Frequently Asked Questions



If you are trying to schedule an appointment using your insurance, please call the University of Minnesota Physicians Clinic at 952-525-4500. They will help schedule you for acupuncture at the Park Place East Clinic.

Naturopathic medicine visits are virtual and are cash pay. Payment is due at the time of our visit (see Appointments for a list of fees). Many patients pay for visits using funds from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account (FSA). 


Prior to our first visit, we will send you an intake and consent form, which needs to be completed prior to our scheduled appointment. For those unable to complete the forms online, paper copies can be sent via mail by contacting

The first visit usually lasts about 90 minutes. During this time we will review your intake, and gather more information about your health concerns, as well as other parts of your life and history that are relevant to your health.  At the end of our visit, we will provide a plan that outlines the following:

  • Recommended tests

  • Diet/Nutritional guidance

  • Recommended supplementation

  • Other recommended support/referrals

Follow-ups generally take place 4-6 weeks after our first visit (for chronic health complaints), and biannually for those wanting preventative care without any health complaints. 

Follow-ups can be done by phone or video, and last between 30-60 minutes, depending on complexity.


We use various diagnotic tools, including: physical exam findings, conventional and functional diagnostic lab tests and imaging, and Chinese Medicine diagnostic tools (pulse, tongue, odor, sight, sound). At our first visit, we will discuss which tests may be appropriate for you. Prospective patients have asked if we can give them a list of tests to run before our first visit - we cannot do this without seeing you in person and discussing your history first. 


Examples of tests we may consider when consulting with a patient include the following:

  • Blood work (including inflammatory, endocrine and cardiometabolic markers)

  • Serum testing for dietary triggers of inflammation (IgG4-mediated)

  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis to evaluate microbiome/pathogens

  • Organic Acid Testing

  • Urinary Pyrroles Testing

  • Genomic variants/SNPs

  • Methylation testing

  • Serum, Salivary and/or Urine Hormone Testing

  • Salivary Cortisol/HPA/Adrenal Testing

  • Urinary Mycotoxins

  • Blood & Urinary heavy metals testing

  • Environmental Toxin Testing

  • Ultrasound, X-ray, MRI and CT Scan


We take the time to listen to you and your body's unique needs, in order to understand what therapies are best for healing. We aim to be open-minded about what each person needs, whether that is a therapy we offer or something requiring a referral to another provider. We believe the body is always evolving, and thus therapies need to evolve with the body's needs. Below is a list of therapies wee consider when working with individuals.​

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Focused nutrient supplementation

  • Western Herbal Medicine 

  • Acupuncture

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine 

  • Homeopathy

  • Flower Essences

  • Exercise & Movement

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Biotherapeutic Drainage

  • Holistic Pelvic Care

  • Mayan Abdominal Massage**

  • IV Therapy**

**These are therapies we do not provide - referrals to providers who offer these are provided as a part of a treatment plan.


We cannot currently prescribe pharmaceuticals in the State of Minnesota. We're happy to collaborate with prescribing providers to meet your healthcare needs, whether it's to ensure you are:

  • Not taking supplements or herbal formulas that interfere with the efficacy of your medications

  • Supplementing deficiencies that result from taking medications

  • Increasing the benefit you receive from your medications.