Individual Visit

Individual visits are for anyone with a deep desire to live a life that is vibrant and healthy, anyone who is frustrated that health concerns are getting in the way of doing this. These visits are open to people of all ages, including children and families.

If you are like many people with chronic health concerns, you have probably tried a lot of remedies in search of some relief and an understanding of why you are feeling the way you are. You have been to see your regular medical doctor and even some specialists. You were probably given a diagnosis that doesn’t quite explain all of your symptoms and medication that only kind of helps. Frustrated with this lack of solution, you’ve scoured the internet for solutions from the most obvious to the ones that are really out there; in the process you’ve become confused and overwhelmed.

All of these things you’ve tried don’t work because they are only addressing part of the problem. Focusing only on the part of you that is hurting or not working properly is akin to trying to heal a human being the way you would fix a car. For most complex medical conditions, this simply does not work.

In order to achieve true health, you need to take into account your entire body, as well as your mind and your spirit. For most people, this involves a combination of the tools of modern medical science and the wisdom of ancient healing traditions.

As a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist and Sufi spiritual healer, I can help you get to the root of your health concerns though a balance of tools and treatment strategies:

consult 6Naturopathic Medicine — Targeted dietary and herbal therapy for your specific healthcare concerns. 

You have probably seen a lot of doctors in your life and may be curious about what makes a naturopathic doctor unique.  Like medical doctors, naturopathic doctors (ND’s) attend a four year medical program and are nationally certified. We are trained in physical and laboratory diagnosis similar to medical doctors.  In addition, we study alternative healing systems, including botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and musculoskeletal therapies such as craniosacral therapy.  Our approach to treatment is holistic, meaning that we take into account the entire person, not just the disease that person is suffering from.  For more information on my Naturopathic training, please visit the website of Bastyr University.

Acupuncture 1Acupuncture & Acupressure — Restoring balance and cohesion. 

Do you ever feel like you just need to hit the reset button? Acupuncture corrects structural and energetic imbalances through balancing the flow of qi, or energy in the body.  This is done by inserting very small needles into the skin.  Most people feel little or no pain, and find the treatment extremely relaxing.  For children, and those sensitive to needles, acupressure is also very effective.  Acupressure involves manually pressing on specific points on the body.

The style of acupuncture that I practice is a combination of Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  My acupuncture practice is heavily influenced by my study and apprenticeship with Thea Elijah.

cranal sacralNaturopathic Physical Medicine  — Hands on help for profound relief.

Naturopathic physical medicine is a gentle form of body work that re-balances energy and corrects structural imbalances.  This therapy is profoundly relaxing.  It can be done as a separate treatment or as part of an acupuncture session.

Spiritual Healing Accessing the deep levels of health and healing

My spiritual teacher is fond of saying that some diseases are physical, some are spiritual, and most are both.  If we choose to look at illnesses from a spiritual perspective, it can unlock profound levels of healing.  Sufi healing is a gentle and deeply transformative process.  During a session we use meditation and prayer practices to bring divine love and healing into the areas in your body or your life that are in pain.  For more information on my training in Sufi healing, please visit the website of the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism.

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Your first visit will last 60-75 minutes.  During this visit we will have an in depth conversation about your main concerns and overall health picture.  We will also do any indicated physical exams.*  Together we will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and health goals.  We may also do a brief acupuncture, craniosacral or sufi healing session.

Follow up visits are between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on the  procedure, complexity of the situation and the patient.  These visits include a consultation, physical exam (if necessary)* and refinement of treatment plan. Acupuncture, acupressure, craniosacral and spiritual healing sessions are typically 45 minutes, although longer visits are available.

For most people, at least a few follow up visits are needed to get the maximum benefit from the treatment.  While the frequency and the number of necessary visits depend on the person, the situation, and types of treatments we are using, there are some general guidelines:

If we are using acupuncture, acupressure or craniosacral therapy as part of your treatment, I recommend an initial visit, and then a visit every week for six weeks, or until your condition stabilizes.  After this, we can begin spacing the treatments out, as you will likely need them less frequently.  If we are using these therapies for acute injuries and/or severe pain, I see the best results with two treatments a week for 2-4 weeks.

If we are using only dietary and herbal therapy in your treatment, visits are generally less frequent.  For most people, I recommend a visit once or twice a month for the first three to six months.  Once your condition stabilizes, we can begin to space out the visits.

Most visits take place in one of my two office locations; however naturopathic medicine consults and Sufi healing sessions can also be done via phone or skype.

*Comprehensive physical exams are available in my Vermont office only.  Physical exams in Massachusetts are limited to those that fall within the scope of a licensed acupuncturist. 

 Conditions Treated

I specialize in treating chronic conditions- health issues that you have had for some time and are having difficulty finding a solution for.  Please click here for a list of conditions that I commonly treat.  This list is not exhaustive, so please feel free to email me or schedule a consult if you do not see something on the list that you are looking for help with.