Obtaining Quality Healthcare

 

New patients to Calmglow often wonder why we do not have a billing system such that we can bill their insurance. The reason is simple. We provide the healthcare our patients need based on their individual health requirements, not as dictated by the insurance companies. The best healthcare is driven by a healthcare provider, not insurance companies.

 

Calmglow understands that the insurance companies do not always reimburse for all of the care provided by Calmglow.  PPO insurance and some EPO insurance companies will cover most or all of the care provided by Calmglow. HMO plans rarely cover providers outside of their HMO network.  Therefore anyone who has an HMO may partner with an outside network HSA or FSA or use CareCredit.

Tips from an insurance agent

 

 

An insider tip from a Calmglow insurance agent patient: it is key to establish a friendly relationship with the insurance adjuster to whom you are submitting your invoice. Calmglow provides to our patients the insurance codes on their invoice so that they may submit the invoice to their insurance companies. Your insurance adjuster may be able to provide you with a more efficient codes. Our insurance agent patient, by using the more efficient codes for her PPO, has been able to obtain 100% reimbursement from her PPO.

Definitely worth establishing a friendly relationship with the insurance adjusters at our health insurance companies!

 

 

 

Calmglow also wants to make sure that our patients are taking advantage of their Health Saving Account (HSA) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA) which are offered by many employers. These saving accounts can be used to pay for office visits, test kits and supplements ordered via our office.

HSA & FSA

Calmglow has also partnered with CareCredit. CareCredit is a credit card that only approved licensed medical offices may offer. The reason that we partnered with CareCredit is because they offer our patients (subject to credit approval) special no interest payment options based on the total purchase price (and includes office visits, test kits and supplements).

Calmglow can give interested patients a link which gives our patients a direct view to Care Credit, allows our patients to actually apply (with an immediate approval or decline) and contains information about our promotional offers available through Care Credit.

Calmglow does not receive any benefit from CareCredit for referring our patients to them. We are partnering with them to give our patients another avenue to afford quality healthcare.

Your health is a priority. Calmglow helps you live your healthiest life. 

To your health.

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Care From My Monitor

What amazing times to be alive! From the comfort of my home, clad in yoga pants, and feeling no stress, I participated in my first telehealth medical visit.

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For me it felt like an old fashioned house visit (the image I have is the doctor checking on Zuzu at her home in It’s A Wonderful Life) mixed with a future world doctor (such as Doctor McCoy in Star Trek or Dr. Beverly Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation). 

 

Just like Bones took care of the crew on the Enterprise, Dianne and the Team at Calmglow are going to take care of me!

I do believe this is the year of Zoom meetings. I am sure I am not the only person who has had countless video conferences from just a video conference with another person to a screen full of folks. So I was pretty sure I knew what to expect for a telehealth visit.

 

I was right and wrong.

We connected via the computer and chatted through our monitors. Connecting via the computer was easy and thankfully my internet was strong. That was similar to the multitude of video conferences I’ve attended. 

Telehealth Functional Medical Care

 

 

Unlike most of my Zoom meetings, I soon forgot I was on a video conference. Dianne Hinton thanked me more than once for meeting with her. How kind! She is so warm, with such a soothing voice. The call soon felt like I was chatting with a friend. A friend who is going to help me feel better!

 

Functional Medicine Focuses on Healing The Whole Person

 

 

We tackled the paperwork I filled out. Dianne and I did a deep dive into me: me today, my past, my family, my relationships. We discussed how I sleep and suggestions on how to improve (such as to try meditation – like a guided meditation on the Calm app and reduce my coffee intake), what is bothering me (weight and probably a tad stressed, cough, cough) and more. 

 

Walking dogs

We discussed what I enjoy doing to make sure I have enough movement in my life – especially since I work on a computer and spend most of the day sitting on my office chair.   I love hiking and walking. I am interested in yoga and taking up some strength training. My plan is to exercise first thing. Having dogs makes it easy to start the day with a walk!

