BARRINGTON -- Heightened Health, a direct primary care functional medicine practice, has opened at 550 Fox Glen Court in Barrington.
Founded and run by Dr. Jeanene Caccopola, DO, IFMCP, the new practice approaches wellness restoration and maintenance by fostering a proactive, vested partnership between patients and physician, and by addressing the underlying causes of disease, rather than just treating the symptoms.
As a certified Institute for Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Caccopola has completed a training program to earn accreditation in advanced Functional Medicine coursework, including GI, Detox, Immune, Hormone, Cardiometabolic and Energy, in addition to her Board Certification in Family Medicine.
In addition to one-on-one appointments, patient members can take advantage of group educational programs, including smoothie tastings, nutritionally-balanced recipe suggestions, cooking demonstrations and Functional Medicine lectures.
"The patient experience here will be different," said Dr. Caccopola. "I have made a conscious effort to design my practice to be what the doctor-patient relationship should be: a partnership. That means taking the time needed to understand the whole picture of patient's condition, walking through their medical timeline, reframing their symptoms and disease-states as body-system imbalances rather than merely diagnoses, and assessing their personal lifestyle influences, like stress, nutrition, sleep and movement."
Heightened Health is a Direct Primary Care practice, meaning it is direct-to-consumer medicine. Insurance is not accepted and the practice does not attempt to seek reimbursement for services provided. Instead, it offers membership options in the form of different Wellness Programs, rather than the traditional fee-for-service model. This structure enables Dr. Caccopola to offer longer appointment times, same-day or next-day sick visits, and little to no wait times at the office.