Frequently Asked Questions:
What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is similar to conventional medicine in that both types of physicians are trained to diagnose and treat disease. The goals of a naturopathic physician however, are quite different: he or she wants each patient to not only be free from illness, but also headed in the direction of greater health and wellness. The methods used to achieve this goal are safe and effective traditional medicines, such as botanicals, nutrition, and homeopathy. Naturopathic physicians also differ from conventional doctors in that they are able to provide the time needed to listen a to patient’s concerns, not only their physical but also their mental and emotional needs in order to address the true cause of any imbalance. Patients will leave with new knowledge and tools so they may begin to live a healthier and happier life.
What kind of training do naturopathic physicians have? Are they licensed?
Naturopathic physicians attend an accredited 4-year naturopathic medical school and graduate with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine (N.D. or N.M.D.). In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical manipulations, psychology, and counseling. The emphasis of their education is on prevention and optimizing wellness. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician. In the State of Arizona, naturopathic physicians are primary care physicians.
What happens at a naturopathic visit?
At your first visit we will spend up to an hour going over your medical history and your health goals. I will also perform any necessary physical exams and will develop, with your input, a treatment plan that will be most successful for you.
How many treatments is it going to take to make me feel better?
The number of treatments needed depends on the complexity of your complaint (acute vs. chronic). Each patient is unique and therefore may need a longer or shorter treatment time. Typically a patient will return one month after the first visit to go over his or her progress and make any necessary changes to the treatment plan. The goal is to bring you to a greater level of health so typically patient visits become less frequent and less necessary over time.
Are naturopathic physicians primary caregivers?
Yes. In the State of Arizona, naturopathic physicians have the full privileges of being a primary care physician. This means I can diagnose and treat disease, order labs and prescribe most pharmaceuticals.
Do you do women’s annual exams?
Do I need to bring anything with me to my first visit?
Yes. Please be sure to fill out and bring the following new patient forms and bring them with you to your new patient appointment:
- Patient Health History
- Informed Consent
All forms may be downloaded by clicking here, or if needed we will fax or mail the forms to you prior to your appointment.
What methods of payment are accepted?
Do you accept insurance?
Some insurance carriers in the state of Arizona cover Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine. Please check with your insurance company and ask if they cover treatments, labs, or imaging ordered by a Naturopathic Doctor or a Licensed Acupuncturist. We will provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement at the time of your visit. Visit our Schedule and Forms page for more information about Health Savings Plans, as well as how to verify your insurance coverage.