FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If your questions about my practice are not answered below please email me at elizabeth@gordonmedical.com or call my office 707-396-5812


What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. The job of the Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is to  support the body’s  ability to heal and remove any obstacles to cure.

  • We  teach our patients to use nutrition, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to heal.
  • We view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a single clogged artery or a tumor.
  • Naturopaths craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
     

What is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?

A licensed ND attends a 4 year Naturopathic medical school and takes National Board Exams on graduation that enables them to be licensed. The curriculum is rigorous and very similar to a standard medical school (pharmacology, microbiology, pathology, and all the basic sciences) but has more of an emphasis on natural and nontoxic approaches to healing. ND’s also learn to approach the body from a whole body perspective where treatment considers the whole body when addressing a particular health issue such as headaches or digestive issues. The ND’s goal is to optimize health rather than just ameliorate the illness. 
 

If I decide to become a patient, what is the first step? 

You may schedule your first appointment by calling Gordon Medical Associates. 707-575-5180.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel, we ask for 48 hour notice prior to cancellation. Cancellations without 48 hours notice are subject to a charge. 

What are the rates?

Because Naturopaths work by finding the cause of your health issues rather than treating symptoms, we spend more time with our patients. I spend from 30-120 minutes with each patient, For my current rates. Please call the office. 

Where do I get the supplements that my doctor prescribes?

Gordon Medical carries some supplements on-site  while others will be available for you to order online. Dr. Large will create your individual prescription online which will be emailed to you. She recommends that you follow her recommendations in the beginning and not using your own brands as she has no way of guaranteeing their quality or effectiveness. If there is a particular product you like that works for you please inform her at your appointment. In acute situations, she may send you to your local health food store. 

**Beyond Balance, Byron White, Pekana and Researched Nutritionals are not available to patients directly and must be purchased through Dr. Large.

Can Dr. Large prescribe my current medications so I don’t have to see two doctors?

Most likely she can take over your current prescriptions. Please bring a list to your first visit. ND’s cannot prescribe schedule I or II pain medications. When needing a refill, please make sure that you call your pharmacy at least a week in advance and have a refill request faxed to 707-575-5509. You must be seen in person at least once a year depending on the prescription. Some prescriptions will require yearly or bi-yearly labs or imaging.

Will my  insurance cover my visit, labs, drugs or supplements?

VisitsND’s in California do not bill insurance. You may be eligible for partial or full reimbursement of your visit depending on your insurance company.  Health Saving Accounts may also be used to cover your visit and prescribed supplements. Please ask Dr. Large to give you a superbill at the end of your visit to submit to your insurance company.

Testing:  Most laboratory tests will be covered by insurance just as much as seeing any other kind of doctor.  Some may require a co-pay.

RX: RX drugs are usually covered by insurance or require a co-pay similarly to seeing an MD. However, compounded medication such as Bioidentical hormone therapy is not typically covered.

Supplements: Health Saving Accounts may be used to cover your visit and prescribed supplements.

Do you use IV therapy?

Yes, I regularly use IV therapy and both our offices have IV rooms offering the latest approaches to detoxification, infection, anti-aging and wellness. . If you want to see a provider out of my area, please contact the provider and find out their particular policy before I send an IV order.