FAQs about my practice
What kind of patients do you work with?
I work with adults who have or have had cancer, adults who have an autoimmune disease or other chronic or complex conditions that want support beyond conventional medical care. I frequently consult with women who have cervical dysplasia (abnormal pap smear/a pre-cancerous condition) to help them reduce the risk of developing cancer.
I also work with adults who do not necessarily have any complex or chronic conditions and want to improve their general health or prevent chronic disease.
I do not consult with pregnant women, or children under the age of 18. I do not provide primary care services, prescribe any medications, or provide acute, urgent or emergency care. I do not offer alternative cancer treatments.
Can I stop by the office without scheduling an appointment?
Please do not stop into the office without an appointment. On the days that I do not schedule consults, I work for the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and other consulting projects and am not able to accommodate unscheduled visitors.
What can NDs do?
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are physicians trained as specialists in natural medicine. In practice, naturopathic physicians perform physical examinations, take thorough health histories, and order lab tests, imaging procedures, and other diagnostic tests. Referrals are made to specialists for additional testing or treatment when necessary.
Naturopathic physicians provide natural treatments that are effective and safe. Since they are also extensively trained in pharmacology, NDs are able to integrate natural treatments safely with prescription medications, often working with conventional medical physicians and osteopathic physicians to ensure you the most comprehensive and safest care possible.
Naturopathic physicians attend four-year, graduate level programs at institutions recognized by the US Department of Education. There are currently seven such schools in North America. Naturopathic medical schools provide the same foundational course work as conventional medical schools. In addition, ND programs provide extensive education unique to naturopathic treatment approach, emphasizing disease prevention and wellness.
If you would like more detailed information or find a licensed ND in your area, visit the national organization for Naturopathic Physicians.
If insurance doesn't cover office visits or supplements, is naturopathic care expensive?
Naturopathic care is an investment in your long-term health and well-being. By addressing the root causes of health problems and reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases, Naturopathic medicine can reduce future healthcare costs and lost productivity, and increase your quality of life.
Sometimes an HSA (health savings account) can cover the cost of a visit or supplements. For comparison, an average visit to your MD's office may range from $130-$180, with less than 20 minutes spent actually talking to the doctor. A new client consult (as of Oct 2017) with me lasts 90 minutes and costs $275.
How often will I need to follow up?
That depends on your particular situation. Usually a follow-up appointment is 4-8 weeks after a first visit to allow time for recommendations or lifestyle changes to have an effect and become part of your routine. For long-standing, complicated health concerns, more frequent follow-ups might be necessary, up to 4-5 consults in a year. I highly recommend a minimum of 3 visits to adequately address the complex nature of health and healing.
FAQs about Naturopathic Medicine
What’s the difference between a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a traditional or unlicensed naturopath?
A licensed Naturopathic Doctor has attended a medical school accredited by the Department of Education. Graduates of these schools are eligible to sit for a licensing exam that allows them to practice as primary care physicians in states that regulate naturopathic medicine. Traditional naturopaths have not attended a medical school, their level of education varies from program to program and usually does not include any direct patient care. In states that do not regulate naturopathic medicine, anyone can call themselves a naturopath. It is up to the client or patient to find out what type of education a practitioner has obtained.
What’s the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and Homeopath?
Homeopathy is a distinct form of healthcare practice. It is just one of the many modalities taught in naturopathic medical school. Not all Naturopathic Doctors use homeopathy in their practice. Other practitioners who are not Naturopathic Doctors, such as Medical Doctors, or someone without a medical background, can obtain a certificate or training in homeopathy. I rarely use homeopathy in my practice.
What types of medical conditions benefit from naturopathic medicine?
It’s not so much what your medical diagnosis happens to be, it’s whether you are ready to be an active participant in your healthcare. Naturopathic medicine empowers people to be in control of their health by learning how food, stress management, physical activity, and other lifestyle interventions improve well-being. Supplements, herbs, and other treatments can help support the body’s ability to heal but cannot take the place of healthy habits. A high level of motivation to commit to the changes necessary to be healthy determines someone’s outcome from Naturopathic Care. That being said, not every naturopathic practitioner is suited to each and every patient/client. I recommend scheduling a free 10 minute consult to determine if my skill set is suitable for your needs.
FAQs about Supplements
Why can't I purchase supplements at the grocery or drug store? It's more convenient and they're usually cheaper.
Most of those products have more additives and unnecessary ingredients that may interfere with absorption and effectiveness; they are not worth spending the money. I am particularly concerned about products that contain herbs because if they are not properly manufactured, they may not be effective or even not contain the dose that is stated on the label. Herbs are also more susceptible to contamination with bacteria or fungus. If you are unwilling or unable to purchase reputable supplements, save your money and put it toward highly nutritious food.
Why can't I purchase supplements online? They're so much cheaper.
There have been many cases of supplements purchased online that are contaminated or counterfeit; the bottle is labeled as a well-known and respected brand, but the product inside is not from the manufacturer. It is out of a real concern for safety that I do not recommend ordering from places like Amazon or other online retail stores other than the ones I recommend.
FAQs about UNDA Numbers / Biotherapeutic Drainage
What is biotherapeutic drainage?
Biotherapeutic drainage is a system of medicine similar to homeopathy. Combinations of very diluted substances (plants and minerals) are used to support the elimination of toxins from the organ systems at the cellular level. This allows the body to return to homeostasis, or balance, by addressing the underlying cause(s) of illness.
The combinations of plants and minerals are called remedies, or UNDA numbers. Each UNDA number corresponds to a different organ system and symptoms. UNDA numbers come in liquid form and are typically prescribed three remedies at a time. A set of three remedies lasts approximately 3 weeks. Drainage is a very gentle, long term process and does not interfere with prescription medications. Drainage is particularly useful for long standing, degenerative, chronic conditions and conditions that respond poorly to conventional medical treatment. Drainage is gentle enough and safe enough to be used with infants, children, the elderly, and during cancer treatment.
Using biotherapeutic drainage to address health problems requires the commitment to regular follow ups to assess progress and prescribe the next set of remedies, incorporating other health promoting habits to support healing, and patience to allow the body time to heal. Drainage is not a quick fix; it takes time to address what are usually long-standing causes of disease and dysfunction.
Why choose biotherapeutic drainage, or UNDA numbers?
Drainage greatly complements the philosophy of naturopathic medicine: address the underlying cause of disease.
Drainage is gentle, effective, and does not interfere with conventional medical treatments. Drainage provides a systematic, organized protocol to address complex medical conditions and multiple symptoms that may not seem related.
Drainage is a great option when natural medicine choices are limited due to prescription medication interactions or concern for interaction with other conventional medical treatments. It can be a valuable complement to cancer care by providing support for the body and mind without interfering with chemotherapy or radiation. Drainage provides a comprehensive, effective strategy that is manageable for most lifestyles. Those who benefit the most are people who can commit to making lifelong changes to support their healing.
Where did biotherapeutic drainage come from?
George Discri, Dr. Louis Reutter, and Dr. Antoine Nebel are credited with developing the UNDA remedies in the 1920s and 1930s in Europe. There were originally 1002 remedies, formulated by Discri, which were reduced to the 76 remedies that he found worked best.
The name UNDA means undulating water or water wave. The remedies are still manufactured in Belgium.