What are your office hours?
My normal business hours are:
Tuesday 9 – 5 PM
Wednesday 9 – 5 PM
Thursday 9 – 5 PM
Friday 9-5 PM
We are closed for lunch from 12 – 1pm
I am very sensitive to scents, what is your policy on perfumes?
We are a scent-free office and ask all patients and visitors to refrain from wearing any scents or perfumes in the office. We care for many people who suffer ill effects from perfumes causing migraines or nausea. We also use natural cleaning products in the office and citrus-based air freshener in the bathroom.
If I need supplements between appointments how can I get them?
Supplements can be picked up during normal business hours Monday through Thursday. If you are unable to come during business hours then you can pay for the supplements over the phone with a credit card and we will leave the products outside the office in the drop box for you to pick up at your convenience. If you live outside of Charlotte, then we can mail them to you. We offer free shipping to our out-of-town patients.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a discipline of medicine whose theories and practices are borne out of the belief that within our bodies lie innately powerful healing processes. The role of the physician is to help bring the body back into balance, which then allows you to begin to heal. It is this brilliant medicine that combines the wisdom of Nature with the rigors of modern science to create individualized treatment plans that enable people to move from disease to wellness and stay there. For more information on naturopathic medicine and our training, please visit the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians’ website at www.naturopathic.org/medicine.
What type of training does a Naturopathic Doctor receive?
Our training includes four years of graduate level coursework and clinical training in an accredited naturopathic medical school. There are 5 schools in the US and two in Canada, which are accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. The first two years of schooling are similar to conventional medical (MD) training and the classes consist of basic sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, etc. The following two years consist of specialized academic courses such as cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, urology, gynecology, etc, as well as clinical training. During the four years, ND students also receive instruction in botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, Traditional Chinese medicine and mind/body medicine. ND students must pass national basic science & clinical board exams to become licensed.
How will my experience with you as my doctor be different from my regular doctor?
Your experience with me will be different from other doctors because my focus is on you and your health, not on your disease. I have learned that it is far more important to know what kind of person has a disease than to know what kind of disease a person has. I accomplish this by listening and creating a comprehensive, individualized wellness plan for you. My goal is to facilitate your journey from disease to wellness by helping you discover and eliminate obstacles to healing, addressing the root causes of illness and by finding the most effective therapies that support your body’s innate healing ability. Essentially, we work together as partners to create a comprehensive and individualized health plan. I also educate you and teach you tools that you can use to take control of your own health & ongoing wellness, thus creating solutions for life.
What natural therapies do you use?
I utilize a wide range of tools in order to promote the body’s healing response including:
– Clinical nutrition
– Botanical medicine
– Biotherapeutic drainage
– Heart Rate Variability training
– Flower essences
– Medicinal chocolate
Can you be my primary care physician?
I practice as a wellness consultant, so all of my patients retain MDs or DOs as their primary care providers. I do not provide primary care. I work with people on a longer-term basis and never handle any type of emergencies. I do not perform pap and pelvic exams or school physicals. I provide expert guidance on health restoration and do not diagnose or treat disease.
What type of conditions do you treat?
Anyone can be helped with naturopathic care. Many patients seek help with chronic conditions, others have acute illnesses and some are simply seeking education and prevention strategies. Here is a list of conditions I frequently see: GERD (heartburn, acid reflux), constipation, diarrhea, IBS, Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis, allergies, asthma, skin issues, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, migraine, PMS, fibroids, PCOS, adrenal fatigue, and memory loss.
Do you work with people who have cancer?
Cancer care is a specialty within my profession that requires advanced training, which I do not have. Therefore, I have partnered with a Naturopathic Oncologist to provide complete patient care to people suffering with cancer. Through this team approach I am confident that my patients will receive the best integrative oncology approaches available.
How long will it take to see results?
The same way it takes time to get sick, it will take time to get better. The speed of which entirely depends on your level of commitment and your body’s ability to change its physiology. The majority of patients notice a difference in how they feel within the first 2 weeks.
Are there additional expenses I should be aware of once I become a patient?
The costs for labs and/or supplements are in addition to the fees for services. Supplements can be a substantial investment, so I am very particular in the ones that I use and recommend. I use practitioner supplement lines that follow strict manufacturing guidelines and have been formulated by doctors and researchers to contain potent and pure substances that are in the most highly absorbable forms. Thus ensuring that they will produce dramatic results for my patients. I do not engage in the use or sale of multi-level marketing supplements and have no future plans for doing so.
What payment methods do you accept?
I accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard , American Express and Discover for payment, which is due in full at the time of service unless other arrangements have been discussed.
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Do you accept insurance?
Naturopathic medicine is not covered by insurance in North Carolina at this time. Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Plans can be used to pay for my services and nutritional supplements. I recommend that you contact your plan directly to see what they will or will not cover. Despite a lack of insurance coverage, many patients report that they save money over time through reduced medication, less time off from work, and prevention of future more costly health care problems.
How often will I need to come back for follow-up visits?
Following your progress after your initial visit is an essential part of your wellness plan. I feel strongly about staying present and aware of the progress you are making toward health. As your body heals, often modifications and adjustments need to be made to your naturopathic plan, and the only way to effectively do this is through regular follow-up appointments. How often you need follow-ups and for how long is a very individualized decision that will be determined after I get to know you.
Are you available for speaking engagements?
Yes. I am regularly invited to speak to professional and community audiences. Please contact my office with your request. Please provide the group name and purpose, goals for the talk, expected number of participants, length of talk needed and available dates and times.
“Who do I help?”
Are you as committed to your health as much as I am to helping you get well? Are you willing to do what is needed to get well? Do you think your body can get well? If you answered yes to all three of these questions, then you are someone I can help.