FAQs

What is Integrative or Functional Medicine?

Integrative medicine can be defined as a healing-oriented medical practice that combines mainstream medical practices and complementary-alternative-medicine (CAM) therapies for which there is high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. This form of practicing medicine combines the best of conventional and CAM systems, addressing the whole person- spirit, mind, and body- including all aspects of lifestyle.

In this approach, the partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process is greatly valued and encouraged. The priority in choosing the treatment approach is given to the use of natural, less-invasive, effective therapies to facilitate the body’s innate healing response. In integrative medicine, the promotion of health and the prevention of illness is valued as much as the treatment of diseases.

What does being board certified in integrative medicine mean?

This is a very important question and patients need to find out if their health care providers are board-certified in the area they practice. Board certification is one of the easiest and best ways to discover a doctor’s qualification in a given field. Board certification in the field of integrative medicine has gone through considerable evolution over the past several years. Until a couple of years ago, there was not a unified national board certification for integrative medicine practitioners. This caused uncertainty in this field making it hard to set standards for practicing integrative medicine and to verify who was qualified to practice integrative medicine. Since then, however, a nationally recognized board certification process has been implemented through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). Such as certifications, according to ABPS “enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in the practice of Integrative Medicine. Completing the Integrative Medicine board certification indicates mastery of the specialty experience and knowledge as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.”

What conditions do you treat?
We can help with the following chronic health concerns (but not limited to):

Acne
ADD, ADHD
Allergies and Asthma
Andropause and Low Testosterone
Anxiety
Arthritis
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autoimmune and other immune system disorders
Cancer Prevention
Candida Yeast Infection
Chemical Sensitivities
High Cholesterol
Chronic Fatigue
Developmental Issues
Diabetes
Digestive Issues
Eczema/Psoriasis
Erectile Dysfunction
Female Disorders (PMS, Menopause, Infertility, PCOS)
Fibromyalgia
Healthy Aging
Healthy Weight and Metabolism
Heart Health
Hormonal Imbalance
Hypertension
Hypoglycemia
Hypothyroidism
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Loss of Libido
Mercury and Heavy Metal Toxicity
Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-Diabetes, Insulin Resistance
Migraines and Headaches
Prostatic Enlargement
Psychological Disorders
Osteoporosis
Restless Leg Syndrome
Sleep/Insomnia
Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders

How Do I schedule an Appointment?

To schedule an appointment please contact us by email at office@ciclinic.com or call 919 869 6661

Do you work with children?

Dr. Zaiim, medical director of Carolina Integrative Clinic, is double board-certified in pediatrics and integrative medicine and offers integrative consultations for pediatric patients of all ages.

Can the physicians at the CI clinic be my primary care physician?

No, we require that you have your own primary care physician. While our physicians are trained as primary care physicians, they do not provide acute care or routine physical exam or immunization services.

Do you accept insurance?

The CI Clinic does not participate with any insurance carrier. We cannot submit medical claims on your behalf, nor assist you with claim resolution. While we do provide a Superbill (medically coded receipt) after each appointment, you are responsible for submitting any claims to your insurance company.

Do you participate in Medicare or Medicaid?

The CI Clinic does not participate in Medicare or Medicaid. They will not reimburse any part of your appointment fee.

Where should I purchase my supplements?

For vitamins and supplements, we recommend only Pharmaceutical-Grade supplements not food-grade or store brand products. The doctor will advise on the various brands at the time of your appointment.

You may order your supplements from a reputable distributor such as Fullscirpt https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/ciclinic

Fullscript is an easy way to access supplements from anywhere and can get shipped to you. They do carry most major brands that we recommend.  All of our patients will receive a 15% discount on their orders.  

What do I need to do before my appointment?

Please fill out the consent/patient forms and pay the required deposit.  The consent forms will be sent to you after you book your appointment with our office staff, who will also take your deposit at that time.

Do you need any of my past medical records?

If you feel your past medical records can be useful in the diagnosis and treatment process, please submit a copy of them to us.

Please consider the following guidelines when submitting your medical records:

  • Medical summary within the last 12 months from your Primary Care Provider
  • Conventional lab results within the last 3-6 months
  • Functional Medicine test results within the last 12 months

Items we ask that you DO NOT SEND:

  • Notes from routine medical office visits
  • Routine exam notes (this includes immunizations, routine physical exams, etc.)
  • Lab results that are over a year old
  • Diagnostic imaging films or disks

Please do not submit screenshots of your medical records. We require copies of your original medical documents.

What are your rates?

The first initial session, lasting approximately 50 minutes, total cost $410 

The second initial session, lasting up to 75 minutes, total cost $500

The Follow-Up 30-minute sessions total cost $225 includes:

When making your first appointment you will be charged a $100 non-refundable booking fee which acts as a deposit to reserve your initial evaluation. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your first appointment. If you cancel your appointment after the 30-minute pre-appointment consultation, however, this will not be refunded.

What Are Your Laboratory Testing Fees?

Your fee for laboratory tests ordered during the first appointment can vary and will depend on the complexity of the condition. We will work within your budget to help you prioritize testing.

Typically, most of the blood tests ordered through major laboratories such as LabCorp and Quest are covered by your insurance company, however, more and more insurance companies are starting to denying some of the charges.  It is your responsibility to check with your insurance company to make sure the lab orders are covered. We will provide a list of codes to enable you to do this before your lab visit if you wish.

(Also visit “Cost” page)

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that there are times when you must miss an appointment due to emergencies or obligations for work or family. However, when you do not call to cancel an appointment in a timely manner, you may be preventing another patient from getting much needed treatment.  Since there is a lot of time and care that goes into preparing for a new patient to be seen by our providers, and in an effort to ensure every patient gets the attention they deserve, CI Clinic has adopted the following policy:

For the initial consultation and follow-up visits, a 3 business day notification is required. Canceling less than 3 business days before the scheduled appointment or failure to show up at the scheduled time may result in a $100 cancellation fee.

To schedule an appointment please contact us

Carolina Integrative Clinic

254 Towne Village Dr, Cary, NC 27513, United States

Email: office@ciclinic.com

Tel: (919) 869-6661

Fax: (919) 301-9349