Functional Medicine Resources & FAQs
Here you’ll find information about what to expect during your first visit, new patient forms and payment information, and tips on selecting a functional physician. Dr. Moehle is licensed to provide care in both Oregon & Washington.
How to Choose a Functional Medicine Physician
Not all practices provide the same level of care. If you’re evaluating different physicians, here are some good questions to ask.
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a patient-centered, systems biology approach to healthcare that focuses on addressing the root causes of illness and promoting overall wellness. It seeks to understand how different factors, such as genetics, lifestyle, and environment, impact an individual’s health and uses personalized treatments to restore balance and optimize well-being.
What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a holistic healthcare system that emphasizes the body’s inherent ability to heal itself under the right circumstances. It combines natural therapies, such as botanical medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling, to support and stimulate the body’s self- healing mechanisms. Naturopathic doctors aim to treat the root cause of disease by addressing physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health.
Can my doctor prescribe medications?
Yes, Dr. Moehle can and does prescribe medications when needed.
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
NDs go through a rigorous four-year training program at an accredited university and are trained similarly to family practice physicians. They receive additional training in therapies such as botanical medicine, nutrition, and physical medicine. Many NDs go on to complete additional training through post-graduate residency programs.
What symptoms or conditions can be addressed through functional medicine?
Functional Medicine can offer assistance for a wide range of health issues. The initial step involves identifying and rectifying impediments to well-being, which can lead to significant enhancements in health, irrespective of the specific condition.
Do I have to spend money on fancy tests to get comprehensive care?
No! There is plenty to be done with basic blood work billed to insurance. Sometimes Dr. Moehle will recommend specialty lab testing in certain situations, however a cost/benefit discussion will always be had to ensure that you are comfortable with the plan.
How long are follow up appointments?
Between 30-45 minutes.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
Your first appointment will usually be about an hour long. During that time Dr. Moehle will review your health history and listen to your story. This time is important for laying the groundwork for your treatment plan and understanding what factors have contributed to your current health concerns. This is also a time for you to ask any questions and discuss your goals. Dr. Moehle will often order labs, when appropriate, at this visit and send you home with the first steps in your treatment plan.
Payments & Billing
Dr. Moehle is currently in the process of credentialing with the major Oregon insurance companies. We will update the website accordingly as we begin to accept insurance for these plans. Until then, we will operate on a cash pay basis and fees will range based on time and complexity of the visit.