Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Secret RF Microneedling?
A: Secret RF is a fractional radio requency (RF) microneedling Class 2 medical device system for tissue coagulation and hemostasis designed to stimulate and remodel collagen and address the common signs of aging. It is ideally suited for use on patients who wish to revitalize and refresh the appearance of their skin on all skin types. It is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture and tone, reduce acne scars, any kind of scar, stretch marks, and cellulite.
Q: How long does it take to notice improvements from Secret RF Microneedling treatments?
A: Noticeable improvements of fine lines and wrinkles can be seen immediately following the first treatment. The thermal treatment delivered through (RF) radio frequency, heats up and coagulates the existing collagen beneath the surface creating a larger pool to rise to the surface, filling in lines and areas of scarring. New collagen formation begins in 4-5 weeks following the first treatment. Three treatments delivered 5-6 weeks apart can create lasting improvements for up to a year. Annual maintenance treatments are then performed to maintain the benefits initially achieved.
Q: What is the Countdown Diet?
A: The Countdown Diet is a provider supervised very low -calorie diet that uses cycles of injectable HCG to reduce appetite, promote fat loss and help to reduce those extra pounds.
Three program choices include the 8- week, 16- week or 52- week program. Each include weekly In Body analysis sessions, Slimshot (MIC B12) injections and personal counseling.
Q: What is BEMER therapy?
A: BEMER is designed to improve circulation in the smallest blood vessels, which supports the natural self-regulating processes of the body. Blood is the body’s universal means of transport. Oxygen, nutrients, chemical messengers (e.g., hormones), and immune cells are all transported through our blood. BEMER speeds up the pumping mechanism of the smallest blood vessels to bring nutrients to the cells and remove waste materials. BEMER is used 8 minutes twice per day for 24-hour improvement in circulation.
Q: How do I receive BEMER therapy in the office and how can I purchase a BEMER Pro-Set for home use?
A: BEMER sessions are conducted in the office anytime during office hours, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. An 8-minute session on the Bemer will last approximately 12-14 hours in the body. It is recommended to have two 8-minute sessions per day for optimal results. BEMER Pro-Sets can be purchased for home use directly at joanne-keller.bemergroup.com.
Q: What is an InBody Composition Analysis?
A: The InBody Test, a non-invasive body composition analysis that provides a detailed breakdown of your weight in terms of muscle, fat, and water on an InBody Result Sheet.
This report provides tangible muscle gain and fat loss goals for each person. Results are tracked on a graph showing progress made each session.
Q: What is LiquiVida IV Therapy?
A: LiquiVida IV Drips are a safe and effective method of supplying the body with natural vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly through the bloodstream. Nutrient IVs are necessary when absorption through the gut is impaired, during times of dehydration after viral illnesses involving vomiting/diarrhea, before or after surgery of any kind, before or after airline travel, during or after a cold or flu, during or following migraine headache, or anytime one feels run down and tired.
Q: What IV Drips are available in the office?
A: There are 8 different IV drips to choose from:
LiquiLift – Our most popular drip! This multi-vitamin IV therapy delivers a mega dose of vitamins and minerals that help improve mental and physical energy and maintain healthy immunity. This nutrient IV therapy drip is great for aiding the body in maintaining general wellness and preventing disease through optimal nutrient levels.
Natural Defense – Kick your immune system into high gear with this IV therapy vitamin & mineral infusion. Naturally fight off infections like colds, flu, and food poisoning. You can visit our IV lounge for this immunity treatment when you experience the beginning signs of sickness, or preferably before the fact, as a prevention measure during traveling, holidays, and flu season.
Rise & Shine – More than 3 million people suffer from chronic migraines each year. Our IV treatment helps relieve tension and pain, while delivering natural vitamins and minerals to help prevent migraines in the future. This IV Drip works great for relieving hangovers or any kind of headache.
Fountain of Youth – Try this IV Drip if you are looking to naturally lighten skin complexion and improve the appearance of fine lines and sun damage! This proprietary blend of vitamins, which includes high doses of Vitamin C and Glutathione, has been shown to help stimulate collagen production, dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines, and help your skin achieve a natural glow. It may also lighten skin complexion, even out skin tone, and improve the appearance of dark spots or sun damage.
