New York Saratoga Springs Naturopathic Medicine by Doctor Sonia DrouinBook your free 15 minute discovery call with a naturopathic doctor to discuss an individualized plan to support your current health concerns.
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Simply put, NDs can treat most medical conditions. Naturopathic Doctors are medically trained and graduate from accredited four-year naturopathic medical schools with in-residence, hands on clinical experience. Eligible ND candidates must first have graduated from an accredited four-year Bachelors (pre-medical) degree program and have over 1,000 hours of qualified training in a previous medical field. During their additional training in naturopathic medical school, NDs spend a minimum of 4,100 classroom and clinical hours learning to diagnose and treat illnesses; prescribe medications; perform diagnostic tests and order lab work much like MDs and DOs. In addition, NDs are trained in nutritional counseling, botanical and herbal medicines, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling, minor surgery and pharmaceuticals. In the state of New York, NDs are not licensed to diagnose or treat patients despite our qualifications. NDs in New York offer naturopathic consulting services until the bill to license naturopathic doctors passes.
Dr. Sonia is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Vermont and practices as a primary care physician in Poultney, Vermont.
Insurance companies can dictate what doctors can and can not do. This means that sometimes medicine is practiced without the best interest of patients in mind. With that said, Naturopathic doctors that do not rely on insurance companies have greater freedoms. Currently, insurance coverage in NY for Naturopathic Doctors is not possible until ND’s can be licensed in NY.
Dr. Sonia does accept a few select insurances in Vermont in order to be more accessible to patients in Vermont.
The cost of an appointment includes expertise strategies to optimize your health. Oftentimes, an ND spends hours reviewing records and doing research prior to a client even having an appointment. Then, there is the actual appointment time itself with the additional time to communicate the plan oftentimes via email and client handouts. For oncology clients, new evidence is continually being released and is labor intensive to stay up to date on the newest findings. Additionally, communication with oncologists via phone calls and emails is also covered. Many hours are devoted into the cost of a single visit.
NDs spend dollar for dollar the same amount as MDs for their training. The amount of student loan debt is staggering as costs for medical schools easily approach over $200,000. Add the cost for HIPPA compliant medical records, insurance policies, and all the normal overhead expenses involved in running a corporation, just to name a few, determines how the cost of a visit is calculated. We believe so strongly in the necessity of providing access to Naturopathic Doctors that it is imperative for each ND to offer sustainable services or otherwise they face having to close their doors.
If 2020 taught us anything, it was how we need to do business differently. Many physicians turned to virtual consulting to continue to provide care for their clients. Offering naturopathic consulting services as virtual sessions are a huge convenience as having an in-person appointment is not always necessary. This saves time and money for the client since there are no expenses involved with traveling. Also, with virtual appointments, the ability for other unlicensed states to have access to naturopathic care increases. The only requirement is a working laptop and internet service right from the comfort of your own home! In the event a computer or laptop are not available, phone visits are also possible. Call 518-940-3399 and leave a message to set up a phone visit. For those who prefer in-person visits, Dr. Sonia sees NY Clients on Friday’s in Malta, NY. In-person visits are preferred in Vermont.
No, Naturopathic Doctors cannot practice medicine in New York or any other unlicensed state by law nor do ND’s have pharmaceutical prescribing rights in New York. Any reference to Naturopathic medicine on this website does not apply to unlicensed states. I offer naturopathic or integrative consulting services for the above listed states only.