What to expect at a Naturopathic Appointment

What Should I Expect at a Naturopathic Appointment?

What to Expect when you visit our Naturopathic Doctors at pureBalance Wellness · Cancer Care

We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment.

Your first visit with all our health care professionals

(60 minutes, not including your 15 minutes early arrival)
1. Please complete your New Patient Intake Forms prior to the first visit, click Intake Forms to complete your forms onlines. To save time, please review our consent form prior to your first visit.

2. Treatment cannot begin until the consent forms have been signed.

3. Your initial consultation includes an in-depth review of your health concerns and goals. This visit focuses on assessment, including a physical exam, review of lab work and a urinalysis.

4. If you have not had copies of lab tests done within the past 6 months, we will fill out a form to request them from your MD. Additional or up-to-date diagnostic tests may be recommended.

5. Introductory treatment guidelines are presented.

6. For children (up to 10) the initial consultation is 60 minutes in length, and we are usually able to provide both assessment and treatment in the first visit. We ask that you come 15 minutes early to your child’s first visit.

Follow-up Visits

(15-60 minutes)
1. Follow-up visits are scheduled according to your needs and your Naturopathic Doctor’s recommendations. They may be used to monitor your progress and adherence, refine your treatment plan, or provide in-clinic therapies.

2. As issues are resolved, the focus of our visits will move towards maintenance and prevention. Revisions and suggestions are made as necessary.

3. Typically follow-up visits are scheduled for 30 minutes; you will be billed accordingly for time used.

4. If it has been more than 6 months since your last visit, we recommend that you schedule a 60 minute follow-up to allow adequate time for assessment, education and treatment plan revisions.

Frequency of Visits

1. The frequency of your visits will depend on the therapies we choose and the amount of support you require in achieving your health goals. As issues are resolved, the focus of our visits will move towards maintenance and prevention. Revisions and suggestions are made as necessary.

2. Initially, it is typical to schedule visits every 4-8 weeks, or more frequently for acupuncture.

3. Once balance is achieved, we suggest you visit at least seasonally (3-6 times per year), as part of your regular maintenance and preventative program.
We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment.

QHow is a visit to your Naturopathic Doctor like seeing a Medical Doctor?

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    • Like Medical Doctors (MD’s), Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are trained and licensed as primary health care physicians.

     

    • Like MD’s, ND’s perform conventional physical exams on all patients. ND’s are trained to order and interpret lab exams and results. Lab testing will be performed with each patient.

     

    • Naturopathic Doctors are trained to diagnose illness the same way as MD’s.

     

    • Like MD’s, ND’s are trained in pharmacology and are leaders in predicting and reporting on herb-drug-vitamin interactions.

QHow is a visit to your Naturopathic Doctor different than seeing a Medical Doctor?

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    • ND’s primary goal of treatment is to address the cause of disease. Naturopathic doctors do not try to suppress symptoms, but view them as helpful indicators in determining the source of the health issue.

     

    • ND’s see their patients as a whole person and carefully consider the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.

     

    • ND’s utilize the most successful natural therapies from around the world that strengthen the body’s innate ability to heal without causing harm.

     

    • ND’s believe their role as a doctor is to teach each patient the knowledge and understanding of how to heal themselves. ND’s also believe that prevention is the best medicine. Through prevention of illness our patients achieve their optimal health