FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

What exactly is a Naturopathic Doctor?
I created a page to help explain this is best as possible.  Of course, many people find it helpful to hear about what I do in a personal context and schedule a free consultation to learn more.

What is your training?
I was trained in a four year medical program at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon.  I received my dietetic internship training at Queens College in New York.  Learn more about Naturopathic educational requirements here.  You can also read more about my background here.

What should I expect at my first visit?
– Visits run longer than you might be accustomed to.
– We will talk about your goals and focus on achieving them.
– Diet, lifestyle, environment, history, relationships, work: many of these things will be discussed at some point.
– I will create a plan specific that often includes a combination dietary changes, lifestyle changes, exercise, and botanicals.
– I will do my best to work on both helping people feel better in the short term, and at the same time investigating long-term and chronic determinants of your well-being.

What should I bring to my first visit?
– Completed & signed intake forms.
– Bottles of current medications and supplements.
– Copies of labs or imaging done within the last year (or more if pertinent).
– A short listing of your current diet – either a log, diet diary, or summary.

Different practitioners approach natural health and wellness differently.  What is your approach?
I’ve written a page just to help answer this question!  If you want more information, I recommend setting up a free consultation to learn more.

Do you take insurance?
New York State does not currently recognize licensure for Naturopathic Physicians.  As such, I am unable to bill your health insurance.

Can you order labs or prescribe pharmaceuticals?
No, and this is again related to lacking licensure in New York State.  For this reason I ask patients to bring in any recent and pertinent lab work run by other members of their healthcare team.  In regard to pharmaceuticals, patients will need to work with their primary care provider or specialists when adding, removing, or changing the dose on any medication.

When will Naturopathic Medicine be licensed in New York and how will this change what you do?
The hope is that soon we will have a bill in New York State that allows Naturopathic Doctors to practice as Primary Care Physicians (PCPs).  Depending on the scope of the bill passed, this would allow me to perform physical exams, order labs and imaging, and prescribe pharmaceuticals.  Insurance coverage would also become a possibility as providers start to cover my services.