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Naturopathic Need to Knows: Before Your Visit

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What should I expect when I arrive for my initial Naturopathic visit?

When you arrive at the clinic, you will check in with reception to let them know you are here for your appointment. At this time, you will be provided with a Naturopathic intake and consent form that you will fill out and hand back to reception. This form will be given to the Naturopathic Doctor to quickly review before the appointment. While you fill out your form, reception will ask if you have extended health care benefits. If so, they will begin processing your claim to be as efficient as possible. Once the Naturopathic Doctor has reviewed your form, you will be called into the treatment office to begin your visit. 

 

Should I arrive early for my initial Naturopathic visit?

Yes. Please arrive about 15 minutes prior to your appointment to allow for sufficient time to fill out the intake and consent forms. This ensures that your appointment begins on time and you will have the full 90 minutes with the Naturopathic Doctor.

 

What should I bring to my initial Naturopathic visit?

Any recent laboratory blood results, ultrasounds, X-rays, or other diagnostic material should be ideally brought to the initial visit. In addition, any supplements or medications should also be brought in, if possible. This allows the Naturopathic Doctor to get a more holistic and thorough understanding of your medical concerns and history. If these are not brought in for the initial visit, your Naturopathic Doctor will request them for the second visit. 

What is the cost of the initial Naturopathic visit? How long is the visit?

The initial visit is 90 minutes in length at a cost of $190.00.  Naturopathic services are covered by most employee benefits. Direct insurance billing available.

 

What does the initial Naturopathic visit look like?

The initial Naturopathic visit is primarily focused on information gathering. Your Naturopathic Doctor will obtain a comprehensive health history including present, past, and family. You will also be asked about diet and lifestyle factors, as well as any medications and/or supplements you may be taking. At the end of the visit, you will be provided with a diet diary that you will fill out and return on your second visit. Treatment is rarely given on the initial visit, unless urgent or acute in nature.

What is the typical structure of Naturopathic visits?

After the initial 90 minute visit, you will be asked to return within approximately 1-2 weeks for your second visit with your filled in diet diary. This visit is 60 minutes in length. During this visit, your Naturopathic Doctor will perform a screening physical exam and go through your diet diary with you. After discussing the physical exam and diet diary, you will be given a detailed, individualized treatment plan that your Naturopathic Doctor will thoroughly discuss with you. Any relevant and necessary testing will also be recommended at this stage. The third visit is either 2 weeks later as a quick, 15 minute check-in for those who feel they need more support or for those the Naturopathic Doctor believes it is necessary. Otherwise, the third visit is approximately 3-4 weeks after the second visit, for 45 minutes. The timing and length of follow-up appointments after the third visit is dependent on each patient’s unique needs (see next question).

 

How often do I need to see my Naturopathic Doctor?

How often you see your Naturopathic Doctor depends on the treatment plan, the health concerns presented at the initial visit, and the needs of the patient. Most often, patients tend to see their Naturopathic Doctor more frequently in the beginning, then approximately once per month, then every 6-8 weeks as maintenance. The spacing of your appointments will depend on progress and if new concerns arise, which your Naturopathic Doctor will discuss with you. 

During each visit, your Naturopathic Doctor will check in on all of your health concerns presented in the initial visit and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss any new issues. The treatment plan recommended will be evaluated for safety and effectiveness at each visit – whether that be diet and lifestyle recommendations, nutritional supplements, botanicals, or behavioral prescriptions. Any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan occur in these follow-up visits, so it is important to regularly check in with your Naturopathic Doctor to ensure that your individualized treatment plan works for you and your lifestyle, in addition to providing the desired results.

If I don’t follow the treatment plan my Naturopathic Doctor recommended, what should I do?

Patients often think that if they do not follow the treatment plan recommended that they should cancel their appointment with the Naturopathic Doctor, and reschedule for a future time. However, it is important to keep appointments and discuss with your Naturopathic Doctor why you were not able to follow the treatment plan. In this way, you can present any issues or concerns that the Naturopathic Doctor can take into consideration to provide more support and/or re-evaluate the treatment plan. Your appointments with your Naturopathic Doctor are judgment-free, so never be ashamed to be honest ad open about difficulties you may be having.

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