Your First Visit

Your First Visit

Your First VisitWhat to Wear:

Many patients come to my office during their lunch hours, before work, or after work.  Any clothing is suitable, but if possible it is good to come in loose fitting clothes that are comfortable and allow you to move with ease while covering you comfortably.  You will not be asked to disrobe in most cases for examination.  You will be asked to remove bulky or loose items from your pockets, such as your cell phone, keys and wallet.  There will be space in the adjusting room for you to place these items securely.  Avoid bringing your cell phone or have it turned off.  You may also be required to remove your shoes or heavy clothing if these may interfere with the examination.  This office is like a home and patients are welcome to leave their shoes at the door if they choose to.

Please DO NOT wear any synthetic perfumes, cologne or other scents to the office.  Many patients have sensitivities or are working to overcome serious illnesses in which their progress can be hindered by synthetic chemical exposure.  Perfumes in the air are difficult for these patients.  Also, although there is protective covering on the tables and equipment is washed regularly, many scented chemicals are very difficult to remove from the tables.  Thank you for your help in this matter.

What to Bring:

If you picked up paperwork ahead of time or downloaded it from the website to fill out, then don’t forget to bring it with you.  If you have X-rays, MRIs or other imaging taken within the last 2 years (or if older and relevant to your case) or if you have relevant reports from other health care offices, then they will assist the doctor in assessing you.  The doctor only accepts cash or credit card on the first visit and payment is due at time of service.

When to Arrive:

Much of the efficiency of this office depends on the timeliness of the patients.  This includes arrival time, time for filling out paperwork, and preparation time for the evaluation and/ or adjustment.  You are welcome to fill out the necessary paperwork before your arrival by picking it up from our front desk ahead of time.  If you have not filled out paperwork ahead of time it is best to allow 15-30 minutes before your appointment time to do so.  Patients are seen in order according to their appointment time with consideration of their arrival time.  The doctor strives for timeliness, but is also very thorough, and sometimes a wait is required. The patient’s timeliness helps to manage this and maintain the schedule as accurately as possible. Patients arriving after their appointment time may be prioritized behind patients that are on time or may be asked to reschedule, if necessary, in order to maintain the efficiency of the office. Your help and understanding in this is appreciated.

What to Expect:

Expect an hour to an hour and a half for your first visit, although initial visits may take less time than this.  Every patient must fill out intake paperwork prior to being seen by the doctor.  Some of this paperwork is required by law and some is necessary for the doctor to assess you as a patient.  Once your paperwork is complete then the doctor will review it before continuing with the examination.  All first time visits require an examination.  The examination is non-invasive and gentle.  It may include postural analysis, neurological examination, orthopedic tests, checking your reflexes, taking your vital signs or a variety of other tools to help the doctor determine your health and eligibility for chiropractic care.  It usually does not require vigorous work on the patient’s part.  Though it is in-depth and can take some time.  Patients will never be adjusted without a full evaluation.  You may or may not be adjusted on your first visit.  This is determined on an individual case basis.  The patient’s comfort is always taken into account.  Please talk to the doctor about any concerns you may have.