Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. My most common types of jobs come from clients for an emergency situation.
1. They have been to the doctor and have received a scary diagnosis.
2. They have been on medication that is making them sick.
3. They jump on the scale after the holiday season to discover their weight gain.
4. They are feeling bad and know that they have to make a change but don't really know what to do.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Healthy New You Workshops in 3 NJ churches and 1 Pennsylvania church.
Lecture at the National Fatherhood and Families Coalition 17th Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. If you are sick and tired of being SICK and TIRED then I am the Naturopathic Doctor for you. Together we get to the root cause of issues by actually talking about your lifestyle, finding out what is making you sick, and then creating an alternate plan.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I were a customer, I wish I knew that there is a way to stay well using everything in nature. I wish I knew who could help me to become well after a sickness or disease. The secret is to find a holistic practitioner who will listen to your concerns and actually believe you and to help you to understand that there is no such thing as an incurable disease.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. A customer should always ask a health practitioner:
1. What should I expect at my first appointment?
2. How long is my first appointment?
3. How much will the first appointment cost?
4. Will I have to make purchases by special order or at the health food store in addition to buying things in your office?
5. How often will I have to come to your office for an appointment?
6. How much is a follow-up appointment?
7. Do you make referrals to other practitioners like massage therapists, acupuncturists?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. The most important information clients should have thought through before seeking out a holistic practitioner are:
1. Am I ready to make a change for my health?
2. Am I ready to be compliant with the changes suggested for me?
3. Am I financially ready to make this investment of a lifetime for my well-being?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My work as a Naturopathic Doctor stands out from others because I am a Classical Naturopath who chooses to use no medicine, yet I work along with traditional doctors to meet the end result of your being well. I also take into consideration the lifestyle of the client based on their work habits, sleep patterns to come up with a plan in which a client will be compliant.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What I like most about my job is that I have results that can be measured. In my data collection I can actually track where a person was when we first began treatment versus where they are when we finish. I love knowing that our time together helped to instill a positive change in lifestyle for a lifetime.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most commonly asked question that I am asked is, "Do you take insurance?" My answer is no. If I took insurance then I would fall under a completely different category as a practitioner and I would have to follow completely different guidelines, none of which I feel yield positive results for my clients.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One 26 year old client came to me with a complete cancer profile. She felt terrible but did not know how to change. She brought her mom, dad, brother, and 2 aunts. She now feels great, has turned her profile into a healthy one, and has become a Certified Nutritional Health Practitioner!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish that customers knew about the profession of a Naturopathic Doctor is that there is a great deal of education that comes with the degree. A bona fide Naturopathic Doctor will have a degree on their wall. Many in the holistic profession call themselves doctors because they are healing others, yet they have no degrees.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I did not decide to get in this line of work, this line of work chose me. I have been living a holistic lifestyle since high school. I worked at GNC in the late 1970's and by the time I went to college I was the girl who could whip you up a little something if you didn't feel well. I have always been the village healer in my circle. I finally went to school after a career in the radio/record businesses and made my 'healing' training official.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I teach "Healthy New You" Workshops in various locations. I am proud of the work that many participants put in to shift into a paradigm of healthy living. It is a commitment oneself to move from the traditional to what will actually keep you well.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. It is important for the serious Naturopathic practitioner to attend continuing education classes to stay abreast of the latest developments. I take extensive courses every summer. I also take courses in my area as they come through during the year. I find it stimulating to learn what is new that can be incorporated with the methods I currently use.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. The latest developments in my field include dealing with emotional issues to help get to the root cause of a health challenge. I find the incorporation of this work exciting and can help the expansion of my business.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. My most recent project is my new Cookbook from the Ask The Good Doctor series entitled... Yes, You Are What You Eat: Recipes to Enhance Your Wellness Journey. Writing recipes is a quite involved process and the total time it took was 2 years till completion.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. First Appointment - $200
Follow=up Appointments - $125
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. If I were advising someone who wanted to get into the profession as a Naturopath I would suggest the following:
1. Go to school and earn a degree
2. Find an area of specialty within the field
3. Prepare for seasonal slumps
4. Align yourself with lectures, article writing, teaching assignments away from the office to impart the knowledge with others.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength is to listen to the client and to believe what they are saying, not trivialize their concerns, and to create a plan to move them from their place of ill-health to wellness.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. My internet presence. Re-launching my website. Hiring an assistant and an intern for each of my locations.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Why are your Naturopathic services superior?
My services are superior because I care about the client, I listen carefully, I give you a plan you can live with, I make you accountable to yourself and to me, and then I graduate you so you can go to make your village whole.