Do you accept insurance?
We do not do any insurance billing, as our office is not contracted with any insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, and any other government-issued insurance plans. We can provide you with the coding your insurance company will require if you choose to seek reimbursement on your own.
What are the fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine?
- The healing power of nature: Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
- Identify and treat the causes: Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
- First do no harm: Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies when possible.
- Doctor as teacher: Educate patients in the steps necessary to achieve and maintain health.
- Treat the whole person: View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
- Prevention: Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
Why should I choose to see a naturopathic doctor?
Naturopathic doctors often talk about their 'toolbox'. That is the background, experience, and training with which they can approach patient care.
A naturopathic doctor has very similar training as a conventional practitioner, but also has experience in methodologies that conventional doctors do not. This means a naturopathic doctor may still be able to bring treatment options to the table when a conventional doctor may have already switched to medication or surgery as a final option.
The naturopathic doctors in our clinic pride themselves on the good relationship we have with other practitioners. We are often referred patients from conventional doctors when their patients would like to integrate naturopathic options, and conversely, we refer to conventional practioners when naturopathic options alone would not be in the best interest of the patient.
What is the difference between a licensed naturopathic doctor and an unlicensed naturopath?
The key difference that we want to underscore is patient safety. The entire idea of licensure is to provide standards of care and, to the highest extent possible, guarantee that treatment is safe.
Because there are so many different avenues available to call yourself a 'naturopath', the amount of training and experience is all over the place. Many people call themselves naturopaths after they've taken a class online for example. You just don't know what they're about, and the advice and 'treatment' they may recommend is not standardized or licensed. They do not generally have the base of understanding that a licensed doctor possesses.
A naturopathic doctor, on the other hand, is a trained physician. That means that they've completed the prerequisites to attend medical school, and have thousands of hours of training, and have a broad base of education along with hundreds of hours of clinical training.
Not all states or localities currently offer licensure to naturopathic physicians, so if you aren't sure, ask! Screening your health care practitioner is an important step in understanding who they are, and whether they will be able to offer you comprehensive and safe treatment options.
How do naturopathic doctors help people manage chronic pain without highly addictive opioids?
Pain is the body's indication that something is wrong. Where opioids effectively block pain signals, they don't do anything to address the actual root cause of pain, that is the damage or dysfunction that's causing it.
One of the core principles of naturopathic medicine is treat the cause. A naturopathic doctor can serve as a detective, trying to seek out the cause of your chronic pain, and develop a plan to address it. By providing options that address pain at its source, the body is able to repair itself and stop sending out the pain signals that people try to manage with opioids. It's just a better solution to try to address a problem at its source than simply trying to manage symptoms.
How do naturopathic doctors and conventionally trained doctors work together?
Many people like to blend naturopathic options into their conventional treatment plans. Integrating conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine often provides patients with more options than just one paradigm could alone.
Take cancer treatment for example. While a person could choose to only see a conventional doctor, or only see a naturopathic doctor, many people choose to have their conventional and naturopathic oncologists work together. This gives the patient access to treatments that are both aggressive and supportive at the same time. We feel that when it comes to patient care, it really does take a village. When you are looking for the best care possible, having a team behind you that understands a wide breadth of the options available allow your options to really be tailored to your circumstances.
Is naturopathic medicine safe?
Naturopathic medicine, like conventional medicine, is based on established medical principles and education. Our doctors receive much the same training as conventional medical doctors. We hold to the same principle of doing no harm, and above all, want our patients to be safe, and to receive the highest standards of care.
Why do naturopathic doctors spend between one and two hours with patients in an appointment?
It takes time to understand the factors that have a bearing on the current state of your health. Because we don't just focus on mitigating symptoms, but look at optimizing your health in every way possible, we like to know as much as we can. By understanding as much as possible about your life, from sleep habits and level of activity to understanding what toxicants you're exposed to, (and more), we attempt to develop a comprehensive picture of the state of your health. By doing so, we are able to catch potential problems before they need to be addressed with more invasive medical techniques. Good health doesn't come out of a pillbox, it comes from making good choices and optimizing the environment that your body needs to function appropriately. It's impossible to do that without having an in-depth understanding of what you're exposed to and what you do on a daily basis.
What do naturopathic doctors mean by the healing power of nature?
The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, so the primary thing we try to do is give the body what it needs to do its job effectively.
Sometimes that means removing obstacles to health that creep into our lives that impair or slow the body's natural ability to do its job. There are a lot of things that can sap the body's ability to heal; from chemicals in the environment, to internal factors like anxiety and genomic predisposition. Our therapies are all designed to help the body to do its job effectively and support overall health while overcoming acute challenges that come up.
Give our front desk a call! We're happy to answer your questions and provide more information about how naturopathic medicine could work for you.