53 Main Street, Topsham, ME 04086 / (207)798-3993

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a naturopathic doctor?

A naturopathic doctor (N.D.) is a primary health care practitioner who is trained in not just treating the symptoms, but also addressing the fundamental causes of one’s illness. As with a conventional medical doctor, a naturopathic doctor is a state licensed practitioner. A naturopathic doctor can either be a specialist or generalist, and is seen for achieving maximum health or diagnosing and treating chronic and acute conditions.

How is a naturopathic doctor educated?

A licensed naturopathic doctor attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in the same basic sciences as conventional medical doctors. In addition to the standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete training in clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, counseling, hydrotherapy, minor office procedures and pharmacology. A naturopathic doctor must pass rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed as a primary care general practice doctor, and must complete continuing education credits each year.

What should I expect at the first visit?

The initial visit is 60 to 90 minutes long and includes a thorough medical history and naturopathic medical assessment. Physical examinations and laboratory testing are performed when indicated. Follow-up visits are usually 60 minutes long.

What services do we offer?

We provide medical care ranging from annual exams and well-child visits to treatment for acute conditions and ongoing chronic illnesses. We are focused on preventative medicine and strive to give the most complete care possible. We use a variety of laboratory testing facilities, and can collect most of the required samples in our office. In addition to testing, we have a comprehensive medicinary so we can provide supplements or a tailored tea or herbal tincture for your specific needs.

Are naturopathic doctors and certified professional midwives covered by insurance?

A number of insurance companies cover our naturopathic services, birth center, home births and laboratory fees. Please contact your insurance provider to determine if they cover naturopathic medicine and midwifery services. We would be happy to provide you with an invoice from our office to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Because we are a small office we do not bill insurance companies, and request payment at the time of service.

Can I get supplements from your office?

Yes, we carry most of the supplements we prescribe. We thoroughly research and selectively choose the products, including organic and wildcrafted herbs whenever possible. The products are physician grade and of the highest quality available.

Midwifery and naturopathic medicine are new to me – can I call with questions?

Yes, we encourage you to call (207)798-3993 with any questions and our staff or doctors/midwives will be happy to help you.