What to Expect at LifeWorks Wellness Center

Lifeworks Wellness Center Doctors

Thanks for considering coming to LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the top natural health clinics in the United States. We offer effective natural treatments that go beyond what is available at conventional doctors’ offices. Our treatments support the entire body and its organ systems, while always addressing the underlying causes of disease.

Before you begin your journey to wellness, we’d like to provide you with an overview of what you can expect.

The Top 10 Things You Should Know!

  1. Reserve an appointment soon because we get booked very quickly
  2. You must make an appointment at our clinic in Clearwater, FL to see our practitioners.
  3. On your first visit you will receive a comprehensive evaluation and spend an hour with the doctor for review, diagnostics & program development
  4. Plan to be at our clinic for 3.5 hrs in total on first appointment.
  5. Arrive 30 minutes early ; if you’re late you’ll miss valuable time with the doctor.
  6. Cancellation policy – you must cancel any scheduled appointments 3 business days in advance if you wish to reschedule your appointment. If you cancel your appointment without rescheduling, your appointment fee will not be refunded.
  7. We do not accept insurance or Medicare.
  8. You will be staying in town for the duration of your treatment
  9. We are unable to refer you to another doctor or facility. You must complete your health program at our facilities in Clearwater, FL
  10. Costs & Length of Treatment Programs – there’s no accurate way to estimate the costs of your healthcare program without seeing the doctor. At the time of scheduling, however, the scheduler will be able to discuss initial consultation costs but the potential full program cost and length of stay will be determined by your practitioner.

1. Schedule Your In-Person Consultation

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Our natural health clinic is world-renown and we see patients from all over the world and book up quickly. For this reason, be prepared to pre-pay for your initial consultation at the time of scheduling to secure and guarantee an appointment.

2. Get to the Clinic

In order to become a patient, your first appointment with a LifeWorks’ practitioner must be done in person at our clinic in Clearwater, Florida. This cannot be done by phone, it must be done in-person.

3. Arrive 30 minutes early for your Appointment. Here’s Why…

The doctor is usually booked back to back with patients who are coming from out of town and from other parts of the world, so it’s important that we be mindful of people’s time. If a patient is late, it can set off a chain of events that affects every other patient and could make it so that patients later in the day miss their appointments entirely.  If you arrive so late, that even a shorter appointment isn’t a viable option, you will unfortunately forfeit your initial consulation fee and would be required to pay for another appointment. We are unable to refund your original appointment fee.

So our policy is that you will be scheduled with the doctor during a particular time slot. If you are late for your appointment, you will diminish the amount of time the doctor gets to spend with you and may not receive your full hour appointment. The takeaway: plan to arrive 30 minutes early for your appointment.

4. Plan To Be At Our Clinic For 3.5 Hrs In Total On First Appointment.

arrive earlyAt your first visit you will be at our clinic for 3 to 3½ hours. This allows sufficient time for your initial paperwork and intake forms, triage to be completed, a one hour appointment with the practitioner, time afterwards to review your program with the service consultant and time for any diagnostic or lab testing, if ordered and desired.

5. What Happens During Your First Visit

You will fill out a very comprehensive questionnaire about every aspect of your health, from current issues, to the state of your oral health, your diet and exercise routine, previous health problems and surgeries. This in-depth history will be reviewed by your practitioner when you first meet, and will provide them with a good overall picture of your state of health. It may also help indicate areas of potential underlying causes of illnesses you may have.

Your visit with the practitioner will take about an hour which allows them to conduct a really thorough evaluation. They will discuss the reasons for your visit and will then set about identifying the potential underlying cause(s) of your problems.

When the evaluation is complete, your practitioner will explain their findings and describe how they can be handled using a variety of our treatment regimens and protocols.

When your office visit with the doctor is complete, the Patient Services Coordinator will review the doctor’s program with you, answer any questions you may have and direct you to the Scheduler to schedule your follow–up visit.

6. Once You Start Treatment, You Will Be Staying In Clearwater, FL

clearwaterAfter seeing the doctor for your initial consultation, a treatment program will be developed specifically for you. This treatment program can usually be started immediately. Once your treatment program begins, it will be completed in Clearwater, FL at our clinic. You have to devote the energy and time to making a recovery.

Think of it this way…

If you have been suffering from a chronic health condition, despite your best efforts and the efforts of other doctors, it is important to go into your healing journey with realistic expectations and realize that there are no instant, magical, quick fixes.

Chronic health conditions often have underlying causes that have been festering for years, which one day finally culminate in an all out health emergency. To recover from such a health condition requires a firm commitment to yourself and a decision that you are going to get well no matter what it takes. Many patients have realized in retrospect that they had been taking care of everyone and everything else, but neglecting themselves due to financial, work, family or other obligations.

A common denominator among patients who recover is the realization that their good health is vitally neccessary in order to be of service to others and to live a rich and fulfilling life. These patients make a firm commitment to overcome any obstacles in the way of getting well again.

During your health treatment program, you will stay locally in the Tampa Bay area, so you can focus primarily on yourself again without distraction, for a dedicated period of time.

Even though our treatments seem miraculous at times, good health has to be earned back by adhering to your health program, receiving your daily treatments at our clinic, and being under the careful supervision of some of the best natural health doctors in the U.S.

It’s helpful to see your visit as the most valuable vacation you’ll ever take. A time to refocus on yourself so you can get well. In a few short months you can return home and dive back into a full life once again. Nothing is more important than your good health!

7. We Do Not Refer Patients to Other Facilities… Here’s Why

For over two decades we have devised and used unique diagnostic and treatment protocols as well as laboratory testing that allows us to locate and treat the root causes of many chronic health conditions. We have learned that it takes a unique approach and concerted supervised effort, with highly trained technicians to deal with difficult chronic conditions. We’re extremely proud of all the positive results we achieve. Our approach and results hinge on starting with a precise and accurate diagnosis, the application of a very precise sequence of steps, administered and followed precisely, as well as the integration of any number of cutting edge therapies and treatments that are delivered at our location. For this reason, we are unable to refer patients to any other medical facilities in the US.

8. Costs & Length of Treatment Programs

There’s no accurate way to estimate the costs of your healthcare program without seeing the doctor. However we understand patients want to get a sense for what they can expect and when you speak to the New Patient Scheduler they will review with you the cost of the initial consultation with the practitioner and they will give you a sense for the potential costs of testing and diagnostics. Because each patient receives a very individually tailored program for their particular health condition, it is not possible to provide exact costs ahead of your appointment with the doctor.

9. Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

If you are unable to make your appointment, you must provide (3) three business days’ notice in order to have the option to reschedule your appointment without forfeiting the the initial consultation fee that was paid to secure the appointment. With three business days’ notice, we will happily reschedule your appointment.

To reschedule your appointment, you must call in and speak with a New Patient Scheduler. We do not allow rescheduling over email or website messages.

Cancelling Your Appointment
Due to the demand to see the doctors and the fact their time is very valuable, if you reserve an appointment and later decide to cancel it, your initial consulation fee will not be refunded.

10. We Do Not Accept Insurance or Medicare

We do not accept insurance or Medicare. Some insurance carriers may cover some of the medical services and lab tests which are ordered for you and we can provide receipts of services performed for you to submit to a third-party biller. Please be aware that many of the proprietary and cutting edge lab tests we perform are not covered by traditional health insurance.

We do accept Care Credit and you can apply directly here

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.