Find the answers to commonly asked questions about our practice below. If you don’t see the answer to your question, feel free to contact us directly, and you can also check out the Resources and Testimonials pages for some additional info.
- What are the visit fees?
- How is a visit with Dr. Patel structured?
- What are examples of treatments used?
- What are bioidentical hormones?
- How long does it take for symptoms to get better?
- What education/training does a naturopath receive?
- What is naturopathic philosophy?
1) What are the visit fees?
- Initial consultation: $210
- Return appointments: $120
- Student/senior discount: $150 first/ $100 return
- Phone consultations (follow up only): $100
2) How is a visit with Dr. Patel structured?
The first visit takes about an hour and a half, during which Dr. Patel finds out about your health history, current hormone-related symptoms, and overall health profile. She also performs relevant physical exam and may order labs to find out more information. It is helpful to bring along to the first visit a filled out intake form, any recent labs or other medical records, and current supplements and medications.
After the first session, you receive a treatment plan which includes natural therapies such as bioidentical hormones, nutritional or herbal supplements, lifestyle recommendations, stress management techniques, and other modalities. Each naturopathic treatment plan is tailored to you as an individual and your unique health picture.
A follow-up visit is typically scheduled one month after the first visit. Follow-up visits take 45 minutes, during which Dr. Patel checks in on the main symptoms, course of treatment, and any questions you have. Dr. Patel is available for basic questions in between appointments over e-mail.
3) What are examples of treatments used?
While each treatment plan is unique and tailored to the person, there are some common modalities that naturopathic doctors use. Here are some examples:
- Bioidentical hormones—Bioidentical hormones help treat hormone imbalances and are compounded from natural plant substances to match the hormones that the body already makes. For more information, please read about bioidentical hormones below.
- Herbal and nutritional supplements—Supplements can help alleviate symptoms and serve as a supportive “bridge” toward healthier living practices. Some common supplements used include
- botanical medicine for hormone balancing
- adrenal or thyroid support
- sleep aids
- liver and detoxification support
- stress or anxiety alleviators
- and others
- Lifestyle modifications—When symptoms can get better with a change in habits surrounding diet, exercise, sleep, or stress management, the recommendations will be added to the treatment plan. These suggestions often help the other treatments work even better!
- Holistic and topical skincare—It’s important to treat common skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema both from the outside and with hormone balancing. Topical skin treatments with quality ingredients can help balance, soothe, and hydrate the skin. Additional benefits include detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial effects.
4) What are bioidentical hormones?
Hormone imbalances can occur due to aging, an unsupportive diet, lack of exercise, stress, fatigue, and many other related factors. Bioidentical hormone therapy is a natural treatment that is effective for helping improve symptoms of hormone imbalance and stress.
In the body, hormones are designed to fit with different cell receptors much like a key fits in a lock. Bioidentical hormones are prescription hormones made by a compounding pharmacy to match the hormones that already exist in the body. Because bioidentical hormones are an exact match, they carry out the exact functions that the body’s own hormones carry out such as energy production, reproductive health, stress relief, and restful sleep among others.
The bioidentical hormone replacement can be given in the form of creams, gels, pills, suppositories, and transdermal patches depending on what fits best. The dose given is the minimal one that will help effectively treat the symptoms.
5) How long does it take for symptoms to get better?
Everyone is different, so it varies how long course of treatment lasts for each individual. On average, changes can show up within 2-3 visits when treatment is incorporated into daily lifestyle. For chronic conditions that have set in over a long period of time, regular check-in can be helpful.
6) What education/training does a naturopathic doctor receive?
Naturopathic doctors attend 4-year doctorate degree programs which includes two years of clinical sciences, two or more years of clinical rotations, and extensive training in both natural and conventional treatments. The integrative approach to medicine includes health diagnosis, physical exam, laboratory ordering and interpretation, and in the state of California, certain prescriptive rights for medicines such as antibiotics or bioidentical hormones.
7) What is naturopathic philosophy?
Naturopathic doctors are taught how to:
- Respect the body’s inherent self-healing abilities (Healing Power of Nature)
- Identify the root cause of illness rather than merely suppress symptoms (Treat the Cause)
- Use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat, minimizing the risk of side-effects (First Do No Harm)
- Teach patients about health and encourage self-responsibility (Doctor as Teacher)
- Take into account physical, mental, and emotional health put together (Treat the Whole Person)
- Help prevent future illness by encouraging healthy living measures today (Prevention)