Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I would like to see Dr. Debé but I live too far away. Can he recommend someone in my area who practices like him?
A: Possibly. Another option is to work with Dr. Debé “long distance” by way of telephone consultation and “online” (internet) meetings. Dr. Debé has many patients in other states and countries who have been helped without ever coming to his office.
Q: How long does it take to book a new patient appointment with Dr. Debé?
A: New patients are typically scheduled within a week.
Q: How early should I arrive for my appointment?
A: If your “New Patient Questionnaire” is completed beforehand, plan on arriving ten minutes early. If you need to complete the questionnaire at the office, please arrive half an hour before your appointment. Dr. Debé tries his best to stay on schedule and usually does not keep patients waiting at all. To accomplish this, we need your help: please don’t be late.
Q: Where do I get the “New Patient Questionnaire”?
A: The “New Patient Questionnaire” can be downloaded here. Download the pdf version, print it out, complete it and bring it with you. If you prefer, download the word document version, complete it on your computer, and email the completed form to Dr. Debé. If you like, the “New Patient Questionnaire” can be faxed, emailed or mailed to you. Just let us know what works best for you.
Q: How long does the first visit last?
A: Each case is unique. The first visit averages about 1½ to 2 hours. Follow-ups average 1 to 1½ hours.
Q: Is there any preparation needed for the first visit?
A: Dr. Debé often recommends a bioimpedance analysis on the first visit. This is a noninvasive test that measures body fat, muscle, water, cellular health, and more. The test is most accurate if the following are done: alcohol is avoided for 24 hours, no food for 4 hours, no exercise for 12 hours, and no caffeine on the day of the test. Drink at least one quart of water one hour before the test. Do not wear pantyhose (electrodes are placed on the foot and hand). Do your best to follow these recommendations but please don’t stress if you don’t get it perfect.
Q: Will I have a blood test on the first visit?
A: No. Blood is not drawn in the office. You will be referred to a lab for blood testing, if indicated. Most patients do get blood tests.
Q: What should I bring with me on my first visit?
A: If you have any blood test results or medical records you think could be useful, please bring a copy. Please bring any nutritional supplement bottles you take. Dr. Debé needs to see the labels.
Q: Are the special lab tests covered by insurance.
A: That depends on your insurance, which lab we use, and which test we’re talking about. We’ll contact your insurance company for you to check your benefits.
Q: Are nutritional supplements covered by insurance?
A: Not in our experience.
Q: Why doesn’t my medical doctor practice the way Dr. Debé does?
A: Your medical doctor will have to answer that one.