• A BETTER YOU STARTS HERE

     

    Potomac Health & Wellness (PHW) is a highly regarded, personalized health care practice for men, women, and late adolescents. We offer comprehensive health care and wellness services, exceptional patient-centered health care with a personal touch. We distinguish ourselves as a relationship-based, holistic health care practice that truly values the special connection we have with our patients. We specialize in holistically restoring your natural biological balance, revitalizing your whole health, and promoting your lifelong wellness. We have successfully treated countless patients from all over, and our consistently positive patient reviews are a testament to our unparalleled health care and patient experience. You are your own best health advocate and you deserve the very best health care that you can find. Don't be captive to impersonal, high volume traditional health care. Don't wait to feel or get better. Let's embrace your well-being. Together. Make today a new start towards a healthier, happier, and resilient whole you. We are here for you when you need us. New patients welcome. By appointment only. All patients are required to wear a protective face mask when visiting our office. Refer to our FAQs to learn more.

     

    NOTE: Our office will be closed Monday, August 2, 2021 through Friday, August 6, 2021. Our office will reopen on Monday, August, 9, 2021.

  • APPROACH

     

    HEALTH CARE RE-IMAGINED

     

    Dedication. Compassion. Trust. Access. Empowerment. Partnership. Innovation. These are PHW's core values that empower our patients when it comes to their health. We best serve those patients whom truly value their health and well-being as their top priority. Most of our patients are physician or self-referrals who come to us for any or all of the following reasons:

    • "I want to rely less on toxic pharmaceutical medications"
    • "I'm not satisfied with the common rushed, impersonal patient experience"
    • "I want to embrace my health and well-being in the most natural and holistic way"
    • "No other health care provider can figure out why I don't feel well or why I am not getting better"
    • "I'm otherwise healthy, but want to optimize my energy, physical activity recovery, sleep, diet, cognition, etc."
    • "I'm willing to make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes to support my optimal health and lifelong wellness"

    WHY PHW?

     

    As a holistically focused, relationship-based health care practice, PHW advocates whole body wellness - the optimal balance physically, emotionally, and socially to experience your daily life to its fullest for the highest quality of life. We value open communication and transparency with our patients. We work diligently to earn each patient's personal comfort, trust, and confidence for engaging patient experiences. We guide our patients every step of the way on their journey towards natural biological balance restoration, whole health revitalization, and attaining lifelong wellness. Several convincing reasons to consider PHW for your health care needs are:

    • We are an independent health care practice that serves as your best patient advocate.

    • Our patients always get seen by our highly regarded health care provider. One health care provider. One medical office. One physical location. One consistent superior patient experience.

    • We offer convenient next day/same week, no wait office initial and follow-up visits, as well as on-demand telehealth virtual follow-up visits per our schedule availability.

    • We provide our premium patient portal to conveniently self-service your patient needs anytime, including office inquiries, requests, payment, and health care information access.

    • We offer our premium medical-grade supplements dispensary that is patient discounted for all products and provides convenient online ordering, auto-ship re-ordering, and free shipping for orders over $50.

    • We are centrally located in McLean, VA (US), just 10 miles northwest of Washington, DC (US). Washington, DC is serviced by Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Dulles International Airport (IAD), Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), and Union Station train station. Our office is vehicle accessible via major Interstates I-95/I-495/I-66 and Route 267 - Dulles Toll Road, as well as local public and private transportation.​

    Our comprehensive health care services are available to everyone, including uninsured patients. We offer both conventional participating health plan-based health care and more advanced personalized health care for your convenience.

     

    PARTICIPATING HEALTH PLAN-BASED HEALTH CARE OPTION

     

    We offer high quality health plan care for patients seeking to take advantage of their participating in-network Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) health plans memberships to pay for their health care. Our health plan care follows conventional health plan-based care scope, focus, and protocols. We directly bill participating in-network BCBS PPO health plans on behalf of our BCBS PPO health plan care patients for each appointment, and health plan care patients are financially responsible for all their BCBS PPO health plan co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses at the time of their appointment.