The Executive – Looking for an IV Drip that provides for lasting energy and peak mental performance? This IV drip works to boost your energy and sharpen focus, leaving you primed and ready to face the demands of all-day business meetings and late- night work or school projects.
Chelation – Our specialized IV therapy treatment features EDTA and glutathione, which are essential in detoxifying cells by removing heavy metals, harmful toxins and free radicals. Glutathione also boosts the immune system, helps heal damaged nerves and repair cellular damage. EDTA acts as an antioxidant by removing heavy metals in your bloodstream, keeping your cells healthy.
Performance Hydration – Infuse your body with maximum doses of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. This IV therapy treatment delivers a high dose of essential nutrients that have been shown to improve cardiovascular circulation, speed up healing and recovery time, and aid in increasing protein absorption. Amino acids have been shown to promote muscle repair and growth, as well as increase focus and physical stamina.
Glutathione – The most powerful antioxidant, glutathione fights signs of aging and free radicals, supports healthy liver function, improves brain function, heals damaged nerves, repairs cells, is a natural chelator, and improves skin complexion. A series of this IV drip will successfully lighten the complexion and smooth out dark, pigmented areas of the skin.
Q: Do I have to become a patient of the practice to experience Secret RF MicroNeedling, LiquiVida IV Therapy, Thermography, BEMER Therapy or to use the Infrared Sauna?
A: No, anyone can call and experience these therapies at anytime without becoming a patient of the practice first.
Q: Do I have to become a patient of the practice in order to do The Countdown Diet program?
A: Yes, you must become a patient of the practice, have baseline bloodwork and a complete review of your past medical history, health conditions, medications, etc. before enrolling in The Countdown Diet program.
Q: Can I use my insurance or HSA (health savings account) for services rendered at the practice?
A: Although office visits are not covered by insurance, labwork, diagnostic testing, pellet therapy, thermography, supplements and other medical related services may be reimbursed by an HSA or insurance policy. This varies depending upon insurance policies.
Q: What is Somaderm Gel and why should I take it?
A: Somaderm gel is an FDA registered, homeopathic, transdermal gel that contains somatropin to raise levels of human growth hormone HGH, as well as thyroid and adrenal support supplements. Anyone over the age of 25 years of age can use Somaderm gel as we stop producing HGH after the age of 25.
Q: How is Somaderm Gel used?
A: Somaderm is applied to thin skinned areas such as wrists, inner forearms, tops of hands and feet, behind knees. A pea sized or small blueberry sized pump is to be used 2-3 times daily for a period of 30-60 days, then reduced to 2-3 times per day five days per week ON, two days per week OFF. Each bottle will likely last two months each.
Q: What Are Hormone Pellets and how do they work?
A: They are bio-identical hormones that are inserted surgically under the skin in the fat of either the upper, outer hip area or lower abdominal fat area. They are not metabolized through the liver, therefore they are safely used in patients with history of blood clots or liver disease. Hormone pellets are activated by “cardiac output” therefore when your heart rate increases, so does your hormone level. This delivery system allows your body to use the right amount of hormone from the pellet when you need it.
Q: How often do I need hormone pellets replaced?
A: For women: usually every 3-5 months. For men: usually every 5-6 months; depending upon how active you are. The more exercise you get, the more hormone you will use.
Q: What is LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) and how can it help with Autoimmune Disorders?
A: LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) is a compounded prescription that is prescribed to those patients with Autoimmune Disorders that can help to reduce systemic inflammation, improve the immune system and reduce pain. A once daily or twice daily dose of LDN has been shown in multiple studies to reverse the damaging effects of autoimmune conditions in the body.
Q: What is a Tower Garden?
A: An indoor/outdoor vertical aeroponic/hydroponic growing system that allows you to grow your own produce (up to 28 plants at a time) in a 3 square foot area.
Q: How did you shift your “sickness-based practice” into a “wellness practice?”
A: By educating each and every patient about their human physiology and the effect their daily habits have on their overall health & wellness. We strive to help our patients “stop subsidizing their illnesses and begin investing in their wellness.” We help patients reduce their use of prescription medications through supplements, nutritional and lifestyle modifications.
