Frequently Asked Questions
What is a naturopathic doctor & how can Dr. Nicole help you?
Naturopathic doctors treat disease by restoring health.
Think of a naturopathic doctor this way, we are like regular doctors, but also know A LOT about natural therapies too.
So when you first see a Dr. Nicole, you will have a complete health intake which includes a full physical exam. This is will help diagnose what areas of your body are impacted and need attention.
Once this has been established, she will begin to create a plan just for you.
This plan may involve nutritional guidance & meal-planning specific for your condition, supplement review and recommendation, hormone replacement therapy, lifestyle modifications, exercise recommendations, herbal support, homeopathic recommendations, injection & intravenous (IV) therapy), and emotion/thought work.
Dr. Nicole will also order and interpret any basic and specialized laboratory work that may be required.
What Should You Know About A Naturopathic Doctor-Patient Relationship?
Health has a lot to do with personal responsibility.
You are 100% responsible for the results you have in your health right now.
Now that may sound harsh, but it is true.
But that also means you are 100% in control to change it!
Chronic disease doesn't happen overnight.
It can take years or decades before symptoms appear and during that time, it is slowly wearing your body down.
There is no magic-pill or magic supplement that will make your disease disappear.
Creating long-lasting health also doesn't happen overnight.
It takes a commitment to keep pushing through even when you don't see results right away, when things don't work out, & when you want to quit.
Remember, it's an investment in your health.
Like investing in stocks (your health stocks), it can go up and down, but you want the progression to be moving towards the direction of the best health you can possibly achieve.
So in order to do that , you have to change the environment that made our sick in the first place!
That's the secret to long-lasting health.
And this is what we work on together.
This process would be a good fit for you if:
-You want expert guidance and support & are tired of doing it all on your own.
- You believe that your health is a high priority in your life.
- You’re ready to overhaul your health—not just take supplements or pills.
-You understand that changing your health from the inside out takes time & persistence.
-You are interested in working on your mindset & liberating limiting beliefs.
-You are eager to learn & grow
- You’re willing & committed to do the work to achieve your health goals.
If this describes you, great! You would do very well with this approach.
This process is NOT a good fit for you if:
-You have a victim-mentality
-You want a quick-fix
-You are not ready to take full responsibility for your results
-You have lots of excuses why you cannot do the work
-If this describes you, then you would not do well with this approach.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Covered By Insurance?
Unfortunately, these naturopathic services are considered out-of-network services.
We do accept cash and credit cards as forms of payment. Flexible health spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) frequently reimburse the costs of labs, supplements and herbal remedies purchased through our clinic.
How Can I Prepare For My First Naturopathic Medicine?
In order for our doctor to better serve you, we ask that you please complete any of the electronic intake forms at least 48 hours prior to your first visit at our clinic.
All new patients will be asked to write a summary of your medical history before your first visit. There are more details about what to include in the intake form.
We also ask to please bring lab results from the past 2 years, imaging, and/or prescription/supplement information that may be pertinent to your visit.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment and check-in with the front desk receptionist. There will be a few more forms for you to fill-out at the office.
What Should I Expect On My First Treatment?
The initial treatment may last between 1.5 -2 hours
** Please note, the following visit structure is a guideline only as we understand individual needs may vary. We will always try to work within your requirements.
Full, individual health intake - all elements relating to health are covered
Physical Evaluation for the specific area/condition
Stress and emotional related concerns are discussed
The first stage of an individualized supplement/nutrition/herbal/ lifestyle program is prescribed
Laboratory blood work may be required based on your individual factors (ie thyroid, estradiol, progesterone, FSH, LH, detailed testing for insulin resistance, stool testing, food sensitivities, antibodies, etc).
What Should I Expect On My Second- Fourth Follow-Up Treatments?
Address new or on-going concerns
Thorough review of lab testing
Adjust protocol based on lab results or other new findings
Supplement/ Diet/ Lifestyle adjustments specific to patient’s needs is prescribed
Re- measuring Labs to track progress
Ordering specialty labs as needed
For follow ups, stages of treatment that involve heavy review of labs, more detailed diagnosis or explanation that may require back and forth discussion typically require 45 to 60 minutes.
