Are your services covered by my insurance?

Dr. Ritz does not contract with any insurance companies.  That means that she does not accept insurance as payment.  However, if your insurance plan offers coverage for out-of-network provider visits or programs, you may have the opportunity to receive some reimbursement directly from your insurance company.  Dr. Ritz is happy to provide any information required to accomplish this.  It is the patient’s responsibility to find out whether or not her services may be covered, and to complete and file all paperwork with insurance companies for reimbursement.  In addition, Dr. Ritz’s services can be paid for with a Health Savings Account.

Do you guarantee that I will achieve the results I’m looking for?

While Dr. Ritz cannot guarantee specific results, she does guarantee that if you don’t make any changes to your life, your health will likely not change.  Her program is really designed for women who are willing and able to step up as a partner in creating the health outcomes they are looking to create.  The success of the program relies on the patient being a fully engaged participant, open to making changes, willing to provide feedback that can guide your plan’s direction, and able to participate in finding and creating your own solutions.  Since you know your body better than any health expert out there, your active engagement, input, and feedback with the program is key to its success.

How long does it take to get results with your program?

This varies greatly depending on what types of issues you are currently experiencing, how long you have been experiencing them, and how quickly you are willing and able to make changes.  Most women begin to experience improvements within the first several sessions after completing testing and getting started with their personalized plan.

How do I know if this approach will work for me?

This is a FANTASTIC question, and Dr. Ritz tries to suss this out as best as she can during a free Discovery Session, where you get on the phone with her to get a better sense of whether or not her program may be a good fit for you and vice versa.  If you are someone who is open-minded, willing to really look at the areas of your life that are impacting your health, and make changes accordingly, you are much more likely to achieve success with this program.  This program is not for women who do not expect to have good results, who are not willing to be fully engaged with the program, or who are not willing to make necessary changes that will support them in feeling better.

Do you work directly with other practitioners in a group or team setting?

Currently Dr. Ritz works as a solo practitioner who will refer to practitioners or professionals outside her practice as needed based on the type of support a woman requires.  Her recommendations are as personalized and customized to each patient as the rest of each patient's plan.

I understand that Dr. Ritz also has a coaching background, and combines this with her expertise in Lifestyle Medicine.  How will I know if she is the right doctor and coach for me?

During our initial Discovery Session, together we will identify if this is an appropriate fit. So, before you say "yes", you will have a sample of what interacting with Dr. Ritz will be like and a better sense of her philosophy and general approach. Until then, click on the About page to learn more about Dr. Ritz and her approach in helping you achieve the health outcomes you're looking for.

 What can I expect from you as my doctor?

Dr. Ritz does not function as a primary care physician, so she encourages all patients to have a primary care physician as well as any other relevant specialists.  As such, she does not provide routine (yearly physicals, etc.) or acute (sinus infections, etc.) care.  Rather, she functions as more of a consultant, and her approach and recommendations can be used alongside care provided by other practitioners.  She utilizes her expertise in Functional Medicine and Age Management Medicine along with her background and training in conventional medicine to uncover imbalances in physiology that are contributing to symptoms and create a plan to treat any physiological imbalances that are discovered.  Treatments often include (but are not limited to) food as medicine, nutritional supplements, movement recommendations, stress management, detoxification, and other lifestyle changes specific to your needs and situation.

What can I expect from you as my coach?

If you enroll in one of Dr. Ritz's programs, you also receive the benefit of the unique perspective she provides through also functioning as a coach.  In most cases, the women she works with benefit from addressing very specific lifestyle factors- things like self-care, pleasure, me-time, establishing healthy boundaries, nurturing healthy body image, navigating unhealthy relationships, and creating a supportive environment either at work or home.  These factors can have a huge impact on health and well-being, but are best addressed from a coaching perspective. As a coach, you can expect her to:

  1. Be a partner in bringing out the best, the deepest, and the truest in you;
  2. Provide safety, encouragement and support; an environment in which you can relax and explore;
  3. Respect the confidentiality of the agreements we make;
  4. Expand your view of what is possible and promote discovery of new insights;
  5. Give you input, straight feedback and operate as a sounding board;
  6. Listen carefully to what you say and ask questions that increase awareness;
  7. Be an on-going resource for you in accomplishing your intentions.

If needed, she will refer out to other practitioners, including psychologists or psychiatrists, based on any given patient's needs and preferences. 

Where do our sessions take place?

This is based on your preference.  Dr. Ritz is available for in-person sessions at her office location, Brandywine Center for Integrative Medicine in Greenville, Delaware.  She is also available to do phone or internet-based sessions (Skype, Zoom, etc.) based on patient location and convenience.  An initial session must be either in-person or internet-based (Skype, Zoom, etc.). 

How do I get started in this program?

If you are interested in beginning the program or learning more, please click the link to request a free, no obligation Discovery Session to further explore the details of the program and whether or not it may be a right fit for you.

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