1. What is different about this practice?
Medicine Naturally is a unique, personal medical practice where we combine the best of mainstream medicine and alternative therapies. We value community, health through prevention and old-fashioned, personal care. You won’t find long lines, unfamiliar faces or rushed visits in our office. Dr. Monica will sit down with you, talk face-to-face, and listen to you. She spends more time with her patients and is therefore deeply familiar with their health and concerns.
To learn more about the clinic, please browse through the links at the top of the page. If you feel that this clinic would be a good fit for your family, feel free to give us a call to get acquainted.
2. What is Integrative Medicine?
“Integrative Medicine is a new approach to medical care that brings patient and practitioner together in a dynamic partnership dedicated to optimizing the patient’s health and healing. This approach focuses on the whole person, recognizing that the subtle interactions of mind, body, spirit and community have a direct impact on vitality and wellbeing.” (Excerpt from the Duke Integrative Medicine website).
3. Is Medicine Naturally just for Children? What type of patients do you treat?
We offer full spectrum of pediatric care, from well care to acute sick visits, and consultative care for children. For adults, in particular women, we offer consultative and complementary services; however, we strongly encourage you to have a primary care provider. Please visit our Services page for more information on conditions we treat.
4. Do you offer any visits outside the office?
We try to meet your needs for flexibility in scheduling and for how we provide services. For those patients who are interested, and only for follow-ups, we provide virtual visits, using Skype, or phone consults. Be advised that some insurance companies do not cover this type of visit, so if you would like your insurance to cover them, you will need to inquire.
For interested families, we provide newborn house calls.
5. What can I expect from a visit?
The first visit lasts approximately an hour and includes a thorough evaluation focused on your main concerns. Dr. Monica will spend the time to listen and help identify the most immediate medical issues. You will receive a treatment plan, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled within the following 4 weeks.
Well care visits last approximately 30 minutes. The practice adheres to the American Academy of Pediatrics schedule for appointments (Birth, 2-4 Weeks, 2 Months, 4 Months, 6 Months, 9 Months, 12 Months, 15 Months, 18 Months, 24 Months and annually thereafter).
The acute, same day, pediatric sick visits take 15-30 minutes and a follow-up visit is scheduled at that time.
6. I am interested in this medicine, but I am not sure if it is right for my condition.
Dr. Monica offers a free 15 minute consultation, aimed at seeing if our practice is a good fit for you, both personally and professionally. Give us a call to set up a consultation.
7. If I am taking prescription medications, can I take natural medicines?
Yes, depending upon circumstances. Some natural medicine can interact with your prescription medication, but Dr. Monica uses therapies that are gentle and safe to use in combination with other medications.
She does not recommend stopping any of your conventional medications without your prescribing physician’s knowledge. Tapering or discontinuing these may eventually be appropriate — but not until your healing process is firmly underway.
8. What is a micropractice?
Dr. Gordon Moore coined the term “micropractice” in the 1990s as he spearheaded a movement to streamline medical practice for the benefit of both patients and providers.
The micropractice model offers the following benefits:
- More time is spent with each patient
- Continuity of care – patients always see the same doctor
- Increased access – same day appointments available
- Efficiency – low staff and low overhead
I like the slower pace and the flexibility of relationship-centered care in this low-volume practice setting. As a patient, I have myself experienced the same frustrations as many of you, and I was attracted by a model of medical practice which offers patient-centered, collaborative healthcare.
9. Does Dr. Monica work with other health care practitioners?
Absolutely. She looks forward to collaborating with other practitioners, as she believes that a treatment team is the best way to support her patients.
10. How do you feel about vaccines?
At Medicine Naturally, we understand that decisions about vaccinations are some of the most difficult decisions you will have to make for your child. Dr. Monica believes in the power of vaccines to help children avoid complications from serious diseases. Dr. Monica will take the time to understand your specific concerns and questions regarding vaccinations. She will sit down with you and explain what each vaccine is and what it protects against.
11. Do you offer prenatal counseling?
We invite prospective parents for prenatal interviews and nutrition counseling.
At Medicine Naturally we believe that whole kid care begins before your child is born. The environment in the womb is just as important as the family and the world your child enters at birth. We have the tools and experience to educate, guide and motivate mothers, children, and the entire family.