     

    ADVANCED PERSONALIZED HEALTH CARE OPTION

     

    We also offer innovative personalized health care for patients seeking greater insight into their root health and wellness. Our personalized care is an exclusive self-pay program for more unlimited and enhanced health care than our select health plan health care. Our personalized care protocols go above and beyond the scope of conventional health plan care protocols to include:

    • We orchestrate science, nature, and the most current data-driven research with action for precision diagnosis. We provide advanced, state-of-the-art testing and in-depth root cause analysis versus conventional health care disease-focused evaluation and basic standard of care protocols. We partner with highly specialized, leading edge medical labs and testing facilities to accurately identify underlying inflammation, oxidative stress, and impaired immunity bio-markers that result in poor health and illness.
    • We investigate a spectrum of selective health factors, including genetics, immunity, gut health, metabolic pathways, toxins, and parasites. We meticulously identify any hidden, underlying, stealth root causes to precisely target and treat. We perform personalized nutrition and lifestyle analyses to be cognizant of the big picture of patient health because poor diet and toxic, stressful lifestyles frequently lead to chronic illnesses and diseases.
    • We harmonize holistic, functional, integrative, precision, natural, performance, complementary, restorative, alternative, lifestyle, and allopathic medicine elements to highly personalize patient treatment rather than the conventional health care's cookie cutter pharmaceuticals and surgery-driven approach. Functional Medicine is an evidence-based, biological systems approach to health care focused on the root cause of illness because total healing and health restoration are only possible when the root cause of illness and symptoms are precisely identified and treated. As a Functional Medicine practice, we specialize in the inter-related, integrated core body systems and how their functions can be naturally restored to further prevent, even reverse, many chronic illnesses.
    • We offer expanded treatment options versus basic standard of care treatment. We personalize bio-medical treatments, through a wide range of conventional and integrative modalities, including detoxification, lifestyle management, and nutritional therapy through diet optimization and premium medical-grade nutraceutical supplements specific to your unique composition, needs, and health conditions. We closely coordinate with patient health care providers for a 360 degree patient health care perspective.
    • We continuously pursue new, cutting-edge natural treatments to reduce, even eliminate, the need for pharmaceutical medications altogether. We guide our patients every step of the way to make the necessary wholesome diet and holistic lifestyle changes to promote natural balance restoration and total health revitalization towards lasting wellness.

    WHY PERSONALIZED HEALTH CARE?

     

    Our health plan-based health care offers the convenience of using your participating BCBS PPO health plans to pay for high quality health plan care. However, all health plans limit the scope and focus of our practice, including the amount of time that we can spend with you. Health plans also only recognize standard or routine health-plan restricted health care and consider our more advanced personalized health care to be optional. On the other hand, our forward-thinking personalized care bypasses health plan restrictions placed on us altogether when it comes to your health and your health care. By not being bound by health plans restrictions, we can offer you the most innovative health care services with the widest range of the very best treatments above and beyond conventional health care protocols. Some other key differences to seriously consider include:

     

    Practice Scope

    • Health Plan Care: Conventional Allopathic Medicine-centric diagnosis and treatment
    • Personalized Care: Advanced Holistic-Functional-Integrative-Alternative Medicine diagnosis and treatment

    Health Care Focus

    • Health Plan Care: Standard symptoms-based prescriptions and surgical health care
    • Personalized Care: Advanced precision, preventative, wellness health care

    Appointments

    • Health Plan Care: Standard limited appointments scheduling and frequency; brief appointment time duration
    • Personalized Care: Advanced unlimited, on-demand appointments; maximum appointment time duration

    Access

    • Health Plan Care: Standard office hours provider and staff access
    • Personalized Care: Advanced office and after-hours provider and staff access

    NOTE: We are currently in-network only with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) health care plans. We do not currently participate Aetna, Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, Medicare, Medicaid, United Healthcare, Tricare, etc. PHW directly bills participating BCBS PPO health plans on behalf of our BCBS PPO health plan patients. BCBS PPO health plan patients are financially responsible for all of their specific health plan co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses due at the time of their appointment. We offer uninsured and patients with non-participating health plans only our self-pay advanced personalized health care. BCBS PPO health plan care patients may also opt in for personalized care as an available self-pay option. Many health plans reimburse up to 100% of personalized care self-payments. We can provide you, upon request, your appointment superbill to submit to your health plan for reimbursement. Contact your health plan's Membership Services to learn more. We also accept Flexible Spending Account (FSA)/Health Spending Account (HSA) funded PHW concierge health care self payments only if approved by the FSA/HSA account benefits or health plan administrator. FSA and HSA funds may also be used to pay for specialty testing and nutraceutical supplements that are not covered by health care plans. Contact your FSA/HSA benefits or health plan administrator to learn more.