Subsequent Naturopathic Visits (30 - 60 minutes as needed)
By now, you and your doctor are probably pretty familiar with your needs and a general sense of progress.
From here, you can expect the following.
Continue to work on initial concerns
Address any new issues
Maintain current results
Order & discuss the results of the any new labs
Modify nutritional and lifestyle changes
Modify Prescription/Hormone Therapies
Address lifestyle influences on progress and adjust program accordingly
Besides the Visit Fees, Are There Any Other Additional Expenses I Should Be Aware Of?
Other financial considerations are lab testing, vitamin injections/IVs, herbal remedies, and the nutritional supplements used to support healing. Nutritional supplements and herbal remedies can be a substantial and meaningful investment.
Dr. Nicole's experience enables her to discern quality, potency, formulations, bioavailability, cost effectiveness, and proper manufacturing of nutritional supplements to make the best choices for the health and well-being for you.
How Long Until I Notice A Change?
Naturopathic medicine works with your body's natural healing ability and your body's constitution can play a role. Because there are so many variables at play, there is no way to tell you exactly when your outcomes will occur, but most people begin to notice changes in their symptoms as early as the first week of implementing their recommendations.
It does take up to 90 days to notice any metabolic changes in your body if you are compliant with the treatment recommendations.
Remember, your body is changing from the inside out.
So any deviation from the plan, however, can undo a majority of the work you have put into your health up to that point.
Plus, it's a process! It is rare for anyone to experience a complete, long-term end of a chronic problem with only one visit. Each visit reveals different layers of your health history and how you respond to the recommendations offered.
Most people need a series of monthly visits in order to get good results and maintain those results - similar to how one pill prescribed by your doctor won't do much by itself and, if it does, the effects may not last long.
How Is A Naturopathic Doctor Trained And Licensed?
A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) attends an accredited, graduate-level naturopathic medical school. These medical programs are are four-year, in-residence, hands-on programs consisting of a minimum of 4,100 hours of class and clinical training.
During naturopathic medical school, students are educated in the biomedical sciences as well as the latest advances in science in combination with natural approaches to therapy. They also study disease prevention and clinical techniques.
In addition to a standard medical curriculum, schools require their doctors to complete four years of training in disciplines such as clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and counseling. For at least the final two years of their medical program, naturopathic medical students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals.
Given the importance of hands-on, clinical experience for naturopathic medical students, the accrediting body for naturopathic medical colleges does not recognize degrees from online programs of study.
For more detailed information, please click on this link: https://www.naturopathic.org/natfaqs
Is Naturopathic Medicine Safe?
It is important to realize that "natural" does not necessarily mean "safe".
Naturopathic medicines are very safe if used under the proper supervision of a licensed naturopathic doctor who is well trained in both traditional and conventional applications of the specific medicines.
Naturopathic medicines are also very powerful. Many adverse effects from dietary supplements occur in people who “self-diagnose” and “self-prescribe” or in people seeing unqualified healthcare practitioners.
Adverse effects often occur in people, for example, who are on pharmaceutical medication or have a condition which negatively interacts with a dietary supplement. A naturopathic doctor from a 4-year accredited naturopathic medical school has had extensive training in prescribing dietary supplements and knows how to properly monitor a patient for any adverse effects.
Do I Have To Choose Between Naturopathic Medicine and Conventional Medicine?
Absolutely not. With the use of natural medicine steadily on the rise, more people are realizing that both natural and conventional approaches together can play a significant and instrumental role in meeting most or all of their health care needs.
Patients are therefore seeking integrative approaches to managing their own health and the medical establishment is adapting. It is important for patients and all healthcare practitioners involved to maintain open communication regarding treatment recommendations in order to provided appropriate modifications or changes if necessary.
What Are The Fundamentals of Naturopathic Medicine?
The six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine are principles adhered to by naturopathic doctors:
First, Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere) : Naturopathic doctors follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient: Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
2. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
3. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causum): The naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
4. Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
5. Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum): Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic doctors encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
6. Prevention (Praevenire): Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.