Frequently Asked Questions
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Naturopathic medicine works in concert with the body and mind’s positive drive for optimal health, supporting the innate ability to heal. Addressing the root cause of disease with a natural approach allows for true healing and health optimization.
Naturopathic medical doctors obtain a medical degree and license from an accredited naturopathic medical school. Training is similar to conventional medicine in that practitioners learn all of the basic sciences, diagnostics, and pharmacology.
What makes naturopathy different is that naturopathically trained physicians are taught many more modalities than conventional physicians, including but certainly not limited to botanical medicine, regenerative medicine, clinical nutrition, environmental medicine, homeopathy, mind-body techniques, and sexual wellness.
The biggest fundamental difference is in our medical philosophy. Naturopathically trained physicians learn:
+ To support the mind and body
+ To identify and treat the root cause of disease (rather than masking symptoms)
+ To build a patient’s resilience and constitution to prevent disease and illness
+ To treat the whole person
+ To teach and empower our patients on how to become healthier
+ That the body has the innate ability to heal
We are not ER physicians and do not take emergency medical cases. Please call 911 immediately if you believe you are in an emergency situation.
Prospective patients come to us with any and all kinds of ailments, both acute and chronic. There is nothing cookie-cutter about our approach to care—we treat each person individually.
For example, if fatigue is your main concern, then there could be many causes. Focusing on you as an individual allows us to hone in on the specific cause(s) of disease, whether that cause is a lifestyle imbalance like poor sleep and nutrition, or an environmental stressor that could lead to a biological or diagnosable outcome.
We treat people rather than the disease itself. This approach differs from conventional medicine in that we look at the whole person: mind, body, biochemistry, lab work, imaging, physical exams, history, and more. Addressing all of these areas together and focusing on the root cause enables true healing.
Your initial visit typically lasts 60–75 minutes. During that time, we will perform a thorough history and patient intake, along with any relevant physical exams and evaluations, which may include a review of past lab work and imaging studies. The main focus of your initial visit will be to really get to know you as a whole person—we will gather information and think critically about your case so we can craft the best approach to your care.
While we do not accept or bill insurance directly, we do provide you with a service summary that has billing information, which you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement if you choose. Often, insurance will cover other fees such as lab work or medical imaging.
+ Credit card
+ Debit card
+ Health Savings Account (HSA card)