Spokane Naturopathic Medicine | Doctor Lindsay Donahue
August 22nd, 2017
It’s time to reach your health potential.
(509)263-2130

F.A.Q.

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What are your office hours? Do you offer any evening or weekend appointments?

Office hours are generally between 9:30 and 5:00 pm Monday thru Thursday. Hours may vary on Friday. Evening appointments are currently offered on Wednesday’s. No weekend Naturopathic appointments are available at this time. Acupuncture appointments may be available select Saturday’s.

I need some lab tests, can you order them for me?

Yes, I primarily use Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) and Atherotech. Specialty labs may be ordered from: BioHealth, U.S. Biotek, Alletess, Doctor’s Data, Cyrex labs, Genova Diagnositics, or Spectrocell. If imaging is necessary, Inland Imaging is often used.

Blood work and imaging is often covered by insurance.  Specialty tests such as: Salivary adrenal, gastrointestinal stool testing, environmental toxic body burden, and food sensitivity testing are not covered by insurance.

How much do appointments cost?

Naturopathic Appointments:

Please consider calling the office for more information regarding appointment cost for your unique situation. The first appointment generally lasts 60 or 90 minutes, this allows chronic conditions and multiple health issues to be addressed. Follow up appointments last 30-45 minutes.

The discounted rates for cash pay are:

The new patient cash rate for 90 minutes is $225.00

The new patient cash rate for 60 minutes is $150.00

The return patient cash rate for 40 minutes is $112.50

The return patient cash rate for 25 minutes is $80.00

The cash rate for a new patient well woman exam is 90 minutes: $225 (does not include lab fee)

The cash rate for a return patient well woman exam is 90 minutes: $200 (does not include lab fee)

Acupuncture Appointments:

Please consider calling the office for more information regarding appointment cost for your unique situation. The first appointment generally lasts 90 minutes. Following appointments last 60 minutes. People who receive the most benefit from acupuncture return for treatment 4-10 sessions, depending on the issue being addressed.

The discounted rates for cash pay are:

The new patient cash rate for 90 minutes is $95.00

The return patient cash rate for 60 minutes is $65.00

Pre-paid package of 10 visits $500.00

Pre-paid package of 20 visits $800.00

What type of education is required to become a Naturopathic Doctor?

A licensed naturopathic doctor has attended an accredited four year naturopathic medical program, which is similar to conventional medical schooling. The four year program starts with basic science course (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, immunology, etc.), followed by clinical and physical diagnostics, clinical laboratory classes, minor surgery, gynecology, pharmaceuticals, homeopathy, botanical medicine, body work/ physical manipulations, etcetera as well as 862 hours of clinic and 240 hours of Doctor observation.

Naturopathic Doctors must have passed both their Basic Science and Clinical Board Exams prior to licensure. To maintain their license naturopathic doctors must meet the annual Continuing Education requirements.

What can I expect from my first Naturopathic visit?

The first visit usually takes 60 or 90 minutes depending upon the complexity of the issues. The visit starts by reviewing the intake form and discussing your symptoms, as well as your wellness goals. Vitals (heart rate, blood pressure, temperature) are taken and a pertinent physical exam will be done. I may choose to order labs and/or imaging. If you already have recent labs, please bring them to your visit. Please bring all supplements and medications to the visit, so I may have an understanding of what exactly you are already taking.

You may be given a treatment plan which may include any of the following: supplements, homeopathic drops, botanical tinctures/capsules, nutritional guidelines, suppositories, intramuscular injections, and lifestyle recommendations. Your treatment plan includes a recommendation with the frequency of follow up appointments to make sure you are moving towards wellness. Your frequency of visits will be based on your treatment plan and your present level of health, and whether you are being treated for an acute disease or chronic condition.

I believe doctor-patient relationship is very important to your health care and your health care deserves my time

Can I purchase my medications and supplements elsewhere?

Please keep in mind that not all products are of equal quality. Many supplement products on the market are not regulated or subject to quality control. Heavy metals, low grade binders and fillers, and toxic substances are found frequently in pills being marketed as good for you. Please note that all products are not beneficial for you – the type of compound, formulation, and way of administration to the body all effect a supplement’s quality. We use products that are third-party certified, subject to intensive quality control, and manufactured under strict standards. Many of the products here are sold only to licensed health care practitioners. We offer honest prices for our products. However, if you desire an alternative there are a few stores in Spokane County that carry quality brands and we will gladly recommend alternatives.

Do you take Insurance?

I am currently credentialed and accepting patients insured with First Choice, Healthways (Cigna/Aetna), Premera (Blue Cross) of Washington/Lifewise, Asuris, and KPS Health plan.

We are currently “out of network” with Providence Health Plan, but we are still able to bill.

We are not credentialed with Group Health.

Please phone your insurance company to learn about your plan’s benefits. We attempt to work within the infrastructure that the insurance company’s dictate, however sometimes the best personal health program to achieve health goals requires more consistent care than insurance will cover.

Insurances that we are not credentialed with and unable to bill include: Molina, Washington Apple Health, and Premera (Blue Cross) of Idaho.