What is naturopathic medicine?
It is a system of medicine that believes that the body has the innate ability to heal itself when given the correct conditions to do so. Finding the underlying cause of disease and treating it rather than covering up symptoms is a major tenant of Naturopathy that Dr. Williamson utilizes to get you well again.
Each person is looked at as an individual, so there are no set protocols for any one condition. Dr. Williamson looks at the WHOLE PERSON and that individual’s health history to decide on which therapeutics are most indicated for their condition.
The 6 Principles of Naturopathy
1) First Do no Harm
2) Use the Healing Power of Nature
3) Identify and treat the cause of disease
4) Treat the whole person (mentally, emotionally, & physically)
5) Docere- Doctor as Teacher
6) Prevention is the best cure
Therapies offered include:
- General Medical/Family Medicine
- Clinical Nutrition Nutrient/Vitamin IV Therapy
- Vitamin Injections
- Orthomolecular supplementation (using Vitamins, Minerals, and Amino Acids medicinally)
- Botanical Medicine
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Williamson will choose treatments from both schools of medicine, both traditional and alternative to best suit your needs. She will also refer when necessary and co-manage treatment with other doctors so that her patients can get the most complete and best healthcare possible. Dr. Williamson is the Primary Care Physician for many of her patients.
What to Expect from a Visit to a Naturopathic Doctor?
Discussing your needs with a naturopathic doctor will help to focus your care. A typical first visit with Dr. Williamson includes taking a relevant health history, conducting an appropriate physical examination, ordering of relevant laboratory tests and/or imaging studies, and making recommendations for treatment. It may include gathering past information such as previous laboratory test results, medical records, a diet diary, and other information.
Follow-up visits vary in length and frequency depending on the individual nature of the health issues being addressed, therapies being utilized, and other treatment goals. When working with Dr. Williamson, plan to be actively involved in your treatment. She may work with you to change your diet or exercise habits, teach you ways to reduce stress, as well as use supplements, vitamins, herbs, and other medicines and treatments to help you meet your goals.
Naturopathic physician visits are normally not covered by health insurance and are paid for out of pocket. However, procedure and diagnostic codes can be given to you and then you can fill out an insurance claim form, normally found on your health insurance company’s website.