellent doctors who understand what she does and be willing to support you in your healing care.
If I have an emergency or need to be seen after-hours, what should I do?
If you have a current emergency please call 911 or go to your nearest E.R.  She can also see you for acute outpatient illness however she does not round in the hospital and is in the process of opting out of insurance contracts so will not commit to seeing you in the hospital or use insurance. The office hours are for outpatient care and healing. After hours the office has partnerships with urgent cares and this can be obtained once you sign up.
Can I release my prior records to Dr. Chellam for review?
Yes.  These can be uploaded to through the Patient Portal.
Can I consult with Dr.Chellam if I live outside of Michigan?
Yes of course!  The first visit must be done in person with Dr. Chellam, however, after that, visits can be done through Telehealth, ZOOM appointments or healthtap.
What does being board certified in Integrative and holistic Medicine mean?

Please visit

www.abihm.org

Integrative medicine is comprehensive medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, spirit and environment), it is a true partnership as the patient becomes an involved and active partner in their own healing process.

  • The principles of integrative medicine:
  • A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process
  • Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
  • Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body
  • A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically or any dogmatic process.
  • Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms
  • Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
  • Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine addresses the whole story of the patient and the journey and that was involved in the disease process. It‘s principle is in finding root cause integrating environmental , mind-body connections and genetic make- up and address changing how the system functions to impact healing. To learn more

https://www.functionalmedicine.org/What_is_Functional_Medicine/AboutFM/

If I was a prior patient of Dr. Chellam’s in the wellness program do I sign up for another program?
No you don’t need to you can be grandfathered into a VIP program , please contact office regarding this program.
Is Dr. Chellam available for speaking events?
Yes of course.  Dr. Chellam has been participating in education and speaking for some time. It is her passion to educate the community and create an awareness of true healing and health and the empowerment each person has to remain healthy.

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