Pharmacogenetic testing, gut health testing, and other optional genetic testing can provide valuable information to both individuals and healthcare providers. Genetic testing can provide information on an individual’s risk for certain genetic conditions, as well as their ancestry and other traits. This information can be useful in identifying potential health risks, allowing individuals to take steps to prevent or manage these conditions. It can also help healthcare providers develop personalized treatment plans based on an individual’s genetic makeup, leading to more effective and targeted interventions. The benefits of these types of testing are clear. By providing personalized information on an individual’s health and genetic makeup, healthcare providers can develop more targeted and effective treatment plans. This can lead to better health outcomes and improved quality of life for individuals, as well as potentially reducing healthcare costs by minimizing trial-and-error approaches to treatment. It is important to note, however, that these types of testing should always be performed under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, and results should be interpreted in the context of an individual’s overall health and medical history.
The Genetic Addiction Risk Assessment (GARS) is a genetic testing service designed to assess an individual’s genetic predisposition to various behavioral and neurological disorders. It initially had a focus on identifying the addictive substances that an individual would be genetically predisposed to use based on their biological markers, as well as personality traits that could go with that. The test has been in continual scientific development and now has the ability to assess a range of genetic markers associated with disorders such as ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and schizophrenia. When Corner Canyon began using the GARS test it was primarily to help with client’s denial about substance abuse, and to help with the stigma that is usually associated with addiction. Addiction is often assumed to be a character defect, defiance to society’s norms, or to have many other labels, and the GARS test could point out the genetic components that the individual has, which can reduce stigma.
The GARS test now is integrated into all of the other work Corner Canyon Health Centers does with the gut-brain diet and nutritional psychiatry and health in general. For example, the report may indicate that low dopamine is a potential cause of alcoholism, but dopamine is also critical to healthy functioning of the brain and mental health. The gut produces up to 50% of dopamine, and our gut biome DNA test informs our gut-brain diet, which can work to correct the dopamine deficiency naturally, or with supplements if indicated by the testing. So, the GARS test can help identify problems and supplement the other parts of our program that address these problems.
The GARS test is administered through a simple cheek swab that is sent to a laboratory for analysis. The analysis assesses specific genetic markers associated with various behavioral and neurological disorders. The results of the test are then reported back to the individual and their medical provider in a detailed report outlining the individual’s genetic predisposition to various disorders. It provides individuals and their medical providers with valuable information about the individual’s genetic predisposition to various disorders. This information can help medical providers develop more personalized treatment plans that are tailored to the individual’s specific needs. For example, if an individual is found to be genetically predisposed to ADHD, their medical provider may recommend a treatment plan that includes behavioral therapy and/or medication.
It is important to note, however, that genetic testing should not be used in isolation to diagnose or treat behavioral or neurological disorders. Rather, genetic testing should be used as a tool to inform treatment decisions and to help medical providers develop more personalized treatment plans.
We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid.
We are a private pay program, and are out of network with most insurance companies, however we are in network with Tricare. We do have success securing single case agreements with many companies, however, the rate of payment on those varies with the insurance company and we cannot guarantee what they might pay. We will run a Verification of Benefits (VOB) when we receive your insurance information so you have a general idea of what your insurance policy may reimburse, however, that is an estimate based on what all people insured by your company have received from your insurance, not a guarantee of what they will pay in your case.
On average, Corner Canyon’s clients receive a portion of insurance reimbursement 85-90% of the time, but the amount varies from minimal repayment to full reimbursement. We have a team of insurance advocates who are invested in helping families secure as much reimbursement as possible.