What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to medicine which uses a variety of therapies to allow the body to heal itself. We are committed to working through your symptoms by addressing the underlying cause of disease. We also take steps to keep you in optimal health and prevent disease.
How is it Different Than the Treatment I Get From an MD?
Naturopathic doctors are licensed as primary care doctors and have attended an accredited 4 year medical school. We also use a lot of the same lab tests and imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, etc) as MDs do in diagnosing disease. We both do physical exams, write referrals, etc.
Naturopathic doctors differ in that they are always looking to treat the underlying cause of disease. This means that we spend more time listening to your history and we consider a wide variety of factors including, but not limited to, nutrition and food sensitivities, emotional or spiritual influences on health, the impact of the stressors in your life, your activity level, and the role chemical exposures play in your health. Where an MD might give you an “anti-headache” medication, an ND will figure out WHY you have the headaches and address that so that you don’t have the headaches any more. The treatments that NDs use are generally much safer and don’t come with the side effects one often sees from prescription medications.
Naturopathic doctors also expect you to take responsibility for your own health. We spend a lot of time educating you about what is happening in your body. You will be able to understand why you are having the symptoms you are having, why each treatment is necessary, and what to expect from it. We will ask you to pay attention to your body’s reaction to different situations, foods, and treatments. This is all information we will use to figure out how to make your body function optimally. Naturopathic doctors understand that there is a big difference between just being “not sick” and really being well. We strive for you to be well.
What Will an Appointment Look Like?
Your first visit will last between 1 ½ – 2 hours. The doctor will take the time to hear your story, ask relevant questions and really understand your condition. She will also hear your health goals and make you a road map on how to reach them. She will take the time to explain what is happening in your body as well as formulate a treatment plan for you to take your first steps toward your goals. If there are any labs or tests that need to be done, she will order them. Dr. Kelley will also coordinate your care with any other doctors you want on your health care team.
Does My Insurance Cover My Visit?
Each insurance plan differs in its coverage of naturopathic medicine. You will have to check your plan to see what the reimbursement is. We are not “in-network” with any insurance companies but most plans have an “out-of-network” reimbursement that will cover our care. We will ask that you pay for your visit at the time of service and then give you a super bill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.