How long will I need treatment?
Of course everyone is different, but effects are generally seen within the first few weeks of treatment. Thereafter we work to sustain these effects and to optimize your overall health and resiliency; this may last anywhere from a few months to a year or more with less frequent visits over time.
How much will it cost?
The first visit is the most costly as it covers an extensive intake followed by in-depth case study. Thereafter, follow-up appointments are significantly fewer and become less and less frequent over time. For more detailed information on fees please see the Practice Policies document on the Patient Forms page.
Medicines that you may need are generally much lower in cost than pharmaceutical medications. Your treatment plan will be devised with consideration to your preferences and your budget. There are often a number of alternatives to choose from should something be too costly.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, check and credit card (including HSA & FSA cards)
Do you take insurance?
As a licensed medical provider, insurance companies will reimburse for many of my services. If you have insurance, I suggest that you contact your insurance carrier to find out what services are covered for out-of-network naturopathic physicians.
I do not bill insurance directly as it would significantly impede my ability to provide high quality, comprehensive care and to take time with my patient. I require payment in full at the time of service (cash, check or credit card). I will provide you with a coded invoice, upon request, that can be submitted to your insurance or Health or Flex Savings account representative for reimbursement. This generally works quite well for my patients and keeps my fees more affordable. A final consideration of my billing practices is that self-pay ensures confidentiality of your records.
What if I have physical and mental health symptoms? Do I need to go to different doctors?
My treatment approach is holistic and thus addresses both physical and mental health complaints. I often see digestive concerns, hormonal imbalances and sleep disturbances with psychiatric or mental-emotional distress. My treatments aim to address these and to rebalance and strengthen one’s constitution in the process. That said, there may be times when I will suggest and/or refer out for more specialized care and diagnostics.
Do you provide psychotherapy?
I have great respect for psychology and psychoanalysis. I use this knowledge from these fields in my practice every day. Psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, however, is an in-depth process that requires a trained practitioner to facilitate psychological healing. While I have seen naturopathic and homeopathic medicine work wonders for psychological health, there is no substitute for psychotherapy when dealing with severe challenges and diagnoses. I have worked with a number of patients who concomitantly see a therapist and receive naturopathic/homeopathic treatment. They have reported great benefit in combining the two therapies. I am always happy to provide referrals to psychotherapists and/or psychoanalysts.
Do you treat people who are on psychiatric medications?
Yes – I often treat people while they are on medication(s) with good results. Homeopathic medicine does not adversely interact with psychiatric medications and many herbs and supplements are helpful and safe adjunctive treatments as well. Nutrients are often helpful in minimizing drug-induced depletions and in minimizing side-effects of the medications.
Do you prescribe psychiatric medications?
I work with psychiatric nurse practitioners, medical doctors (general practice or internists) and psychiatrists when a prescription for psychiatric medications (or weaning someone off of psychiatric medication(s)), is necessary.
Do you help people get off medication?
I assess this on a case-by-case basis. My preference is to have the prescribing practitioner wean the medication, but if this is not possible, we may be able to work together to come up with a safe and effective plan for transitioning you off medication.
Do you help people overcome addictions?
Addiction can be a serious disease and I assess the safety and potential efficacy of outpatient treatment on a case-by-case basis. I do offer consultation about available options in the community for those struggling with addiction and/or for family members or friends trying to get help for those they care about.
I can help support people in their recovery from addiction. Often this involves cleansing and detoxification using natural remedies after one is clean and/or sober from their substance(s) of choice. Following cleansing/detoxification, repair and tonification are important to achieve mental and physical health and a renewed sense of well-being.