What is Naturopathic Medicine?
- Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of medicine that treats the person as a whole entity while emphasizing preventative care. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to attain optimal health through the use of nutrition education, vitamin supplementation, herbal medicine, and various lifestyle modifications. Naturopathic doctors are dedicated to teaching their patients how to support their bodies’ self-healing properties and improve their health and lives.
How is a Naturopathic Doctor different than an MD?
- Naturopathic doctors attend a 4 year accredited medical program, just like a standard MD. In that four years, they learn the roughly the same amount of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, but then go on to learn many other modalities than just pharmacology. They are skilled in diagnosis and treatment with nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, and many other tools. We are unique in that we straddle a world that is simultaneously both traditional and scientifically cutting edge in our treatment and analysis of conditions.
What can I expect from a first appointment?
- Dr. Falkner spends one hour and 15 minutes thoroughly exploring your current symptom picture, past medical history, family medical history, and a general review of systems. She performs a general screening physical exam, along with any other pertinent physical exams. These visits are often reported to be the longest and most thorough medical visit a person experiences. By the end of the first visit, you can expect to have a plan of action including lab testing, diet and lifestyle recommendations, and possibly even supplementation/prescriptions. It is a good idea to bring any recent lab or imaging you might have from previous providers.
Does Dr. Falkner accept insurance?
- Dr. Falkner does not currently accept insurance for her patient visits and payment is due at the time of visit. However, many times, insurance will cover labs that are ordered. A coded receipt will be provided upon request for you to submit to your insurance, FSA (flexible spending account), or HSA (health savings account) for possible reimbursement.