One thing I was surprised about – how much water I need to drink. I am working on that. I get focused on a project and next thing I know I have not had a sip in ages.

 

Dianne, while never making me feel uncomfortable, learned a ton about me. Once we get my test results back, we’ll both know even more about me!

Stay Hydrated

 

Next step: Lab test. Will not lie. I was a tad apprehensive. Then I watched the videos on the website. Now I know I’ll be able to do them. (I’ll be adulting when I have my blood drawn. Have I mentioned how much I do not like needles??) I am planning to videotape the opening of the box tests, so everyone will know the tests aren’t overwhelming or difficult! 

 

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I am so excited to become the best me I can be! Thank you for joining me on this journey!

 

LP (In The Transition Zone)

Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Getting Started

 

Welcome to the journey to optimal health! I am LP, sharing the good, the bad & the ugly, from the decision to take control of my health to the vibrancy I know I will achieve after working together with Calmglow. 

 

A little about me: a 56-year-old gal, who has been trying to lose weight and get in shape since I was 13 years old! The years have raced by and aches and pains have moved in for the duration. The wisps of health concern need to be vanquished so as to not limit or shorten my life.

 

 

I plan to be one long-living, feisty old lady who leaves all of the kids in her dust. One of my burning desires is a terribly vain one: I want to look good in clothes. Most importantly, I want to see my children grow into incredible adults and enjoy my time with any future grandchildren with whom I am blessed.

 

Those are my whys for turning to Dianne Hinton and her team at Calmglow. What are your whys? How do you want to feel and look by next year? Do you desire to be an energetic senior citizen with me?

 

I volunteered to share this journey with you. I know that I am not alone in wanting to take control of my health while there is still time to do so. I promised Dianne that I would not hold back. I will share the whining and complaining from my inner 5-year-old (who LOVES her comfort food), reveal any resistance and reluctance to the changes recommended, the whisperings of that devil on my shoulder, and the giggles at the mistakes I make.

 

Talking about mistakes……..

 

The first step is to fill out the new patient paperwork. Easy, right? I look over the packet: history, symptoms questionnaire, consent for therapy, HIPPA, consent for hormone therapy. Oh, I am past menopause, no need to fill out the consent for hormone therapy.

 

Wrong!

Feisty women rule!
Who isn't stressed?

 

Jessica Santos explained that I am not the first person to focus solely on gender-specific hormones. But there are other hormones in our bodies that could be a concern. Say stress hormones (who isn’t stressed these days?!!).

 

Paperwork correctly filled out (which you now know means complete all of the documents sent and to make sure to fill it fully — they can’t help us if they don’t know everything! Remember, the good, the bad & the ugly is being addressed here!). I am waiting for the test to arrive in the mail – which is the next step.

 

 

 

 

There is one other matter in connection to getting started: cost. Calmglow does not bill health insurance. To be honest, the cost was a concern. I explored my options.

I discovered that while Calmglow does not bill insurance, they do provide an invoice with the correct billing codes that I can submit to my health insurance company. Also, if I want to use my HSA (health savings account) to make sure to call the office to order my supplements, not to order them via the website, so that an invoice can be provided. Additionally, Jessica or Dianne can write a prescription for the supplements needed with the diagnosis. 

 

Dianne also shared there is CARE credit, which has a low interest for 2 years plan.

 

 

 

 

 

Woman on a calculator figuring out the cost

 

Ultimately, I decided that it was time to invest in my health. How many decades have I spent in less than optimal health? How many decades do I have left on this earth? What has been the cost of being less than optimally healthy? What is it worth to not slide into one of the chronic diseases lurking in my future?

 

 

All things healthy living

While I wait for the arrival of the tests, I took my measurements (sigh). I do not have a scale, so I won’t track my weight change. Instead, I will take my weekly measurements. I will keep you up to date on my progress! 

