What is the difference between a naturopath/naturopathic practitioner and a naturopathic doctor?
Naturopaths are practitioners who have studied naturopathy and its therapeutics through schools, seminars, and online courses and hold certificates from various institutions that provide these programs. Naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) are nationally and state licensed primary care doctors who have gone through clinical trainings as well as course works to obtain N.D. degrees from accredited medical schools.
What is the difference between a homeopath and a naturopath?
A homeopath/homeopathic doctor specializes in treating patients with homeopathy. A naturopathic doctor is trained in and use homeopathy as one of many other treatment modalities. An N.D. often prescribes homeopathic remedies in combination with nutritional supplements and herbs.
What are the fees and how long is each visit?
Adults: New Patient Visit $150, Follow-ups $125/hour.
The fee covers an office visit which is typically 1 hour and 15 min. to 30 min. for first appointment and 1 hour for follow-ups, in-office testing, and physiotherapy treatments. Any medicinal items such as herbs, homeopathic remedies and supplements are extra charge.
Pediatrics (12 years old and under): $100 for both new and follow ups. Visits are 30 to 45min. Medicinal items extra.
For a healing session (see Spiritual and Emotional Healing): $150 per one hour session.
For combined appointment (naturopathic office visit plus healing session): $195 for 1½ hour appointment. If the visit goes over, charge will be by the time, $125/hour.
How often do you do follow-ups?
It depends on the history and severity of the case, but follow up visits are usually once every 3 to 4 weeks for first several months. Once the condition stabilizes and the patient is doing much better, then we gradually stretch the appointments until we can switch to a maintenance program.
Can I make an appointment just for a body work/ healing session?
Yes, especially if you just need a tune-up. But if this is your first time receiving this type of work, then I highly recommend you do at least three sessions to get full benefit.
What form of payments do you accept? Do you take any insurance?
I accept cash, checks and credit cards (VISA and Master Card). I do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance plan that may cover naturopathic medicine, please ask for appropriate paperwork and you may submit it to your company.
Do you give any discounts?
No. In special circumstances however, I do make exceptions. If the person really would like to come in and is genuinely in need of assistance, then I will do my best to accommodate. Please talk to me about it.
Do I need to stop taking any supplements or medications before my appointment?
No. You do not have to do anything different, and actually it is better if you do not change your daily regimen before you come in.
Can I still take herbs and homeopathic remedies while taking prescription medication? Are there any interactions?
Most natural remedies are safe to take along with prescription medication as long as you carefully follow the recommendations and dosages given by a licensed practitioner. I recommend all of my patients to bring their current medication and supplements for each visit so I can go over their regimen and specifically address this concern.
Can I undergo naturopathic treatments while I am getting other treatments like acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments?
Absolutely. Usually other holistic treatments are complimentary to naturopathic medicine. If other practitioners prescribe herbs or supplements, I ask patients to bring them so I can monitor their regimen and avoid overdosing or possible redundancy.