Naturopathic Medicine FAQ’s

Can my naturopathic doctor and my medical doctor work together for my treatment?

Yes, we feel a patient’s interest is best served when there is a free exchange of ideas and knowledge between health care providers. Each profession brings specific insight and co-treatment can be more effective. Communication between all parties is the key to integrated care. In order to communicate with your other health care practitioners, you will be required to sign a medical records release giving us permission to speak with other practitioners about your health.

Is naturopathic medicine new?

No. Naturopathic medicine in the U.S. has grown out of medical traditions from throughout the world, both ancient and modern. The majority of states have licensed naturopathic medicine at different times since its formation as a distinct American medical profession in 1902. Naturopathic medicine continues to grow and evolve, incorporating advances in diverse medical disciplines throughout the world.

How is naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?

The main difference is in philosophical approach. Naturopathic physicians treat patients by restoring overall health rather than suppressing a few key symptoms. Naturopathic physicians are more concerned with finding the underlying cause of a condition and applying treatments that work in alliance with the natural healing mechanisms of the body rather than against them. Naturopathic treatments result less frequently in adverse side effects, or in the chronic conditions that inevitably arise when the cause of disease is left untreated.

In what ways are naturopathic and conventional physicians alike?

The academic training in medical sciences of naturopathic and conventional physicians is similar. Both study modern physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis. Both can diagnose a disease and predict its course. Naturopathic physicians can prescribe conventional medications when indicated. Both naturopathic and conventional physicians refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

How are Naturopathic Doctors trained?

A naturopathic doctor is a licensed primary care physician (N.D.) who is educated in the same basic sciences as an M.D. or a D.O., but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. Like conventional medical schools, the first two years of ND training concentrate on the basic biomedical sciences: gross human anatomy, physiology, histology, embryology, pathology, microbiology and biochemistry. The second two years integrate basic biomedical sciences with clinical sciences, focusing on a broad range of therapeutic interventions: clinical nutrition and diet, acupuncture and classical Chinese medicine, homeopathy, environmental medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic manipulative therapy, hydrotherapy, psychology, pharmacology, minor surgery and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health).

A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician. While NDs are trained to be primary care physicians, some NDs choose to emphasize particular treatment methods (see below) and others may concentrate on particular medical fields such as pediatrics, gynecology, allergies, arthritis, etc. Even though it has its own therapeutic specialties, naturopathic medicine incorporates the natural therapies of many different healing traditions. What makes a therapy part of the naturopathic scope of practice is the way it is applied such as on the basis of the six naturopathic principles of healing.

Where is Naturopathic Medicine licensed?

Naturopathic medicine is currently licensed in 16 states and several Canadian provinces and U.S. territories including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. Despite that fact that naturopathic medicine in not licensed in all 50 states, a naturopathic doctor can still practice in most states, sometimes under other types of licensure. In unlicensed states, the scope of practice is not regulated therefore allowing individuals who are not adequately trained to use the title “ND” or “naturopath.”

Some companies offer the degree “ND” or natural doctor via correspondence courses through the mail or Internet. Even though these individuals may believe in the philosophy and core principles of naturopathy, they are not properly trained to diagnose, treat and prevent disease as the naturopathic physicians who have attended a four-year accredited naturopathic medical school. In these unregulated states, it is important for the public to understand the risk involved in seeking a practitioner and to be certain that they understand the education that their health care provider has received.

Support Licensing of Naturopathic Doctors in Pennsylvania

Naturopathic medicine is an integral part of a comprehensive healthcare system and we as naturopathic doctors believe that people should have the freedom of choice, especially when it comes to their healthcare. In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians is working towards licensure which would provide: quality assurance, health freedom, treatment integration, fraud protection and cost effectiveness. Please consider the following ways to become a naturopathic medicine advocate:

  • View the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians website (www.panp.org) and join the grassroots network.
  • Tell your friends and family about naturopathic medicine.
  • Become a supporting member.
  • Contact your state legislators and let them know that you want natural choices included in your healthcare.

Are we accepting new patients?

We are always taking new patients, but Dr. Dengler is not a primary care provider. She specializes in holistic medicine and will provide advice on how to improve general health using nutrition, nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathy and physical medicine. The advice provided by Dr. Dengler is intended to complement, not replace, any treatment prescribed by a licensed physician.

Is naturopathic medicine covered by insurance?

Since Pennsylvania does not currently license Naturopathic Doctors, insurance does not typically cover our services. With that said, we have had some patients submit their bills to their insurance company and have gotten some coverage. Also, some of our specialty labs may be covered by various insurance companies. In addition, many of our patients pay through their flex plans or health savings accounts (HSA’s).

