The short answer is YES.
My focus is on you. A person. Not on your diagnosis.
I understand that you may be concerned about my ability to address your specific complaints. Naturopathic medicine and Chinese medicine are complete systems of medicine which can be used to treat any presenting condition. As a naturopathic physician, I am also trained to use modern diagnostic techniques such as labs and imaging as well as pharmaceutical medicines. My training allows me to blend eastern and western medicine, ancient and modern techniques to customize a treatment strategy to address your concerns.
So the long answer is also YES. I’ve included some notes on areas of focus below. If you continue to have questions, please schedule a complimentary consultation (available on Fridays).
Preventive medicine, physical exams and screening bloodwork
Fatigue, brain fog, frequent infections or immune issues
Autoimmune disease, environmental health and detoxification support
Pre-diabetes, diabetes, blood sugar issues
Health at every size
Healthcare for vegans and vegetarians (you will not be advised to eat meat)
Motor vehicle accident, back pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, knee pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, fibromyalgia, acute injuries
Anxiety and Stress
Generalized anxiety, PTSD, easily stressed, brain fog, emotional stability, stress management
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food intolerances and sensitivities, heartburn, indigestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Asthma, seasonal allergies, sinusitis, common cold, ear infection, sore throat, cough, bronchitis
Women’s Health and Fertility
Menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bladder and kidney infections
Preconception counseling, fertility
*Please note that pelvic exams are not available.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bHRT)
Thyroid including autoimmune thyroiditis
Adrenal fatigue, HPA axis dysfunction
High cholesterol, high blood pressure
CVD risk assessment and advanced markers
Primary care is a term which has different meanings – to your insurance company, primary care refers to a provider with specific obligations and credentialing whereas for you, primary care may mean the doctor you go to for most of your health care needs. For many of my patients, I serve in the latter capacity – they come to me first when they have an infection or hurt their back or need annual blood work.
However, some insurance companies do not recognize naturopathic physicians as primary care providers. Others have policies which make it difficult for naturopathic physicians to serve in a primary care role. For this reason, I have chosen not to credential as a primary care provider with any insurance companies. Therefore, for billing purposes, if we are billing insurance, I will be considered a specialist.
I address this issue of primary care on a case by case basis with clients based on their healthcare needs and insurance coverage. Because so many insurance companies require you to have another provider type as a primary care provider or limit access to services or referrals, I recommend that most of my patients maintain a relationship with an insurance approved primary care provider.
I generally do not treat minor children. If you are an existing patient and would like to consult on your child’s healthcare for a specific issue, please schedule a complimentary consultation by phone.
Patients with complex problems are encouraged to schedule a complimentary consultation by phone or in person. This allows us to ensure that I am able to help with your complaints and that we mutually understand what role I will play in your care. Complex cases include multiple diagnoses, multiple medications or complex medical histories – if you think you are a complex case, you probably are!