This is what to expect during a naturopathic visit with Dr. Shah from the initial appointment to subsequent appointments. You will also find intake forms to complete prior to your initial visit on the right of this page. These forms can be emailed to Dr. Shah or brought with you to the initial visit.
The initial appointment consists of a lot of talking and discussing your concerns as well as other aspects of your health history. Any appropriate physical exam will be conducted at this point as well. To help Dr. Shah prepare for your initial visit, please complete the intake form that will be emailed to you when you book your appointment. There may be some treatment recommendations provided at this visit but the bulk of the treatment plan occurs during the follow-up appointment. This allows Dr. Shah to review your case rather than just prescribing 10+ different supplements for you.
The second visit is where Dr. Shah will lay out the short and long term treatment plan that she feels is ideal for you. The second visit is typically 1-2 weeks after the initial visit to provide Dr. Shah time to review your case, conduct research and select the best individualized treatment plan for you. If there are any diagnostic testing options that are necessary at this point, she will present it to you during this visit.
Subsequent visits can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour in duration, based on what Dr. Shah feels is best. Acupuncture appointments will usually be 45 minutes or 1 hour to maximize your relaxation time and give you more time for the treatment.
These visits can range anywhere from every 2 weeks to 1 month. Initially, follow-ups are more frequent and once your symptoms improve, we move to monthly, bi-monthly or even every 3-4 month check-ins.
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 cause and any imbalances in the body, sometimes it can take 3 months for changes to be seen as your 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 the layers of the onion”.