What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession which focuses on prevention, improved health, and individualized treatment. Various therapies, including homeopathy, botanical medicine, and nutrition, are used to encourage inherent self-healing. The practice of naturopathic medicine is based on modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical research. For a complete list and description of therapies, please visit our services
How can Naturopathic Medicine help my child?
Naturopathic medicine is a safe and effective way to treat children. The most non-invasive measures are used to make sure that the child remains comfortable while improving their health. Treatment plans are not based off a medical diagnosis, they are created based on the individual needs of the child.
Can you become my child’s primary care physician?
Dr. Wells can provide naturopathic primary care for your child. Dr. Wells uses an integrative approach that includes the following:
Physical Examination Medical and nutritional physical examinations deemed medically necessary to assist in diagnosis and treatment.
Comprehensive Laboratory Testing: Use of laboratory testing to investigate biomedical medical needs to further assist with diagnosis and treatment.
Safe and Effective Vaccination Protocols: Includes vaccination education, devising vaccine schedules based on child’s medical history, and individualized immune enhancing protocols. Please understand that Dr. Wells does not administer vaccinations.
Nutrition: Use of nutritional counseling and therapeutic diets.
Botanical Medicine: Botanical (herbal) substances may be prescribed as teas, alcoholic tinctures, nonalcoholic tinctures, capsules, powders, tablets, creams, salves, or ointments.
Homeopathic Medicine: Use of diluted quantities of plant, mineral, or animal substances that strengthen the internal defense system to improve the patient’s general level of health.
Nutraceuticals: Use of vitamin and mineral supplementation.
Lifestyle Counseling: To improve one’s health the following recommendations may be made: exercise, sleep, stress reduction techniques, etc.
Hydrotherapy: Different temperatures of water via hot and cold applications to the body may be used in office or prescribed as home treatments.
Counseling: Used to explore the connection between emotional health and physical health
Please note that Dr. Wells does not prescribe pharmaceutical medications and that yearly physical examination forms may or may not be accepted by your institution. It is up to the patient to determine this before committing to our program.
If you intend on using Dr. Wells as your primary care physician you must indicate so on the initial contact form located on the patient portal here Patient Portal
How do we get started?
Complete all appropriate questionnaires and forms located in the New Patient Portal. This can be found under the “New Patients” tab on the website.
Do you require any additional information other than the questionnaires prior to initial consultation?
It is important that you include with your submitted materials through the portal all supporting privacy and consent forms, as well as any lab tests, evaluations (medical, psychological or therapeutic) or other previous testing done.
What happens during my initial visit with Dr. Wells?
The initial consultation will last at least 2-3 hours. It is imperative that your child is present and we strongly advise that both parents participate in the initial consultation. Both parents must sign all consents and be fully participating in their child’s care with our office. At the initial consultation, Dr. Wells will review your child’s history, conduct a physical examination, and observe your child. Dr. Wells will discuss how she sees your child’s history and development as it pertains to a functional medical approach and will present a detailed treatment plan for your child.
What happens after the initial consultation?
We will provide you with a detailed plan, which may include recommendations for testing (blood, urine, stool), dietary changes, and supplements, new therapies, and/or changes to existing therapies. The first follow-up consultation (which may be via telephone) will be scheduled for approximately 5 weeks after the initial consultation. This will focus on the results of recommended tests and further treatment. Future follow-up consultations will occur at the discretion of Dr. Wells, but generally take place every 1 to 3 months. Although follow-up consults can be done by phone, patients of the practice must be seen and examined in person by Dr. Wells in the office at least once per year.
What is required for follow up appointments?
An update is required one week prior to ALL consultations. The Existing Patient Update Form can be found here Patient Portal. Any lab test results will be available on the Patient Portal after you have scheduled the next appointment AND after we have received the update.
Is your practice covered by insurance?
Dr. Wells does not accept any insurance and is considered an out of network provider. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company before committing to our program to determine the exact policies of your insurance company. We will provide all of the documentation to you that is required by your insurer for you to submit for reimbursement. Please note that if you choose to submit our invoices to your insurance company for reimbursement, telephone consults are not generally covered by insurance and email correspondence is not covered by insurance. You should not submit invoices for email correspondence to your insurance provider.
What happens if I cancel my appointment?
For the Initial Consultation: Because of the great amount of preparation time required prior to the first meeting or Initial Consultation, we require a minimum of 7 business days advanced notice when canceling. Less than 7 business days notice will incur a cancellation fee of half of the initial consultation fee. The only exception would be for an extreme medical emergency or natural disaster.
For Follow-up Consultations: We require 2 business days notice for follow-up consultations, which includes office visits or telephone consults. You may be charged 50% of the standard fee for any consultation not cancelled within 2 business days of the scheduled appointment.
For Office Procedures: We require 1 business day notice for cancellation of office procedures, such as blood draws. We reserve the right to charge you 50% of our standard fees for scheduled procedures.
Are there other practitioners that work with Dr. Wells ?
Yes, there are other practitioners who work with Dr. Wells including Nancy O’Hara, MD and Vicki Kobliner, MS RDN.
What are your fees?
Fees are based upon the type of service provided. Payment for all consultations or procedures is due at the time of the visit. Our current fees are as follows (as of October 1, 2018):
|Description of Appointment||Fee|
|Initial Consultation for Adults or Children with ASD or ANY complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as PANDAS/PANS, etc.||$750.00|
|Initial Consultation for Adults or Children with chronic illnesses or disorders (including ADHD, Allergies, Lyme, Fertility and Preconception, etc.)|
**at the discretion of the practitioner**
|Follow-up Consultation** with Dr. Wells (for her patients)||$275/hr or part thereof|
|Consultation with Dr. Wells and Dr. O’Hara* (available every 4th visit)||$275/hr and addition $500.00 (Dr. O’Hara’s fee)
|Multiple or Extensive Email Correspondence (billed monthly)||$275/hr or part thereof at the doctor’s discretion
** Consultations for Dr. Wells’ ongoing patients may be in person or by telephone with a minimum billing increment of 5 minutes. Please note that if you choose to submit our invoices to your insurance company for reimbursement, telephone consults are not generally covered by insurance.
*Dr. Wells’ patients will have the option to also see Dr. O’Hara every 4th (or more) visit. Your child must be seen in office during these visits (NO exceptions). The fees for this visit include Dr. Wells’ rate as well as a $500 fee for Dr. O’Hara’s consultation and recommendations.
What about email correspondence?
You may find that email is the best way to contact us. Every month or so you will receive an invoice for the doctor’s time spent on email, at the doctor’s discretion. If these are brief or infrequent emails, there will be no charge. Email contact with Dr. Wells is a non-covered service under insurance company policy. These fees will be directly billed to the patient and the fees are recognized by the patient as their responsibility. You should not submit invoices for email correspondence to your insurance provider.