Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Naturopathic Physician?

A naturopathic physician is a medical practitioner that attended a 4 year, accredited, post-graduate medical school that trains and educates primary care physicians to diagnose and treat patients with acute and chronic illness from a holistic perspective.  The training consists of both classroom and clinical rotations.  There is a strong emphasis on prevention and wellness, as well as causing as little harm as possible to the individual on their health journey.  A naturopath is not defined by the treatment modalities they prescribe.  It is the reason treatments are recommended that is at the heart of naturopathic medicine.  Naturopathic physicians are trained in: homeopathy, botanical medicines, pharmaceutical medicines, orthomolecular supplements (vitamins, minerals, amino acids), hydrotherapy, minor surgery, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, naturopathic physical medicine, and lifestyle/diet modifications.  Currently naturopathic physicians are licensed in 16 states within the United States.

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a philosophy of medicine.  The remedies are given homeopathically – meaning the specific medicine has been shown to cause a similar symptom picture in healthy individuals as the symptom picture the ill patient is presenting with.  It is based on the philopsophy of “Like cures Like”. The medicines are a very dilute preparation of plant, animal, or mineral substances; and are extremely safe for patients of all types. There is little to no risk of interaction or interference with other medications or procedures.

What is SCENAR?  (SKA.NAR) long “A”

SCENAR is an abbreviation for the Self Controlled Energy Neuro Adaptive Regulator.
The SCENAR device uses active biofeedback, constantly changing its own electrical impulses to more accurately respond to the body’s own neurological impulses.  The EMF impulses from the SCENAR device are a dynamic energy directed to help guide the body in its own healing process – the release of neuro peptides and regulatory peptides; and the release of endorphins.  This is a totally unique and revolutionary means for supporting our body’s own healing ability, and is only available through SCENAR therapy.

The SCENAR impulse is compact, short in time, and unimpeded.  It is a signal that the body recognizes as its own; it is non-habituating and is uniquely shaped based on the biofeedback from the body.  The impulse is constantly changing supporting an activation of the body’s adaptive mechanisms.  Because of this dynamic nature, the body will not become tolerant to the SCENAR signal. The SCENAR device does not heal the body.  It supports and helps to reactivate the body’s own healing mechanisms.

Do you take insurance?

The short answer is no.  Because Kentucky is an unlicensed state for Naturopathic Doctors, I am unable to submit office bills for reimbursement.

Is this type of treatment safe with my conventional treatments?

Yes it is. Most of the treatments I use are safely combined with conventional treatments.  My training from a four year medical school included education regarding conventional medicines and the integration of holistic modalities to foster true healing.

Will I have to change my diet?

I often suggest dietary changes as a component of the overall lifestyle transformation to achieve a balanced state of health.  These recommendations are specific to each individual patient.

What kind of lab testing do you do?

Because Kentucky does not license Naturopaths, I am unable to directly order many of the conventional lab tests.  I do frequently ask to see your most recent lab work from your primary care doctor.  I will also when necessary, suggest some alternative lab testing as and adjunct to the lab work from your conventional doctor.

Can you be my primary care doctor?

Even though my education and training qualifies me to fill this role, the restrictions of practicing in an unlicensed state prohibit me from being your only healthcare provider.  I do recommend that all patients have a primary care doctor they visit at least 1 time per year.

What is the difference between Homeopathy and Naturopathy?

Homeopathy is just 1 of the possible treatment modalities I am qualified to use through my training as a Naturopathic Doctor.  I do specialize in Homeopathy, but also embrace western herbs, orthomolecular nutrition (vitamins and supplements), hydrotherapy, and naturopathic physical medicine.

How frequently do I need to come to see you?

After your initial visit, we will typically follow-up with our treatment plan 2 to 4 weeks later.  Depending on the initial progress and treatment regimen we will meet again in 4 to 8 weeks for further evaluation.  As progress continues, the time between visits will increase.  Ultimately, a healthy individual would check in 1 to 2 times a year or as needed.  Acute cases will typically require more frequent visits.

Do you make house calls?

I am happy to make house calls as well as visits to the hospital.  I charge the standard rate for mileage from my office.

What if there is an emergency?

Please call 911 if there is a life threatening emergency.  I am 100% accessible to my established patients, by email or phone.  If after calling 911 you are able, please call me so we can begin acute homeopathic care.

What types of Natural treatments will you give me?

Most of my patients are given a homeopathic remedy, in addition to some other treatment plans individual to their case.  Patients will also often be referred to other specialists to support the overall goal of health.

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