Downloadable PDF Forms for Health and Wellness Patients:
The three forms below should be printed, completed and returned by mail to Chanchal prior to your first visit (see Contact Chanchal for the address). It is especially important that any Medical Records you forward are sorted into chronological order before mailing to Chanchal.
- Informed Consent Form
- Medical Records Release Form – This form should be printed and submitted to each of your health practitioners, authorizing their office to give you a copy of your medical history (test results etc). Please ensure these copies are organized into chronological order before mailing to Chanchal.
- Intake Form
I live in Courtenay, Vancouver Island, and consult with clients there on alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also see clients in Vancouver on the other Tuesday afternoons in Kitsilano or by telephone at other times.
The rate is $225 for the first visit which is 90 minutes of actual consultation, plus my time to review all your medical records and reports and to write you a report of several pages discussing our treatment plan and my herbal recommendations. This initial fee also includes a follow up phone call of 20 minutes a week after I send the program and allows us to discuss any questions or concerns that come up as you get started. Follow up appointments are 45 minutes for $75 every few weeks as needed. Taxes and all remedies are additional to these consulting fees.
In between scheduled appointments, if you have a quick question, or want to let me know of some change or a new report or whatever, then you can call me for up to 10 minutes with no charge on Thursday afternoons between 2 – 4 pm.
Philosophy of Practice
I practice holistic, integrated health care. This approach assumes that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and that the patient has an innate ability to heal, which it is my job to tap into. In a consultation we will address issues of diet and nutrition, exercise, rest, play and laughter, prayer and spirituality. I often prescribe naps, comedy movies, massages and walks on the beach as well as specific herbs and nutritional therapies. I try to foster a sense of wholeness in my clients and to encourage their deep connection to the plant world. I encourage the client to create a healing team around themselves and I expect my clients to actively engage in the healing process and to fully participate with me in seeking optimal health and well being.
What to expect in an initial consultation
The first visit lasts 75 – 90 minutes. An extensive intake form is completed first by the patient, and ideally submitted ahead of time for me to preview. In the session I will review the answers and elicit further information as necessary. We will discuss current health concerns, past medical history, family health, diet and exercise habits, emotional well being and state of mind. I will review any medical diagnosis and work with you to determine how best to approach the health concerns. Blood pressure will be recorded and a physical assessment may be carried out. I am trained in the western bio-medical model of health and can read blood work, order hormone, allergy or other tests as needed, describe the process of pathology with you and can discuss cases with physicians if necessary. I have some training also in Humoral, Ayurvedic and other energetic systems of medicine and I use some of those techniques in my assessment and treatment.
From this case review I will evaluate the healing priorities and create a customized protocol of herbs and supplements. This is usually provided at the time of the visit but occasionally it may be necessary for me to do some research and have more time for proper consideration of the case. In such times you may be asked to come back later to collect remedies.
Usually I take additional time after the consultation to review the information and determine the best protocol for you. I then make up the remedies and courier them to you.
What to expect in a follow up consultation
Follow up visit are 45 minutes and are usually held every 3 – 4 weeks. In these sessions we will evaluate the progress, discuss any problems or concerns that have arisen and review the treatment protocols.
Herbal medicine is not yet covered by MSP. For those with extended medical coverage we recommend that you keep your receipts and try to claim it – some people have been fortunate to receive reimbursements. If you are self employed you may be able to write it off – ask your accountant.