Integrative Medicine and Holistic Nursing Care with Seth McLaughlin
MSN FNP-BC APHN-BC LMT Cert DN CCRN
As a Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse, Seth has a focus of teaching you to take control of your own health. The goal of our relationship is to help reveal the underlying patterns in your life that are creating vibrant health or persistent dysfunction. We will collaboratively create a treatment plan that may include: dietary change, stretching & exercise instruction, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, medications, herbs, supplements, dry trigger point needling, smoking cessation, weight management, and essential fatty acids. In some cases, IV nutritional therapy or other advanced integrated medicine techniques may be used. Because these treatments are customized to your unique body and situation, not all of them have been studied by the Food and Drug Administration and may not represent the usual “standard of care.”
Of course Ageless Integrative Medicine and Laser Skin Care Center specializes in advanced skin care. As part of that practice, Seth removes moles, does biopsies, and documents skin mapping. He also makes stem cell activating platelet rich plasma from your own blood for aesthetic use, injects neuromodulators to relax fine lines, restores youthful contours with hyaluronic acid fillers, and treats varicose veins and spider vein with sclerotherapy. Seth is a member of the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners.
Before your first appointment
Contact your health care professionals to get copies of your recent medical records, including laboratory assessments. Of course, Seth may order additional lab work, if needed. Drop your records off at least one week before your appointment to give Seth time to review them. It’s helpful to have a journal of your activities, foods, sleep record, nutritional supplements, medications, and how you felt for three days (two weekdays, 1 weekend day).
3 Day Health Diary
New Patient Health History, Policies, and Forms
Bodywork New Patient Form
Request a specific time for your appointment below or by calling (423) 952-5300
On the day of your appointment
You can expect to have some of the same evaluations you are used to and some new ones as well. We strive to start your appointment within 15 minutes of your appointment time. To keep us on time, we ask that you arrive before your appointment time. Please have all paperwork filled out by the time your appointment is set to start. Please bring a prioritized list of issues you’d like to address. Seth typically types out notes regarding your concerns and provides you a detailed copy of your encounter by mail or email a week after your appointment.
We accept Health Savings Accounts. We are happy to provide you with documentation you may need to file for insurance reimbursement of your visit. Your visit would typically fall into your out of network coverage. Although we are happy to help you with insurance requests, we do not participate in any insurance plans or file insurance at this time. For letters of medical necessity or complex forms, a form generation fee will be charged.
A new patient holistic nursing evaluation is typically 1 – 1 & ½ hours in length and costs $200, regardless of length of the appointment. Subsequent appointments are billed in 15 minute increments at $50/increment. Your first follow up appointment will typically be 45 minutes.
A new patient skin care evaluation and treatment is 30 min and costs $100. Follow-up appointments are 15 minutes.
A new bodywork appointment is a minimum of 1 hour and costs $100, which also includes dry trigger point needling and kinesiotaping if performed. Follow up appointments may be 30 min $50, 1 hour $100 or 1 & 1/2 hours $150.
Medications administered during your appointment represent additional cost. Fees may be paid by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or Care Credit. Returned checks will be charged the maximum fee allowed by law.
We will happily order you labs through any of the local companies such as Solstas, Labcorp or Quest, who will attempt to bill your insurance provider. Advanced lab testing through specialty companies may not be covered. Although the most frequently used labs can be very helpful, their goal is to identify disease. Our goal is to help you reach optimum health. To do so, we may need to order more thorough labwork. If you pay cash at Solstas labs, you get a 50% discount on your labwork. You may still be able to submit your receipt to your insurance company.
Primary Care Provider
Although we will work closely together, neither Seth McLaughlin nor M. Dean McLaughlin will become your primary care provider. You must have a primary care provider for annual screenings, after hours care, and in-hospital care, if ever needed. We will not assume responsibility for you getting screenings such as mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopies, or laboratory studies.
Telephone consultations are billed at the same price as in-person consultations. Payment will be due at the time of your appointment or before your appointment.
We are available to all patients whenever possible by phone or email for clarification of treatment. According to the AMA, both phone and email communication are billable services. Due to the high volume of emails we receive, we ask that you keep email questions quick, clear, concise, and use yes/no questions. If you would like a lengthy email communication, understand that we can do so but we will bill for that time at the regular rate. We would rather see you in person for better communication. If we haven’t seen you in over a year, we will be unable to answer medical questions by email. In the case of an emergency, do not email us, call 911. Please understand that email communication may not always be secure. In your new client paperwork, there will be a consent form for non-encrypted email communication.
We generally see patients every 3-6 months. If we order any prescription medication, you must be seen every six months, at minimum. To remain a patient, you must be seen at least annually.
