Tickborne Infections Consulting Services
A wise colleague once told me, “Everything you hear about Lyme disease is true.” I agree – I tend to believe each person or organization has some rational basis to their perspective on this debated topic. As one who seeks to reconcile rather than create or enhance conflicts, what then is our practice’s approach to Lyme disease, and especially “chronic Lyme disease” (more preferably termed Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, PTLDS, by the CDC)?
First and foremost, we are patient advocates. We bring no presumptions or biases in meeting a new patient and listening to his/her story about what has led that individual to seek consultation, and whether Lyme Disease may be the problem (or part of the problem) or not.
Secondly, we approach our evaluations as objectively and thoroughly as possible. We spend the necessary time to gather adequate information to create a thoughtful and complete conclusion or “gameplan”, which includes more accurate diagnostic testing for Lyme Disease and it’s co-infections, as well as comprehensive testing for other non-Lyme conditions which may be causing one’s symptoms, when warranted. When evaluating any given patient for Lyme Disease, it is obviously on our list of possibilities, but we are also evaluating for the possibility that a patient may be dealing with another condition (or other conditions) – possibly *instead* of Lyme Disease, or possibly *in addition to* Lyme Disease – if Lyme Disease isn’t the final conclusion.
Having said that, the following are responses to FAQ’s we often receive regarding our approach to Lyme Disease and it’s co-infections (hereafter all referred to simply as “Lyme Disease”, for the sake of brevity):
Your Lyme consultation begins with a simple phone call to arrange for an office visit to share your story. We are here and ready to help you.
(Note: for those past patients of Dr. Donta’s who are considering our consultative services based on his referral, but reside a distance away, our policy is to establish a therapeutic relationship by having several face-to-face discussions for the initial and first few follow up visits. Subsequently, we do have a system in place to offer follow up phone visits as an additional option to in-person visits, for your convenience… In addition, for any and all Lyme-afflicted patients, we also have Lyme-specific health coaching available through our Lyme Coach, nurse Lauren, both as in-person visits as well as phone sessions.)