Answers to Your Common Questions
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Does Dr. Abby work with children?
Do Naturopathic doctors work with other health care providers?
What can I expect during my first visit?
An initial consultation is generally around 90 minutes long and involves a thorough review of your medical and personal history including lab results, past procedures and any medications or supplements you are currently taking. If additional lab work is recommended, Dr. Abby will discuss this with you. At the end of the appointment, a customized wellness plan will be developed and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled. Click here to learn more »
How long are follow-up appointments?
Do you accept insurance?
- Naturopathic Doctors in the state of New York cannot contract with insurance companies so patients living and working in New York will not be able to use their insurance for their appointments. If you have a health savings account (HSA), this can likely be used to pay for the cost of your visits. These are accounts where you can set aside monies tax-free for the year to use for almost any medical expense.
- Naturopathic Doctors in Connecticut are recognized by most insurance companies but you will need to call your insurance provider to find out what might be covered. When calling, it helps to ask them two specific questions: Will you reimburse me for my naturopathic medical visit? and Will you cover or reimburse me for necessary lab tests or supplements? Dr. Abby is not currently contracted with insurance because this model does not support the Naturopathic approach in a way that allows for more lengthy and holistic care. If Naturopathic medicine is a part of your insurance plan, you can submit the superbill from your visit in CT to your insurance company for reimbursement.
What type of payments do you receive?
What’s the difference between a Naturopath and a Homeopath?
How is a ND different from a MD?
In some states, NDs operate as primary care doctors and can serve as a family doctor alongside MDs with the same specialty. Licensure of NDs varies from state to state. In New York Naturopathic doctors are not yet licensed but Massachusetts, on the other hand, has been licensing Naturopathic doctors since 2017. Regardless of location, however, the main difference between a ND and a MD is the philosophy and approach to disease. NDs also have longer visits which enables them to better understand the whole person and the interplay of all aspects of a person’s health. The treatment modalities of MDs and NDs also differ. While NDs are not oppose to pharmaceuticals and surgical interventions, they will start off treatment with low force interventions such as herbal medicines, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, counseling and nutrition.
How often do we meet?
Will Naturopathic medicine interfere with my medications?
What types of diseases do you treat?
Can Naturopathic Medicine really cure disease or just prevent it?
- In many cases, Naturopathic medicine can absolutely cure disease. Naturopathic, Functional or Integrative medicine are all wonderful options in addition to conventional medicine and for those who have not found a cure with conventional medicine, they are worth exploring and learning more about.
- When used in conjunction with conventional therapies, natural approaches may increase the efficacy of conventional therapies, minimize side effects and address concomitant ailments.
- Dr. Abby can diagnose and treat diseases* as well as offer counseling to help prevent them. Like conventional MDs, Dr. Abby can order and interpret blood tests, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
What’s the difference between Naturopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine?
- Recent demand for more patient-centered and holistic medicine, has prompted some medical doctors to pursue additional training to learn about herbs, nutrition and other natural therapies. These holistically minded doctors are drawing on the history and philosophy of Naturopathic medicine which has been practiced in this country for over a hundred years after drawing on traditional medicine from Europe.
- Functional medicine was developed by Jeffry Bland, who founded the Institute of Functional Medicine in the 1990s which has been the primary center for training MDs and DOs on taking a more holistic approach to patient care.
- Functional medicine is essentially a re-branded and re-marketed version of Naturopathic medicine. Given the short nature of this training, however, many functional medicine doctors are still treating symptoms, albeit with natural therapies. They have not spent the time that Naturopathic doctors have learning the philosophy of identify and treating the root cause of illness and disease. Wherease MDs and DOs undergo independent study in natural medicine in a piecemeal fashion after graduation in order to specialize in Functional medicine, NDs are taught this integrative approach from day one of their medical training in addition to all the same sciences as MDs.
- What all of these providers have in common is a working knowledge of conventional diagnostics and pharmaceuticals in addition to a deep apprciation for the body to heal itself. Holistic MDs and Functional doctors also know much more about herbs and nutrition than the run-of-the-mill MDs but their knoledge is inconsistent from provider to provider and there is no standard exam for these doctors to demonstrate their skill. NDs are well versed in herbal medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, and orthomolecular medicine as the naturopathic medical program mandates these subjects be included not only in the medical curriculum, but also assessed during clinical rotations and tested in the national naturopathic medical board examinations (NPLEX I and NPLEX II).
Will Dr. Abby put me on a specific diet?
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In New York, Naturopathic Doctors cannot diagnose or treat disease.
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