The Right Fit Is Important
It is not only important that your doctor is skilled and kind; it is imperative that your doctor and her/his clinic be a good match for you personally. Dr. Erika Enos is a registered Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Colorado. At Healing Roots Natural Medicine, we do not believe in a one-size-fits-all conception of the doctor-patient relationship. Please continue reading to help determine if Dr. Enos’ individualized approach is right for you. Don’t hesitate to contact the clinic if you think a 10-15 minute complimentary meeting, either in person or over the phone, will help you make this determination.
What should I expect to invest in terms of finances and time? Dr. Enos wants to understand you as an individual, not just the name of a disease or symptoms. She spends 90 minutes with new patients doing a thorough holistic history before walking through an individualized treatment plan. While this provides a good starting point for helping you achieve optimal wellness, it is only a starting point. One would never expect all issues to be resolved in a single visit to a therapist or personal trainer; likewise, medical treatment is most effective and lasting over the course of time. Your first follow-up will be 2-3 weeks after your initial appointment to make sure you are on the right track and take the next steps. Subsequent follow ups are typically every 4-5 weeks, usually increasing the interval between appointments over time. Treating the root cause requires the time and depth that only a new paradigm of regular appointments can provide.
New patient appointments: $375 This fee covers the consult fee and treatment plan but does not include labs or supplements. See below for details on potential additional costs.
Follow-up appointments: $175 See below for details on additional costs.
Cranial Sacral treatments: $90
Short visits for acute issues: $45 – $75 depending on complexity. (Acute means issues like coughs, colds, flus, etc. and these appointment prices are for established patients only.)
Skype and phone consult rates are priced the same as above.
Are there financial investments beyond the cost of an office visit? Yes. Dr. Enos prescribes remedies and supplements at most visits. She will also often order specialty lab tests (GI health testing, toxin testing, etc.) These will be your greatest monetary investment, and the amount invested at each appointment varies depending on several factors (including, but not limited to, your current health, your diet and lifestyle, how aggressive you wish to be with treatment, and your finances). Expect to spend anywhere between $75 and $225 on supplements and remedies at most appointments.
Laboratory testing is another potential cost. The range for this at a new patient visit can vary between $50 for blood work to $500 for specialty testing.
Supplements can be purchased directly though Healing Roots Natural Medicine, at local health food stores, or online, whichever you prefer. Since she wants you to have top quality supplements (as these greatly affect health and treatment success), Dr. Enos carries high quality brands in her office. Remedies, which act on a different, deeper level, are either available in the office or shipped directly to patients because they are not usually available in health foods stores or easily ordered online. You can learn more about the difference between remedies and supplements by reading about the tools and approaches employed by Healing Roots Natural Medicine.
Does insurance cover the cost of your care or supplements? Dr. Enos does not contract directly with any insurance companies. In both Colorado and California it is rare for a naturopathic doctor to be in-network with an insurance company; however, some plans will allow you to submit forms for out-of-network reimbursement. Healing Roots Natural Medicine will give you the paperwork necessary to submit your claims, but it is up to you to first check coverage and then submit the completed paperwork. Many patients pay for appointments, supplements, and remedies with money from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
Do you offer primary care? Naturopathic Doctors (as opposed to those healers using the subtly different terms Traditional Naturopath or Naturopathic Practitioners) are trained to provide primary care. However, not every ND has that scope of practice either by choice, specialty, or due to state laws. Dr. Enos does not offer primary care. This is due to restrictions on licensure in the state of Colorado. Additionally, Dr. Enos is not available in-person all of the time, nor does she carry a pager or treat emergency situations.
Healing Roots Natural Medicine recommends that all patients also maintain a relationship with a primary care doctor, either a MD or DO. For phone and Skype patients, a physical exam by a local professional will sometimes be required in order to select the optimal course of treatment. There are also procedures and labs that are sometimes more conveniently performed (and more likely to be covered by insurance when done) by a MD or DO. Although Dr. Enos treats acute conditions such as colds, earaches, and flus, she does not treat emergencies.
Do you prescribe pharmaceuticals? Naturopathic Doctors are trained in the basics of pharmaceuticals and are licensed to prescribe them in some states, but Healing Roots Natural Medicine does not prescribe pharmaceuticals. They are beyond Dr. Enos’ scope of practice in Colorado and, for the most part, the modalities she uses to treat patients offer ample effective alternatives. Dr. Enos regularly treats pneumonia without antibiotics, thyroid conditions without hormones, and hypertension without anti-hypertensive medications. That being said, there is a time and place for pharmaceuticals, and with her training, Dr. Enos will refer patients to medical doctors who prescribe them when necessary. Dr. Enos does work with patients who are on a pharmaceutical regimen, either in order to help decrease the need for medication or to work in conjunction with pharmaceutical treatment to maximize results.
What kinds of conditions do you commonly treat? Dr. Enos sees a wide variety of patients with many different conditions and imbalances. Many people seek out Healing Roots Natural Medicine for treatment of autoimmune conditions, skin conditions, digestive issues, chronic disease, chronic sinus & nasal congestion, and thyroid conditions.
What philosophies guide your approach and what kinds of treatments do you offer? Healing Roots Natural Medicine blends together the philosophies of naturpathic medicine, biotherapeutic drainage, and anthroposophic medicine into a synergistic approach to treat the root cause of disease and help you achieve optimal wellness. This melding truly addresses mind, body, and spirit. In-office treatments include cranial sacral therapy and nasal specifics.
If I do not live in Colorado, can we still work together? Yes. Dr. Enos offers phone and Skype consults for long-distance patients. Though these methods work well for most cases, there will be times when you need to be seen physically by a doctor. As a result, Healing Roots Natural Medicine requires that all patients retain a relationship with a primary care doctor.