Is Dr. Dengler licensed in Pennsylvania?

Naturopathic doctors are only licensed in 19 states and, unfortunately, Pennsylvania is not one of them and does not offer a licensure for naturopathic doctors. Dr. Dengler maintains her license in Arizona where she went to medical school. However, Dr. Dengler is not currently licensed to diagnose or treat disease in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The diagnosis and treatment of disease is the privilege of medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, and other health care practitioners licensed in Pennsylvania. Because Naturopathic Doctors are not yet licensed as primary care physicians in Pennsylvania, it is recommended that you continue services with your primary care physician.

What are your fees?

  • Initial Consult – $165.00 – The consult is 75-90 minutes and Dr. Dengler takes a comprehensive look at your medical history and all of the factors contributing to your condition including questions about diet, lifestyle, habits, stress, family history and environmental exposures. Dr. Dengler look at the whole person, which means she consider a variety of factors before devising a health plan. She may or may not make a few initial recommendations at the first consult depending on your specific health concerns. Often times she will suggest laboratory testing, request medical records from other care providers or gather additional information pertaining to your particular case. Once the results and necessary information are in, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results and comprehensive treatment plan. This appointment generally takes 45-60 minutes and is $85.00. Follow-up appointments thereafter are $65.00 for 30 minutes, $85.00 for 45 minutes and $105.00 for 60 minutes.

What are Dr. Dengler’s specialites?

Dr. Dengler is a naturopathic doctor and treats a wide variety of conditions from acute conditions such as colds and flu’s to more chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. She specializes in women’s health and hormone balancing, gastrointestinal disorders and food sensitivities.

Where did Dr. Dengler go to medical school?

Dr. Dengler graduated from Gannon University from the pre-medical program. She went to medical school at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona which is one of 7 accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. She then completed a one year residency in family medicine in Scottsdale, AZ with a special focus in clinical nutrition, homeopathy and environmental medicine.

What type of conditions does Dr. Dengler see?

Naturopathic medicine is beneficial for many conditions ranging from acute conditions such as an ear infection or a cold to more chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Dr. Dengler works to educate her patients on natural options from prevention of illness to healing acute and chronic disease. Some conditions that she sees include:

Allergies  –  Menopause  –  Irritable Bowel  –  Diabetes  –  Chronic Fatigue  –  Women’s Health  –  PMS  –  Hormone Balancing  –  Family Healthcare  –  Arthritis  –  GERD  –  Asthma  –  Hypertension  –  Elevated Cholesterol  –  Eczema  –  Migraines  –  Allergies  –  Autoimmune Disease  –  Ear Infections  –  Colds/Flu  –  Cough/Congestion  –  Sinus Pain/Pressure  –  Weight Loss  –  Preventive Healthcare  –  Food Allergies/ Sensitivities  –  Detoxification  –  And More…

Lab Related Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you do blood work in the office?

We do not draw blood in the office, but use various test kits (stool, saliva, blood) that can be done in the convenience of your home or taken to an Associated Clinical Laboratories (ACL) for a blood draw. If we need to order blood tests (that do not require a test kit), these will be paid for out of pocket and the blood will need to be drawn at any ACL location.

How long do lab results take to come in?

All test kits generally take 2-3 weeks for the results to come in. Blood tests results are generally available in 24-48 hours.

How will I know when the results are in?

Because the length of time for results to come in vary from lab to lab, we will call or email you once the results are in to schedule a follow-up appointment.

Can I pick up my lab results?

You are welcome to pick up your results if you wish, but you are encouraged to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Dengler to discuss the results and how they pertain to your healing plan.

Can you send my results to my primary care doctor?

We would be happy to send any lab results to your other health care providers. You will just need to sign a medical release form giving us permission to share your results.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

Do you offer evening/ weekend appointments?

Yes, we offer early evening appointments and also have appointments available on Saturdays.

Do you offer a cancer massage? 

Yes. We can customize a massage to meet your needs with permission from your oncologist.

What do I wear for a massage?

Patients may undress to their comfort level during the massage. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress and prepare for your massage. A sheet is used as a drape during the session and is moved only to expose the part of the body being worked on at any given time. The massage session will include a full body massage with the use of massage creams, lotions or oils to reduce friction between the practitioner’s hands and your skin.

About Us

Here at Vitality Natural Health and Wellness Center we are dedicated to promoting health and wellness through enhancement of the mind, body, and spirit. We are committed to supporting the body’s inherent ability to heal using natural therapies to restore health.

Contact Us

Vitality Natural Health and
Wellness Center

570 Washington Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: (814) 720.4825
Fax: (814) 601.0930

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00 – 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed
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