Your first visit will typically take around 90 minutes , which ensures that we will have an adequate amount of time to understand your case. During this time we will gather your health and medical history, better understand your current condition, perform any necessary physical examination, and develop our treatment plan.

Please bring current medications, supplements, and any recent lab work or imaging that you may have.

For more complicated and long-standing conditions, a second visit may be necessary to finalize your treatment. Often we will collect any needed health records and testing prior to your second visit.

Focused Visit:

I do offer a shorter first visit type for acute conditions (cold, flu) that do not require a comprehensive intake. This typically takes between 30-45 minutes. Please call my office to discuss if this would be the appropriate visit type for you.

Follow Up Visits:

Your follow up visits will typically be between 15-60 minutes, based on our treatment approach as well as the complexity and urgency of your condition. Most patients have a follow up visit every 1-3 months while beginning treatment, and every 6-12 months after we have successfully managed or resolved your condition. I do offer certain follow up visits over the phone for your convenience.

Some office visits are specifically focused towards diet and nutrition educationand I encourage your spouse, partner, or family to attend.

Testing:

Testing may be ordered to better understand or diagnose your condition and is often the best way to monitor progress. It is my priority to be focused, cost-effective, and reasonable with the amount of testing performed. Tests may be ordered through Laboratories you are already familiar with or through specialty laboratory companies.

Payment:

I am a Fee-for-Service office and payment is due at the time of your service. An electronic claim will be submitted to your insurance company on your behalf if requested. See our “Insurance Reimbursement” section for more information.

 

 

I am happy to discuss visit options and fees, please call so I can accurately answer any questions you may have.

 

 

In the state of Arizona, Naturopathic Physicians are licensed to practice medicine a Primary Care Providers. Therefore, unless your insurance policy specifically excludes Naturopathic Physicians, you should be entitled to reimbursement. Because Naturopathic Physicians are not usually included on the list of covered providers, the reimbursement you will receive will usually be an “out of network” reimbursement.

To find out if your insurance company will cover your Naturopathic medical services, there are a few things you can do:

  1. Look at your policy.

If the “Definition of Physician” in your policy does not specifically either exclude Naturopathic Physicians, or limit the definition to specific providers other than Naturopathic Physicians, then you may be covered for Naturopathic services.

  1. Call your insurance company.

The following are a few suggestions of what to say/ask while on the phone:

  • Does my policy cover services performed by a licensed Naturopathic Physician?
  • Does the “definition of physician” in my policy specifically exclude Naturopathic Physicians?
 Request a copy of the definition.
  • Does the definition limit services to specific health care providers?  Which ones?
  • Naturopathic physicians are Primary Care Providers licensed to practice medicine in my state.

If your policy covers Naturopathic medical services, file your claim for reimbursement. We will gladly submit an electronic claim for reimbursement on your behalf.

If your policy does not cover Naturopathic medical services please lobby for coverage and consider finding a policy that does. Section 2706 of the Affordability Care Act is believed to provide coverage in states that license Naturopathic Physicians, however this has yet to be implemented by insurance companies.

 

Naturopathic Medicine is a system of medicine that focuses on the prevention of illness and treatment in a less-invasive, natural way.Although naturopathic medicine has been a part of the American health care system for over 100 years, its philosophy and roots go back through medical history to the healing wisdom of many other cultures and times dating back thousands of years. Today, naturopathic physicians skillfully blend all of the modern, cutting-edge elements of conventional medicine with the ancient, time-honored natural healing techniques that have been used for centuries. They offer the world a healing paradigm founded on a rational balance of tradition, science, and respect for nature.

 

In the past few decades, naturopathic medicine has experienced a large resurgence in the United States due to the health conscious public taking a more active role in their health care and seeking out alternatives to conventional treatments. People want to be seen as whole persons, not simply as a list of symptoms or as a particular disease. People want time and honesty from their physicians. They want to be empowered and have more control over their own health. People want preventative therapies and treatment that solves the problem, not suppressive quick fixes. Naturopathic medicine provides these things.

 

Naturopathic Medical Doctors (ND’s or NMD’s) are trained as primary care providers and are the only generalpractitioners trained as specialists in natural medicine. Naturopathic physicians are trained in a four-year medical school and are required to pass comprehensive national licensing exams (NPLEX) in order to be licensed. Once licensed, they are able to diagnose and treat medical conditions, whether acute or chronic. In practice, ND’s perform and use the same diagnostic tools that patients have experienced with their allopathic medical doctors (MD’s) including: thorough history taking; physical exams; laboratory/blood testing; x-rays; ultrasounds; etc. We work closely with all other branches of medicine, referring patients to other qualified practitioners/specialists for diagnosis and/or treatment when appropriate.

ND’s differ from conventional physicians in their philosophy of treatment and some treatment modalities. They address the cause of disease not just suppressing symptoms. They treat the whole person, not just a particular organ or disease, and always remember that conditions are often connected. They respect the bodies innate ability to heal itself and use therapies to help you work in the correct direction. They promote prevention of illness and teach you how to achieve your optimal level of health long before any devastating illness. Each treatment is unique and individualized to the person and condition being treated, providing the best opportunity for the health and growth of that person.

ND’s are licensed to prescribe conventional prescription medicines, however they typically choose not to use surgery and/or prescription medications as a first line of treatment unless necessary. Naturopathic physicians offer safe and effective natural alternatives to these conventional therapies, which include:

 

  • Nutrition, vitamins and supplements
  • Dietary Modifications
  • Acupuncture
  • IV Therapy
  • Detoxification
  • Lifestyle Counseling/Stress Management
  • Herbal Medicine

 

One of my favorite principles of Naturopathic Medicine has always been Docere, which means Doctor as Teacher. I am not sure when we stopped remembering that the word Doctor comes from the Latin word docere, which means “to teach.” I believe that medicine has lost a valuable skill in its all too often failure to educate the patient on how to take care of themselves as much as possible; empowering them to be an advocate for their health. I am passionate about teaching my patients and explaining to them not only their condition but also their options.

Dr Buxbaum

 

 

 

Additional Information:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Article on Naturopathic Medicine

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2883816/

Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges

http://www.aanmc.org

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

http://www.naturopathic.org

 

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