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My practice is set up to see one patient at a time for one-to-one care. My time is focused on your care rather than juggling between multiple rooms at once. When you schedule an appointment, this time is reserved especially for you. Outside of your scheduled visits, significant time is committed to researching and preparing for visits. Depending on the complexity of concerns, a treatment plan may or may not be offered at the end of the first visit.
Factors that guide my practice include the philosophical principles of Naturopathic Medicine and East Asian Medicine to stimulate the healing power of Nature. These practice principles are distinctive but also complementary to mainstream medical care to help reduce risk of adverse effects, increase therapeutic benefits for healthier outcomes, improve quality of life, and decrease reoccurrence of illness. Typically, the natural modalities used are gentle and non-toxic with few to negligible side effects. My role is to offer you natural health & wellness options. Careful consideration is taken with interactions and contraindications.
In Massachusetts, Naturopathic Medicine is recognized and awaiting for the board to distribute licenses. Therefore, Naturopathic Doctors cannot treat, diagnose, prescribe pharmaceutical drugs, perform surgery, and order imaging. Rather, NDs in MA serve as natural medicine consultants and can collaborate with other providers.
In Massachusetts, Acupuncture is recognized and licensed through the Board of Registration in Medicine. Depending on your concerns and conditions, a collaborative approach to care is encouraged with respect to reaching your goals safely.
Currently, I do not participate directly with any insurance plans. My obligation is to your health rather than meeting the contractual demands of insurance plans. Insurance companies impose many restraints with reimbursement and are structured to reward practitioners who see a large volume in a short amount of time. You can check with your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for your visits. An invoice to submit to your insurance for reimbursement can be provided upon request. Some but not all insurance companies recognize the value of Acupuncture and Natural Medicine to reimburse. It's advisable to specifically ask what your plan benefits and coverages are for out-of-network providers and if any restrictions exist. Your coverage is plan-dependent. Note any restrictions with particular ICD-10 or CPT codes. Some services are covered under Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account.
Payment in full by cash, check or credit card is due at time of service. This helps keep operating costs of a small practice down and the fees reasonable. The costs of treatments and supplements are tax-deductible as a medical expense. Your health is a wise investment in the present and future.
Please provide a minimum of 24-hour notice to reschedule or cancel your appointment. Due to extensive time devoted to each appointment, a fee will be charged for late cancellations and missed appointments. Please call the office to reschedule or cancel your appointment with over 24-hour notice to avoid this fee.
This question is best for your prescribing physician. Technically, without prescriptive rights, I do not recommend completely stopping medications. If you are experiencing adverse effects from medications or need to alter dosages, please refer to the prescribing physician. However, many patients visit natural medicine practitioners with concerns of adverse effects, potential risks, and the rising costs of pharmaceuticals. Natural therapies may reduce unwanted side effects, decrease or possibly replace the need for prescriptions.
The answer will vary from person to person, as this is very individual. The frequency and number of visits depends on individual health needs and the pace of progress. In general, complex or long-standing chronic conditions require more commitment than acute conditions. Over time, the effect of each treatment builds up to be more effective with longer lasting results. Your committed efforts with continuity of care is important to support your journey to better health.
The first appointment involves intaking a comprehensive health history followed with an appropriate treatment or
recommendations. Depending on the complexity of your concerns, this visit can range from 1 to 2 hours. The paperwork necessary for your initial visit may take 20-30 minutes to complete. For efficiency, it is best to complete this paperwork (intake forms, consent form, waivers, HIPAA) prior to your visit. You may also bring copies of any lab work and imaging reports along with your current medication and supplementation regimen.
The follow-up visits will be recommended accordingly as part of the treatment plan. In general, follow-up acupuncture visits are 60 minutes and naturopathic consults are 30 minutes. It is important to keep good mental or written notes of your response to treatments. This feedback helps to gauge progress and adjustments can be made accordingly.
Here are a few other general guidelines to help prepare for your acupuncture or craniosacral treatments:
Avoid eating a large meal immediately before or after. But, do not skip a meal. Make sure to have a snack or light meal.
Wear comfortable loose fitted clothing. Tight-fitting sports bras without latches can make it difficult to access certain acupuncture points on the back.
Stay well hydrated with water, especially after your visits to help the body remove waste products mobilized during your sessions.
Plan your activities to include some rest after your sessions. Do not over-exercise or work at top performance.
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