FAQs about my practice
What kind of patients do you work with?
I no longer offer consultations. Please contact the Retreat in Goshen for an appointment with a licensed naturopathic doctor - 574-364-4000.
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.
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.