FAQ

Paying for services

How much will my visits cost?

See fee schedule here. [back to top]

What methods of payment are accepted?

Dr. Galloway's services are paid for at the time of your visit.

Credit cards -- Visa, MC are accepted. We do not take Discover or American Express. [back to top]

Insurance -- Do you take insurance?

Dr. Galloway is not an "in network" provider, you can request a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company. Please see insurance discussion here. [back to top]

What is your cancellation policy?

There is no charge for cancellations prior to 24 business hours. Less than 24 business hours notice will result in a $50 charge. [back to top]

If I have to pay for services out of my pocket, how can I possibly afford Naturopathic Care?

Finances are tight for many people. When I am faced with the prospect of spending money on my wellness I see it as an investment for my future. If I am not optimally well, how can I continue to work, to be there for my family, to contribute my fullest to those in my community? I challenge you to not think of the costs of Natural Medicine as a burden, but as a true gift to yourself and to your family. I am always glad to talk with clients about how I believe my knowledge can make a true impact on their wellness. [back to top]

Tell me about Naturopathic Medicine/Training

What is a Naturopathic Physician?

A licensed Naturopathic Physician (ND) has attended a four-year graduate level Naturopathic Medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD. However, the Naturopathic Physicians degree also requires training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). [back to top]

What does Naturopathic Medical Education include?

To earn a Naturopathic Doctorate, a student must complete an undergraduate degree and all premedical courses. Naturopathic Medical school is a four to five year intensive postgraduate program offered by nationally accredited, U.S. Department of Education approved Naturopathic Medical colleges. During their studies, students learn naturopathic theory, gain naturopathic clinical experience, and complete a core curriculum of basic science courses identical to that of a traditional medical school. Diagnostic courses (e.g., pulmonology, radiology) cover conventional medical treatments, but Naturopathic students learn how to treat the whole person using naturopathic methods.

Do Naturopathic Physicians take National Board Exams?

All Naturopathic Physicians must pass a national board examination by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) in order to qualify for licensure by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care, general practice physician. Note that in New York and Texas, state licensure for N.D.s is not currently available. Visit www. Naturopathic.org Dr. Galloway does hold a license from the State of Vermont. [back to top]

How are Naturopathic Doctors licensed?

Once licensed, a Naturopathic Doctor may apply for licensure as a primary care practitioner at the state level. Dr. Galloway is a licensed Naturopathic Physician under Vermont state law.

How do I tell the difference between medical-school trained NDs and "diploma mill" NDs?

In 14 states, Naturopathic Medicine is a licensed field of medical practice. New York is not included at this time. Because of this, there is a public health risk to you and your family. At this time anyone who wants to add the initials ND after their name is allowed to whether they have a true medical education or not. This puts the unfair burden of "buyer beware" on you to find your own qualified natural practitioner.

So...how do you tell if an "ND" is a medical school graduate? Only four schools in the U.S. and two in Canada have Naturopathic Medical Schools that provide doctoral level, in-residence, medical school education. These schools are:

You can also tell if an ND is a "licensable" Naturopathic Physician by searching the "Find an ND" database at www.naturopathic.org, the official website of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

If the person you are talking with says they are a naturopath, or an ND and have not graduated from one of the above schools, they have received their diploma from a school that is not approved by the U.S. Department of Education. They did not attend 6 years of pre-med and medical school and are not licensable, Naturopathic Board certified doctors.

People who have received a diploma from a non-doctoral program or diploma mill can be nice people, who have good intentions. They may be natural healers who can be helpful to you. But they are not physician-level practitioners and cannot provide you with a doctoral level expertise in Natural Medicine.

Be sure you know who you are entrusting your health to. Know who they are and where they have studied.

What can Dr. Galloway offer me?

Why choose Dr. Galloway?

Dr. Galloway is a well-trained, insightful, thorough Naturopathic Doctor. She is warm and friendly, yet expects her clients to participate in achieving wellness. She does not manage symptoms. Instead, she emphasizes treating root causes of disease and teaches lifestyle skills to maintain health. [back to top]

How often will I see the doctor? How long do appointments take?

Dr. Galloway may speak with you once a month until your health problems resolve. Or, you may be on a more extended schedule depending on your condition. The first phone appointment is extensive and usually takes about an hour. Follow up phone appointments are thirty minutes. [back to top]

Will Dr. Galloway work with my other doctors?

Absolutely. Dr. Galloway can interface with MDs regarding chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The advisements offered by Dr. Galloway are never a replacement for standard, conventional treatments. [back to top]

What is the difference between a homeopath and a Naturopathic Doctor?

A homeopath is a healthcare provider who is trained in the method of homeopathy but did not attend a Naturopathic Medical program. Homeopathy is a modality within naturopathic medicine, but Naturopathic Doctors are also trained in the areas of basic medical science, pharmacy, nutrition, botanical and physical medicine. A Naturopathic doctor may practice homeopathy, but a Homeopath may or may not be a trained, licensable doctor. [back to top]

Can I continue to see my MD?

Yes, in fact Dr. Galloway will be requesting that you have primary care through an MD, NP, PA or DO. She is glad to act as part of your medical team where each member has a vital role to play. NDs do not provide all of your medical care just as MDs do not provide all of your care. I am interested in spreading the concept of Appropriate Medicine™. Appropriate Medicine is using the appropriate tool for the patient at all times. Sometimes the appropriate medicine is herbal, other times the appropriate medicine is pharmaceutical. As an expert in natural medicine I can help you interpret whether a natural approach is appropriate for you. [back to top]