     

    PERSONALIZED HEALTH CARE FEES

     

    PHW offers reasonable personalized health care self-pay fees for a premier level of health care. Personalized care fees do vary by appointment and on a case-by-case basis. Fees are typically based on:

    • The complexity of patient health issues and medical conditions presented at the time of the appointment.
    • Our provider's dedicated appointment time, including medical preparation and patient medical information review time.
    • All personalized health care services rendered at the time of the patient appointment.

    Please always contact our office before-hand to discuss your estimated personalized health care self pay fees.

     

    NOTE: Personalized care fees are not inclusive of any optional administrative or health care services fees, including third party medical records, patient forms, disability determinations, dietary counseling, special reports, etc., which are also not covered by health plans, and therefore are solely the patient's financial responsibility. Patients are solely financially responsible for all of their third party health care coordination services, including labs, pharmacies, imaging, etc. if not covered by their health plans.

  • SERVICES

     

    COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE

    Health Care Expertise and Services

    EXPERTISE

     

    Internal Medicine

    Functional Medicine

    Integrative Medicine

    Late Adolescent's Health

    Men's Health

    Women's Health

    Acute Illnesses

    Chronic Illnesses

    Prevention & Wellness

    Target Health Conditions

    SERVICES

     

    Advanced Diagnostics

    Bio-Marker Screenings

    Bio-Marker Tests

    Clinical Evaluations

    Medical Consultations

    Personalized Health Plans

    Personalized Wellness Plans

    Detoxification

    Target Health Conditions

    CONDITIONS TREATED

     

    Cardiovascular

    High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart rate, heart rhythm

    Degenerative

    Arthritis, osteoporosis

    Gastrointestinal

    IBS, Crohn's disease, leaky gut

    Immunological

    Allergy, autoimmune, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic inflammation, food allergies, food sensitivities

    Infectious

    Lyme disease and co-infections (Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, etc)

    Lifestyle

    Weight, diet, energy, detoxification, stress management, sleep

    Metabolic

    MTHFR, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity, adrenal stress, hormones

    Non-Specific

    Mood, cognition, fatigue, Fibromyalgia

    Wellness

    Fitness, nutrition, prevention, counseling

  • INSURANCE

     

    PARTICIPATING HEALTH PLANS

    BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD (BCBS)

    IN-NETWORK PPO PROVIDER

    HMO, POS, EPO, NON-PPO HEALTH PLANS NOT ACCEPTED: SELF-PAY

    ANTHEM (BCBS)

    IN-NETWORK PPO PROVIDER

    HMO, POS, EPO, NON-PPO HEALTH PLANS NOT ACCEPTED: SELF-PAY

    CAREFIRST (BCBS)

    IN-NETWORK PPO PROVIDER

    HMO, POS, EPO, NON-PPO HEALTH PLANS NOT ACCEPTED: SELF-PAY

    FEP (BCBS)

    IN-NETWORK PPO PROVIDER

    HMO, POS, EPO, NON-PPO HEALTH PLANS NOT ACCEPTED: SELF-PAY

    FSA/HSA 

    FSA/HSA PAYMENTS ACCEPTED*

    FSA/HSA ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATOR APPROVAL REQUIRED*: SELF-PAY

    AETNA, CIGNA, HUMANA, TRICARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE

    NON-PARTICIPATING PROVIDER

    NO HEALTH PLANS ACCEPTED: SELF-PAY

    MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

    NON-PARTICIPATING PROVIDER

    NO HEALTH PLANS ACCEPTED: SELF-PAY

  • ABOUT US

     

    HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE EXCELLENCE

    Humera Malik, MD, DABIM

    Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine

     

    Dr. Humera Malik is a distinguished, Board-Certified Internist who launched Potomac Health & Wellness (PHW) to provide unparalleled personalized health care and outstanding patient experience. Dr. Malik embraces the challenge of complex patients, from low energy and brain fog to sleep, weight, immunological and hormonal issues. Most of her patients are physician or self-referrals. As a Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Malik precisely identifies and treats the root cause of illness rather than medicate-to-suppress symptoms. She is currently a Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) certified Functional Medicine Practitioner candidate. As a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor/Provider (LLMD/ LLMP), Dr. Malik has successfully treated countless patients with elusive tick-borne Lyme disease and stealthy co-infections. Prior to PHW, Dr. Malik worked extensively, in both inpatient and outpatient health care settings, throughout the Washington, DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) metropolitan area for over two decades. She completed her professional Internal Medicine residency training in professional affiliation with NYU's Langone Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Upon completing her professional medical residency, Dr. Malik attained and has since maintained her Board certification, Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (DABIM). She is actively licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia where she has practiced for almost two decades. When Dr. Malik is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