Q: What happens if I need to be hospitalized, and you cannot admit me to the hospital?
A: I have an arrangement with Dr. Shah, who will oversee your care if you are hospitalized. She will then release you back to my care after you are discharged. You may also choose to have the “hospitalist” admit you since he/she only sees patients that are admitted into the hospital. Upon discharge, you will be instructed to make an appointment with me within a week of being released.
Q: Why do I have to have a baseline thermogram in two parts, one now and one in 3 months?
A: In order to establish stability in the breasts, a thermogram must be done as baseline and repeated in a 3 month period of time to be sure that there is no active process going on in the breasts. If an abnormality is detected, a mammogram and/or ultrasound will be ordered to further assess the condition.
Q: At what age should someone start screening the body or breasts with thermography?
A: It is recommended that men and women ages 25 and older establish a baseline thermogram followed by annual thermography to assess for changes.
Q: What is (DITI) Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography? What are the advantages of getting a Thermogram?
A: Thermography does not emit radiation of any kind. The camera does not even touch the body but rather picks up the heat pattern coming off the body. There is no compression of breast or body tissue or enclosed spaces to lie down in. Thermography can map pain throughout the body and can pick up inflammatory breast cancer unlike any other technology. Thermography is used as an adjunct technology together with mammogram, MRI, etc. for earlier detection of disease.
Q: How does Juice Plus+ differ from multivitamins?
A: Multivitamins are man-made synthetic, isolated vitamins in non-physiologic doses. Juice Plus+ is actual food in a capsule or chewable. It is whole food nutrition that has been juiced, dried and packaged in capsule or chewable form. It contains 15 raw, fruits & vegetables and two gluten free grains. The sugar is removed in the convenient capsule form.
Q: Why do I need to take Juice Plus+ each and everyday?
A: Our bodies require at least 7-13 servings of a variety of fresh, raw fruits & vegetables in order to prevent disease in our bodies. Most people struggle to get all that they need daily. Juice Plus+ bridges the gap between what we are eating and what we are supposed to be eating. We still need to eat raw vegetables in our daily diets. Juice Plus+ is the consistent nutritional foundation that acts as our bodies’ health insurance policy.
Q: How can I get Juice Plus+ FREE for my children?
A: Juice Plus+ has a program called the Children’s Health Study. Children between the ages of 4-18, 19-25 undergraduate college students can receive Juice Plus+ for FREE for 3 years and 4 months with a sponsoring adult who orders at least the Juice Plus+ Orchard/Garden Blends.
Q: Why do I need to consume Probiotics daily on purpose in order to improve my immune system?
A: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that we must consume daily in order to grow a balanced ecosystem in our small intestine. We live in a world that is full of antibiotics (soap, foods, meats, dairy) that kill off our good bacteria that we need to fight off disease. 80% of our immune cells line the digestive tract.
Q: Why is sea salt so important for me to use daily?
A: Hawaiian or Celtic Sea Salt contains over 80 vital minerals that the body needs to optimize metabolism. Our bodies need to consume at least 1/2 teaspoon of high mineral count sea salt each and everyday.
Q: What is an Infrared Sauna and how would it benefit me?
A: Infrared heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight. FIR heat therapy uses the wavelength of the visible and non-visible light spectrum of sunlight that heats the body normally.
Traditional steam saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the chamber to warm the body. Some people have difficulty breathing in this extremely warm air. FIR saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, FIR saunas heat the body directly. The result is a lower power bill and deeper tissue penetration. In the FIR sauna, the body perspires and receives all of the healthy benefits but avoids the harmful and extremely hot air of a traditional steam sauna. FIR saunas are safe for all ages.
FIR has the ability to penetrate, refract, radiate and reflect. The human body can absorb FIR because of its deep penetrating ability. When FIR penetrates through skin to the subcutaneous tissues, it transforms from light energy into heat energy. The thermal effect within the deep layers of the tissues causes bloods vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting a better blood circulation, and the heat so produced helps to get rid of body toxins and metabolic wastes through sweating.
Some of the Health Benefits Are:
- Better Circulation and Increased Energy
- Weight Loss
- Cardiovascular Health
- Speed Recovery from Injuries
- Stress Reduction & Relaxation
- Improved Immune System