A Naturopathic physician attends accredited schools and is state and nationally board certified, and they have very similar coursework especially in the biomedical and diagnostic sciences as their counterpart the MD (allopathic physician). However, as the training is similar, you may be surprised at how different the appointment will be in relation to your regular MD appointment.
Dr. Mendoza requires that the first appointment be 90 minutes long, she will ask you to talk about yourself and she will ask you many questions about yourself. The intent of the Naturopathic consultation is to treat the person, not to just focus on the disease process. It is important to proceed with a personalized treatment plan, and thus it is important to get a clear health history.
While it is probably in everyone’s goal is to be healthier, there are many patients with specific ailments bothering them or have certain goals they would like to achieve, such as increased energy, so Dr. Mendoza will tailor your consultation and the treatment plan based on these expectations.
Dr. Mendoza will talk about Nutrition, and yes food will be a focal point. If you are experiencing any symptoms as you eat, it would be best if you kept a food diary or a journal of how you feel when you eat certain foods.
The condition of your skin, eyes, nails and tongue can speak volumes about a person’s health, and so don’t be surprised when Dr. Mendoza takes a very close look. Your sleep will also be an important aspect in her concern for you.
The medications and supplements you take are important and so it is imperative that you tell Dr. Mendoza about these. It is also necessary to tell her if you wish to remove them as she can work with you to achieve this. She will also work with you to ensure you are taking only those supplements you need and are not taking too much of any one thing.
Using the information acquired during your consultation, Dr. Mendoza will be able to begin the steps of developing your treatment plan. This may include dietary changes, exercise, physical medicine, stress reduction, medications, herbal medications or nutritional supplementation.