Frequently Asked Questions

What is Integrative Medicine?

According to the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine, Naturopathic medicine is defined as "a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process."  Integrative medicine combines the testing and treatment techniques of both Naturopathic and Western medicine.  It encompasses the philosophy of not only treating illness, but exploring and addressing the underlying causes of disease while respecting the uniqueness of each patient.

My experience in medicine includes over two decades of working in varying roles in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, camps and even sailing ships.  I have worked in health education as adjunct clinical faculty in the school of Naturopathic Medicine.  I have acted as a bedside nurse, health care coordinator, and department charge nurse.  I combine the knowledge and skill I have gained from many years of nursing with the holistic philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine to provide truly comprehensive, integrative care for my patients.

What ShouId I Expect at My Visit?

First office visits last approximately one hour and include an extensive, in-depth interview, preliminary lab orders, an initial individualized protocol, and physical exam when needed.

Follow up visits are approximately 30 minutes in length and include discussion of lab results and a further refined individualized protocol.  Referrals to collaborating providers or specialists are also made if required.

Acute care visits are available for established patients only.

Conditions We Treat

We are happy to help with any health challenges and illness.  Specialty care includes women's health, adjunct oncology care, stress support, healthy weight management, auto-immune disease support, and treatment of endocrine and metabolic disturbances.  Acute care visits can be provided for established patients as availability allows.

We currently accept new adolescent and adult patients. Please contact the office for more information.

Cost & Insurance

We currently accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna and Cigna insurances.  Please be aware that we no longer bill to secondary insurances for those with Medicare.  Medicare does not currently cover our visits, and all patients with Medicare are responsible to pay at the time of the visit (this includes those with secondary coverage).  

For uninsured patients or those with out-of-network coverage, and for those with Medicaid and Medicare, payment is due at the time of visit and superbills will be provided for you to submit for possible reimbursement.  The office accepts cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, and HSA cards.  Established patients should pay their balances through the patient portal.

We encourage all patients to call their health insurance providers PRIOR to their visit to understand what out-of-pocket expenses will be.