 

I also started to track the food I eat normally. I am becoming a scientist! I am weighing and measuring everything and then recording the macronutrients: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, in addition to the calorie count.

Child examining a plant

 

Hey, did you know that the protein in the different types of yogurt varies widely?

 

 

Me neither!

 

 

I am looking forward to the small, painless diet improvement recommendations from Alex the Nutritionist. (Remember my inner 5-year-old who loves food? She is very suspicious of these coming diet improvements.)

 

 

I am guessing that I’ll probably have to start to think about some kind of exercise. I wonder what other aspects or habits I’ll need to work on so that I look great in clothing and feel awesome too.

 

 

Email at supplements@calmglow.com or post on the Calmglow Facebook page if you are also starting the journey to optimal health with me. Let me know what have been your challenges. If you are further along the journey, email or post to share your tips and knowledge gained!

 

 

Here I am at the start of my journey – at the inception of the transformation.

Thank you for joining me!

 

LP

Transformation Zone

 

Picture of LP's back and the start of her new day of health

 

Welcome Alex Parker-DeJesus!

Alex Parker-DeJesus is joining Calmglow as our Functional Dietitian. 

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, health coach, and wellness activist, Alex is passionate about all things food, wellness, and behavioral change. Her goal is to educate, inspire, and help individuals to take charge of their own health while living the highest quality of life possible! 

In February, she relocated to hot and humid Florida from the West Coast with her husband, two dogs… and soon-to-be baby boy!  A certified wellness coach and health advocate who finished her IFNCP credential in 2019, Alex practices patient-centered care and helps others through functional medicine. 

Alex has worked helping people with multiple chronic diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, CVD, obesity and weight management, autoimmune, and gastrointestinal conditions. In her previous life, she attended Johnson & Wales University for foodservice management and culinary, as well as Kennesaw State, Norfolk State, and Iowa State for wellness coaching, nutrition & food science, and exercise physiology. 

Alex knows first hand how functional medicine can help. She found functional medicine after spending many years trying to figure out why she felt drained and in pain with no answers from the conventional medicine model. Using a root-cause approach and looking at the whole person to identify system imbalances, she was able to put the pieces together and eventually create the life she desired. 

Alex understands how difficult it can be to make lifestyle shifts, but how valuable it can be to living a balanced and quality life. In her free time, she enjoys cooking delicious (and healthy) food, hiking (or just being outdoors), swimming in the ocean, and traveling anywhere and everywhere (pre-COVID!). She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that recognizes the importance of functional medicine and true health! She looks forward to working with each and every one of you!

We are excited to have Alex join our Calmglow family. We look forward to learning how to have fun with food with Alex and discovering all of Alex’s tips and tricks on the small, painless diet tweaks which will propel us on our journey of health!

Thrive In Uncertain Times

In March 2020, governments responded to the rapidly spreading coronavirus by shutting down the world. Schools closed. Non-essential businesses locked their doors. Travel was restricted.

Essential workers (doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, police officers, postal workers, truck drivers) faced exposure while everyone else sheltered at home, either alone or with direct family.  Many workers were furloughed or lost their jobs as bars, restaurants, non-essential retail, hair salons, hotels, and more ceased operation. Others quickly learned the technology required to work remotely.

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Woman Working at Home with Kids around her

Many parents of school age children suddenly had to both work from home and homeschool their kids. Many parents have developed a new appreciation for their kids’ teachers!

 

Normal flies out the window and in its place is fear of getting a serious illness, working in a different way or unemployed in an uncertain economy, with children constantly under foot or being completely isolated.

Over the months, the number of cases and deaths have grown. Rapid opening leads to spikes in case, followed by spikes in deaths. 

 

Fear for our physical and economic health plagues us.

 

Can you say stressful?

