Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE?
Integrative medicine is a process, not a formula. It is a partnership between a patient and a healthcare practitioner, reviewing history, past treatments, any blockages to healing, and figuring what will be helpful.
Integrative medicine makes use of pharmaceutical drugs when they are appropriate, and can include herbal treatments, vitamins, minerals, dietary changes, exercise, and stress reduction techniques.
I have also been trained in NADA ear acupuncture protocol, which has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of addictions, trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A CONSULTATION?
We will review your health history, perform a thorough physical exam and review labs or diagnostic studies. I work alone and you will be given the time you need to take care of your concerns. All visits are completely confidential.
WHAT KIND OF AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED?
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I see patients of all ages, for common medical problems, both acute and chronic.
Many of the people who seek my care need more help understanding their health conditions, and guidance choosing safe and effective treatments.
With 29 years of experience, I draw on the expertise of a broad network of healthcare practitioners, and refer when necessary.
WHAT KIND OF MEDICINES ARE USED?
Treatment can include prescriptions for conventional medicines as well as herbal treatments, vitamins and supplements. I also use NADA protocol for ear acupuncture, and acupressure. Simple meditation techniques can be shared.
WHY HOME VISITS?
While earning my master's degree at Yale University I was a home health nurse and made house calls to see patients in New Haven, Connecticut and found a lot of value in partnering with patients from the comfort of their home. Patients have my focus, attention and time and, for those that may not be able to travel comfortably, it is an essential offering to accessing health care.
CAN YOU DO LABS AND XRAYS?
Blood work or other labs and xrays can be ordered if needed. We will review any labs or testing you have already had.
COST OF VISITS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS?
Office, home and phone consultations are $60/hour.
Travel for home visits are charged at $20/hour.
NADA ear acupuncture is offered at reduced cost, and is also done in groups as a community service.
Arrangements for reduced cost can be made for those in need.
Veterans are treated at no cost.
Payment options are cash, check, credit card and PayPal.
IS INSURANCE ACCEPTED?
I do not process insurance. I am happy to give you a receipt for the visit for your records. in need. Veterans are seen free. NADA ear acupuncture is offered at reduced cost, and also done as a community service.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
You can call or text 540-539-9692 or send an email to email@example.com.