University Internal Medicine and Integrative Health
The University Internal Medicine and Integrative Health (UIMIH) office is the only practice of its kind in East Tennessee.
This practice was established because of the leadership at The University of Tennessee Medical Center and Dr. Rocio Huet’s vision of enhancing the healthcare services available for patients to include this new type of practice. As a board certified physician in Internal Medicine practicing successfully for over 25 years in Knoxville, Rocio Huet, MD recognized that she was practicing less holistic and more symptomatic care. Conventional medicine alone was not addressing patient’s needs. In addition, The University of Tennessee Medical Center recognized that many members of our community were asking for this kind of care, one that combines conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine. As a result, Dr. Huet proposed a new approach to healthcare and spent 2011 attending numerous educational and certification programs in alternative medicine to bring to the East Tennessee region. Dr. Huet is now board eligible in Medical Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine and is engaged in a year long certification process for Mind-Body Medicine through the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine (IM) is a comprehensive approach to the health and well being of the patient. Integrative medicine evaluates all aspects of the patient’s health including their lifestyle, mind, body, spirit and community. IM combines conventional medicine with alternative methods not yet generally practiced in U.S. hospitals or widely taught in U.S. medical schools. The patients’ diagnosis and treatment plan is determined by using a proper combination of medical interventions.
The patient is evaluated by a board certified physician who has obtained additional educational training in alternative medicine. Physicians that practice alternative medicine use less invasive, less expensive, and whenever possible more natural treatments; they neither disregard conventional therapies nor accept alternative ones with bias. Instead, they know that good medicine is based in good science, which is inquiry-driven and open to various options of medical treatment.
Practitioners of integrative medicine commit their time to demonstrate principles of self-exploration and self-development.
How Do I Join?
The initial offering for membership at UIMIH will be by invitation. The center will take only 400 members to ensure that there is adequate time for all the providers to spend with each patient. If you are interested in becoming a member, you may simply call the office and schedule an appointment.
What Is The Cost?
Conventional medical services will be billed to your health insurance. In addition, a quarterly membership fee of $400 will provide you with alternative services. Once the membership fee has been exhausted, patients can pay for services out of pocket.
The quarterly membership provides an allotment of 1600 points per year which is equate to $1 of services each. These points are used to obtain the services recommended in your treatment plan. The points also are used to offset your office copay. Insurance deductible and coinsurance are not covered by the points.
Who Can Benefit?
Almost everyone can benefit from the integrative medicine model. Examples of conditions that may benefit from an integrative medicine approach.
- Anxiety and Depression
- Back and Neck Pain
- High Cholesterol
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Headaches / Migraines
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Sleep Disorders / Insomnia
- Smoking Cessation
What Services Are Offered?
- Conventional Internal Medicine
- Mind / Body Medicine
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Yoga Therapy
- Psychological & Nutritional Counseling
1932 Alcoa Highway, Bldg. C, Suite 470
Knoxville, TN 37920