Root Natural Health - Flagstaff Doctors of Primary Care, Naturopathic Health, and Preventive Medicine [Flagstaff, Arizona]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept insurance?

At Root Natural Health, we strive to provide affordable health care. In order to keep our fees at a reasonable level for our patients, we do not bill insurance directly for our services. We will gladly provide you with a "superbill" (i.e. a detailed services receipt) that contains the appropriate codes which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement directly to you.  Please check with your carrier in advance to verify coverage for naturopathic services.

Not sure about your insurance coverage? Below is a form with some questions you can ask when speaking with your insurance company.

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What can I expect during my first visit?

New patient visits typically last 60-90 minutes and will include a complete health history, physical exams, and initial treatment plan.
The goal of our initial visit together is to understand your complete health picture and establish a solid foundation for a long-term approach to your health and wellness.

Once your initial visit is scheduled, our clinic can email or mail paperwork to complete prior to your visit. You can also choose to come 15 minutes early to your visit to complete the forms in our waiting room.

 

What is the difference between a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a Naturopath?

In the state of Arizona they all mean the same thing. Currently, only 15 states regulate the naturopathic profession: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington. In these states, patients can be assured that an NMD or ND is a licensed physician. Unfortunately, in the remaining states the regulation on who can call themselves a naturopath is limited. In the unregulated states it is important to know the education and training of an NMD or ND as not all are created equal.

 

What training do NMDs and NDs receive to practice in Arizona?

As fully licensed primary care physicians, they have completed under-graduate education and four years of post-graduate medical school.

"After completion of standard premedical undergraduate coursework, a naturopathic physician attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. but also studies holistic and natural approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). The naturopathic program includes two full years of supervised clinical training. Completion of optional residency is also available to some graduates. A naturopathic physician takes a rigorous national licensing examination so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician." ~ Excerpted from The Princeton Review's "Best 168 Medical Schools"

 

Will Naturopaths work with my other health care providers?

Yes, we can serve as your primary physician or work with your established Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Chiropractor or any other medical professional to provide a comprehensive team-based approach to your health care.

 

Can Naturopaths write prescriptions for medications if necessary?

Yes, Naturopaths are licensed to write prescriptions for medications and will do so when necessary. They are also able to taper patients off of medications when appropriate in a safe and effective manner. Our physicians have extensive clinical experience helping their patients manage, reduce or eliminate their need for prescription medications.

 

If I am currently taking prescription medications, can I still take herbal medications?

Naturopaths are trained extensively in drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions to avoid any potential adverse side effects and will provide you with safe treatment recommendations. It is helpful to always keep your doctor fully informed of all medications, supplements and herbs that you are taking.

 

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