I saw functional medicine physician Ann Hathaway (San Rafael, CA) yesterday after a four-month wait. (I made the appointment back in December.) She is Bredesen-trained. I made the appointment as a non-Bredesen patient, but some Bredesen protocol was discussed at my appointment, and she worked from the ReCode list. She is currently only accepting Bredesen protocol patients as new patients, but will continue seeing existing non-Bredesen patients.
I made an appointment with her because I felt that, within my geographic vicinity, she had the most expertise in bioidentical hormone therapy, something that I'd had trouble with in the past. I went in with three goals: to optimize bHRT, to optimize and maintain cognition, to solve a pesky nausea problem. That I also have some autoimmune conditions (ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis) made the conversation even more interesting--we ended up focusing on hormones, cognition and gut. We met for close to two hours, and my bill going out was $780, before any testing. Tests she suggested: Comprehensive metabolic panel plus metals, CRP, hormones, vit Bs, D, zinc; NutrEval by Genova (to identify nutritional deficiencies); GI Effects (stool samples--fun!); 23 and Me (for genetic markers). We also talked about exercise, sleep, stress reduction and cognitive tests that I might want to employ in the future if genetic testing or my own sense about my cognition dictates it. Neither of us felt compelled by my history or symptoms to pursue mold, toxin or Lyme testing, or brain MRI.
She was on time, professional and direct, asked lots of questions. She said she's involved in numerous studies right now, which makes me feel like her patients will benefit from what she's finding out about along the way. Office assistant Simone was knowledgeable, helpful and followed up as promised with information about insurance coverage. (Luckily, my insurance allows the big tests, so my out of pocket on the NutrEval and GI Effects will be $189 each--vs appx $500 each otherwise. It does not cover the basic blood work, so I'll have to figure out how to get that done via my PCP, or at least some of it.)
The office itself was modest and understated, more like a psychologist's office than a medical office. Aging and comfortable--much like the offices of other alternative practitioners I've seen.
This is an expensive undertaking, for sure, but I plan to see it through. I feel like I was in good hands with Dr. Hathaway.
55 years old, ApoE 3/3, eager to save brain and optimize health
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