FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: Is naturopathic medicine cost-effective?

A: Absolutely. Naturopathic medicine is focused on treating causes, not solely symptoms. While identifying the cause of any particular condition may take some time, each treatment step is aimed at improving your overall health. This is all part of preventing illnesses in the future.

Q: I’ve never seen a Naturopathic doctor or an Acupuncturist, how do I know if it is right for me?

A:Dr. Angela offers a free 15-minute consultation - aimed at seeing if this is a good fit for you both personally and professionally. Give us a call to set up a consultation.

Q: I am afraid of needles, is there any other way to receive Chinese medicine treatments?

A: Dr. Angela is also extensively trained in the use of Essential Oils and Chinese medicine as well as flower essences, homeopathy and moxibustion [Chinese medicine technique] for the treatment of many conditions. Acupuncture needles are not always used although acupuncture points are often used. She is also trained in sound healing and Acutonics, a system that utilizes tuning forks along acupuncture points.

Q: What types of patients can naturopathic medicine treat?

A: All ages and types of patients: women, men, and children. Patients who suffer from chronic pain, chronically and terminally ill can all benefit from naturopathic medicine. Please refer to our Conditions Treated page.

Q: What about my children, can she help them?

A: Having been a music teacher, Dr. Angela has a wonderful way with children. She approaches them on their level and strives to help them feel comfortable and safe. There are toys in the office for many ages and all of her pediatric patients know where they are and look forward to visiting the office.
Dr. Angela has experience with infants and children of all ages. She can counsel you in the issues of vaccinations, common childhood ailments, eating disorders, chronic fatigue, chronic infections and general well-being.

Q: What can I expect from my first visit with Dr. Angela?

A: The first visit typically lasts approximately an hour and includes addressing your primary concerns. She will spend the time to listen and help identify the most immediate medical issues. Physical exams may be performed and lab tests may be ordered. You will receive a treatment plan, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled in the following 2-4 weeks.

Q: Does Dr. Angela work with other health care practitioners?

A: Absolutely. She believes that a treatment team is the best way to support her patients. If you would like her to work with any other physicians, please bring the contact information for these physicians you are working with to your appointment. Please also bring along any recent lab work results.

Q: If I am taking prescription medications, can I take natural medicines?

A: Yes, depending upon circumstances. Dr. Angela has been trained extensively in the interactions of pharmaceutical medications and herbal medicine. This training includes the potentially adverse effects that may occur if improperly combined. She will avoid harmful combinations of both drug-nutrient interactions and drug-herbal interactions. It is very important that you provide Dr. Angela with a list of current medications and keep her informed of any changes to that list.

Q: In what ways are naturopathic and conventional physicians alike?

A: Naturopathic and conventional physicians receive very similar training in the basic sciences in the first two years of medical school. Both study modern physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis and are trained to diagnose disease. Both refer patients to other health care providers when appropriate.

Q: Can Dr. Angela order labs?

A: Yes. Naturopathic physicians are trained to draw blood, order lab work, and to interpret the results and formulate the appropriate treatment. Dr. Angela sends her patients to local labs for blood draws, x-rays and some other tests, and the results are then sent to her for interpretation. If you have recently had any lab work done please bring any results to your naturopathic visit.

Q: How is naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?

A: Naturopathic medicine differs in its strategy. Rather than suppressing a few key symptoms, Dr. Angela’s goal for her patients is the restoration of their overall health. In this regard, she works to identify the underlying cause of the medical condition(s) that brought you to her office and uses treatments that promote the natural healing mechanisms of the body. Typically, Dr. Angela spends more time with her patients and is therefore deeply familiar with their health. Consequently, side effects occur much less frequently. She considers education of her patients and answers to their questions a vital aspect of the care.

Q: Will insurance cover Naturopathic treatment or acupuncture?

A: Some insurance plans will cover Naturopathic medicine; some cover acupuncture, some cover both. As a courtesy, Dr. Angela’s office will bill some insurance companies, however, you are ultimately responsible for payment of any services. On our Insurance Benefits page is the form to help you identify what your insurance benefits are. Please feel free to call our office for assistance in determining this information accurately.

Q: How long will treatment take?

A: Dr. Angela believes in establishing a dynamic relationship with each of her patients. Each patient is unique, as is his or her journey towards health. She tailors a plan to each individual and therefore healing takes a different amount of time for each person. She will help you chart your progress on the River of Health TM.

Q: What is the River of Health?

A: At the top of a river, the water is clean and pure; at the bottom it is dirty and polluted. Dr. Angela’s goal is to guide every patient up to the source of the river where the water & your health are clean and pure.

Q: What conditions can be treated with naturopathic medicine?

A: Dr. Angela treats both acute and chronic diseases. Trained as a general practitioner, she treats the full range of health concerns from acute upper respiratory infections to cancer. Please refer to the Common Conditions section for more information.

Q: What type of training does a Naturopathic Doctor receive?

A: Naturopathic physicians have a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education. Training requires four years of naturopathic medical education from one of six recognized schools in North America. Including 3500 classroom hours divided among: Health sciences – similar to the curriculum at a conventional medical school, the first two years of naturopathic medicine are focused on gaining an in depth understanding of the science of the body. Upon completion of this education, naturopathic physicians are qualified to work as primary care physicians. 1200 hours in the teaching clinic, treating patients under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic physician and 300 hours observing naturopathic doctors in their own offices.

Most naturopathic physicians have an undergraduate degree.Dr. Angela has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and Music Therapy from the College of Wooster in Ohio.

She received training as a Licensed Massage Therapist from the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, Washington.

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