Frequently Asked Questions
New patients can book appointments online for Dr Shami, Jessica Singh or Sue Jones, here.
What’s the difference between a regular GP and an Integrative GP?
An Integrative GP is a fully qualified and practising General Practitioner with extra training and expertise in nutritional and environmental medicine and hence practises holistically.
Can you tell me more about the functional medicine team?
Dr. Shami is in an Integrative General Practitioner who has completed her training with ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine). She combines conventional and holistic practices to help her patients with chronic conditions from weight issues, fatigue, anxiety to Irritable bowel syndrome. She works closely with her entire team which comprises of a holistic Dietitian, counsellor and hypnotherapist, a functional gastroenterologist and a holistic Psychiatrist. Often patients require services of more than one practitioner in their management plan. The first GP appointment involves a thorough assessment of the current situation and Dr. Shami will decide on the next best approach in terms of functional testing and routine blood testing. For more information visit www.usawa.com.au to learn more about the team members. Also, the team have taken part in public education lectures and can Dr Shami's lecture can be heard here: https://youtu.be/rMo5EU4bNTo
What are the age limits for practitioners?
Dr Shami - from 13 years old onwards
Dr Anil Asthana - from 15 years onwards
Dr Karan Sinha - from 16 years old onwards
List of Conditions treated?
Gut symptoms e.g. bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Abdominal Cramps
Anxiety and Depression
Female Hormonal Imbalances
Chronic Diseases for example Diabetes and Hypertension
Difficulty losing weight
Gut and Thyroid Conditions
Dr Shami will decide what tests are required following a discussion about your symptoms at the first consultation. As a result, each patient may receive different tests depending on their symptoms. This can include blood tests, specialised stool and urine testing to look at the gut microbiome and even female hormones. Please note that there are no routine tests as each person will present differently and may have had recent testing elsewhere. It is also important to note that Dr Shami looks at each case holistically and emphasises the importance of nutrition and stress reduction to aid healing.
Dr Shami is able review any other enquiries. Please send an email to reception outlining your condition if not listed above.
I see another practitioner and they want tests to be done. Will Dr Shami request them?
Dr Shami works independently and will assess the patient and decide what is required based on her assessment. She doesn't carry out tests based on another practitioner's recommendation. The practitioner who requests the tests is legally responsible for the results and management plan.
How long will results take to come back?
Blood results 3-4 days
Nutripath special tests 3-4 weeks
What’s a holistic Psychiatrist?
A medically trained doctor who has specialised in Psychiatry and uses a holistic approach to manage mental illnesses by teaching meditation, mindfulness, encouraging exercise and a healthy diet. Dr Sinha is trained in psychotherapies and offers compassionate focused therapy sessions for his clients.
Do I need a GP referral for the specialists?
Dr Karan Sinha, our Consultant Psychiatrist, will review all referrals prior to accepting new patients. Once a referral has been received, a patient will receive a phone call from the clinic about the outcome of the referral.
How does the Dietitian practise?
Jessica Singh will see clients for 60 minutes for the initial review. She requests patients complete her questionnaire which includes a weekly food diary prior to the first appointment. The review appointments can be either 30 minutes or 60 minutes. She doesn’t offer programs.
What are the smoking cessation session fees?