Handling Emotional Stress

How did you handle the swirl of stress and emotions? Is a newly found passion for baking treats and enjoying those creations helping to sooth the anxiety (emotional eating to the rescue)? Since the gyms are closed, has exercise ceased (motivation to move disappeared)? Have you caught up on all of your favorite shows and discovered a number of new ones (couch potato time)?

 

Having an emotional temper tantrum is a reasonable response to these extraordinary circumstances. Eating without concern for calorie count or health helped many handle the relentless pressure. Cocooning on the couch compensated for the disappearance of their routine.  Watching amusing entertainment provided many the needed escape from the frightening daily reality.

Did emotional eating and other less than healthy coping methods help you to navigate these first few months of living in the middle of a pandemic? Now, over four months later, is the realization that this is our new normal dawning? The understanding is growing that our lives are not being upended for a short stretch, but instead we are in the middle of a marathon.

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Surviving (Maybe Even Thriving) Today

 

What do we need to do to survive living with this potentially deadly disease in our world and communities for the duration? 

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Continue Following Health Guidelines

First step, we all need to follow the medical guidelines to wash our hands, wear masks in public and maintain a physical distance from each other to reduce the spread of this virus.

Dust Yourself Off

Second step, time to stop having an emotional temper tantrum and embrace a healthy response to the constant stress, unease, and uncertainty. Don’t strive for perfection or make “a chocolate will never pass these lips again” declaration. Time to pick yourself off the floor and move towards a healthier response.

Moving Matters

 

The goal here is a healthy balance. A funny comedy followed by a dance party in the living room. Want to feel better? Move it! Start or end the day with a gentle yoga routine and/or stretching and/or cardio and/or strength training. There are wonderful online yoga and exercise classes. Many gyms have created virtual exercise classes. Call your gym to see if they have online classes. 

Here are some resource to give you an idea of what can be found to help you get strong, flexible and in shape (let them know that Calmglow told you about them):

Moving Matters

A Little Zen

Moving your body helps release stress and other stress management techniques such as journaling, meditation, and taking a moment to breath deeply are great help towards reclaiming a healthier you. A moment of calm can even help you sleep. And with a solid night of sleep under your belt, you can handle so much more!

You Are What You Eat

 

Next we turn our attention to what’s cooking in the kitchen. After all, food is the foundation of our health.

 

Getting creative in the kitchen

One of the benefits of working remotely is that we have more time to spend in the kitchen creating tasty, healthy food. While many turned to experimenting with baking and desserts when the lockdowns began, let’s now challenge ourselves to make delicious, healthy, comfort food. The Mediterannan Diet is one of the healthier diets with an added benefit that it is not based on elimination of a category of foods, such as carbohydrates.

The Mediterranean diets incorporated the traditional foods enjoyed in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. While most are more familiar with the foods of France, Greece, Italy and Spain, there is inspiration to be found from each country: Morrocan Tagine, Turkish Chicken Kebab, Lebanonese shawarma bowls and more.

When you are planning your cooking adventure, think about adding a rainbow of color to your plate: red peppers, purple cabbage, orange sweet potato, green broccoli, and yellow squash.

You can make your diet more Mediterranean-style by:

 

  • eating the rainbow of color of fruits and vegetables (organic, if possible)
  • eating whole grains and legumes 
  • eating lean proteins (fish, chicken, plant-based)
  • eating less meat and dairy products
  • choosing healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts

 

To enhance the flavor of your meals (and the fun of your culinary adventure), add fresh herbs and spices. A tip: before starting on this kitchen adventure, purge your spice cabinet of old spices. Spices lose their flavor as they age.

 

A tip: watch your portion sizes. Too much of even a good thing can undermine your efforts.

A Mediterranean Feast

 

You have finished with your emotional temper tantrum. You are shaking your tail feathers, finding zen moments in the midst of COVID chaos, and dining on delicious (maybe even homemade!) dishes. One more area to improve: the home in which you are sheltering-in-place.

