Optimizing Human Performance

 

Medicine is the art, science, and practice of caring for a patient and managing the diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, treatment or palliation of their injury or disease. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness

Approach

  • The objective of optimal human performance, resilience and healthy lifespan
  • Beginning with the fundamentals of nutrition and lifestyle
  • Harmonizing clinical experience with statistical medical research and client goals
  • Individualizing diagnosis and treatment
  • Making informed risk-reward ratio health choices
  • Superseding reductionism with coordination between medicine & exercise, mainstream and complementary medicine
  • New solutions to new problems without losing sight of accumulated human experience & wisdom
  • The application of neuro-psycho-physiology
  • Using objectivity to conquer bias
  • Leveraging technology while maintaining privacy

 

How is the approach novel?

  • There’s no such thing as too much data for those wanting to take investigation and intervention to another level
  • The experience of 31 years of registered medical practice in NZ, Australia & South Africa
  • The energy & drive to connect dots and recognize patterns
  • Realistic time and resource allocation to investigate which combinations of treatment modalities to pursue
  • Individual patient circumstances may warrant a review of existing prescriptions
  • The use of specialty lab testing with current optimal reference ranges
  • Assessment of specific genetic SNPs in relation to relevant laboratory/nutritional and blood testing
  • Prescribing options include compounding pharmacies in New Zealand and Australia
  • Familiarity with conventional and complementary treatments
  • A pragmatic focus on early wins and then building endurance
  • Independent and without a reductionist agenda and only the patient’s interests are being served
  • The clinic medical systems are independent of PHOs

Reset health by optimizing cellular ecology, mitochondrial health and working through the layers of digestion, hormonal balance, cardiovascular health, metabolism and neurological health.

Dr Cindy de Villiers

 

Clientele

Adults aged 20+.  While acknowledging the role of acute care & emergency medicine, the clinic focus is health prior to the acute stage, with the fundamental that individual choices significantly influence age and disease.

The clients:

 

  • have initial test results from a GP and have considered 8 Things to do before seeing a Functional MD
  • are self-motivated to modify lifestyle & nutritional habits to take advantage of new information
  • are optimizing their body with movement and exercise
  • are seen in an appropriately relaxed & personal clinical setting
  • use an online Patient Portal (or are able to get family to assist)
  • seek to navigate conflicting health information and medical system silos
  • seek to identify & address underlying causes
  • seek to take advantage of the latest medical research & capabilities
  • wish to be treated as more than a number
  • understand that clients and registered doctors operate in a regulatory environment in which the doctor is held liable by authorities
  • are discharged 2 years after the last visit
The clinic:

 

  • is focused on understanding underlying causes, to avoid quick fixes daisy chaining the next trigger, and further restriction of diet and lifestyle
  • works with all diets and lifestyles and is not beholden to any one mental model or medical modality
  • does not receive state funding or profit from the sale of supplements
  • cannot know in advance what treatment costs will be
  • looks to re-frame past medical experiences with impartial options, from which the client may make their own choices
  • uses a personalized-medicine EHR to create the clinical framework for accuracy and managing medical risk
  • prefers clinical visits to telehealth where possible
  • eschews google, facebook and remarketing intrusions to value individual privacy and self determination

 

What diagnoses does the clinic treat?

  • Thyroid Disease
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Depression
  • Hormonal Issues
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Slow metabolism, Low Energy
  • Heart Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Memory and Concentration loss
  • Accelerated Ageing
  • Obesity/Weight gain
  • Cognitive decline, Head Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • CIRS
  • Chronic undiagnosed conditions

The fees to see an independent NZ registered doctor

The following maintenance fee schedule applies for current clients (seen by Cindy within the last 2 years):

  • Consultation 60 minutes: $300.00 (if not seen for > 1 year, a minimum 60 min appointment is required)

  • Consultation 30 minutes: $150.00

  • Online Medical Inquiry through Online Portal Secure Message: $30.00 / message or per 10 minutes

  • Repeat Prescriptions: $15.00

The fees partially recover overheads including premise and staff, multiple medical body registrations, insurances, medical systems, equipment, consumables, CPD, research.

 

What is the cost of prescriptions?

Cindy in her specialized role typically prescribes:

  • Non-subsidized medication
  • Medication prescribed for non-endorsed conditions
  • Compounded medications

Any subsidized medications prescribed by Cindy will cost a maximum of $15 per item from a pharmacy rather than a maximum of $5 per item through a state funded service.

 

What about my GP?

Clients should be enrolled with a GP for acute and emergency medicine, which the taxpayer funds via the state through GPs.

The clinic doesn’t provide acute or emergency medicine.

Treatment for underlying causes cannot begin while clients are in the acute stage e.g. very high blood pressure or intractable distress should be assessed by a GP before looking at advanced treatment options through Cindy.

If initial assessment results are not available from a GP, diagnosis and treatment will take longer and cost more.

Often Cindy works alongside GPs for outcomes.

Other times, a GP and Cindy provide clients with more options, from which the client may choose what is best for them.