If you’ve never been to one and don’t know how it will go, don’t worry! Naturopathic Doctors are different, and your expectations should be as well! Not only are we friendly and caring, but we practice holistic primary health care, and appointments with me will be different from what you’re used to. Different is notable when everyone else is the same.
Before Your First Appointment
Before you come in, it helps if you can fill out a few forms and have some specific information ready. This saves time during the visit and helps give a better understanding of your current health challenges.
- Your intake form — This form is simple to fill out and asks some basic questions about your health history which takes about 10 minutes to complete. You will receive your intake form via email once you schedule your initial consultation. If you’d prefer to fill out the form by hand, you are welcome to come in early to your appointment and fill it out in our waiting room!
- A list of medications and supplements you are currently taking — List all medications and supplements with dosages if you can.
- Any recent lab work or blood work you have — This will help us understand your body’s current state. You can call your doctor’s office for a copy or have one sent directly to our clinic.
- Any supplements you have at home that you’ve got questions about — many patients will have a bag or box of things at home that they aren’t sure if they should be taking, or in what doses. Bring it all in (yes, I mean all!) and we can go through it together to use up what you’ve got at home and make sure you know how to take or avoid your supplements.
Your First Visit
Your first visit will be an hour in length. We spend the time to get a thorough health history from you and as many details as we can about your current concerns and health goals. We’ll talk about significant medical history, family medical history, then I’ll ask about everything from sleep to mood, to energy levels and diet. I want to make sure we don’t miss anything!
The appointment is like a thorough exploration of your current state of health. Most patients leave feeling reassured knowing education is a huge part of ND treatment. We make sure you walk away with a deeper understanding of how your illness works, and how we’re going to treat it. You will be respected, listened to, and by the time you leave, inspired.
Diagnosis & Assessment
Getting to the root cause of your condition is possible only through the right diagnosis, so to help us get there we use a number of assessment tools!
Naturopathic doctors are trained with the same diagnostic and assessment skills as medical doctors. Your assessment will include a physical exam of any affected areas of your body and any areas that we think might be related. We might feel your thyroid, listen to your lungs or heart, or look for tender spots on your abdomen. We will do special orthopedic tests if you have joint or muscle pain, and we will use our best physical exam skills to get all the information we need to move forward with your treatment.
As primary healthcare providers, it’s important that we know what’s going on with your body at a biochemical level. We might do some blood tests to assess cellular function or determine what foods you’re sensitive to. Some tests are covered by insurance, and other tests are patient-pay- we only do the tests we think are necessary to get a clear picture. Gain a deeper understand of our lab testing!
Comprehensive Care and Follow Ups
At the end of your first visit, you can expect a comprehensive treatment plan that will address your health goals using our Naturopathic techniques. The treatment plans are developed for you specifically, to ensure they not only get you feeling better faster, but also fit into your lifestyle.
Follow up visits after our first visit together are normally 30 minutes long, and can be anyway from 2-4 weeks after your initial visit. We’ll reassess how our initial plan has been going, and if there’s anything we need to adjust or change. We’ll continue to follow up as needed until you’re feeling fantastic and only need to check in as needed!
Now that you know what to expect, take the next step toward your health and wellness! Call our clinic to book an appointment.