What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) blend centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the most effective healer.
The therapeutic modalities used in naturopathic medicine include nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy. Naturopathic doctors integrate conventional, scientific, and empirical methodology with the ancient laws of nature.
What are the 6 Tenets of Naturopathic Medicine?
First Do No Harm | Primum Non Nocere
The Healing Power of Nature | Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Discover and Treat the Cause, Not Just the Effect | Tolle Causam
Treat the Whole Person | Tolle Totum
The Physician is a Teacher | Docere
Prevention | Praevenire
These are the principles by which Dr. Tim individualizes his wellness plans.
What type of training do Naturopathic Doctors receive?
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) at an accredited institution are trained as primary care physicians. The training is 4 years of medical school after completing a Bachelor’s Degree. The curriculum is comparable to that of Medical Doctors (MDs) and Osteopathic Doctors (DOs). Where the training differs is that Naturopathic Doctors focus more time in the classroom and clinical setting on prevention and natural treatments of disease versus the pharmaceutical counterparts.
In licensed states, most NDs provide primary care through office-based private practice. Many receive additional training in areas such as midwifery, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine. Because NDs view natural remedies as complementary as well as primary, they cooperate with other medical professionals, referring patients to (and receiving patients from) conventional medical doctors, surgeons and other specialists when appropriate.
I’ve never seen a Naturopathic Doctor; how do I know if it is right for me?
Dr. Tim offers a free 15-minute consultation – aimed at seeing if this is a good fit for you both personally and professionally. To schedule your free consultation, click here.
What types of common conditions does Dr. Tim work with?
Dr. Tim works with people, not diseases. All are welcome. Some of the most common reasons clients seek out Dr. Tim’s help include: Digestive issues, weight loss, pain relief, insomnia, fertility and hormonal support, and athletic performance.
Do I need to do anything before scheduling my first Naturopathic appointment with Dr. Tim?
Yes! You will need to complete and send in your new patient health history form before you can schedule your appointment. You can e-mail or fax it to us. Click here to find your forms: New Patient Intake Forms. Once we receive your paperwork, we will contact you to schedule your appointment. The forms will take about 30-60 minutes to complete. This allows Dr. Tim ample time to review your case and target your wellness plan even before you step inside the office doors. See Intake Form for fax and e-mail contact information.
Do I need to do anything before scheduling my first Acupuncture appointment with Dr. Tim?
No. You are welcome to schedule your appointment online. We will have a few short forms for you to fill out at the office on the day of your appointment, but there are no forms you need to fill out in advance. To schedule your acupuncture appointment with Dr. Tim, please click here.
What can I expect from my first visit with Dr. Tim?
The first visit lasts 90 minutes for a Naturopathic visit and 60 minutes for an acupuncture only visit. Dr. Tim will work with you in addressing your primary concerns. He will spend the time to listen and help identify the most immediate issues. You will receive a wellness plan and Dr. Tim will go over it with you in detail. If you are receiving acupuncture your first visit will also include your first acupuncture treatment.
What will my wellness plan include?
Your wellness plan will be tailored to you based on your condition and desired goals. It will include dietary and lifestyle recommendations, as well as supplements to take, such as herbs, nutrients, and homeopathy.
How long are follow-up visits?
Follow-up visits are typically 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on your individual needs. Dr. Tim will check in on the progress you are experiencing and modify your wellness plan accordingly.
How often will I see Dr. Tim?
Most naturopathic clients are seen monthly until their desired results are achieved. After that, 1-2 times yearly to maintain wellness.
Most acupuncture clients are seen 1-2 times weekly for 4-6 weeks or until their desired results are achieved. After that, appointments are spaced out and provided as needed.
What are the acceptable forms of payment?
Cash, Check, and most major Credit Cards (Visa/MC/Discover/AMEX). Payment is due in full at time of visit.
Does Dr. Tim work with health care practitioners?
Absolutely. He believes that a health care team is the best way to support you. Dr. Tim would love to know with whom you’re working. Please bring your medical care team’s information with you at your first visit.
Is there anything I should bring with me to my first appointment?
Yes! Please bring ALL bottles of supplements and medications you are currently taking, as well as a copy of all lab work (blood work, imaging, etc.) from the past 1-2 years.
If I am taking prescription medications, can I take natural therapies?
Yes, depending upon circumstances. Dr. Tim has been trained extensively in the interactions of pharmaceutical medications and herbal medicines. This training includes the potentially adverse effects that may occur if improperly combined. He will avoid harmful combinations of both drug-nutrient interactions and drug-herbal interactions. It is very important that you provide Dr. Tim with a list of current medications with dosages and keep him informed of any changes to that list. In the state of New York, Dr. Tim cannot legally change any of your pharmaceutical prescription dosages; this is something you would need to do with your prescribing doctor.
Do all states license Naturopathic Doctors?
Currently, naturopathic doctors are licensed or registered as health care providers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Legal provisions allow the practice of naturopathic medicine in several other states; however, New York State is not one of them. Naturopathic doctors are also recognized in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
Does New York currently license Naturopathic Doctors?
New York State does not currently license Naturopathic Doctors. That means, that in New York State, Dr. Tim cannot diagnose, treat, or order laboratory tests. Instead, he will make dietary and supplement recommendations for your particular condition.