At the Office
What's an Appointment Like?
First, I want to hear all about why someone is seeking help. I spend from one to two and-a-half hours with people during their first consultation. The length of the visit is determined by the complexity of the person's condition and aspects of their health history that may require special attention. I have learned that it often takes time for the keys to a person's healing to emerge during an office call. If people feel rushed, then important pieces of information never get communicated, or if they are communicated, they are not given the full attention they deserve.
Then a thorough medical history is taken, and specific focal health issues are also covered, such as a chemical exposure history, prescription drug and recreational drug history, a trauma history, unhealed ancestral issues, and so forth. Any recent lab work, if available, is also reviewed. A complete list of typical questions asked can be found in Your First Appointment. In addition to this, any significant recent or recurrent dreams are also considered. The reason for this is explained in The Importance of Dreams.
After this initial intake, I then do muscle-testing, also known as Applied Kinesiology, with the client. Muscle-testing is used in order to establish how many priorities of treatment there are, to identify what each of those priorities are, and to help create an individualized treatment plan.
Many health practitioners utilize muscle-testing to assist in the assessment and treatment of their patients. There are many ways of doing muscle-testing, therefore your experience of this alternative medicine tool will most likely vary from practitioner to practitioner.
Sometimes I will include muscle-testing of various common food allergens, jewelry frequently worn by the patient, prescription drugs, certain supplements and frequently used personal hygiene products. This is a quick and easy way to determine if a substance is contributing to a person's overall health and well-being, or if it might be incompatible with their body.
Upon completion of muscle-testing, I discuss each aspect of the treatment plan with the client. A homeopathic remedy to clear a miasm (or to treat another kind of issue) is often prescribed, as well as other treatment modalities such as diet, working with emotional issues, and so forth. A follow-up appointment is typically scheduled at this time, usually for three or four weeks from the time the homeopathic remedy is taken.
Follow-up appointments are similar to initial consultations but are shorter in duration because all the initial information-gathering has already been done.
Although I am a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Washington, I have chosen to stop doing primary care medicine. Please do call me if you need more information about what is and is not included in the way I am currently practicing. Also, My Services introduces the various naturopathic healing modalities and services I offer. I have created the kind of practice that I most enjoy and that allows for optimal utilization of my particular skills. I love working with the people who find their way to my door. I have a beautiful one-room office in a town filled with skilled bodyworkers, counselors and other practitioners. This network of providers creates a wonderfully varied palette of treatment options for those actively seeking to improve their health from the inside out.