 

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Make Your Home A Comfortable Nest!

Surround yourself with the objects that bring you happiness. Clear the clutter and the chaos. Play music that brings you joy or soothes your soul. Fill a vase with fresh flowers. Diffuse citrus, floral or spicy oils. Open the windows. Put a bowl of summer fruit on the kitchen table. Chill a pitcher of water with slices of cucumbers and mint to enjoy when the temperature rises. Toss a soft throw over the back of the sofa so you can wrap yourself in warmth on a cool morning. Place twinkle lights inside to enjoy once the sun sets.

 

Your home is your sanctuary and now you are spending more time there than usual. Make it a place you hate to leave.

Do not plan to change everything at once. Let go of your emotional temper tantrum. Make changes to bring balance back. Consistent, small steps create huge improvements. Create the health lifestyle that supports you during this new normal. 

 

To your health.

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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Welcome Jessica Santos

 

Jessica Santos, FNP, is joining Calmglow on June 1, 2020. Jessica received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona. Jessica spent her first decade as a Family Nurse Practitioner working in Urgent Care, Family and Internal Medicine, as well as Pediatrics. While she appreciated that she was able to help her patients with acute issues such as healing their broken bones, she was frustrated at not being able to help her patients overcome chronic health concerns.  In 2015, Jessica discovered Functional and Integrative Medicine and learned that she really could make a difference in people’s lives; just as she had imagined being able to do while working in the medicine field. Since 2015, she has become increasingly interested in getting at the root of disease, and most specifically complex chronic disease.  Jessica was certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine in 2019. She is also a member of the International Society for Environmentally-Acquired Illness. 

 

Jessica focuses on helping the whole person, not just relieving symptoms.  She works with patients of all ages to optimize their health and restore their wellness and balance.  In her own life experiences, she realized how important sleep, rest, fun, nutrition, exercise, clean air/water/environment, stress management, and relationships are to creating a vibrant life. In order to achieve optimal wellness, none of these parts can be overlooked. Jessica is passionate about lifestyle medicine, most notably nutrition and fitness. Jessica has been very active in the CrossFit community since 2007, and is currently beginning her coaching internship so she can coach CrossFit. Her 10 year old and 13 year old sons are active in multiple sports throughout the year and also like to do CrossFit with her. Jessica enjoys being outside and active, and can be found trail running, hiking, mountain biking, paddleboarding or kayaking with her kids. 

 

We are excited to have Jessica join our Calmglow family. Everyone who works with Jessica will find that she will bring out their best and help all live a rich and full life. Her number one goal is to assist all in living their fullest expression of health!

 

 

A Virtual Calmglow Office Visit: What to Expect

During the current shelter in place restrictions, Calmglow is still able to provide healthcare services to our current patients and for our new patients.  To make sure that everyone is able to obtain quality care during this time, Calmglow is offering both initial consultation and follow up visits virtually. While telemedicine, medical services provided virtually, has been utilized by doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers for approximately 40 years, its use has expanded exponentially in the past 5 years.  

What are virtual office visits?

Virtual office visits are simply healthcare provider-patient interactions that occur via video conference, e-mail, text or through a Web-based portal. A patient can have an initial consultation, a follow up visit to discuss test results and formulate an individualized plan.

How does a virtual office visit work?

A virtual office visit begins like an in person office visit, scheduling an appointment. To do so, call our office at (209) 247-9170 and schedule an appointment. You will receive an email confirming your appointment with a link to the video conference included. On the day and time of your appointment, click the link in the email and you will join Dianne Hinton for a video conference appointment.

 

Please make sure that you are in a private place for the video conference. Please make sure that your video conference cannot be heard by anyone other than those you have invited to attend the appointment with you.

Initial Consultation

If this is an appointment for an initial consultation, there are documents which will need to be completed and returned prior to the appointment. 

