This is both your expectations of me, as one of your doctors, and also my expectations of you.
Your expectations of me are pretty straightforward – to provide care and health education to the best of my ability. What your expectations shouldn’t include – to become perfectly healthy in one or two visits. More on that below…
My expectations of you –
1. To give me a fair chance to help you return to health. Many patients arrive in my office as a last resort, having tried all other avenues of treatment. Often they have been gradually moving toward their current state of ill health over years or even decades. The most important premise of naturopathic medicine is “treat the cause of the illness”. Our first visit has just been spent gathering as much of a detailed health history as possible, in order to best determine the cause or causes of your symptoms. Subsequent visits will be spent initiating and adjusting your personalized treatment plan. Depending on how complicated or numerous your health conditions are, this might take a long time. Be patient, and remember that you probably spent years getting sick – it could take a while to get you healthy again.
2. To provide occasional feedback on how well I am meeting your expectations. Medical practice is called “practice” for a reason. I am always learning and adapting my treatment plans according to things I learn, often through successful (and unsuccessful) treatments. If you have followed a treatment plan that I have suggested, and it didn’t work for you, please let me know. If I don’t see you within the expected time for a follow-up appointment, I will likely give you a call or send an email to check in. If everything is wonderful, then that’s great! Let me know that. If it’s not, that’s alright too. Let's continue working together to get you back to your ideal state of good health.