Frequently Asked Questions
How do you fit into my healthcare team?
I can fill the role of your primary care doctor or I can be part of your healthcare team, working alongside your primary care doctors and other specialists. I can also do your gynecological exams if needed.
Do all Naturopathic Doctor’s use homeopathy?
No, the use of homeopathy varies among Naturopathic Doctors. Some do not use it at all, others use it sparingly, while others (like me) use it as a main therapy. Using homeopathy in this way requires years of practice and training. I have dedicated my practice to the study of homeopathy and have completed additional training outside of medical school in order to become proficient in it. Because of this, I am able to confidently select the most individualized remedy for your case while also managing the ebbs and flows of treatment as things change. I have taught homeopathy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and have also consulted on other practitioners cases about the use of homeopathic medicine in their practice.
How long are the visits?
Your initial intake will be 90 minutes. I will schedule an extended follow up shortly after the initial intake where the homeopathic medicine will be given. This will be 60-90 minutes long. After this, all other follow up visits will be 30-40 minutes. Shorter visits of 5-15 minutes will be available at my discretion. I also have longer follow ups of 60 min available if I have not seen you in over a year or for complicated cases.
What can I expect during the visits?
In the first visit, or the initial intake, you will tell your story and what had led up to your current symptoms. I will review your records, order additional lab testing if necessary, do a physical exam and start a treatment plan that may include: diet changes, lifestyle counseling, stress management techniques and supplements. Please bring any recent medical records that you have along with any supplements or medications that you are currently on, if possible.
At the first extended follow up, I will review any labs with you and find the homeopathic medicine that matches with your symptoms the best in order to help heal your body from the inside out. It is after this intake that you will have your full treatment plan.
For follow up care, I will see you in a month and review all symptoms to make sure we are on the right track. Even after my best efforts, it is sometimes possible that I may need to re-evaluate your case at this point if you are not improving like expected and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. After this we will decide how often you will need to be seen until your symptoms are completely resolved. I often see my patients monthly for at least 3 months in a row until I can gauge how they are responding to treatment, monitoring progress and making changes to the potency or remedy as needed. Some patients continue monthly follow-ups after this, while others start to spread their visits out further based on how they are responding and how much care is required in their case. Consistent follow up care is the key to continued success in your path to health and will decrease your overall time of care with me.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not directly accept insurance as a form of payment. However, you may submit your visit to your insurance yourself. You will be given the paperwork necessary to do so. You may get anywhere from 30-100 % of the visit covered depending on your insurance. Some patients do not get anything back, but can often apply the cost of the visit towards their deductable. Please call and speak with the front desk administrator if you have any further questions.
Do you accept HSA’s?
Yes. Our system will run your HSA card to deduct payment from what you owe at that visit.
How can I contact you between appointments?
After the second visit (the homeopathic intake), I offer a free 10 minute check in to make sure everything is going well and there are no questions after you start treatment. If you need to contact me between visits, you can do one of the following: email me through Patient Fusion, or call and ask the question to our front desk administrator. A quick email I will be able to respond to. Please allow at least 3 business days for me to return the email to you. If the email is lengthy or it requires me to ask you questions or change a treatment plan, you will get a call to schedule a 15 minute consult over the phone. If we talk for 5 minutes or less there will be no charge. If you call the office to relay a question to me, for a more immediate answer, our front desk administrator will get back to you with an answer normally that day. Again, if I feel we need to talk or change a treatment plan, you will be scheduled for 15 min phone call.
Where can I find homeopathic remedies?
I will carry most homeopathic remedies that are prescribed to you. You can also purchase most remedies in 6c and 30c (some will also carry a 200c) at Sprouts, Whole Foods and various local, independent health food stores. You can also pick up 6c and 30c remedies at SCNM on Loop 101 and Broadway in Tempe. I will need to call in a prescription for any remedy higher than a 200c. Via mail, you may also be able to order your remedy from Homeopathy Overnight
Are homeopathic remedies expensive?
