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FAQs

  1. Should I see a Naturopathic Doctor?
    Virtually anyone with a chronic or acute health condition can benefit from seeing a Naturopathic Doctor New York. Naturopathic medicine seeks to combine the mind, body and spirit in the healing process and, as such, the patient is asked to become an active part of their own healing journey because ultimately, that healing comes from within.
  2. What will my first visit look like?
    After listening to what your health concerns are, Dr. Maura will take an extensive history, talking with you about every facet of your health.  She will review any labs or imaging that you have. Together, you will identify the areas that you want to work on and she will come up with a plan for you to follow, suggesting supplements, diet changes or any other form of work that might benefit you. These visits usually last one hour.
  3. What happens at the follow up and how many visits will I need?
    Follow up appointments can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.  Dr. Maura will review your progress and make any changes needed in your plan to ensure that your health is improving. Naturopathic doctors believe that we don’t get sick overnight—so healing takes time and how long it will take you to be rid of your problem is hard to predict. Dr. Maura usually asks that you come in monthly until your symptoms are resolved and then as needed throughout the year for check-ups or to address new health concerns.
  4. Can Naturopaths order labs or prescribe medications?
    Although Dr. Maura is trained to do both things, naturopaths are not currently licensed to order labs or prescribe medications in New York. She will often suggest that you order specific labs from your primary care doctor and bring in your results for review. The prescribing of medications will be left to your primary care doctor.
  5. Can naturopaths take insurance?
    While naturopaths are licensed in 18 states, in New York the licensure effort that is still underway and, as a result, Dr. Maura is unable to take insurance at this time.  Please visit Support Licensure for Naturopathic Doctors in New York.
  6. Will Dr. Maura work with my other doctors, or acupuncturist, massage therapist or other healthcare practitioner?
    Yes, naturopaths will often refer to other doctors and specialists and I am more than happy to work with a range of healthcare providers to ensure you get the best possible care.
  7. Are there any side effects to the treatment you provide?
    Naturopathic modalities are gentle and non-toxic and typically have few to no side effects. Dr. Maura is trained extensively in herb-drug interactions, so you can be assured that she will make careful and informed recommendations for you.
  8. How are ND’s different from MD’s or homeopaths?
    Both ND’s and MD’s receive four years of training at medical universities. Currently, there are five schools in North America that grant doctorates in naturopathic medicine. (Visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for more information.)