Online Health Coaching Consultation Services
In need of some health coaching advice?
We can help! While you would not be patient of Dr. Skip’s West Virginia clinic, you may request an appointment with our Virtual Clinic. This appointment is to consult with Dr. Skip, PSc.D. (Doctor of Pastoral Science & Medicine) via Phone, FaceTime, Skype or Signal. Dr. Skip will spend an hour reviewing your intake information in advance of your appointment. You will then have an hour and a half consultation to discuss any of your concerns and then provided with a tailored wellness plan protocol based on your individualized goals for at-home health optimization.
These consultations are not facilitated via Dr. Skip’s WV license or clinic, but rather as a PMA licensed practitioner he offers health improvement and counseling services, based on a ministerial license issued by the Pastoral Medical Association (PMA). PMA licensees do not practice medicine. More specifically, they do not examine, diagnose or treat, or offer to treat or cure or attempt to cure, any mental or physical disease, disorder or illness, or any physical deformity or injury. Also, PMA licensees do not recommend or prescribe any medications or pharmaceutical drugs.
Please note that due to some out-of-state jurisdictional laws*, we may not be allowed to request or discuss labs, and therefore, virtual consultations require additional time, intake forms, and lengthier discussion to help us determine a root cause analysis in lieu of labs. Where authorized, lab evaluations are utilized strictly as a comparative analysis for educational purposes only and are not used for diagnostic purposes in any way – this is known as Functional Wellness. Diagnosis and treatment are not provided as that is only accomplished via in-person appointments in our West Virginia Practice.
*For example: The only services offered in Texas are nutritional counseling services offered by telecommunications, as permitted by Section 701 of the Tex. Occupations Code. However, Dr. Skip is NOT a licensed or registered dietitian or MD/DO. In compliance with Texas Occupations Code Section 701.251 and 701.353, Dr. Skip does not use any titles that imply or indicate that he is a licensed or registered dietitian, nor does he use any seals to imply or indicate that he is a licensed or a registered dietitian or allopathic physician (not MD/DO). For clients in the State of Texas, Dr. Skip does not make use of scientific laboratory tests to make nutritional recommendations or for any other purpose.
Click on our online scheduler to get started, and do not forget to read below with some of our FAQ’s on virtual consultations.
Preparing for Your Online Health Coaching Consultation
What do I need in preparation for a virtual online health consultation?
Communication Device: Virtual Health Coaching session implies the use of technology to supplement or replace the face to face experience.
Voice Only: You will need a phone, whether cell or landline, if you are comfortable with voice only. For smartphone users, in addition to utilizing cell phone service, we also accept ‘voice only’ for Skype or FaceTime, if that is your preference.
Video Conferencing: For those that would prefer a more intimate experience, video conferencing may be more preferable. Our office uses Skype and/or FaceTime (Apple users receive by default with an Apple ID), but there are many additional video conferencing apps that exist. Therefore, if you do not already have an account you may need to request one. Click here for a Skype account (link).
Note-taking: You may wish to have any questions written in advance and be prepared to take notes during your health coaching session with the answers to your health inquiries.
Notebook / Pen: I tend towards the traditional. I find that nothing replaces a notebook and pen and I keep one with me at all times.
Online Note taking: These options are endless these days, however, I find that OneNote is by far my favorite because of the ease by which to type from any device whether PC, Laptop or mobile device and the syncing across all devices. I have however, heard good things about EverNote, but have not used it much myself.
Previously Submitted Forms / Information: It may be helpful to have your Wellness Client Intake Information either pulled up online or to have a printed copy in front of you for discussion.
Hands-free: This function will make it much easier to take notes. This may be as simple as utilizing a pair of headphones, a Bluetooth device or even placing the conference on speaker.
Private & Secure Space: Having a noiseless location where you can speak freely is essential. We cannot over emphasize how important it will be to avoid distraction and interference during your online health coaching session. Plan in advance to take your consult in the right location. This will make the experience more enjoyable.