ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.What to expect
A 60-Minute First Session
Getting to know my patients thoroughly and establishing a great channel of communication takes time, and I invest in that relationship straight away. I take a full hour (60 minutes), on the initial new patient visit, to get to know you, to listen to you, and to fully explore the question of why you are here. Rarely is it that your case is just about your symptoms—I work to help identify the level at which your symptoms are primarily originating, whether it be physical, emotional, psychological, or even spiritual. I take the time to learn about you, help recognize your unique patterns of health and disease, and to create a personalized road map towards your most vital self and life.
Finding the Underlying Pattern
Intuitive, Supportive, Scientific
I resist the temptation to overprescribe supplements but I enjoy overdelivering on your health. I am focused on producing the most value for you for the least amount of your investment. I believe that you have the right to a better, healthier, more meaningful life, and I am a passionate and dedicated collaborator with you toward that aim.
The Right Modalities for You
There is no one-stop-shop, one-size-fits all approach to the individual. I adhere to the tenets of what has been called The Doctrine of Individuality. The treatment plan and modalities which may work for one person will often not work for another, even if it is documented in the scientific literature. Each individual has their own protocol, just right for them.
A Naturopathic, Root-Cause Approach
Naturopathic doesn’t mean using natural medicines like a conventional medical doctor—for example, using an anti-inflammatory herb such as turmeric to merely address underlying inflammation, much the same way that an MD uses NSAIDs to treat inflammation in the body. There is nothing inherently wrong with this approach, but frankly, this type of approach is simply more of the same, and may work for a time, but will not address the root cause. For example, I ask, “What is causing the inflammation?”
Naturopathic means finding creative, effective ways to address symptoms by supporting the innate healing capacities of the body, giving it what it needs, helping the organs of elimination to function at their most optimal, and removing obstacles to cure, such as substances which are not readily broken down by the body. I believe that the overprescription of natural medicines can be unnecessary, expensive, and even possibly produce harmful results: A treatment that puts you on twenty different supplements without exploring the root cause of an illness is little more than a really expensive game of whack-a-mole.
Instead of flooding your system with everything it might need and seeing how it shakes out, what I call a “shotgun approach,” I find the one or two treatments that align with your specific constellation of health. This is more of a “lowest common denominator” approach, meaning that I work to find the one or two problems at the root of your condition, disease, illness, or symptoms, and to support and enhance the body’s amazing ability to heal itself by identifying one or two interventions which may feed several birds with one seed. The inherent healing capacity within the body is known as the vis medicatrix naturae, or the healing power of nature. As a colleague to this force, I am a collaborator with you along your journey of health.