A Note To Ft Collins Naturopath
What to expect when you see Ft Collins Naturopath Dr. Jason Barker
New patient visits are typically an hour long; we will take a very detailed medical history, perform any physical examination that is warranted, order any lab work needed, and outline the first stages of your treatment plan.
Once we have collected all the information needed to fully assess your health, patients return for a follow up visit where you will be presented with your 'Report of Findings'. This is a detailed summary of your obstacles to health, lab results and an outline of your personalized treatment plan. This will serve as your guide as we move you toward better health.
Please bring any and all nutritional supplements and prescription drugs you may be taking to your Ft Collins naturopath appointment. No need to write them all down, just throw them in a bag and bring them with you. Follow ups occur as needed, depending on the case.
Please either download the New Patient Paperwork here or arrive at least 20 minutes before your appointment time to complete the packet.
You can also schedule here and find directions to the clinic here.
I don’t prescribe drugs for health problems; rather I work with the body using a variety of natural medicines and lifestyle changes that assist the body in healing. This means that I use various combinations of these treatments to get you healthy. I use a lot of functional medical testing, which gets at the root of health problems. These are tests that not every doctor orders, much less understands.
My approach is to treat the underlying cause of illness, rather than just masking the symptoms with drugs - treating symptoms rarely leads to to true health, by the way.
I have a lot of effective and safe tools at my disposal to help you get healthier, for real. I use my extensive training and education, as well as laboratory testing to correctly discern the needs of my patients. I do not use any gimmicks to diagnose a person’s state of health.
What I Treat:
Most of the time I see people with chronic, or ongoing conditions (in other words, non-emergencies!). If you are experiencing any emergency-type symptoms you should go to the Emergency Department. Otherwise, come on in to our Ft Collins naturopathic medicine clinic or give me a call to see if I can help; chances are I can.
I often co-manage patients with their MD, DO, or Family Nurse Practitioner, and refer out to chiropractors, acupuncturists, hypnotherapists and licensed massage therapists as the needs of the patient arise. I find that people often have the most success with a number of people on their team, all working toward a common goal- your health!
I completed my pre-medical studies at Colorado State University and I earned my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Following completion of medical school, I spent an additional 2 years in residency at the National College of Natural Medicine’s Family Residency program in Portland, Oregon. This was a 10-year period of rigorous study; upon graduation I was eligible to sit for state health board licensing exams.
In the U.S., 14 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands extend primary care physician licensing to naturopathic physicians. All states require graduation from an accredited 4-year, in-residence naturopathic medical school and must pass postdoctoral board examinations before receiving a license to practice medicine. In addition, each state mandates yearly continuing education requirements for licensed physicians. I maintain a current, active license to practice medicine in the state of Oregon.
In Colorado, the practice of naturopathic medicine is not yet regulated; therefore I encourage potential patients to understand the differences in education and training between licensed Ft Collins naturopathic physicians and those people calling themselves naturopaths that were ‘creatively educated’ via correspondence courses.
The most effective way to discern whether a person has the proper training to call themselves a naturopathic physician is whether they attended one of the accredited 4-year medical schools that award the degree of Naturopathic Physician in the United States:
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
National College of Naturopathic Medicine
University of Bridgeport
National University of Health Sciences (opened September 2006)
Otherwise, I encourage the reader to visit the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors’ website for more information on this subject.
Office Visits & Payments
In general, the majority of first-time office visits at my Ft Collins naturopath clinic will last an hour; return visits are typically 30 minutes. This allows me to gain a full understanding of your condition, and gives you plenty of time as well to gain an awareness of your condition and treatment. The length of time between office visits varies as well; acute cases may need more attention while more chronic conditions may only return every 4-6 weeks or longer as I like to allow ample time for change to occur.
We do not process any type of health insurance; however we will help you with the proper forms needed to submit to your insurance provider if necessary. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
The greatest monetary investment a patient will have during their treatment at my Ft Collins naturopathic clinic are the natural medicine supplements I utilize to improve health. Supplements are expensive, regardless of where they are obtained.
However, my education allows me to discern the quality and potency of supplements available to the consumer and thereby employ those that are most effective. It can be difficult for consumers to know the difference between a high quality, useful supplement and one that is worthless. If you are looking for quality, effective supplements, please visit our on-line store.
I utilize physician-only lines of supplements that contain exactly what they say they do; they are quite potent and therefore only available to physicians, rather than the layperson randomly selecting them at a health food store.
The supplement manufacturers I patronize make their products available to physicians like myself that know how to use them rather than for the lay market that does not necessarily understand their safe and effective use.
Because of this, I can use high-quality, potent materials to produce effective changes in people working to improve their health. This is a vital aspect of my approach to helping my patients succeed.
Additionally, I do not utilize or participate in multi-level marketed supplements, and have no interest to do so.
It is my goal to provide you with the best healthcare possible; this will become apparent as you see your health change for the better as we work together.
Yours in health,
Ft Collins Naturopath, Dr. Jason E. Barker
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