What is Functional Medicine?

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to help the doctor create personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root causes, rather than symptoms, we become more aware of the complexity and interconnectedness of chronic disease. One condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.


What does Dr. Sachs treat?

Acne, ADD, ADHD, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cancer, chronic fatigue, chronic sinusitis, dementia, depression & anxiety, detoxification & healing, diabetes, digestive disorders (IBS, IBD, GERD/reflux), eczema/psoriasis, elevated cholesterol, environmental & food allergies, fatigue, female disorders (PMS, menopause, PCOS, infertility), fibromyalgia, healthy aging, healthy weight, heart health, high blood pressure, hormone balance, inflammation, interstitial cystitis, mercury & heavy metal toxicity, metabolic syndrome/pre-diabetes/ insulin resistance, migraines & headaches, MS (multiple sclerosis), osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, restless leg syndrome, sleep/insomnia, stress-related fatigue, thyroid & adrenal disorders, vitamin deficiencies, yeast infections and many more.


What can I expect from my first visit with Dr. Sachs in her office?

  • Dr. Sachs will review and summarize your detailed intake forms, your Health History and any labs you may have had done in the past two years – all prior to your consultation.
  • She will spend the time with you to listen, understand, clarify and reframe your medical situation using a functional medicine model, which seeks to find the underlying causes of chronic symptoms. The functional medicine model views all parts of the body and mind as interrelated systems that are in communication with each other, rather than as separate organs which each require their own specialized care, like Cardiology or Endocrinology.
  • Dr. Sachs will fix those underlying root causes by finding the connections and clues needed to figure out why you have not healed – our bodies heal unless something interferes with or is missing from the healing process. Dr. Sachs will identify the areas that need correcting and design a specific plan to do just that.
  • You will learn what’s missing from your body, how to remove whatever is interfering with the healing process, and what you need to supply to regain your body’s innate ability to mend.
  • You will have ample time to ask questions and will leave the office with a different and much clearer understanding of what is going on in your body.
  • You will be given a clear, comprehensive plan that covers:
    • Your diet, be it short-term or long-term changes, why and how those are important to your health and help to achieve those changes.
    • Supplements – a clearly explained list of everything you need to heal and maintain your health. Some will be apparent to Dr. Sachs at your first visit and some will only become apparent after lab tests are reviewed at the second visit.
    • A discussion about various lab tests appropriate for your condition or concerns, including the insurance coverage and cost of that testing, if and when there are out-of-coverage tests to be considered. We work hard to keep your costs down.
    • A personalized plan for exercise that you agree to try, including balance, muscle-strengthening and aerobic conditioning, suited to your current condition and goals.
    • A sleep assessment and a personalized plan for optimal sleep, which is a vital and necessary component of health and healing.
    • An assessment and personal plan for renewal and connection, faith and/or community.
  • Our Health Coach, Tracy Schiff, will help you with every aspect of your plan. An hour of her time is included in new patient visits in the office, or a half hour of her time is included for telemedicine PWPs. She is also available at a fee for others, or in addition to the initial time provided.
  • Tracy works either in person, over the phone or via video-chat. She will help you with recipes, meal plans, ideas for exercise and stress management and whatever else you require as you begin your journey to better health.
  • You will gain access to Power 2 Patient (P2P), our secure, online patient portal and communication tool. P2P allows you to view our large supply of handouts, forms, educational tools and reference materials, and allows you to send messages, submit refill requests and order supplements with a patient discount.
  • Support is always available from our kind and helpful staff who will be able to answer any questions that may come up along the way.
  • Our Facebook page, our blog and monthly newsletter are all yours, with informative, cutting-edge information, designed to improve and protect your health and the health of those you love.
  • Dr. Sachs’s website is full of carefully curated, vetted information along with links to reputable sites full of valuable resources for all things concerning health.
  • If you are local, you have use of our extensive Lending Library of books, CDs and DVDs.

What can I expect from my first telemedicine visit with Dr. Sachs?

A virtual meeting with Dr. Sachs gives you 60 minutes with the doctor via Zoom (an online video chat platform – free and easy to download).

