WHAT IS A Licensed NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?
In a Nutshell: A Licensed Naturopathic Doctor takes a holistic view of your health. This means considering all that's going on with you, how you've responded to therapies in the past, and what we can tell from your labs and physical exam. We provide you with a treatment plan to help support your body's natural healing abilities to get you the healthiest you can be.
In California, Naturopathic Doctors (ND or NMD) are licensed healthcare professionals who can diagnose and treat disease. The training to become an ND requires a 4-year college degree before applying to Naturopathic Medical School, which is an additional 4-year full-time doctorate level program. This includes clinical training under a licensed physician. A Naturopathic Doctor's Medical License requires passing a two-stage nationally recognized board exam. Naturopathic Doctors are required to have continuing medical education to keep their license active.
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DO I NEED TO STOP TAKING MY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS?
Nope. If your goal is to reduce your reliance on prescription medications, we can help you develop the best strategy to get there, but you shouldn't stop any prescribed medications without consulting a licensed healthcare provider first.
At Up & Up we want what's best for you, whether it's all natural treatment, or a blend of conventional and natural medicine. We listen to your concerns, and customize your treatment plans to make sure you're getting the best care available.
WHAT IF I NEED A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION?
It depends. Naturopathic Doctors can write some prescriptions in California, but not all. In general, natural and synthetic hormones can be prescribed by an ND, but drugs like pain medications and antibiotics cannot. If your treatment requires these, we'll let you know and help you figure out who to see to get these medications. The majority of cases we see don't require prescriptions, and can be addressed with the treatments available through a naturopathic doctor.
WHAT CONDITIONS DO YOU SEE?
Because we take a holistic view of health, we see a variety of conditions. Most people come in with a condition they've had for months or years, and have yet to find satisfactory treatment. The majority of patients come to our office with one or more of the following conditions:
- Food Sensitivity/Food Allergy Testing -Gluten/Gliadin, Wheat, Egg, Dairy, etc.
- MTHFR (methyltetrahydrofolate reductase) variants
- COMT variants
- Methylation Challenges
- Pre/Post Surgery
- Respiratory Infections - Cold/Flu, Sore Throat, Swollen Nodes/Glands, Cough, Sinus Infections, Sinusitis
- Rashes - Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Ringworm/Tinea
- "Just Ain't Feeling Right." - Stop Googling it, Let Us Help You Sort it Out.
- Fatigue - Anemia, Low Iron, Low Vit. B-12, Low Vit. D, etc.
- Anxiety or Depression - Neurotransmitters
- Insomnia - Trouble Falling/Staying Asleep
- Digestive Problems - GERD/Acid Reflux, IBS, Constipation, Diarrhea
- Hormonal Imbalances - Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, Menopause, Hot Flashes, Low Libido/Sex Drive, Cortisol Imbalances, Adrenal Fatigue
- Cardiovascular Disease - Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Poor Circulation, High Cholesterol
- Auto-Immune Conditions - Rheumatoid Arthritis, IBD -UC/Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn's Disease
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO COME IN FOR VISITS?
Each person is unique, and so is their path to health. Typically we follow up 2-4 weeks after an initial in-depth visit, and see patients every 4-6 weeks to recheck, to fine tune their treatment plan for a few months. Once we have a set course on what's working and you understand how better care for your health we will typically meet 1-4 times per year for a 30-45 minute consult.
Depending on your goals and condition, you may want to try our Vitamin Shots and IV Vitamin Nutrients.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT A FIRST VISIT? WHAT ABOUT FOLLOW UPS?
Remember this is your time. Sometimes patients want to focus on one health problem in particular, and sometimes we address 2-3 issues at once. We focus on what's most concerning to you, and ask about other areas of your health, that might seem unrelated. For example, you may have symptoms in your skin, and we'll be asking you about your digestion. In most, but not all cases we'll talk about your: eating and exercise habits, emotions, sleep quality, and your poop.
We focus on teaching you to care for your health. We will help you understand what we think is going on with you, and what your treatment options are, using plain language.
Our visits are longer than typical doctor's visits. Initial consults are an hour or more, and recheck/follow-up visits are typically half that time.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS AFTER MY VISIT?
We want to you feel clear about what's going on with your health and treatment plan. Give us a call or email if you have questions. Many times, we can clarify things very quickly over the phone or through an email. If your question requires a longer discussion, we'll ask you to schedule an appointment to have the thorough discussion. This may be done over the phone or through videoconferencing.
CAN I GET A VISIT OUT OF OFFICE HOURS?
You sure can. Housecalls, and out-of-hours doctor visits are available upon request. Both housecalls and out-of-hours visit have an additional fee associated with them.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THIS?
Some, but not all insurance plans in California will reimburse you for visits to a naturopathic doctor. Generally, it's best to call them beforehand and ask about your "out-of-network" coverage, and specifically if they cover naturopathic doctors. We can provide you an invoice with insurance codes to submit to your insurance. Your FSA or HSA account may allow you to pay for visits, and supplements. Payment is due in total from patients at the time of service.