FAQ – Dr. Darcy Ries
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Frequently Asked Questions

Naturopathic medicine is different from mainstream Western medicine. Though NDs receive the same training as MDs, we utilize a different health philosophy and differ in our treatment tools. Here are some FAQs about naturopathic medicine.

What is a naturopathic doctor?

Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that blends conventional science with the wisdom of the natural world. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained in conventional medicine’s core sciences and diagnostics, but employ a treatment approach that stimulates the body’s own ability to heal, with the ultimate goal of finding and treating the underlying cause of your symptoms.

Is naturopathic medicine right for me?

ND’s treat both acute and chronic health conditions – everything from colds and skin rashes to migraines and diabetes. They excel at providing preventative care but also effectively address existing health issues. We can provide primary care for you and your family or supportive care if you already have a primary care provider. We welcome the opportunity to work integratively with your other health care providers to give you the best care possible.

What is your approach?

My approach is very personalized, and incorporates engaged listening, compassionate dialogue, thorough analysis, and health education. I use a team­-based approach to partner with my patients in their health care. Together we unravel your health history, remove factors that perpetuate illness, and implement gentle, effective treatments that address your specific needs. This team approach requires that patients be involved in their own wellness. What patients do on their own, at home, is equally important as the treatments received in office.

What conditions do you treat?

ND’s treat both acute and chronic health conditions ­ everything from colds and skin rashes to migraines and diabetes. We excel at providing preventive care and effectively addressing chronic disease. We can provide primary care for you and your family, or work integratively with your PCP to give you the best care possible.

Common conditions include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems, abdominal pain
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Female health disorders (Heavy or irregular periods, PMS, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, infertility)
  • Coughs/colds/respiratory infections
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes care and prevention
  • Skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, lesions)
  • Weight gain or weight loss
What types of treatment do you use?

We utilize gentle and effective treatments such as nutrition, botanical medicine, spinal manipulation, massage/soft tissue release, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and supportive home therapies. In addition we offer unique treatments including the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, bio therapeutic drainage, flower essence formulas, intravenous (IV) therapy, neural therapy, and physiotherapies such as TENS, ultrasound, and cold laser therapy.

Do you take insurance?

Yes, we are in­network with most major insurance companies and are able to bill your insurance. I am currently contracted with the following insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Great West Healthcare
  • HealthNet
  • Lifewise
  • Pacific Source
  • Providence
  • United Healthcare
  • Moda

In our current healthcare system, some therapies, diagnostics, and services we provide are not covered by insurance. We ask that you become familiar with your specific plan benefits and limitations to ensure full disclosure.

What can I expect at my first visit?

I’ll ask that you arrive to your first appointment with completed new patient paperwork and a copy of your insurance card if you plan to bill insurance. Initial naturopathic appointments will last 60-75 minutes, allowing us time to hear your health history, perform any appropriate physical exams, and prioritize your health needs. Depending on the complexity of your symptoms and health history, lab work and case analysis may be necessary before a treatment plan is devised. We will also request past medical records from other current or past providers. After reviewing all the information available, you will have a review of findings with the doctor, during which your current health picture is explained in detail from a naturopathic perspective, and a customized treatment plan, tailored to you and your specific needs, is presented. Follow up naturopathic visits last 30-­45 minutes.