  • Dr. Sachs will review and summarize your detailed intake forms, your Health History and any labs you may have had done in the past two years – all prior to your consultation.
  • She will spend the time with you to listen, understand, clarify and reframe your medical situation using a functional medicine model, which seeks to find the underlying causes of chronic symptoms. The functional medicine model views all parts of the body and mind as interrelated systems that are in communication with each other, rather than as separate organs which each require their own specialized care, like Cardiology or Endocrinology.
  • Dr. Sachs will fix those underlying root causes by finding the connections and clues needed to figure out why you have not healed – our bodies heal unless something interferes with or is missing from the healing process. Dr. Sachs will identify the areas that need correcting and design a specific plan to do just that.
  • You will learn what’s missing from your body, how to remove whatever is interfering with the healing process, and what you need to supply to regain your body’s innate ability to mend.
  • You will have ample time to ask questions and will finish your appointment with a different and much clearer understanding of what is going on in your body.
  • You will be given a clear, comprehensive plan that covers:
    • Your diet, be it short-term or long-term changes, why and how those are important to your health and help to achieve those changes.
    • Supplements – a clearly explained list of everything you need to heal and maintain your health. Some will be apparent to Dr. Sachs at your first visit and some will only become apparent after lab tests are reviewed at the second visit.
    • A discussion about various lab tests appropriate for your condition or concerns, including the insurance coverage and cost of that testing, if and when there are out-of-coverage tests to be considered. We work hard to keep your costs down.
    • A personalized plan for exercise that you agree to try, including balance, muscle-strengthening and aerobic conditioning, suited to your current condition and goals.
    • A sleep assessment and a personalized plan for optimal sleep, which is a vital and necessary component of health and healing.
    • An assessment and personal plan for renewal and connection, faith and/or community.
  • Our Health Coach, Tracy Schiff, will help you with every aspect of your plan. A half hour of her time is included for telemedicine PWPs. She is also available at a fee in addition to the initial time provided.
  • Tracy works over the phone or via video-chat as well. She will help you with recipes, meal plans, ideas for exercise and stress management and whatever else you require as you begin your journey to better health.
  • You will gain access to Power 2 Patient (P2P), our secure, online patient portal and communication tool. P2P allows you to view our large supply of handouts, forms, educational tools and reference materials, and allows you to send messages, submit refill requests and order supplements with a patient discount.
  • Support is always available from our kind and helpful staff who will be able to answer any questions that may come up along the way.
  • Our Facebook page, our blog and monthly newsletter are all yours, with informative, cutting-edge information, designed to improve and protect your health and the health of those you love.
  • Dr. Sachs’s website is full of carefully curated, vetted information along with links to reputable sites full of valuable resources for all things concerning health.

Please note: without a face-to-face visit in our office in CT, Dr. Sachs does not have the ability to prescribe if the need should arise – this would include prescription medications, compounded medications like LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) and medical marijuana, bioidentical hormones, appointments with specialists and certain diagnostic tests. If you are too far away to come to CT, however, you will still have the same benefits that a visit with Dr. Sachs brings! Where she cannot prescribe, she can make recommendations for you to share with your local healthcare provider.


What is the difference between an office visit and a telemedicine visit?

Three things:

  1. Without a face-to-face visit in our office in CT, Dr. Sachs does not have the ability to prescribe if the need should arise – this would include prescription medications, compounded medications like LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) and medical marijuana, bioidentical hormones, appointments with specialists and certain diagnostic tests. Where she cannot prescribe, she can make recommendations for you to share with your local healthcare provider.
  2. An hour of the Health Coach’s time is included with your in-office visit. A half hour of the Health Coach’s time is included with your telemedicine visit.
  3. Office visits also include Bioimpedence testing and use of our lending library, and they do provide a bit more time with the doctor when it is needed.

Other than that, the appointments are the same and you receive the same benefits from your time with the doctor.


How much does it cost?

An Initial Consultation costs $695, whether it is in-person or via video chat.

Follow-Up visits are billed at $360/hour or $180/half hour.

The first visit with our Health Coach is included in the cost of the Initial Consultation. Follow-Up appointments with the Health Coach (or appointments made without a prior Initial Consultation with the doctor) are $95/hour or $50/half hour.

Payment is due at the time of service. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks or cash.


Insurance Information

Dr. Sachs is considered an “out of network provider.” If you have any questions regarding what your policy coverage and deductible is for an “out of network MD,” please contact your insurance carrier, agent or employer’s HR person directly. Ask what “out of network” coverage you have, or specifically what your coverage is for “appropriately coded diagnostic and treatment services provided by an out of network Medical Doctor.”

Many private insurance carriers will reimburse you for all or part of Dr. Sachs’ fees. For each office visit, you will receive an accurately coded, itemized super-bill and receipt, which you may submit directly to your insurance company. The forms you need are generally available on your insurance company’s website. Our super-bill and receipt include all the information your insurance company requires to process your claim. Any reimbursements will be paid directly to you. The receipt can also be used to document any non-reimbursed, out-of-pocket expenses for your Health Savings Account (HSA), or your tax returns, as appropriate.

Medicare or Medicaid does not cover Dr. Sachs’s services. Dr. Sachs is not a participating provider. A few secondary policies may cover what Medicare denies.


How do I prepare for my first appointment?