 

 

Here is a video about paperwork to be completed prior to the initial consultation and where the documents can be found on the Calmglow website

Lab Tests 

 

After the initial consultation, there will be lab tests ordered.  Here is a video explaining all of the lab tests. Only the tests necessary for each individual will be ordered; therefore, some of the tests shown may not pertain to you.

Follow Up Appointments

Once you have completed your lab tests and have sent them to the labs, call our office (209) 247-9170 to schedule your follow up appointment to discuss the results of your lab work and your individualized plan. You will receive an email confirming your appointment with a link to the video conference included. As a reminder, please make sure that only the individuals you have invited to attend your appointment can see and hear the video conference.

 

At this appointment, Dianne will go over your test results, explain what they reveal and discuss an individualized plan so that you can regain your optimal health.

 

We have noticed that our patients who regain their optimal health and reach their health goals share three attributes: they communicate; they commit; and they stay focused. The reason that some do not reach their health goals is usually one of the following: they do not buy the recommended supplements; they never take the lab test; or they never really commit. 

 

Calmglow is committed to your success. Calmglow will work with you to make sure that you obtain your recommended supplements by emailing follow up reminders. Calmglow will also send communications regarding healthy lifestyle choices: recommended diet; water, sleep, exercise; reducing stress, and eliminating negative influences.

 

It is not unusual to reach a 50% improvement in your key health goal in 3 months. For the three month follow up appointment, some patients want to split their appointment with Dianne and with our nutritionist so as to receive additional support. When scheduling your three month follow up, let our office know if you would like to split the time with Dianne and our nutritionist. 

 

By 6 months, most patients have gone from feeling fat, fatigued and foggy to vibrant, present and happy. We recommend celebrating the difference from the start of their healthy journey as documented in their symptom questionnaire to their current healthier selves. 

 

At this point, some patients desire to reach even deeper health goals, which we support and depending on the individual and their needs, we may order further tests, suggest additional services provided in our office, recommend further lifestyle modification, and suggest programs and services which will help our patients reach their health goals.

 

Calmglow is here to support our patients reach their health goals. Call our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you.

 

To your health.

 

Dianne Hinton, NP IFM-C

 

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What our
patients
are saying

Always get clarity and understanding…

Dianne has always help me understand the complicated issues of hypothyroidism, understanding the symptoms and long term effects. She has helped with my dietary needs and overall well being. Highly recommend if you are still feeling the symptoms even if your on traditional medications.

—- MC

The best part of talking with new patients…

I have worked with Dianne Hinton at Calmglow for 4 years. I receive calls from new patients every day. I think the best part of talking with new patients is that I give them the knowledge and hope in knowing that I–like all of Dianne’s staff–was her patient before her employee. I think that says a lot about Dianne as a practitioner. She is very compassionate and caring towards each individual patient.

— Cindy Toste

Diane Hinton saved my life!

After over a year of traditional doctors misdiagnosing and mistreating my illness, Diane immediately got it right. She identified the root cause of my illness, and I went from being chronically ill to healed and healthy in less than a year. Diane listens to and cares for her patients like no one I’ve ever known. I highly recommend her for diagnosing the true health issues, rather than just treating your symptoms.

— Sarah Hayes

My husband and I just love Calmglow …

Just what is Functional Medicine?  Simply put…. I call it getting to the “cause” of a health issue. Rashes, High Pressure, Arthritis, Obesity, Insomnia, and Fatigue are a few of the issues she’s helped us with.  But what I really like best is; she doesn’t say “here, take this pill” and it’ll “treat the symptoms”.  She treats the “cause” of those symptoms so they truly go away without requiring “pills”.  Our bodies are healing, and the we feel we’re the healthiest we’ve been in a long time! What we’ve discovered about the manner in which our bodies “had been” functioning previously, from the in depth tests she recommends, was pretty astounding. We’ve learned so much since starting to see her as our practitioner, I would never choose to go back to an Allopathic doctor!