Naturopathic medicine is a health care system that focuses on determining and treating the root cause of illness instead of putting a bandaid on symptoms. It is rooted in hundreds of years of healing traditions, and validated by research studies. Naturopathic doctors are trained to provide individualized health care for a wide array of conditions, and work collaboratively with conventional healthcare providers to ensure that the patient’s health is optimized.
Your first appointment will typically last 75 minutes. During this time, the doctor and patient will discuss current health conditions in depth as well as past medical history and any lab work that was done. This will help the doctor find the root cause of your condition, so it can be addressed. A wellness plan with specific recommendations will then be presented to the patient within 24 hours.
Absolutely. We encourage you to continue to see your PCP and would love to work in collaboration with them to provide a comprehensive team-based approach to your health care.
Naturopathic doctors have similar training in medical and clinical sciences (i.e. biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, etc.), and in addition, they have extensive training in a full spectrum of natural medicines and therapies with emphasis on diet and nutrition. They utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies first. Preventive medicine is of the utmost importance in their treatment philosophy. NDs tend to spend more time with their patients to find the underlying causes of illness and to determine an integrative treatment plan.
Naturopathic care is not covered by insurance in the state of Illinois. Naturopathic doctors are not licensed here in Illinois. For more information, visit https://www.naturopathic.org/regulated-states. To support licensure of naturopathic physicians in Illinois, visit https://www.ilanp.org/.
If we choose to do specialty lab testing (hormone testing, stool analysis, etc.), I can provide the CPT codes to you, but you would have to check with your insurance company to see if they will be covered. I do not deal with insurance providers.
If we choose to do blood tests, I have an account with Ulta Labs in which the expense would be out of pocket at the time, but at a discounted price. If you want the blood tests to be covered by insurance, you can submit for reimbursement yourself. If all your insurance company needs are the “CPT Codes”, then Ulta Labs can supply you with those codes. Simply indicate by checking the CPT Code request box when you order your tests.
If you do have insurance, you can also go through your primary care doctor and ask for the tests we talk about during our visit.