1. Where is Dr. Lee’s office and how do I contact her?
My office is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, near routes 270, 370, and 200. It is easily accessible to patients from Baltimore, Virginia, and the Washington metropolitan areas.
To contact: 301-802-4474. I will respond within 24 hours. Please leave your telephone number twice and a contact number for both day and evening.
2. Will I be able to get better with the use of supplements and energy medicine?
Most patients do get better. Integrative and holistic healing and treatment, using psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, nutritional support, and energy medicine are extremely powerful and effective tools for eliminating signs and symptoms of mental illness.
3. What are the costs of treatment?
The cost of treatment is $360.00/hr., billed at 15 minute increments. Insurance companies will partially reimburse your sessions, if you have out-of-network coverage for physicians. Patients pay at the time of the appointment, receive a bill at the end of the session, and can send their bill to the insurance company for reimbursement. The insurance company will mail the reimbursement check directly to the patient.
I do not accept Medicare or Medicaid. For those with Tricare, a form for Non-Covered Services (click here for the form) will allow partial coverage of my current fees . HMOs will not be able to reimburse for out of network physicians. However, insurances with PPO coverage will typically cover for a part of the sessions.
4. How long are your follow up sessions?
Generally they last between 50 min. to 1.5 hours in duration and occur once per week, or every other week initially.
5. How is this holistic approach different compared to the conventional psychiatric approach?
a. A conventional psychiatric approach temporarily suppresses symptoms of mental illness with the use of prescription medications that cause physiological dependence and tolerance, while increasing the patient’s level of toxicity, in exchange for temporary symptom relief.
b. A holistic psychiatric approach treats the symptoms of mental illness with methods that facilitate the body’s own natural ability to heal (nutritional supplements, proper diet and detoxification, psychotherapy, and energy medicine). Symptoms resolve as the underlying physiological imbalances/deficiencies and past emotional traumas are healed. Patients learn how to handle stressors and to maintain well-being on their own.
6. What is your success rate with patients using this treatment?
The success rate is excellent, and continues to improve. The biggest difference for the rate of healing is whether the patient begins treatment with or without prior exposure to medication. Patients who start holistic treatment as a first line form of treatment, prior to using prescription medications, generally take less time to heal.
7. How long does it take to get better?
Generally, patients start to feel better during the intake appointment and continue to noticeably improve from week to week. Most patients are able to reduce their medications, or come off medications through holistic interventions.
8. What is your attitude towards conventional psychiatry and prescription medications?
Health and well-being without a need for prescription medications is true health. I am interested in helping patients obtain true health.
9. Are you Board Certified?
I am board certified in holistic and integrative medicine.
10. What are your hours and do you work on weekends?
Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
11. What if I live in another state?
Whether it is feasible to work together when you live in another state is determined on an individual basis.
12. What is the general duration of treatment?
I will be able to give you an estimate on the duration of treatment after the initial intake appointment.
13. Can I pick and choose my treatment approach and the frequency of follow-ups?
Treatment approach and the frequency of follow ups will be based on what is best for you medically and psychiatrically.
14. Is energy medicine going to conflict with my religious beliefs?
Energy medicine is aligned with the principles and practices of many spiritual traditions that people have learned through worship and religion.
15. I already have a ton of supplements, do I have to buy new supplements from you?
Supplements as a healing tool differ from one patient to another. The supplement regimen created for the patient is meant to be effective, absorbable, and unique to each individual’s health needs.
16. Do you offer any discounts or sliding scale fees?
Yes. For those patients who have never taken a psychotropic medication and would like to avoid its use, there is a 50% discount off my regular fees for the first four sessions.