What is Naturopathic Medicine?
The cornerstone of Naturopathic Medicine is a belief in the body’s inherent ability to heal itself when given comprehensive support. In an effort to provide optimal support for self-healing, Naturopathic Medicine combines the most cutting-edge, evidence-based therapies in both natural and conventional medicine, with a primary emphasis on natural therapies, to enhance the body’s ability to withstand and prevent illness. The Naturopathic approach views the patient as a whole person, intricate and interconnected, as opposed to separate body systems.
What is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?
Licensed Naturopathic Doctors are the only providers of natural medicine that have physician-level training. A qualified ND will have completed a full time four year medical program at a naturopathic medical school accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). There are seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. In addition to completing a standard medical curriculum, Naturopathic Doctors receive additional coursework in natural therapeutics. Upon graduation from one of these accredited colleges, an ND must pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX), administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), to acquire licensure. Naturopathic Doctors are thoroughly trained in all aspects of medical care, including the use of pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical interactions with natural products.
The Naturopathic Physician prioritizes a treatment plan that is most effective and least invasive for patients. When possible, the naturopathic physician uses the most natural and gentle therapies to treat illness or imbalance, but he or she will use a combination of natural and conventional treatments to bring their patients back to health when this combination proves best for optimal patient outcomes.
What is Naturopathic Oncology?
Naturopathic Oncology is the application of the philosophy and science behind naturopathic medicine to the field of cancer treatment and research. Naturopathic oncology focuses on integrating naturopathic approaches with conventional care in order to enhance efficacy of conventional treatment while reducing side effects, supporting natural destruction of cancer cells (apoptosis), naturally preserving the integrity of healthy cells, and preventing cancer recurrence. At the center of naturopathic oncology is a core belief in Integrative care, or combining natural and conventional principles safely and effectively to ensure the best possible outcomes for cancer patients.
What is an ND FABNO?
An ND, FABNO has passed all of the requirements for licensure as a Naturopathic Physician, and has then passed all of the credentialing requirements created by the American Board of Naturopathic Oncologists (ABNO), including advanced experience and training, an application process, and a board certiﬁcation test that measures competence in both conventional and natural cancer therapies.
What insurance does Doctor Perch accept?
We accept most Vermont insurance plans including:
1. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
3. Comprehensive Benefits Administrators (CBA)
4. Dr. Dynasaur
5. Green Mountain Care
7. Vermont Medicaid
Currently Naturopathy is not covered by Medicare in any state.
Please be aware of your current yearly deductible, co-payments and co-insurance amounts, as you may be responsible to pay for part or all of your visit depending on your plan. If you have specific questions about your insurance coverage please call the number on the back of your insurance card or contact our office for assistance.
If you do not currently have insurance coverage we do offer a standard discount when paid out-of-pocket. Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check and credit card. You will be charged a 3% processing fee for appointments charged on a credit card. Payment is due at the time of service.
If you wish to make Dr. Matthew Perchemlides your primary care physician, please contact your insurance carrier.
Do you offer cash-based services?
Dr. Perchemlides’ office accepts cash, check, and credit card payments for co-pays or patients who choose to pay in cash for their appointments.
What can I expect from my first visit with Doctor Perch?
On scheduling your first appointment you will receive an intake form that contains a thorough health history questionnaire about physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that you might be experiencing. This form is available online, in person, or by email on request. It would be helpful to have all pertinent medical health records sent to our office well in advance of your appointment as well. Doctor Perch will utilize your health history and review your past medical history, family history, risk factors, and current health concerns at your initial visit. When appropriate, Doctor Perch will perform a physical examination and order lab tests. The information from the intake form, medical records, and from your initial visit will help Doctor Perch form a detailed picture of your present condition and will help him to customize your treatment recommendations.
Having intake forms filled out completely and sent to our office along with medical records well in advance gives Dr. Perch a head start in diagnosing and treating a patient’s medical condition. If you are unable to complete your paperwork in advance of your appointment, Dr. Perch will make this a part of your initial visit.
What can I expect from my follow-up appointments with Doctor Perch?
Dr. Perch uses the information gathered from the initial visit to create an individualized treatment plan that he presents at your follow-up visit, which can last between 30-45 minutes. Because Dr. Perch has specializations in addition to general medicine, such as nutrition and integrative oncology, he tends to see many complex medical conditions, which often makes it necessary to review medical history and order diagnostic testing during the first follow-up visit. Dr. Perch’s office will schedule future appointments depending on your progress towards your health goals.
Does Doctor Perch offer regular wellness and preventive health visits?
Dr. Perch believes that preventive maintenance is important to achieving long term optimal health. By scheduling preventative healthcare visits periodically, Dr. Perch can remain informed about your healthcare needs as they change over time. Dr. Perch offers annual physical exams for adults, well child visits, and screening physicals.
Do you offer remote consultations?
A Remote Consultation via phone, Skype, or FaceTime provides patients who are not local or who cannot physically come into our office for an appointment with an opportunity to receive care. Remote consultations also provide patients with an opportunity to have an appointment with Dr. Perchemlides while receiving care at another provider’s office, creating a truly integrative experience.
What is your cancellation policy?
As a courtesy, we email confirmations for your appointment prior to your scheduled time; ultimately it is your responsibility to keep the scheduled appointment or to reschedule. Specialized Natural Family Health has a 24-hour cancellation policy in regards to scheduled appointments. If for some reason you cannot be present for a scheduled appointment, please notify us 24 hours prior to that appointment. If appointments are not cancelled within the appropriate time frame, we reserve the right to bill the patient for 50% of the cost of the missed appointment. We strive not only to keep our patients healthy but to keep healthy professional relationships as well. Please join us in collaborating on a healthy relationship throughout your care.