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FAQ


If I began meeting with you today, how might my life be different in a year?

You may experience better sleep, more energy, better moods, fewer chronic symptoms, have a deeper understanding of what your symptoms mean and how they relate to each other, a deeper knowing of the BEST lifestyle for you and its influence on your day-to-day wellbeing, and increased vitality and vibrancy.

If my symptoms are currently managed with medication, why should I seek you out?

• To understand the reasons why you developed your illness
• To determine how to prevent a progression of your current diagnosis
• To achieve true wellness, meaning life without daily medication
• To regain a sense of power over your health, to feel like YOU can have an impact on your illness

How do you define optimal health?

• Minimal symptoms
• Good sleep, vibrant energy, positive mental outlook, balanced appetite
• Ability to adjust to changing life conditions
• Quick adaption to stressful situations
• Understanding the impact of your food choices and lifestyle
• Acute illnesses occur once or twice a year
• Absence of chronic disease
• High level of fulfillment and self-reported “well-being”

Is naturopathic medicine cost-effective?

Absolutely. Naturopathic medicine is focused on addressing causes, not solely symptoms. While identifying the cause of any particular condition may take some time, each suggestion is aimed at improving your overall health. This is all part of preventing acute illnesses & chronic disease in the future. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S.

I’ve never seen a Naturopathic doctor, how do I know if you are the right for me?

The best way to see if we are the right fit for you is to read this website in detail as we’ve worked very hard to convey who we are and what we do. Please take the time to finish reading this informative FAQ and peruse the TOPICS on this page most relevant to your concerns.

What types of clients can naturopathic care benefit?

All ages and types of clients: women, men, and children. Our particular focus is on women in the childbearing years.

What about my children, can you help them?

Kate Naumes ND* does not accept pediatric clients..

What can I expect from my first visit with you?

The first visit typically lasts a full hour and includes addressing your primary concerns. Dr. Naumes will spend this time listening and identifying the most immediate issues. Medical records and lab tests may be reviewed. You will receive a suggested plan of action, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled in the following 2-4 weeks.

Do you work with other health care practitioners?

Absolutely. If you would like Dr. Naumes to work with any other healthcare providers, please bring their contact information to your appointment. Please also bring along any recent lab results.

If I am taking prescription medications, can I take natural medicines?

Yes, depending upon circumstances. Dr. Naumes has trained extensively in the interactions of pharmaceutical medications and herbal medicine. This training includes the potential adverse effects that may occur if improperly combined. Dr. Naumes will avoid harmful combinations of both drug-nutrient interactions and drug-herbal interactions. It is very important that you provide Dr. Naumes with a list of current medications and keep her informed of any changes to that list.

In what ways are naturopaths and conventional physicians alike?

Naturopathic physicians and conventional physicians receive very similar training in the basic sciences in the first two years of medical school. Both study modern physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis and are trained to diagnose disease. Both refer clients to other health care providers when appropriate.

Can you order labs?

No, not in the state of Texas. However, Naturopathic Doctors are trained to draw blood, order lab work, and to interpret the results. If you have recently had any lab work done please bring any results to your naturopathic visit.

Can you draw blood?

No, not in the state of Texas.

How is naturopathic care different from conventional medicine?

Naturopathy differs in its strategy. Rather than suppressing a few key symptoms, Dr. Naumes’ goal for her clients is the restoration of their overall health. In this regard, she works to identify the underlying cause of the medical condition(s) that you bring to the office and use strategies that promote the natural healing mechanisms of the body. Typically, Dr. Naumes spends more time with clients and is therefore deeply familiar with their health. Consequently, side effects occur much less frequently. Dr. Naumes considers the education of clients and the answering of their questions to be a vital aspect of care.

Will insurance cover Naturopathic care?

No, not in Texas. Unlike many other states, the state of Texas does not yet license Naturopathic Doctors. As such, Dr. Naumes holds her license in Vermont and acts in Texas as a wellness consultant.

How long will it take before I begin to feel better?

Dr. Naumes believes in establishing a dynamic relationship with each client. Every client is unique. Plans are tailored to each individual and therefore take a different amount of time for each person. Kate Naumes ND will help you chart your progress on the what naturopaths sometimes refer to as the ‘River of Health’.

What is the River of Health?

The River of Health is a metaphor coined by Dickson Thom ND. At the top of a river, the water is clean and pure; at the bottom it is dirty and polluted. Dr. Naumes’ goal is to guide every client up to the source of the river where the water is clean and pure. This takes time and a life long commitment to your health and wellness.

What conditions can be benefited by naturopathic care?

Naturopathic care may benefit a full range of health concerns from fertility and hormone issues to endometriosis. Dr. Naumes’ specific area of focus is related to issues most common to women in the childbearing years – in other words, first period to last period. Note, that the state of Texas does not yet license Naturopathic Doctors as do 19 other states. As such, Dr. Naumes holds her license in Vermont and acts in Texas as a wellness consultant, not as a physician (MD, DO).

What type of training does a Naturopathic Doctor receive?

Naturopathic physicians have a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education. Training requires four years of naturopathic medical education from one of six recognized schools in North America. That training includes 3500 classroom hours divided among: Health sciences – similar to the curriculum at a conventional medical school, the first two years of naturopathic medicine are focused on gaining an in depth understanding of the science of the body. 1200 hours in the teaching clinic, treating patients under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic physician and 300 hours observing naturopathic physicians in their own offices. Upon completion of this education, naturopathic physicians are qualified to work as primary care physicians in licensed states. Please see the link on ND curriculum.