Nutritional supplements may be recommended during your appointment. With years of experience working with supplements, Seth may specify a brand of supplements to use. You may purchase supplements from local health food stores & pharmacies, from online retailers, or from our web store below. If you choose to purchase them from the webstore, you must have an access code given during your appointment.
Cancellations & Inclement Weather
We request the kindness of 24 hours notice before an appointment is cancelled. If appointments are cancelled or you fail to show for your appointment, you may be asked to pre-pay for future appointments. After three short-notice cancellations or failures to show for appointments, you will be dismissed from the practice. If for any reason we ever have to change your appointment, we will endeavor to give you at least 24 hours notice as well. If Johnson City schools are cancelled or delayed for weather, we will be too. If delayed, we will give you a call after 11 to reschedule. If cancelled, we will call you the next day we can safely get into the office.
About Seth McLaughlin
Seth McLaughlin is a Family Nurse Practitioner board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurse Credentialing Center. He is a registered nurse, certified sedation registered nurse, licensed massage therapist, and certified pharmacy technician. Seth is one of the authors of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Secrets, edited by Wendy Kohatsu, MD. He has also written numerous magazine articles. Seth speaks nationally at conferences for health care professionals about drug-herb interactions and other aspects of holistic health. He is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. He worked as an herbalist, aromatherapist, and pharmaceutical compounder at Mac’s Medicine Mart for fifteen years. He owned his own wellness clinic, Essential Therapies in Kingsport from 2000 to 2011. The supervising physician for this practice is M. Dean McLaughlin, MD. Neither Ageless Integrative Medicine and Laser Skin Care Center nor Seth McLaughlin, FNP-BC are affiliated with SOFHA. Dr. McLaughlin reviews many of the patient charts and is available for collaboration and consultation.
East Tennessee State University – Doctorate in Nursing Practice/PMHNP expected 2019
Lincoln Memorial University – Masters of Science in Nursing-FNP 12/14/13
East Tennessee State University – Bachelor of Science in Nursing 08/10/12
Northeast State -Associates in Applied Science in Nursing Summa Cum Laude 05/10/11
Faculty Outstanding Nursing Student & Nursing Program Support Awards
Center for Massage and Natural Health – Massage Therapy Certification 2000
East Tennessee State University – Pharmacy Technician Training Program 2001
Certifications & Licensure
Advanced Practice Nurse with Prescriptive Authority, TN #18293, expires 07/31/18
American Association of Nurse Practitioners, FNP-C, #61020, expires 12/27/2018
American Nurse Credentialing Center, FNP-BC, #32610935, expires 2018
Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse, APHN-BC, expires 2018
Certified Medical Examiner, #5525712444, US DOT FMCSA, expires 03/22/19
Registered Nurse, TN #183499, 06/24/2011-present, expires 07/31/18
Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, AACN, #C12348200, 08/24/12-07/31/18
Certified Moderate Sedation Registered Nurse, 07/04/2011-present
Licensed Massage Therapist, TN #2526, 02/15/01 – present, expires 07/31/18
Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, NADA, 03/20/16
ACLS, Wellmont Holston Valley, expires 07/16
Synvisc Joint Injection, Sanofi Cadaver Course, November 15, 2012
Skin Biopsy and Joint Injection, NC Association of Family Practice, November 28, 2012
Certification in Dry Needling, Cert. DN, September 25, 2016
Ageless Integrated Medicine & Laser Skin Care 2007-Present
Family Nurse Practitioner (2014), Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse (2014), Moderate Sedation Nurse (2011), Certified Laser Technician (2007) Comprehensive family medicine that includes conventional medicine, therapeutic lifestyle interventions, ear acupuncture, IV nutritional therapy, herbal therapeutics, and comprehensive skin care. In the operating room, I first assist during cosmetic surgeries, provide moderate sedation, and compound tumescent anesthesia. I perform aesthetic procedures using platelet rich plasma, dermal fillers, Botox neuromodulation, varicose vein sclerosants, Pelleve skin tightening, hyfrecator, cryosurgery, Candela GentleYag, Candela GentleLase, and Osyris Lipotherme lasers.
Lincoln Memorial University 2012-2013
FNP Student – Rotations included Family Physicians of Johnson City, First Choice Pediatrics, SOFHA OB/GYN, Niswonger Children’s Hospital Pediatric ER, Johnson City Osteopathic Medicine, Johnson City Internal Medicine, and Holston Valley Hospital Pulmonary Critical Care.
Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital – Medical & Surgical Intensive Care 2011-2013
Critical Care Registered Nurse – I worked as a critical care nurse at a level I trauma center. I placed post-pyloric tubes, titrated pressors, performed CVVHD, worked with ventilator patients and neurologically unstable patients with drains. I was part of the policy setting preceptor policy focus group.
Essential Therapies 2001-2012
Licensed Massage Therapist, Owner – In addition to performing orthopedic manual therapy, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy, I managed four therapists, two secretaries, insurance claims, a yoga studio, a coffee shop, and a retail space.
Mac’s Medicine Mart & Good Food Grocery 1995-2010
Certified Pharmacy Technician & Compounding Technician – I acted as a consultant regarding drug-herb interactions. I coordinated testing services via Genova Diagnostics and performed CLIA waived testing. I also developed, marketed, and prepared pharmaceutical compounds. Pharmacy technician certification retired 09/16.
24th Breitenbush Conference Proceedings 2010
A Pathway from Addiction with Herbs & Supplements
Concurrent Use of Herbs and Medications
The Plastic Age May 2008
Whole Body Menopause Relief March 2008
Traditional Medicines Congress July 2007
Soy Vey May 2007
Concerns about Instant Hand Sanitizers March 2007 Eating Well for Good Health Nov 2006
Virus to be Sprayed on Meats Sept 2006
Addiction Jan 2006
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Secrets edited by Wendy Kohatsu, MD 2002
Massage chapter of book– Published by Hanley & Belfus Medical Publishers, University of Arizona Tucson
Conferences & Teaching
Northeast Tennessee Council on Children & Youth April 2015
Self-care to Prevent and Treat Vicarious Traumatization Among Healthcare Workers
East Tennessee State University 2015-2016
Therapeutic Narrative & CAM during End of Life Care
Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital 1997-Present
Take Time Cancer, Sisters Breast Cancer, & Prostate Cancer support groups relaxation, nutrition, and self-care techniques.
Planetree Integrative Medicine Manual Therapy Committee member
Breitenbush Conference – Oregon – CEUs were issued for my classes Sept 2011
Bill Gatton School of Pharmacy – East Tennessee State University 2006-2010
During clinical training of pharmacists at Mac’s Medicine Mart, I taught student pharmacists the basics of drug-herb interactions and pharmaceutical compounding.
Kingsport Residency Program – Quillen College of Medicine 2004
I introduced resident physicians to the basics of herbal and nutritional medicine during their alternative medicine rotations at Mac’s Medicine Mart as organized by Reid Blackwelder, MD.
Honor Societies – Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society
Professional Organizations – Tennessee Pain Association, East Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association, Oncology Nursing Society (#399264), American Nurses Association, American Holistic Nurses Association (#27197), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (#12348200), Emergency Nurses Association (#744192), Charter president Northeast State Student Nurses Association
Committees – Northeast State Community College – Nursing Advisory Board
Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Fundraising chair massage at event
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Annual community fundraising event 2008-2010
Small Miracles Therapeutic Horseback Center – Assisted with silent auction
Safe Passage Domestic Violence Shelter – Fundraising assistance with silent auction
Downtown Kingsport Association Planned community events such as “Fun Fridays in the Park”
Sexual Assault Response Center – Volunteer of the Year
Rosita Arvigo, DN 2008-2009
Dr. Arvigo is the student of the last shaman of Central America, Don Elijio Panti. She is also the author of numerous books on Traditional Maya Medicine. I studied Maya Abdominal Massage, herb identification, medicine making, pulse reading, and traditional application of herbs for physical, emotional, and spiritual use. Since my apprenticeship, I have frequently consulted for Dr. Arvigo and her students regarding drug-herb interactions and conventional medical surgical techniques.
Phillip E. McManus, DPh 1995-2010
Dr. McManus trained me to compound capsules, tablets, alcohol-carbomer gels, pleuronic acid lecithin organogels, oral solutions, oral suspensions, IM injections, IV medical solutions, and IV nutritional solutions. He also trained me in bioidentical hormone replacement, herbal therapeutics, nutritional counseling, and environmental medicine with an emphasis on fungal remediation.
Reeda R. Tate 1997-2010
Mrs. Tate has practiced as an herbalist since 1977. She trained in the Augusta Heritage Arts Program at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV and developed curricula and reading lists regarding Traditional Appalachian Medicine for the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University. Training included: plant identification, wildcrafting, client assessment, aromatherapy, business practices, and herbal compounding for 13 years.
Coleen Smith, DO 2003-2004, 2013
Dr. Smith instructed me in cranial osteopathy techniques, facilitated positional release, assessment, personality analysis techniques, laboratory testing, nutritional supplement recommendations, hormonal balancing, and connective tissue release.