What can I expect during my first visit?
The first visit generally lasts about an hour and a half. This includes a thorough review of all medical history, in-depth questions about your current condition and any pertinent physical exam. Any necessary labs may also be done during this first visit. A treatment plan will mostly likely be started at the end of the first visit, however, some cases require a little more out-of-office investigation or lab results in order to develop the best treatment possible for you. This will require a 30 minute follow up visit to review the treatment plan.
Will my insurance pay for the visit?
Dr. Peirson is not a preferred provider under all insurance companies. Please call the office at (503) 331-1800 for help checking your insurance coverage. You can also use the form below when calling your insurance company.
Can Dr. Peirson act as my primary care physician?
Yes. Dr. Peirson is trained with the same general medicine curriculum as a conventional medical doctor, but she also studied natural therapeutics emphasizing lifestyle changes, disease prevention, and optimal wellness. She performs physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, and allergy testing.
Can Dr. Peirson prescribe prescription medication?
Yes. Although lifestyle changes, herbs, supplements and dietary changes are often preferred means of managing medical care, prescription medication is sometimes necessary. This saves you from making a trip to see Dr. Peirson in addition to your conventional medical doctor.
How are Naturopathic Physicians trained?
A four year Bachelor's degree emphasizing basic pre-med sciences is required for acceptance into Naturopathic medical school. Naturopathic training includes two years of basic medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, biochemistry, etc.) followed by completion of the national basic science board exams. The last two years, or clinical component, emphasizes western study of disease, diagnosis, and treatments with a focus on natural therapeutics. Naturopathic therapies and principles are the emphasis of the training, but conventional medical practices are largely incorporated to provide appropriate choices for the patient and stronger education for the doctors.