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I truly enjoy introducing people to the wealth of natural, effective, economical ways to heal and stay healthy. I love watching people regain their strength, mobility, flexibility, and freedom from pain with simple, effective treatments. This is my passion and my life's work. I am honored each time a new patient calls, and I strive to understand each person's issues and goals.
I know that patients sometimes wait weeks for their first appointment, so I take that first visit seriously. I want to give you my full attention for as long as possible. Since our office usually runs on schedule, you should plan to arrive a few minutes early. If you did not have time to complete the forms beforehand, arrive 15 - 30 minutes early. You can relax in our comfortable waiting room if there is time before the appointment. If we are both ready early, we can start early.
We have forms for you to complete! Click here to go to the new patient forms page. From this page, you can download, print, and complete the forms before your first visit.
We will discuss why you are seeking care. What is bothering you? What hurts? What do you want to be able to do that you can't do now? I want to know about your previous health issues: injuries, accidents, infections and the like. What treatments have you tried, and what has worked?The consultation takes 15 to 20 minutes, sometimes longer. Every once in a while, a case is so complex that it takes the entire visit simply to sort through the details.
We will spend as much time as necessary for me to understand your condition, how it affects you, and what your goals for treatment are.
We may test your strength, mobility, alignment, movement and posture patterns. The tone and texture of your muscles and soft tissues will be observed. Even patients with digestive or respiratory issues as their main complaint are examined from a structural perspective.
We can usually begin treatment without x-rays, MRIs, or lab work. Other times, it is necessary to investigate with additional testing. While I don't rush to do imaging or lab work, I don't hesitate if it's necessary to make an accurate diagnosis.
Most patients have five main questions on their mind when they visit a doctor:
Once we have determined the nature of your problems, I will try to answer these questions. Taking time up front to address these questions helps you to understand the treatment plan and how it will work for you.
We almost always begin treatment on the first visit. I want to help you feel better right away. It is not always possible, but it is my goal.
Most of the time, patients leave the first appointment with things to do. Some type of exercise or movement is the most common homework. Nutrient supplements, herbs, or homeopathic medicines are often prescribed from the beginning of care.
Occasionally, I ask people not to change anything, so we can assess the impact of the treatment without other influences.
In all cases, homework is explained in as much detail as the patient needs to understand what we are trying to accomplish and why.
In some cases, I feel that a patient's problem will require treatment or evaluation that is outside the scope of my practice or my expertise. In these cases, I refer patients quickly and efficiently to trusted providers with whom I have established relationships and open lines of communication.
If you are considering making an appointment for an initial visit, consultation, and examination, call us at
(503) 688 - 1219 or send me an email.