WHAT WILL MY FIRST VISIT BE LIKE?
Plan to spend 1-2 hours at your initial visit. As a naturopathic doctor, I want to understand you from a holistic perspective and will try to identify possible underlying causes of your symptoms.
We'll discuss your medical history, I'll perform a physical examination, and order any labs and imaging that are necessary to help make a diagnosis. If you have risk factors for certain diseases, I may order additional testing to assess your risk.
Sometimes treatment can be started at the first visit, but often an individualized treatment plan is discussed at your second visit after I've been able to review the test results.
If we decide to use homeopathic medicine as part of your treatment plan, you can read more about that process here.
CAN YOU MANAGE MY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS?
As a licensed naturopathic doctor in Arizona, it is in my scope of practice to prescribe most prescription drugs. For California-based patients, I can prescribe hormones when indicated. However, there are certain exceptions, so please ask me at your visit and we can discuss this further.
For Vermont-based patients, you will need to have a local PCP who can manage your prescriptions as I do not have prescribing rights in Vermont.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
No, insurance is not directly accepted as a form of payment. There are some real advantages to this, however (i.e. your visit is never rushed, I can address all of your concerns at the same visit usually, treatment is individualized, etc.)
Additionally, Nourish's office staff can provide you with an itemized receipt after your visit, which you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement if your policy covers out-of-network benefits. Please talk with the front desk staff at check out about obtaining a superbill.
Many patients choose to pay for visits with their HSA or FSA card.
Please call the office with any questions regarding the cost of visits.
ARE NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE AND HOMEOPATHY THE SAME THING?
Not quite, though there are similarities. Naturopathic medicine is a health care profession that employs a variety of therapies to treat and prevent disease (i.e. herbal medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathy, etc.). Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care providers to diagnose, treat, and manage acute and chronic conditions. In many states, including Arizona, NDs can order labs and imaging, and manage prescription medications for patients. To learn more about naturopathic medicine, click here.
Homeopathy is a 200+ year old unique system of medicine that uses diluted natural substances to stimulate the body to self-heal. Homeopathic medicines are safe, non-toxic, and regulated by the FDA. Click here to learn more about homeopathy.