FAQ

New Patient FAQs

Is the doctor a primary care physician?

Dr. Rimma Sherman is trained as a primary care physician and would be happy to provide acute care services. She will work with you closely as a consultant and coach in preventive, nutritional and integrative medicine to help you address the roots of chronic health problems.

Can all the tests I need be done at the Integrative Medicine of New Jersey?

MOST OF THE TESTING can be performed at the Integrative Medicine of New Jersey. Some testing can be done through conventional laboratories and others are only available through specialty laboratories. During your medical consultation, Dr. Sherman will determine which tests are needed and then our nurses will review testing recommendations, instructions (for instance, fasting or non-fasting, etc.) and costs.

Your financial resources, and how much testing you want to do, are taken into account and the plan for testing is reviewed with you. Testing is frequently done to assess nutritional status including amino acids, fatty acids, oxidative stress, vitamin levels, mitochondrial function, food allergies, and heavy metals. Many other tests are available, including genetic testing for a variety of conditions, hormone evaluations, bone health, gastrointestinal health, adrenal function, neurotransmitters and many others.

Some testing can be performed at home with test kits to collect urine, saliva or stool. Others may require you to go to a local laboratory to draw the blood. We also have an on-site phlebotomist for your convenience. In all cases, we will assist you in coordinating initial and follow-up testing.

While the testing gives a more complete picture of your status, effective care can be implemented without it, or testing can be done over time. You should not let this prevent you from seeing Dr. Rimma Sherman.

Do I have to see the physician in person for my medical consultation?

YES, DR. RIMMA SHERMAN’S MEDICAL license requires that she meet with a patient in order to provide an initial medical consultation, and there is no substitute for that initial doctor-patient connection. Follow-up appointments can be arranged by phone or in the office.

Does the doctor prescribe medicines?

Dr. Rimma Sherman can, and does, prescribe medications whenever necessary. She is fully licensed and Board-certified.

Do you take insurance?

Integrative Medicine of New Jersey works exclusively as an out-of-network provider for commercial plans. We charge a pre-paid amount based on the type of service, and will submit a claim on your behalf to your insurance company. We cannot assure you that services (office visits, phone consultations or lab tests) will be reimbursed. If insurance reimburses us, we will forward that on to you within 30 days. Some insurance carriers may cover medical services and laboratory tests performed by Dr. Sherman. Payment in full by check, cash or credit card is due at the time services are provided.

Do you think you can help me with my health problem?

In an effort to help patients obtain and maintain life-long health and wellness, Dr. Rimma Sherman addresses the root cause of symptoms and corrects health ailments naturally rather than merely masking symptoms with drugs.

Dr. Sherman uses an innovative systems approach to assessing and treating your health care concerns. Perhaps you have experienced being examined by your doctor, having blood tests done, x-rays or other diagnostic tests taken, only for your doctor to report back that “all your tests are normal”. Yet, both you and your doctor know that you are sick. Unfortunately, this experience is all too common.

Most physicians were trained to look only in specific places for the answers, using the same familiar labs or diagnostic tests. Yet, many causes of illness cannot be found in these places. The usual tests do not look for food allergies, hidden infections, environmental toxins, mold exposures, nutritional deficiencies and metabolic imbalances. New gene testing can uncover underlying genetic predispositions that can be modified through diet, lifestyle, supplements or medications.

Dr. Rimma Sherman uses such testing to help her patients prevent illness and recover from many chronic and difficult to treat conditions. She is highly skilled in evaluating, assessing and treating chronic problems such as fibromyalgia, fatigue syndromes, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders, mood and behavior disorders, memory problems, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic, complex conditions. She also focus on the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, hormonal imbalances and digestive disorders.

How much does it cost?

THE INITIAL VISIT will include a 60-minute medical consultation with Dr. Rimma Sherman.
• Initial 60-minute MD consultation: $400.00
• MD Office Visit or Phone Follow-up 60-Minutes: $400
• MD Office Visit or Phone Follow-up 30-Minutes: $250
• Nutritionist Office Visit or Phone Follow-up 60-Minutes: $180
• Nutritionist Office Visit or Phone Follow-up 30-Minutes: $100
 
For more information about our fees, see our Practice Policies.

I am already working with a nutritionist. Do I need to see one at your office?

YES, WE DO RECOMMEND that all our patients see our nutritionist. It is very important to review the food allergies with our nutritionist once they become available, because the situation can be very complicated and hard to manage without assistance. Nutritionists have different points of view reflecting different standards. The Nutritionist at Integrative Medicine of New Jersey works in collaboration with Dr. Sherman and makes recommendations based on Dr. Sherman’s opinions.

What credit cards do you accept?

WE ACCEPT THE following credit cards:

• MasterCard
• Visa
 
It is important to maintain an active credit card on file with our office for billing of follow-up consultations, laboratory testing, and other services. Payment is expected at time of service.

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

YOU SHOULD BRING all your vitamins and medicines in their original containers if possible. Old medical records are also very helpful, but if possible, these should be sent prior to the appointment.

Where are you located?

Integrative Medicine of New Jersey is located in Livingston, New Jersey, across from Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, NJ) is approximately 25 minutes and John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York, NY) is approximately 60 minutes from our office. For your convenience, we have selected various local hotels and inns. They are all included in the New Patient Packet, along with directions to our office that you will be receiving.

Whom do I contact to become a patient at Integrative Medicine of New Jersey?

OUR PHONE NUMBER at Integrative Medicine of New Jersey is: (973) 736-5300. Our email address for general inquiries is Inquiries@IntegrativeMedicineofNJ.com. All questions and concerns can be communicated via email to:
 
Inquiries: (Inquiries@IntegrativeMedicineofNJ.com)
Supplements: (Supplements@IntegrativeMedicineofNJ.com)
Nutritionist: (Nutritionist@IntegrativeMedicineofNJ.com)

Will I see other practitioners at Integrative Medicine of New Jersey?

Nutritional therapy is a vital component of your treatment plan. Following your initial medical consultation, you will meet with our nutritionist. She will provide recommendations based on your health concerns and tailor your diet based on medical evaluation and test results. You will follow-up with a nutritionist in person, by phone or email consultations.

Your location is inconvenient, what do I do?

You only need to come to the office for the first visit. After that you can do your follow up appointments by phone.

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” ~Louis Pasteur

Integrative Medicine New Jersey

Dr. Rimma Sherman

Allergy Doctor West Orange, NJ

Integrative Medicine New Jersey

Dr. Rimma Sherman

Allergy Doctor West Orange, NJ