Dr. Levy’s Functional Medicine’s “S.E.A.R.C.H” Acronym

Scope Limitations 

Please make sure your functional medicine doctor can practice to the full extent. For example: In Canada Holistic Nutritionists or Health Coaches are not members of the RHPA (Regulated Health Professions Act) and therefore are not registered providers. Chiropractors are members of RHPA but can not order labs under their current scope of practice and therefore can not practice functional medicine.  Furthermore, most insurance companies will ONLY cover sessions if your functional medicine doctor is RHPA licensed Provider. 

Experience

Experience is the best teacher. so….SEARCH  for a seasoned functional Medicine doctor that has been practicing for a while and had experience treating similar cases as yours. 

Accreditation and Board Certifications

Make sure your functional medicine doctor is IFM Certified.  There are literally dozens of “Functional Medicine Programs” from dubious agencies and online diploma mills. The Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) is the only ACCME accredited body that trains and certify doctors.

Reviews and Referrals

Doctors used to build their practices (before the internet) solely based on word of mouth. Ask your friends or colleagues for referrals and read reviews from legitimate websites.

Cost

Cheap is expensive and there is no such thing as a free lunch.  An experienced certified functional medicine doctor values their time and does not offer “Free consultations”. Fee schedule is often based upon their extensive education and clinical experience. Furthermore, Be weary of “one size fits all” or “Packages” I’ve seen cases of $5,000 functional medicine packages, this is quite unethical considering some cases may require as little as 3 visits while others may need more extensive follow ups. Hence personalized and Individualized Medicine. 

Health Insurance 

Watch out from physicians that claim to bill OHIP for functional medicine services.  The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) is designed for standard of care coverage ONLY. Physician who bill OHIP for Functional Medicine services may jeopardize their license.  However, if your certified functional medicine doctor is a licensed RHPA professional then your extended insurance might cover your treatments. 

 

About the author: Dr. Mordy Levy

 

Dr. Mordy Levy is possibly the only Canadian doctor to have graduated from three first professional doctorates in separate and distinct health care professions: Chiropractic Medicine (DC)-1997, Allopathic Medicine (MD)-2006, Naturopathic Medicine (ND)-2011, graduated Summa Cum Laude, from the prestigious National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, IL) and was the valedictorian of his graduating class.

Dr Levy's first undergraduate degree (BSc) was in Biology and Psychology from York University, graduated with Honours, and his second undergraduate degree (BMSc) was in Human Biology and Biomedical sciences from National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, IL)

Dr. Levy is a registered member in good standing with three distinct health professions in Ontario, namely the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, in addition to the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

Dr. Levy is board certified in Functional Medicine and is a professional member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, the Canadian Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, American College of Nutrition, in addition to the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Ontario Chiropractic Association and the Ontario Homeopathic Association.

Always an avid lifelong learner, Dr. Levy completed numerous postgraduate certifications in Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Medical Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine, in addition to Prolotherapy regenerative medicine. His clinical interests are in Neurological, Autoimmune, Hormonal and Gastrointestinal Dysfunctions.
On a personal noted: Dr. Levy enjoys spending time with his three boys, practicing TaeKwonDo and reviewing research articles.

Website: http://www.DrLevy.ca