Discover answers to frequently asked questions below.

Do you provide services to patients outside of Port Townsend, WA?
Yes. While my practice is based in Port Townsend, WA, I welcome patients from surrounding areas, including Port Hadlock, Port Ludlow, Sequim, and Port Angeles,
ensuring everyone on the Olympic Peninsula and beyond has access to naturopathic care.  I also work part time at Element 7 Wellness in Poulsbo on Wednesdays and Thursday.    

Do you accept health insurance?
No, but I strive to make healthcare accessible by offering superbills for insurance reimbursement and providing a transparent pricing structure. Discounts are available for military members, Medicare, and Medicaid recipients. 

What can I expect during my first visit?
During your first visit, expect a thorough consultation where I’ll listen to your health concerns, review your health history, and discuss your wellness goals. My approach is holistic, focusing on you as a whole person rather than just your symptoms so we’ll explore various treatment options tailored to your needs.

How do you integrate psychedelic-assisted therapy into your practice?
I provide harm reduction and education regarding entheogenic medicine, such as ketamine and psilocybin, within the legal and safety parameters. This includes discussing potential benefits, risks, and how these substances might fit into a broader treatment plan for qualifying conditions. It’s part of a comprehensive approach to healing and wellness.  Please stayed tuned as we are integrating a ketamine assisted therapy (KAP) clinic at Element 7 Wellness in Poulsbo.  You will be able to access KAP there in the coming weeks. 

What is counterstrain therapy, and how can it benefit me?
Counterstrain is a gentle technique used to relieve pain and improve range of motion.
It involves finding tender points and positioning the body to release tension in the affected areas. It’s effective for various issues, including joint pain, muscle spasms, and other discomforts, making it a versatile tool in pain management and rehabilitation.  For more information, visit www.counterstrain.com.

Do you offer any services for mental health?
Yes, I consider mental health to be a crucial aspect of overall wellness. My practice includes support for anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress management. I strive to provide tools and strategies that help manage and improve mental health through a combination of talk-based counseling, breath work, lifestyle changes, and appropriate therapeutic interventions.

What benefits does acupuncture offer?
Acupuncture offers relief from pain, stress, and various health conditions by stimulating specific points on your body to balance qi (energy) and promote healing. It’s a holistic treatment that can complement other therapies to support overall wellness.

Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture is generally not painful. While tight muscles might initially react, the sensation should dissipate within a few minutes. 

What is the diagnostic laboratory testing used for?
Diagnostic laboratory testing helps to uncover underlying health issues
and guide the development of a personalized treatment plan. Tests might include blood work, hormone panels, nutritional deficiencies, and more, depending on your specific needs and health goals. For more information, please visit my Diagnostic Testing page

Here’s What You Can Expect

As you embark upon your healing journey at Meridian Passage Wellness you will find understanding, empathy, and personalized care.  Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect from the moment you decide to take that first step towards a healthier, more vibrant you:

Step 1: Initial Consultation

We’ll begin with a complimentary 15-minute consultation. This can be done in person, over the phone, or via video call—whichever you prefer. It’s a no-pressure opportunity for us to meet, discuss your health goals and concerns, and determine if we’re a good fit for each other.

I’ll also explain payment options, including available discounts, to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Step 2: Schedule Your First Appointment

If you decide to proceed, booking your first appointment is easy. You can schedule directly through my website, which allows you to choose a time and date that works best for you. You can also email or call to set up your appointment directly.

Step 3: Your First Visit

We begin by identifying your primary health concerns and explore all aspects of your life—past treatments, lifestyle, family and trauma history, and even seemingly unrelated issues. This holistic view helps us pinpoint the root causes of your symptoms.

Based on our initial assessment, I’ll propose a personalized plan that may include a variety of options such as lab testing, acupuncture, counterstrain, nutrition, herbal medicine, and more.

We’ll discuss what you’re open to trying, including both familiar approaches and new possibilities. We’ll ensure your treatment plan resonates with you and addresses the identified root issue.

Step 4: Goal Setting and Prognosis

We’ll set achievable health goals and discuss a realistic prognosis, including the expected number of treatments, ensuring you have a clear understanding of the journey ahead.

With your treatment plan in place, we’ll schedule your sessions and establish a follow-up routine for continuous support. Regular check-ins allow us to monitor your progress, adjust the plan as needed, and keep you informed and engaged throughout your healing journey.

Step 5: Maintaining and Achieving Health Goals

As we work together towards your health goals, we’ll adapt a treatment plan based on your evolving needs and progress.

Our shared vision for your health is realized when your appointments transition into routine check-ups, marking the achievement of your health goals.

This streamlined approach guarantees a clear, tailored journey toward your health goals with a focus on lasting results.

I’m dedicated to empowering you with the knowledge and tools necessary for lasting health and a renewed sense of well-being. Together, we’ll navigate the challenges and celebrate your wins!

Experience a Holistic Approach