A visit to a Naturopathic Physician is, most likely, different from any other doctor visit you have had. Our approach to your health is holistic, meaning not only do we want to know about your current complaint; we want to know as much as we can about you. Most disease today is not a direct cause and effect event, but a compilation of many factors (diet, stress, environment, sleep) through the years. As a result, our first medical consultation with you may be much more extensive than you are accustomed to undergoing. This initial intake is critical for our understanding of you and your health. With this information, we can lay the groundwork for your individualized health plan – restorative and preventative medicine at its finest.
The initial intake will entail a thorough discussion of your health history. We cut down on your in-office time for this interview by sending you a detailed patient intake form prior to your first appointment. You can also download the intake form. (It will save you time and money by having this completed before the first meeting.) The initial interview can take from 1 to 2 hours depending upon the complexity of your health complaints. A general physical exam will also be performed, with added nutritional assessment. If needed to aid in our diagnosis, laboratory work will be ordered at this time. To conclude, you will be given a brief treatment plan until the first follow-up appointment. This plan may include diet changes, homeopathy, herbal or nutritional supplements, or lifestyle suggestions. If the complaint is an acute problem, i.e. a cold, flu, tendonitis, etc. we forgo the extensive history and focus on the complaint at hand. This can usually be done in 45 minutes or less.
The first follow-up is scheduled for one – four weeks after the first visit and is usually 30 minutes or less. It is typically a brief visit to assess how you are doing and to address any questions you may have. Often by the first follow up, outside information, including your medical records, have been obtained and your treatment can often be more finely tuned. During your follow up visits, the doctor will continue to assess your progress and continue to teach you the tools you need to restore and maintain health. Your treatment may happen in many steps or just one, it depends on what your underlying imbalances are and is not necessarily condition specific. Typically, treatments can include homeopathic medicine, herbal medicine, diet changes, nutritional supplements, referrals to outside professionals, etc. Remember we are treating you not your condition, so the treatment plan is customized as we go. Also remember that all follow up visits are meant to be educational and questions are encouraged! The road to health requires your trust in our assessment and recommendations as well as your compliance with our suggestions. Through good communication and continued education you will not only obtain health, but you will understand how to remain healthy, for good. We consider ourselves guides along the way.
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; 2:30- 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed