Thank you for your interest in aNu Aesthetics and Optimal Wellness.
We understand that aging occurs but that we do have a choice HOW we age. At aNu, we believe in age management and optimal wellness to achieve 'aNu' younger, healthier and happier you.
We strive to prevent disease, assist with weight loss and treat loss of libido, hormone imbalance, brain fog, depression and loss of energy.
Dr. Cristyn Watkins is a board certified Family Medicine physician who was previously the Chief Medical Officer of Northwest Health Services in St. Joseph, MO. She has been the Medical Director and part owner/founder of aNu since it opened in 2011. She is currently obtaining her Fellowship and second Board Certification in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine and The American Academy of Ant-Aging Medicine. She no longer practices routine Family Medicine as she now practices Personalized Medicine and takes care of men and women in a unique, customized approach. She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve wellness, vitality and assisting them with healthy age management.
Patients continue with their Primary Care/GYN/Specialists for yearly exams and general care.
The first visit is approximately 1 ½ hours between doctor & patient so that she may understand the patient, symptoms/lifestyle/stressors and medical needs fully and she may start an education process with the patient & make decisions on what type of testing should be ordered. The second visit is a one hour visit that is scheduled when we receive all tests results that were ordered at the initial visit. The patient receives a "Wellness Plan"at this second visit in writing tailored to their personal needs. Dr. Watkins may recommend bio-identical hormones, weight loss regimen, supplements/vitamins, and/or nutritional changes/exercise. Dr. Watkins will review the risks and benefits of different options and answer your questions. The third visit is also one hour and is approximately 3 months after a patient receives a Wellness Plan. This visit is for the patient to update Dr. Watkins and to provide more information, answer questions & reorder any previously abnormal labs.
The practice is structured so that Dr. Watkins is the caregiver, she consults directly with the patients, she is the one that returns patient’s phone calls/emails regarding their medical questions/needs, and she will spend multiple hours behind the scenes tailoring the initial Wellness Plan & updating it throughout the patient's care when needed.
We do not participate with insurance companies nor do we file, but we do provide appropriate receipts for patients to submit for possible reimbursement when requested. Reimbursement for our services has varied greatly & is not guaranteed. All coding is accurate, however, not all companies reimburse extended visits, etc.
We may draw in the office, patient's home or send patients to the local lab draw stations (i.e. Quest, LabCorp, etc) that participate with his/her insurance company for blood draws and that institution will file with insurance. If a patient has a high insurance deductible and chooses to pay cash for labs (private pay) to save, Dr. Watkins does contract with LabCorp locally for very reduced pricing as an option (i.e. full panel of labs for $250-350 cash rather than $1100-$1600 billed to insurance). We do take payment from you in advance and pay LabCorp directly (which will be in addition to the doctor’s fee) for contracted private pay labs.
If Dr. Watkins also feels like a patient will benefit from more progressive lab testing, such as, hormone saliva testing, food sensitivity testing, etc. we do take payment from you in advance (which will be in addition to the doctor’s fee and other labs) as these companies are not local & will bill us, but we can provide a receipt for you to submit for possible reimbursement when requested.
A new patient to our office has the option of paying as you go or a ‘Wellness Package’ to save money.
Phone consults are also available if travel is difficult for the same prices above. Phone appointments require payment in advance with credit card on file.
‘New Patient Wellness Package’ $1500
The initial 90 minute consult plus three 45-60 minute follow-ups – when all lab work received to review Initial Wellness Plan, 3 months later for your first follow up, and 6 months later for your second follow up. Up to 3 brief 10 minute phone or e-mail check-ins between doctor & patient. Patients are welcome to pay the full amount with cash, check, Care Credit, HSA/FSA, Visa, MC, Discover or AMEX at the initial visit or he/she may divide it $750/$750 between the first 2 visits. Additional office visits, if needed, are $100 per 30 minutes or $200 per hour. Three (3) sick visits for immediate needs only (bladder infection, cough/cold) for Wellness Package patients are included for a 5-10 minute phone OR office consult.
Semi-Annual Visit (required) - after being a Wellness Patient and Plan Optimized $275
No-show/cancellation policy: There will be a full consultation fee charged to any patient that fails to show, cancels or reschedules his/her appointment without kindly giving at least 24 hours notice. Please see policy for information and signature.
We hope this information has been helpful. If you would like to schedule, have further questions, or would like us to expand on the above information, please call our office at 816.359.3310.