What training do naturopathic physicians receive?
Acceptance to an accredited naturopathic medical school requires completion of a bachelors degree along with a number of prerequisites. Once admitted into a naturopathic medical program, the initial focus is that of the basic sciences which covers similar curriculum to a conventional MD program. Additionally, naturopathic physicians receive extensive training in a variety of modalities including the use of botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, intravenous therapies, hydrotherapy, pharmaceutical prescribing and many more treatment options. We also receive training on counseling and motivational interviewing in order to meet patients where they are and assist them towards their health goals. Upon completion of an accredited program, an ND can be licensed in the state of Oregon as a Primary Care Physician (PCP).
What is the difference between an MD and an ND?
The primary difference between an MD and an ND is the philosophy that we follow. Naturopathic Doctors work hard to address the underlying or root cause of disease to bring about balance to the whole system. We strive to harness the innate wisdom of the body to bring about healing by assisting the healing process using a variety of modalities. NDs may also choose to provide symptomatic relief but this is often only recommended while simultaneously addressing the “why” to the disease/symptom/complaint. We also focus on strengthening the foundations to ones health which includes supporting a healthy diet, exercise, improved sleep stress management and a balance to once lifestyle. Without a strong foundation, health can often be an up hill battle.
What can I expect from my initial visit?
The initial visit is around 90-120 minutes in length and covers not only the major health concerns of the day, but also provides extensive information gathering regarding past medical history, family history and social history. Previous laboratory workup that has been performed can be reviewed if necessary along with a thorough review of any medications or supplements that are currently taken. Necessary physical exams will be performed and a treatment plan will be created utilizing a variety of modalities.
Do you accept insurance?
Insurance is not currently accepted for any service. A superbill can be provided which can be submitted to insurance for possible reimbursement although there is no guarantee regarding coverage. *Note: It is your responsibility to determine if your insurance offers reimbursement for out of network provider cash payments.
What is the cancellation policy?
Patients needing to cancel their appointments should do so at least 24 hours in advance or else they will be billed a $60 as cancellation fee for office visits and $100 cancellation fee for procedures.