    ABIM

    American Board of Internal Medicine
    Professional Member

    IFM

    Institute For Functional Medicine
    Professional Member

    ILADS

    International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society
    Professional Member

    MSNVA

    Medical Society of Northern Virginia
    Professional Member
  • TESTIMONIALS

     

    WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING

  • LOCATION

     

    FIND US HERE

     

     

    OFFICE

     

    Potomac Health & Wellness (PHW)

    6845 Elm ST

    STE 309

    McLean, VA 22101 (US)

    703-448-1251

    FAX-448-1257

    Monday-Friday

    8:30am - 12:30pm

    1:30pm - 4:30pm

    By Appointment Only

    Closed Weekends and Holidays

     

    CORRESPONDENCE

     

    Potomac Health & Wellness

    PO Box 7426

    McLean, VA 22106 (US)

     

    BILLING

     

    Physicians Billing Service

    6035 Burke Centre Pkwy

    STE 390

    Burke, VA 22015 (US)

    (703) 978-0756

    (FAX) 978-7762

  • FAQs

     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    NEW PATIENTS

     

    DOES PHW ACCEPT NEW PATIENTS?

     

    New patients are welcome. We see men, women, and late adolescents, ages 18+.

     

    HOW DO I BECOME A NEW PATIENT?

     

    New patients simply begin here or contact us directly to get started. It takes just 4 simple steps from scheduling your new patient initial appointment, to completing your new patient registration process, and checking in for your scheduled initial office appointment. All new patient initial appointments are in-person office visits. Established patients may opt for office or virtual follow-up visits.

     

    NOTE: All new patients must complete, sign and submit their new patient registration forms and their current medical health records (and related medical documents) for review - a minimum of 3 business days in advance of their scheduled initial office appointments. Failure to do so will result in rescheduling of the initial office appointment to a mutually available date and time, and a $150 no show fee to offset the disruption to our practice and the inconvenience to our patients and staff.

     

    PHW OFFICE

    6845 Elm Street

    Suite 309

    McLean, VA 22101 (US)

    Monday - Friday
    8:30am - 12:30pm | 1:30pm - 4:30pm

    By Appointment Only
    Closed Weekends and Holidays

     

    NOTE: McLean, VA is accessible by vehicle from the Capital Beltway I-495, I-95, I-66, I-270, Route 267 Dulles Toll Road, and George Washington Parkway. Popular domestic and international inbound travel options include Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI), and Union Station train station. Popular local travel options include Uber/Lyft, taxi, Metro transit system, and other local municipal transit systems. Fairfax Connector bus #721 services the McLean Silver Line Metro station daily and routes to/from our office location.

     

    New patients must provide our office: 

    • A valid, active, government-issued photo identification card
    • All currently enrolled, active healthcare plan membership cards
    • A preferred active billing credit/debit card(s) to pay for health care services provided and accrued patient account balances

    NOTE: Patients must be punctual for all scheduled appointments. Patients must wear a protective face mask during in-person office visits. If you arrive for your scheduled appointment more than 15 minutes early, please wait in the first floor building lobby, in your vehicle, or outside until 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Please do not bring any guests with you for your in-person office appointments. Please check-in at our office or log-in to your virtual visit at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

    • All patients who are more than 10 minutes late for their scheduled appointments will be automatically re-scheduled to a mutually available future date and time. Repeated patient tardiness for 2 or more scheduled appointments will result in a $75 no show charge per each late appointment to offset the disruption to our practice and the inconvenience to our patients and staff. 
    • All patients must notify our office, a minimum of 48 hours before their scheduled appointment, for all appointment cancellations and reschedule requests. Failure to do so will result in a $75 no show fee per missed appointment to offset the disruption to our practice and the inconvenience to our patients and staff.

    CAN PHW BE MY PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER (PCP) OR URGENT CARE PROVIDER (UCP)?

