Frequently Asked Questions
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It is based on the healing power of nature and it helps to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself.
Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including: herbal medicine, nutrition support, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, lifestyle counseling as well as health promotion & disease prevention.
What training does a Naturopathic Doctor have?
Per the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP):
A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
How is Naturopathic Medicine different from Functional Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine, maybe arguably, is the original Functional Medicine. Naturopathic Medicine has been around in the United States for over one hundred years.
The Naturopathic philosophy is really what sets ND's apart from other doctors and healthcare practitioners. Naturopathic Doctor's generally believe in the body's innate ability to heal itself, and seek to find the true root cause of disease.
ND's generally start their education with this knowing and philosophy and were taught both the conventional and naturopathic curriculum alongside one another in school.
Functional Medicine Practitioners have usually been through the conventional paradigm, and then chose to learn more naturopathic healing methods often through a certification program. They have often learned from great healers, including ND's.
We all want what is best for our patients, we just come from different backgrounds and philosophies.
One of our greatest mentors in naturopathic medicine, Dr. Jim Sensenig had been known to say “You don’t have a headache because you’re deficient in Tylenol."
Does insurance cover Naturopathic Medicine?
Dr. April is "out of network" with insurance companies in order to provide you the most quality service.
In Colorado, some insurance companies do not recognize naturopathic doctors as providers so you will need to contact them to ask about out of network coverage. Please contact us for Dr. April's provider number, which will be helpful to your insurance company.
Some patients are able to submit their invoice (a "superbill") to their insurance company to receive some reimbursment - typically around 50%.
We also accept HSA's and FSA's and have payment plans available - just ask. :-)
Do you offer any discounts?
Military/Veterans: 20% off office visits + supplements.
Seniors (65+): 15% off office visits + supplements.
BNI Members: 10% off office visits + supplements.
Please mention at time of service.
*Discounts exclude therapeutics such as Constitutional Hydrotherapy, BioMat, Ionic Foot Bath, and Alpha-Stim.
Trouble paying? We can work out a payment plan to help. Just let us know.
How much money can I expect to spend?
This is an important question.
The initial visit package (including 2 visits) is $400. This is a great start to evaluate the true cause of your ailments and to set you up on a good nutritional, lifestyle and supplement protocol.
But, to get the most out of your experience at BHNM, additional therapies are often recommended. Just about everyone can benefit significantly from constitutional hydrotherapy. A series of 10-15 is often recommended to start, which is $600-$900. The best results are seen with patients that commit to this. Some individuals with very deep and chronic conditions may need up to 30 hydrotherapies.
Supplements may vary from $30-$200/month - with the goal of reducing supplements over time.
Re-evaluations are $150 every 4-6 weeks.
When patients commit to the recommended therapies and re-evaluations, we can create a custom package and offer 10% off and payments over the course of 3-6 months.
If you are struggling with chronic conditions, you can expect to spend around $1400-2000 over the course of a few months to jumpstart your healing. Then, the costs are just re-evaluations and supplements until you are feeling better.
This an investement in your health, your vitality, your life.
Preventative visits such as Well Woman and Well Child visits are $200 for one visit.
Acute, sick visits are $100.