Many of you have already asked about our new doctor and services. We appreciate your interest in our growth! I was in Banff last week working on an intensive program teaching business owners how to take care of themselves so they can perform better. I will be back this week, then I will be in Santa Fe leading a women’s retreat with Tina Sprinkle. Having time for complete health immersion is a passion of mine, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do it. While I’m gone, Dr. Little will be carefully making sure your needs are met. She will be in contact with me daily. If you need a consult while I’m out, she will relay all the details to me. Our goal is to make sure your needs are met faster and addressed by a licensed doctor under my supervision. She also takes her own patients. In addition to her thorough training, she spends time daily learning specifically about the methods and treatments I have developed. So far, having an extra doctor in the office has been so helpful that we hope to make this “teaching position” permanent. Our goal is to make those visits more affordable for everyone. Starting in August, my rates will increase. This was a difficult decision, as some of my most treasured patient relationships include bus drivers, school teachers, and phone operators. However, it will allow us to provide the staff that can care for you the way I want you to be treated. We have an acupuncturist with 35 years of experience for second opinions and complex neurological problems. We recently added an engineer / data analyst for office management, technology, accuracy, and process improvement. Jay is excited to combine is passion for health with his analytical skills. We are increasing hours with Sam, our admin with a heart of gold, who has over 10 years of experience in holistic health. Sam cares deeply about every detail with every person she helps. We are able to staff our lab with an on call mobile phlebotomy expert for your appointments. LaVita runs Caresticks and manages nearly all the mobile phlebotomy in Kansas City for nursing homes and medical facilities. We are fortunate to have her personal service from our office and sent to your home. Dr. Little is helping with all the details on the back end, which means you have a fully trained doctor helping with things that are typically assigned to a medical assistant or nurse. Adding experience to the staff is an exciting time for me. As some of you know, my first and hardest experiences in medicine started as a patient. My biggest dream when I began school was to provide a space with compassionate care where the complicated people don’t slip through the cracks. We have had a bumpy road, but we work every day to try to shift a broken system to achieve that dream. Every policy and change that we make is ultimately an effort to work toward that goal.
Since I’ve been asked, I want to reiterate to everyone that I am not discontinuing care with anyone. My schedule has been tight and I want you to have someone you can call if needed. I also want to offer a more affordable option for those who need it.
Rates will increase in August. ANYTHING booked before then for ANY time in the future will be honored at the previous rate. There is no limit to the number of visits or type of visit you can book at the previous rate. It applies to appointments booked over the phone or online. I hope that makes up for anyone who is overwhelmed by this change. My new follow-up rate will be $250. Dr. Little will be available for follow-ups at $135 and new patient consults at $275.
Some of you have been with me for many years and have my personal contact info. I LOVE being able to help when you need something. My hope is that I can do that more as we grow. For now, please use the patient portal for anything that is not urgent. This allows us to utilize Dr. Little when I am traveling internationally so you don’t have to wait. It also cuts down on my inbox so I don’t miss urgent messages.
If you’ve stuck with me this far, thank you! It’s truly a pleasure to watch your journey of personal growth, improved health, and to see you be able to feel better and do the things that matter most to you. Your soul / spirit only has one vehicle for this life, and you will have this body for the remainder of the ride. Learn to drive what you have, appreciate the parts that work, and take care of it because you won’t get another one. You need your body to carry you to do the things that mean the most to you. Keep up the good work with your self care. Thanks for supporting our continued effort to improve!
Dr. Alicia Johnson, ND