     

    PHW is not a Primary Care Provider (PCP), so we recommend all patients to retain a separate, designated PCP for vaccinations and other screening tests that we do not provide. We also recommend that all female patients have a separate, designated Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB-GYN) for female screening tests that PHW does not provide. PHW is not a Urgent Care Provider (UCP) and we do not provide same-day medical emergency visits that should be treated by either urgent care facilities or hospital emergency rooms.

     

    WHAT IF I AM NOT LOCATED NEAR PHW'S OFFICE?

     

    PHW welcomes both local and non-local patients, and all new patients must schedule in-person office initial appointments at our McLean, VA (US) office. Established patients may opt for convenient telehealth virtual visits for their followup appointments. We are centrally located in McLean, VA (US), just outside Washington, DC (US). Washington, DC is serviced by three major airports, one major train station, and vehicle accessible by Interstates I-95/I-495/I-55 and the Dulles Toll Road. Our office is conveniently accessible by both public and private transportation.

     

    NOTE: PHW does not offer prescriptions or testing orders outside the United States (US). International patients should fulfill their prescriptions and testing while in the US and any patient communications with PHW outside the US will be through billable virtual visits.

     

    DOES PHW OFFER COVID-19 TESTING OR VACCINATIONS?

     

    PHW does not currently offer COVID-19 testing or vaccinations. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues, avoid getting exposed or infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants that causes COVID-19 illness. Furthermore, take advantage of available COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccinations to mitigate the risk of getting infected and further spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

     

    IS IT SAFE FOR OFFICE VISITS NOW?

     

    It's safe to schedule in-person office visits at our McLean, VA (US) office, however all patients must wear mask in our office. We have taken the necessary safeguards to maximize your personal health safety including:

    • Strict new personal hygiene and health safety office protocol
    • Fully vaccinated health care provider and staff
    • Protective masks required for all patients
    • Staggered in-person office visit appointments
    • Office staff and patient pre-screening
    • Office hospital-grade HEPA air purification, sanitation, staff personal protective equipment (PPE)

    Use CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker to determine whether you are safe for our in-person medical care. All current and previously symptomatic and asymptomatic infected patients recently exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 infection must promptly notify our office as an urgent personal safety measure. Refer to our Resources for more COVID-19 information.

  • RESOURCES

     

    FOR YOUR INFORMATION (FYI)

    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

    Health & Human Services

    World Health Organization

    COVID-19 Vaccinations Information

    COVID-19 Vaccinations Information

    COVID-19 Vaccinations Data

    COVID-19 Tests

    COVID-19 Tests

    Tick Testing Service

    Tick Testing Service

    Tick Testing Service

    Tick Testing Service

    Tick Testing Service

    Tick Testing Service

    URI Tick Resource Center

    How To Remove A Tick

  • NEW PATIENTS

     

    4 SIMPLE STEPS

    1

    Request

    Simply complete and submit your new patient intake form to our office. We typically respond within 1 business day.   
    2

    Schedule

    Our office will contact you to schedule your initial office appointment and to send you your new patient registrations forms.
    3

    Register

    Submit your completed new patient registration forms, a minimum of 3 business days, before your scheduled initial office appointment.
    4

    Check-In

    Check-in at our office, 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time, to complete any necessary check-in tasks
  • NEW PATIENT

     

    INTAKE FORM

    FIRST AND LAST NAME *
    [Full Name ]
    DATE OF BIRTH *
    [mm/dd/yyyy]
    MOBILE PHONE NUMBER *
    [xxx-xxx-xxxx]
    EMAIL ADDRESS *
    ADDRESS 1 *
    ADDRESS 2
    CITY *
    STATE *
    Select an option
    STATE - OTHER (NON-USA)
    Non-USA State, Province, or N/A if none
    POSTAL ZIP CODE *
    COUNTRY - OTHER (NON-USA)
    Non-USA Country
    REASON FOR APPOINTMENT *
    What are your medical, health, or wellness concerns?
    APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING PRIORITY *
    How soon to schedule your new patient office appointment?
    Select an option
    HEALTH INSURANCE *
    List your currently active health plans or N/A if none
    COVID-19 *
    Ever been exposed, infected, or tested positive for COVID?
    Select an option
    REFERRAL SOURCE *
    How did you find us?
    Select an option
    NEW PATIENT FORMS *
    Confirm your PHW new patient registration forms request
  • PATIENT PORTAL

     

    FOLLOW MY HEALTH

  • CONTACT US

     

    MESSAGE US HERE