"The key to creating health is figuring out the cause of the problem and providing the body with the right conditions to thrive."
The defining difference in a naturopathic appointment over a conventional medicine appointment is that you will be spending the entire visit with the doctor. It is my fervent desire that you, as a patient, feel truly heard in your need for care and that together we work on a health solution that is personalized just for you.
Below you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions I hear from people as they are considering naturopathic care. After reviewing these, if you are still unsure if naturopathic care is right for you, please call to set up a FREE 5-10 minute initial phone consultation. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Is Dr. Whitney a real doctor?
Yes, Dr. Whitney is a real doctor. She attended National University of Health Sciences just outside of Chicago, IL. This school is a 4-year post-graduate naturopathic medical college that is fully accredited and recognized by the Federal government. After completing this program, Dr. Whitney also successfully completed two different sets of board exams administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners to demonstrate competency. The state of WI recently passed the N.D. bill for licensure in Feb. of 2022, however, it will be 1-2 years before the licensure board is active. In the meantime she still maintains her MN Board of Medicine registration.
How do I know if this is the right care for me?
How much is a first visit?
A traditional first visit with a naturopathic doctor is usually at least 90 minutes, but can last up to 2 hours or more with complex cases. Thus, all “New Patient” appointments are scheduled for 2 hours. The time is billed, in 15-minute increments, at an hourly rate of $180/hr for all ages.
What can I expect during my first visit?
As a primary care trained doctor, Dr. Whitney will be asking you similar questions as your conventional medical doctor. However, the similarities will most likely end there. During the first appointment she will record a very extensive health record including: your current health concerns and goals, full health history, family history, lifestyle review, mental emotional heath, and social/religious/support networks. Your health encompasses all aspects of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.
Are tele-health visits available?
Yes. Dr. Whitney’s mission is to lessen the obstacles to your health, namely to not let distance determine your health, or access to care for it. She is happy to offer traditional in-office visits, in-home (house calls) or tele-health – phone or video.
Are lab tests available?
Yes, if it is determined that a specific lab evaluation is necessary. Dr.Whitney works with Cleveland Heart Labs (Quest Diagnostics) on a cash basis to offer discounted mail order lab panels and services. If you have questions about a particular lab test or cost please email her for the most up-to-date pricing.
Will insurance cover my visit?
What forms of payment are accepted?
Payment is due in full at the time of service, or start of a program. For all visits and services, cash, check, credit or debit cards are acceptable forms of payment, however there is a fee for card processing, even for Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flex Cards.
What types of treatments does Dr. Whitney utilize?
What comes after the first visit?
Return visits are scheduled for 60 minutes, and the frequency of these will be determined by the treatment plan or program you are following. Minimum visit charge is for 30 minutes.
Does Dr. Whitney offer educational presentations?
I Love My Patients
I want to bring health and wellness to you… even right to your door! Please review the information I’ve provided and contact me if you have additional questions. I look forward to working with you to find your best health… naturally.