FAQ / Naturopathic Medicine

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Q: How is a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) different from an M.D.?


Both an M.D. and N.D. are trained in the same medical courses (anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical physical diagnosis, etc.). The main difference is that an N.D. has a deeper understanding of biochemistry and how nutritional cofactors are important to physiology. We focus on healing the root cause of disease rather than palliating symptoms with drugs or surgery. N.D.’s are experts in health and we have many tools to improve your mind, body and spirit. We use the least invasive means possible to treat our patients. We employ diet and nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and botanical medicine to treat complex medical cases with success. Traditional medical care saves lives and is amazing at acute care. N.D.’s often have solutions to problems western medicine is baffled by. We also spend time with our patients and want to know about their lives. I believe the combination of N.D.’s working with M.D.’s is the best option for the patient’s care.

Q: What is the difference between a N.D. and a homeopath?


A Naturopathic Doctor goes to 4 years of medical school and must pass their medical boards to receive their license to practice. N.D.’s use many different modalities to treat disease and sometimes use homeopathic medicines if they completed a separate program in homeopathy. Homeopaths only use homeopathic remedies to treat conditions. I am both a Naturopathic Doctor and a certified Homeopath.

Q: How long is the first visit and what can I expect during this visit?


Your first visit will be 1 hour long. I will take an extensive medical history and answer any questions you have about your health.

Q: How often do we need to meet?


I like to follow up with you 3-6 weeks after our first appointment. If the situation is acute, I will see you 1 week after our first meeting. Depending on your situation I like to follow up every 6-8 weeks to support you in the changes we are making to your health. Eventually, as you are feeling better, I will follow up with you twice a year or as needed.

Q: What kinds of tests are run?


I run LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics and specialty labs. For a list of the specialty labs see my resource library. I am very picky about what lab I use for each test. I want to know that if you run a test, we will get the best possible information. I have researched each lab and use the best lab for any testing we will perform. I also take into consideration cost. I only recommend the essential tests that are needed, to understand you or your child’s condition. I do not believe in running several tests at once, I have found that if you run the right tests first you can gain information that will save you time and money over time.

Q: What kind of diets do I recommend?


I believe everyone is unique and has different nutritional needs. I do not put everyone on one particular diet. Instead, I believe food sensitivities play a major role in health and epigenetics. I will help create a diet specific to what you or your child needs. I often see kids that are picky eaters. I can also help design a food plan to expand their diet and balance their blood sugar. In some cases, I will suggest a diet. Please see my resource library for more information on the diets I use.

Q: What is important to know about supplements?


The most important thing to understand is that the quality and efficacy of supplements is directly linked to the quality of ingredients and the quality of formulations. Supplements available at major retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, GNC, grocery stores, and wholesale outlets are not made from quality ingredients and are poorly formulated resulting in poor efficacy. I have researched and tested the supplement lines available in my clinic, and I only carry the very best formulations for your health needs.

Q: Are my services covered by insurance and do I take insurance?


Unfortunately, I do not accept insurance in my office. However, we will provide you with all the necessary codes and HCFA form to submit the bill to your insurance company for reimbursement. We are considered out-of-network and encourage you to call your insurance company in advance of your visit to verify your benefits and determine what they will and will not cover.

Q: Do I write prescriptions?


No. I do not prescribe drugs on a regular basis and would like you to see a doctor or nurse practitioner that uses this method regularly. I have a wonderful network of referral partners to send you to if you need prescription medications.

Q: Do I work with your other therapists, doctors and practitioners?


I really enjoy working with other therapists, doctors, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists etc. I believe we all have talent in our areas of expertise and if we work together we can give you the best possible care.

Dr.Pratt is a great team player and her work complements the other therapies and approaches we follow in conjunction.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

Apart from BIT, Dr.Pratt's vast knowledge of the biomedical basis of ASD helps support parents as they try to heal the child's body in helping the brain develop.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

There were such significant changes in my child's behavior after Dr. Pratt’s treatment, that it absolutely changed his life and the whole family.

- Behavioral Issues and Family Naturopathic Care

I have to say, I have never seen anything have such a positive impact on someone's life.

- ADD / Memory Recall Patient

Dr. Pratt's approach was friendly, relaxing, reassuring and non-invasive, and the progress that we saw in our son's writing was immediate and remarkable.

- Specific Learning Disability Patient

I would highly recommend Dr. Pratt’s nurturing, life changing treatments to anyone who desires a better, easier way of living in this world.

- Anxiety / Learning Disability Patient

Dr. Pratt’s treatment made it possible for my daughter to go to school full-time for the first time in two years, and as a matter of fact, she’s now talking about going to college instead of worrying that she’d never graduate high school.

- Patient of Head Injury Patient

Since my first appointment with Dr. Pratt, I have come back to her for every ailment. She has quickly and effectively cured every sickness I have experienced.

- Naturopathic Medicine Patient

I am working 4 days a week and I accomplish more in a day now than I did in a whole week before. I feel productive and useful after BIT.

- Head Injury Patient

It has not all been easy, changing your lifestyle and diet is a challenge but we feel very supported by Dr. Pratt. It's a long road to recovery but the rewards are great along the way. My son has almost recovered from his symptoms and we owe all of this to Dr. Pratt. We are very thankful to have crossed her path at the right time in our journey.

- EI, Rye, NY

Dr. Pratt is compassionate and well-informed about the various challenges and available options for children with special needs. She is always willing to brainstorm options with parents and has a way of getting through to the children.

- Best, Pooja

It is almost impossible to explain the dramatic and positive effect Dr Shelese Pratt has had on my health. It is without exaggeration that I say Dr Pratt has saved my life on numerous occasions. To say her work has dramatically increased the quality of my life is gross understatement. There is not an aspect of my physical, mental, or emotional health that Dr Pratt has not addressed at some point during my years as her patient. I first saw Dr Pratt in 2005, after suffering one infection after another over the course of three months and had exhausted my known medial avenues. She was the only doctor to see the connection to between all of my symptoms and to care long enough and deep enough to get to the bottom of them. I have sent countless loved ones and colleagues to her over the years and know that the level of her care has changed their lives for better without exception. I have had the privilege of seeing Dr Pratt for Brain Integration, naturopathic, and homeopathic treatments and I can say without any reservation that I credit my health and well being to her and her practice.

- Erica A., Naturopathic Medicine Patient