Apply to Become a Root Member

Deep Breath. You’re in the right place. This is healthcare like you’ve never experienced.

Work 1:1 with a functional medicine doctor and dietitian nutritionist to solve problems and optimize health at the Root cause.

Why limit spots in a membership? We know what it’s like to be competing for face time with thousands of other “patients.” Functional Medicine doesn’t work well in that setting.

We reserve time and space for YOU.  For the first time, you’ll have an expert team who has the time to put the pieces together, lay out a clear plan for healing and guide you through with support.

The first step to getting to the Root is to fill out the application below. 

Let's Get to the Root. Apply Now.

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membership FAQ

Can I use my FSA/HSA card?

Yes - we accept both HSA and FSA cards. It is important to note that we always recommend that our members reach out to these entities directly for questions, as guidelines can vary per your administrator. 
How do I know if you can help me?

We have treated thousands of members at Root and our data shows that 98% of people improve their overall symptom score including symptoms for energy, gut health, joint pains, hormone balance, metabolism, skin, and more.

Being to multiple practitioners and "trying everything before" is the rule rather than the exception when people sign up as new members. While it's definitely not a requirement to try different treatments before joining Root, nearly everyone tells us this before signing up. Yet we still help them. Why?

  • We use advanced testing that you likely have not had access to before.
  • Our Functional Medicine MD/DOs interpret that testing for you. Read why this is a game changer here.
  • The Root approach means assessing you as a whole person with one connected mind and body. We've refined and measured our approach over the past 5+ years.
  • You have multiple experts rooting for you - a doctor and a dietitian. Plus, we collaborate weekly and discuss any challenging cases amongst our team of experts.
  • The ongoing membership gives you the time and space to heal, and support like you've never experienced before.
There are three conditions that we do not treat at Root (MCAS, active cancers, and Lyme disease). However, we've also helped people identify that they may have these conditions, and referred them to the appropriate specialist through our expansive Root network. 
What's NOT included in the Root Membership?

  • Labs: (Outside of the Free Wellness Panel included for new Members)
All other labs are available at additional, transparent, lower pricing than insurance-based labs. A perk of being insurance-free is the availability of lower transparent pricing and NO surprise bills. Can you remember a time when you thought insurance was paying for testing, but instead you received a bill for thousands of dollars? That does not happen at Root.

Advanced functional medicine testing like gut microbiome, hormones, cortisol, mold, toxins, food sensitivity, breath testing, and much more are also available at direct transparent prices. Your doctor and dietitian team will be there for you to sort through the noise of what would actually be helpful in YOUR unique case and they will help you interpret those results and use the data to put a plan in action.  No more wasted time/money on tests that don't mean anything for you! Instead, you'll gain insights about your body from data you've never had access to before and a plan using that data.

Most people can plan on spending between zero and $500/year on additional lab testing. 

  • Supplements: Root members are offered 20% off supplements from the Root store, but are never required to purchase supplements from Root. These are offered to ensure quality, professional grade supplements that have been tried and tested in our practice (including measuring lab values for those taking our supplements!) as well as member convenience.
Do you have any discounts on your membership?

Root does not discount memberships. Instead, we offer a very high value, comprehensive membership program at transparent pricing. This way we can consistently provide the highest quality and experience, and current and prospective members do not need to worry about missing out on any promotional pricing. 
Billing & Cancellation Questions

The Root membership is an annual membership program (with a payment plan option available monthly x 12 months). Membership secures your spot with your doctor and dietitian team and allows access to the Root platform, scheduling visits as needed, supplement discounts, our direct lab pricing and ordering, digital meal plans, educational resources and messaging your functional medicine care team. We value the continuity of care that our membership based practice provides.

To cancel your Root membership before your renewal, contact Root at and give 30 days notice. Any charges that are pending in that 30 days will go through, and you will have access to Root services for the 30 days from the date of your notice.

All memberships and payments are not refundable.

Cost Breakdown of Root Membership Program:
Intake visit with Functional Medicine MD/DO: $750
Each additional MD/DO visit: $500
Dietitian visit: $250 each
Portal direct messaging access to your team (not a triage team): $80/month x 12 months = $950
Access to Root Platform (Courses, Community, Meal Plans, Members Only Webinars) $450
What's Included in the Root Membership?

