This is what to expect during a naturopathic visit with Dr. Shah from the initial assessment to subsequent appointments.
The initial assessment consists of a lot of talking as we discuss your health concern(s) in detail and a head-to-toe review of systems because the entire mind and body are connected. Any appropriate physical exam(s) will be conducted such as blood pressure and weight. Dr. Shah may make some simple treatment recommendations during this appointment but the bulk of the treatment plan is outlined in the second appointment. This allows for Dr. Shah to prioritize areas of treatment rather than prescribing 10+ supplements at once.
Please complete the intake form that will be emailed to you prior to your appointment. This will be sent via the booking portal.
You can bring any test results you have to your initial assessment.
The second visit is where Dr. Shah will lay out the short and long-term treatment plan that she feels is ideal for you. This appointment can be either 45 minutes or 60 minutes depending on your case and what length the doctor feels is relevant for you.
The second visit is typically 1-2 weeks after the initial assessment to allow time for Dr. Shah to review your case, review any test results, conduct any research, and select the best treatment plan for you. If there are diagnostic testing options that are necessary or recommended, these will be presented to you at this appointment as well.
Progress visits are typically 30 minutes but can be 45 minutes if Dr. Shah feels that is best. Acupuncture treatments will usually be 45 minutes or 1 hour to maximize your relaxation time and give you more time for the treatment.
Progress visits are used as check-ins to review how you are feeling on your current treatment strategy and assess if modifications are needed. They are typically every 3-6 weeks depending on your health concern(s) and the duration lengthens in between appointments as symptoms improve.
Often with naturopathic medicine, you may begin to see signs of symptom relief within a few days to a week depending on your concern but because this type of medicine is really rooted in addressing the root cause, sometimes it can take up to 3 months for changes as the body re-balances itself. The more chronic your condition, the longer it will take to address and treat the root cause as we may have to work together to "peel back the layers of the onion".