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1. What is your training?
Naturopathic physicians have been trained at a 4-year accredited naturopathic medical university, post-graduate training in conventional medical sciences, diagnosis and treatment. We are specifically trained in diet and nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine such as massage, hydrotherapy and exercise therapy. Many naturopaths also specialize in modalities such as midwifery, acupuncture, environmental medicine and cancer. Visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website at www. naturopathic.org
2. How are you different from my regular doctor?
We do not use drugs or surgery for treatment in NC but rather natural and safe therapies. We mainly differ in our philosophy of healing. We do not just treat your symptoms but rather your whole body because we try to find the underlying causes of your illness and seek to promote your body's own ability to heal itself. We may use different methods of finding those causes: we offer many lab tests that regular doctors don't and assess your health from different perspectives. Additionally, our first visit is often over an hour since we do a thorough intake as we get to know who you are.
3. What treatments do you use?
We will start treatment during the first visit. We may use any of the following: diet and nutrition, supplementation, herbal/botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, physical medicine such as massage, craniosacral therapy or reiki. Additionally we will assess your quality of life regarding exercise, stress and relaxation, environmental or food toxicity and allergies/sensitivities.
4. What can I expect when I come in to see you?
Before you come in to see us for the first time, we will have you complete thorough intake forms and a nutritional questionnaire. When you come in we recommend you bring with you supplements you are taking and labwork that you have done recently. The first visit is 1 1/2 hours. We will listen to your story and health concerns, review any supplements you are taking, review any labs you bring in, review medications you are taking to ensure that there is no herb/drug interaction, determine if additional lab testing is necessary and start a therapeutic regimen to get you back on track towards wellness. We will then have you return in 2-4 weeks to review your progress, continue treatment and then usually have you return after 1 month and then as needed to complete treatment.
5. Does insurance cover your services in North Carolina?
Insurance does not cover naturopathic medicine in North Carolina at the moment. We are a fee-for-service practice, accepting cash, checks, debit and credit cards. We recommend you determine if you can use your flex spending account or health savings account before you come in. We do offer a sliding scale and discounts if needed.
6. Do you see people with any condition?
Yes, we see people of all ages with any condition. For our individual specialities, visit our "Conditions we treat" page.
7. Can I see you as well as my regular doctor?
Absolutely, in fact, we recommend it. Often, as people will get well, they will be able to decrease or cease their medications. This must be done with your prescribing doctor's permission. It is helpful to keep both doctors aware of what the other is doing to ensure your safety regarding drug/herb interactions. We welcome the opportunity to work with you as a team.