They can run from $7-20 a remedy depending on where you get them and the potency you need.
How quickly will I feel a difference?
We should know if the treatment plan in working in the first 2-3 weeks after the remedy is given. For some people it takes as little as a few days to 1 week and for others as many as 4 weeks to feel a difference. In acute cases, you should begin to feel better very quickly, ranging from instantly to a few hours.
Is my remedy safe? I found online that is was toxic!
There is a VAST amount of incorrect information online regarding homeopathic medicines. Please understand that looking up a substance online that was given to you in a homeopathic form, you will often find information on that remedy that is NOT homeopathically prepared. All remedies are made from original substances that can cause symptoms in people (please see section on homeopathy on this website for further information). It is when they are prepared homeopathically that the toxic or dangerous effects of that substance are removed. The homeopathic form of the remedy you were given is safe and 100% non-toxic. The remedies are regulated by the FDA and sold over the counter at most health food stores.
What should I expect to be feeling?
Homeopathic medicine does not have a drug effect on the system. It is a completely natural, subtle change that shifts your body over time, like eating better and exercising does. Even though some people do feel a dramatic difference right away, most often it is looking back over the past several weeks since starting treatment that people will realize their symptoms have not been bothering them, they feel more energized, have an improved mood, and a greater sense of well-being, peace and calm.
I took the remedy and I feel worse! Why?
Please make sure you have seen the video or read the new patient packet on what to expect once you have taken a homeopathic remedy. Rarely, when a remedy is given to a person, they can feel a worsening of symptoms before they improve. It is often the remedy interacting with your symptoms and you are feeling those symptoms stirring up. This should only last 24-48 hours, if at all. If it lasts longer, please call for a free 10 minute check in as we might have to adjust the dosing of the remedy for you. Although you do not need to experience an aggravation to improve, it is often a sign that we found the correct match and you will soon feel much better.
What was this remedy for?
The remedy is for all of your symptoms and for your overall health. By finding the right homeopathic remedy that matches your complete case, we can remind the body to work in balance again. When this happens, the symptoms that you have will start to fade away, since they are just manifestations of an unbalanced system.
What happens if I get sick during treatment?
You can come in for an acute treatment plan, no need to go to urgent care. I can take care of infections and colds. If you do get sick and do not come in to see me, pay special attention to how you feel after getting sick, you may need an increase of strength of your remedy after getting sick.
Why do I have to change my potency continuously?
Because homeopathic remedies are so natural, the body can get used to them easily. When the body gets used to a remedy, you will notice that you either stop improving or some symptoms that were gone, start to return. You should never go back to where you started. Time (mostly between 1-3 months), getting sick or being exposed to a new stressful event, are all reasons as to why a remedy potency will need to be changed. There are many potencies available so we will not have to worry about running out of options before you are better.
What do I do with the remedies I stopped using?
You can just hold onto them and find a space that you designate for your remedies. In time, we may be able to re-use them, or you may need to use them for your family. Think of them the same way you do about other medicines in your medicine cabinet, just in case someone needs it.
If you changed my potency, can I just double up on what I am taking?
No, unfortunately it does not work that way. Remedies are not made in milligram dosages that can be added together. The potency given is prepared in a specific way and when your body gets used to it, it will get used to it no matter how many times you take it (there are some people who are exceptions to this rule). When I give you a new potency, it is actually prepared in a different way, which is what your body needs to continue to react to it.
How long will I be treated?
It depends on the complexity of your case and how quickly you are responding to treatment. I will be able to continue to address this as needed throughout treatment.
Will I have to take a remedy for the rest of my life?
No. Once you are better, we will take you off the remedy and you will only take it as needed if you are feeling any symptoms return. How I use homeopathic medicine, however, is for whatever is ailing you. For instance, you may need another remedy for a different reason in the future, as you would any medicine.