  • You will receive a welcome letter from our office with everything you need. Click on the link in our welcome letter to fill out Dr. Sachs’s Health History Questionnaire.
  • You will receive a second email from Power 2 Patient (P2P) to set up your portal. P2P is your own private and secure portal to our office resources. It allows you to message securely with us as well as access your records, treatment plans, our library of information and your supplement schedule and lab results. Click on the link in the email from P2P.
  • You will be instructed to use your email to login and create a password for P2P. Please use the same email for all our office business. Complete your Power 2 Patient (P2P) forms as soon as possible.

Everything must be completed before the day of your consultation so Dr. Sachs can read it over prior to your appointment.


Where can I buy the supplements I need?

We have supplements available at our office, so you can get what you need right away following your Initial Consultation. We also have all of our products listed on our website under the tab, “Wellness Store.” All patients are given a discount code for 10% discount off of the retail price (and there is no expiration date for this code). We also offer free shipping on all orders over $300. If you live locally, you are welcome to stop in to our office to pick up your supplement order and save the shipping costs.


Can I see the office Health Coach without an appointment with the doctor?

Certainly! Just email Tracy at tracy@tsachsmd.com or call her at 844-458-2801 with your availability. Tracy’s rates are $95/hour or $50/half hour. You can meet with her in person (either in Dr. Sachs’s office or at another location that is more convenient for you), or talk over the phone or via Zoom (a free, easy-to-download app) video-conference. 


Is Dr. Sachs a Primary Care Physician (PCP)?

No, she cannot be your Primary Care Physician. She is trained as a Primary Care Physician, but she requires that you have your own. She is happy to work with your PCP, however, at any time.


What kind of lab tests does Dr. Sachs run?

Dr. Sachs runs both routine lab work and more specified, cutting-edge tests. She will always discuss them with you beforehand and will always do her best to keep your costs down. Even routine blood tests with your insurance are interpreted differently in Functional Medicine and may provide a great deal of new and helpful information.

Dr. Sachs does specific testing for nutritional imbalances, toxic load (heavy metals and other toxins), hormones (both salivary and urine), genomics and infections (Lyme, yeast, parasites, etc.) as well as other cutting edge tests.


Does Dr. Sachs prescribe medical cannabis?

Yes, but only with at least one face-to-face office visit and only according to the CT state guidelines. You must be a CT state resident.


Does Dr. Sachs prescribe LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone)?

Yes, but only with at least one face-to-face office visit and only for certain conditions like cancer, autoimmune diseases and various pain syndromes like fibromyalgia. For more information on LDN, visit www.ldnscience.org.


What is FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent)?

FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) is a technique for treating pain by using low-level electrical current. It is used to reduce inflammation, repair tissue, and reduce pain – especially nerve and muscle pain. For more information on FSM, visit www.frequencyspecific.com.


What is the office Cancellation Policy?

We request 48 hours notice for any cancellations or changes of appointment.


Why does Dr. Sachs take and recommend Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden and Vineyard Blend capsules?

Dr. Sachs believes Juice Plus+ is the most important and most foundational nutritional product on the market today. She knows it is the only one with a body of published research and a proven safety record all over the world.  See some details about that research here.

She has not missed a day for over 16 years. She gives it to those she cares about, and educates her patients and colleagues about this well-researched, affordable tool for better nutrition and better health.

Juice Plus+ is far superior to any multi vitamin type formula; it is a whole food concentrate, the first and only one with a body of clinical research proving it gets absorbed and positively impacts biomarkers and health.

Juice Plus+ powders contains active, bioavailable enzymes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and hundreds of antioxidants, as well as the thousands of phytochemicals found in colorful plant foods.

Juice Plus+ is a concentrated powder made from 30 different fresh, nutrient-dense berries, fruits, and vegetables that are allowed to ripen naturally on the vine. The entire food, including the most nutrient-dense skin and seeds, is then washed and pulverized in a machine you can picture like a room-sized Vitamix.

Juice Plus+ powders contain NO pesticides, insecticides, heavy metal residues or microbial contaminants.

Every batch is tested for over 300 different contaminants at the beginning, middle, and end of the process. Organic produce cannot make these claims.

No gluten, dairy, or GMO ingredients are in any product made by the Juice Plus+ Company.

Every processing step and every claim is independently verified by the National Safety Foundation (NSF), and several similar trusted European and Asian groups. There is no higher certification of purity and truth in labeling available in the world.

The published clinical research on these products is compelling, with over 36 studies, published in top ranked peer-reviewed journals. This is name brand research, using placebo controlled human clinical trials in over 2,500 humans to date.

Juice Plus+ capsules have been proven to be bioavailable, meaning they significantly increase blood levels of key nutrients.

The capsules have been shown to significantly reduce:

  • Systemic inflammation
  • Free radicals and oxidative stress
  • DNA damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Periodontal disease
  • Immune dysfunction in the elderly
  • Colds and flu
  • Homocysteine and LDL levels
  • Endothelial dysfunction after a high saturated fat meal

For research articles click here.

For more information contact your Juice Plus+ representative or go to www.eathealthy.ws.