Naturopathic Medicine

Any person with a chronic or acute issue can be seen by a Naturopathic Doctor. Some reasons people chose to see an ND are that they prefer a natural health and wellness approach, are seeking an alternative to drugs or surgery, and/or are looking for a second opinion.   Naturopathic Doctors seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasizing nature’s inherent self-healing processes via a combination of conventional and holistic fields of medicine, which in turn leads to an integrative and individualized therapeutic approach.

Naturopathic Medicine is a system of health care that focuses on the use of natural therapeutics to promote health and address the root causes of illness and imbalance rather than covering up symptoms.  This distinctive field of medicine has a primary focus on the prevention of chronic disease, to allow the healing power of nature transform the body and mind towards greater health and vitality.

Dr. Galina accepts patients by appointment.  Please email info@livewellwithgem.com to schedule your visit!

Dr. Galina will listen to your primary concerns and will then take a thorough history, making sure to discuss every aspect of your case.  Additionally she will review any labs or imaging that you may have.  Once she gets a clear picture of what is going on, Dr. Galina will either ask you to do additional lab testing or if she has all the needed information, will come up with a plan for you to follow, which may consist of supplement recommendations, dietary suggestions, lifestyle modification, and other functional medicine tools. The initial visits usually last between 60 to 90 minutes.

Follow up appointments can range between 15 to 60 minutes.  The purpose of this visit is to get an update on the state of your health after the first visit and ensure that your initial concerns are improving or see if any changes to your plan need to be made.  Seeing an ND is a commitment and healing won’t happen overnight, so together we decide how often you need to come in to ensure the best possible outcome.  Depending on the severity of the problems, follow up appointments can range from once every few weeks to once every few month. Eventually you may schedule as needed for regular check-ups or to address new health concerns.

Dr. Galina practices out of California and has a license given by the state that allows her to order testing, as well as prescribe certain medications.  Depending on where the patient lives, this will determine what she can order and prescribe.  Patients within California are able to receive the full scope of Naturopathic Medicine.

For out-of-state patients, pharmaceutical prescribing will be done only by your primary care doctor, but in order to see the whole picture, Dr. Galina may suggest that you order specific labs from your primary care doctor and request a copy of the results for review.

Some NDs in licensed state choose to accept insurance but those are far and few in between because insurance rarely covers the Naturopathic services.  However, she can give you a superbill (receipt of services) that you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.

Insurance may cover your blood work through Quest Diagnostics, however it will depend on your insurance and you must check with them before going in for a test.  Dr. Galina will not be responsible for any out of pocket costs incurred.

Yes, NDs definitely work together with other health care practitioners, whether it is to collaborate on a patient’s care or refer to other doctors and specialists.  Dr. Galina encourages an alliance between medical professionals in order for you to receive the best possible integrative care.

Naturopathic Doctors complete four years of medical school with the first two years focused on the basic sciences, similar to traditional medical school programs and the final two years devoted to studying and practicing natural therapeutics in a clinical setting. After graduating, the training received in Naturopathic medical school enables NDs to provide a wide range of natural therapeutics and includes all aspects of family and primary care medicine, from pediatrics to geriatrics, as well as a full range of natural modalities. For a full listing of the naturopathic curriculum visit University of Bridgeport. For a full listing of Naturopathic Medical Schools visit the AANMC.

Naturopathy is a non-invasive field of medicine and the modalities used are non-toxic and typically have few to no side effects. Dr. Galina received extensive training in herb-drug interactions and your recommendations will take into account all the possible safety precautions.

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