What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a system of healthcare that emphasizes disease prevention and the restoration of optimal health through natural therapies. A fundamental principal of naturopathic medicine is to address the underlying cause of disease, instead of merely treating the presenting symptoms. Naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective therapies with the most current advances in modern medicine. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for the management of a broad range of health conditions affecting people of all ages. In addition to the basic medical sciences and conventional diagnostics, our education includes therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, pharmacology, and minor surgery.
What can I expect at the first visit?
The initial visit will include a thorough medical intake to obtain a comprehensive health history. Dr. Martin will also perform a complete physical exam during this visit with emphasis on whatever your chief complaint is. She will also order any lab work or imaging that will aid in development of your treatment plan. It is often helpful to bring any old medical records that you have at home to this first visit. It is also important to fill out the new patient intake form and return it to Lara prior to this appointment. Treatment at this visit might be basic so Lara can take some time to get to know your case and get any pertinent labwork back before deciding on the best course of treatment. Most initial visits are approximately 60-90 minutes.
What can I expect at follow-up visits?
Follow up visits will be spent discussing any labs or imaging that were done at the first visit and devising a more comprehensive treatment plan. They are also used to monitor your progress and determine if any modifications to the treatment plan are warranted. We will discuss changes in your symptoms and another brief physical exam will be performed. Most follow-up visits are approximately 30-60 minutes.
What therapies do you use?
The therapies that Dr. Martin uses most frequently are botanical medicine, homeopathy, and clinical nutrition (vitamins, minerals, and dietary recommendations). Each treatment plan is individually tailored to the person and so will vary greatly.
Can you write prescriptions?
Yes. Naturopathic physicians in Oregon can prescribe most medications. Dr. Martin does not currently have a DEA number so cannot prescribe certain controlled substances.
Is midwifery care covered by insurance?
Midwifery care is generally covered. Some plans will not cover home birth so we could discuss if a birth center would be a better option for you. Dr. Martin will verify that you have benefits before beginning your pre-natal care.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes! Dr. Martin is happy to bill insurance for all covered services. She also offers a 20% discount if you don’t bill insurance and pay cash at time of service. To determine if you have coverage, call your insurance company and ask if you have naturopathic benefits. Please call 503-747-3096 and have your insurance card ready if you would like us to verify your benefits for you.
Dr. Martin is a preferred provider for the following insurance carriers:
- Health Net