You will see both the doctor and dietitian a minimum of 3-4 times over the year and will be fully supported with direct messaging & community access between visits. All of this and more is included in your membership:

  • Visits with a Functional Medicine Specialist MD/DO
  • Visits with a Functional Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Access to the Root Community
  • Meal Plans
  • Educational Courses
  • Members only webinars and events
  • Messaging your care team directly (NOT a triage team where your care team may never see the message!) 
What about labs?

For a limited time, a FREE Root Wellness Panel is offered to new members. Panel includes Ferritin - Iron, Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) - Liver, Glucose, Hemoglobin A1c - average blood sugar, Insulin (fasting), T4 Free (FT4) - thyroid, T3, Free - thyroid, TSH - thyroid, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies - thyroid, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Lipid Panel, hs-CRP - Inflammation, Hepatic Function Panel - Liver, Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy, Coenzyme Q10 - Energy, OmegaCheck(R) - Omega 3/6, Homocysteine.

Can I just pay per visit?

Root is set up as a membership practice because, if we were to be able to offer "one off" visits, we would have thousands of people per doctor trying to get in for short appointments (just like every other "one visit" model out there) and we wouldn't be able to see the real change and support that we value at Root. Pay per visit patient panels average 2700 patients per doctor. Being a membership practice allows Root to have less than 10% of that volume, for more individualized treatment plans and support.

In order to secure the time and space and a limited number of members per doctor, we need to continue to be a membership practice in order to give the highest level of attention to each person. 

Full transparency: The bottom line is that a pay per visit model leads to shorter, more expensive visits, little to no support in between (which is when the magic happens - 90% of health occurs outside the visit), and therefore less likely for a successful result. We're a membership model because we care about results, and we care about helping you succeed.

BTW: A Root membership saves our members thousands of dollars every year by reducing doctor's visit costs & lab costs, and by treating issues at the Root cause avoiding unnecessary procedures and high cost medications.

Do you accept insurance?

Root is an insurance-free practice. We work in partnership with you instead of your insurance company. This allows us to maintain transparency, a hassle-free and calming environment without anxiety about unknown bills. At Root, you are investing in your long-term health, and we spend the time needed to focus on you and prevention/reversal of illness.

Transparency and authenticity are one of our core values, and we don't believe in just getting you in the door with the false premise that any of it may be covered by insurance, because, in our experience it usually isn't! We'd much rather give you the important aspects of finding the root cause right in your transparent program cost, saving members thousands of dollars in unexpected bills.

You can read more about why we are insurance-free here.

treatment FAQ

What is the training and professional experience of your clinicians?

All of our MD or DO physicians are board certified in family medicine or internal medicine and certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). While there are other companies claiming to certify practitioners in functional medicine, IFM is the gold standard. IFM is the only organization providing functional medicine certification with educational programs directly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the governing body for official continuing education credits for physicians.

Our Dietitian Nutritionists have masters level nutrition training and additional advanced training and experience in functional nutrition.

Do you work with kids?

We accept members ages 14 and older.
Can you be my primary care physician?

Root is a Functional Medicine specialty practice and not set up for primary care. We are happy to communicate any findings and treatment plans with your PCP with your permission. We are not available for same day or acute concerns. 
Are there things you do NOT treat at Root?

There are very few things that our processes at Root would not help. However, We do not treat MCAS, Lyme disease, or active cancers and would refer out to specialists for those conditions if we suspect that may be going on for you. 

Root doctors are functional medicine specialists and not available for same day or acute issues that would better be handled in Urgent Care or with PCP, like UTIs, acute viruses or infections, etc. We cannot replace primary care and are not able to do routine physicals and other insurance based orders like mammograms, etc.

We do not prescribe controlled substances such as narcotics or certain classes of anxiety or ADHD medications. Our membership would target these concerns naturally and can be a complement to other care for these conditions that you currently have in place.
Working with my Root doctor and dietitian has been the most rewarding health experience. Within a month I saw a dramatic reduction in my symptoms and over time they continue to improve.
- Andrea