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.
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 Functional 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.
Does insurance cover the cost of your care or supplements? Dr. Enos does not contract directly with any insurance companies and therefore does not offer insurance billing. Many patients pay for appointments, supplements, and remedies with money from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA). FSAs tend to be more specific about what is covered than HSAs. Check for covered directly with your FSA provider.
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 telemedicine 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.
If I do not live in Colorado, can we still work together? Yes. Dr. Enos offers phone and Telemedicine 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 in their area.