Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I usually work to resolve chronic pain.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Talk to any alternative practitioner before coming in. Get a sense of who they are and what they offer. Ask for the complete cost rather than being surprised.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. All Naturopathic Doctors are cats. You need to find one that matches you and don't presume that if you saw one ND you have any idea what another one will offer you.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What do you want your life to look like in ten years?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I work very hard to generate happy compliance. It is relatively easy to come up with a program for a patient, and far harder to come up with a program that an individual patient will be able to do for months or years without feeling it is burdensome. I am most successful when patients have not needed me for a given issue for years and only come in with some new concern.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love figuring out what will help people and expanding that help to every area of their lives. Too often we are concerned with a particular illness, when something like blood sugar levels is a reflection of overall stress. Yes, you can alter medications and introduce natural substances to replace them. But dealing with the whole picture is much quicker and more rewarding.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Does insurance cover me? Anthem has specifically denied my profession coverage. They have decided that nutrition and lifestyle are experimental treatments.
How often do I have to come? I usually see people for a single issue two or three times. We often see improvement after the first visit and tweak the program from there.
What do you treat? I treat people, not diseases. I research each area and I have found that two people with the same disease may have very different causes and symptoms. Everyone has a different resolution.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I love the patient who came in with severe breathing difficulty not improved by inhalers and oxygen. In a matter of minutes I explained to him how he was breathing wrong. Evidently none of the specialists he had seen had ever really looked at him and seen what was happening every time he took a breath. He resolved in the office and has not had an issue since.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish everyone knew that there is an alternative to the standard model. While I use my Primary care doc for standard things, when he doesn't have an answer that doesn't mean an answer doesn't exist, just that he wasn't trained in the alternatives.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I was unable to get the results I needed from conventional medicine.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently had a mother who had been unable to relax for a year do so while in the office.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes. We have Continued Ed required for licensure.
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. At some point NDs will be incorporated into the conventional medical field.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. I just wrote Tending Your Internal Garden in about two months using a hundred plus pages of research.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Simple. $180 for new visits. $120 follow-ups. Less if you need less than an hour. (First visits are two hours).
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would suggest reading my book MD Vs. ND: What Should I Be? Available at Amazon or Smashwords.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. How do people get healthy?
I am constantly amazed at the variation in human response to all interventions. People get healthy in individualized, complex ways. I have the honor of supporting them and coming up with new directions.