Frequently Asked Questions
What is a health coach?
The title of 'health coach' has a lot of meaning to a lot of different people. It is the wild west of the health and wellness field. Health coaching actually involves the use of motivational interviewing to evoke change in people. Health coaching is different in the sense that it is largely client lead, but it is a partnership, where the client has ultimate control to decide what they want to focus on.
I already have a primary care physician (PCP). Is there a reason to see a health coach as well?
YES! Health coaching is very different from a visit to your primary care doctor. While many primary care doctors are 'illness' focused an health coach will be wellness focused. I desire to help you create a plan for getting the most out of life when it comes to your health. Because I am trained as a doctor, I have a better understanding of many health conditions and how they impact you as a whole person. I will help you create a compete wellness vision that takes into account your desires, your goals, your past and current health conditions.
What can I expect during my first call/ online visit?
Your first phone call will last about 75 minutes. During this time we will talk about you, hour health, your background, your family, and anything else you might want to. All of these things play a part in your health and wellness. As we are discussing your health, we will come up with a wellness vision and start to outline a plan for how to work towards that.
What sets you apart as a health coach?
My approach is largely informed from my educational background. Medically trained Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) attend accredited four year graduate level programs. To become a licensed ND you also must pass board exams (called NPLEX) to be licensed in one of the 22 states. In states where there is no licensure (or regulation) anyone can call themselves an ND. Because of the medical training I have a better understanding of most medical conditions than a typical health coach and can help you make informed decisions about your health.
Can you write prescriptions if they are needed?
No. Although some NDs are legally permitted to write prescriptions, in Kansas and Missouri they are not. This is why it is critical for you to maintain a relationship with your primary care provider. Although I am trained as a Naturopathic Doctor, I no longer practice as one and will not serve as a medical provider for you.
What conditions do you work with?
I don't work with conditions, but rather people who have conditions. I will not diagnose or treat any condition, but will work with a client to evoke change that will help improve their health, taking a whole person approach.
Can you order laboratory work for me?
No. Even though I am trained as a doctor, I am not licensed to order labs for you. This does not mean you can't order your own labs. After creating your wellness vision and discussing your health goals we can discuss what labs might be beneficial to your journey and I can help you figure out what you might like to order yourself through a direct to consumer lab or a functional medicine company.
Do you take insurance?
No. Unfortunately the field of Health Coaching is relatively new and it is not recognized by insurance companies. However, this is slowly changing. Just this year, the American Medical Association approved a CPT (current procedural terminology) code for tracking health coaching visits, which is the first step in getting them recognized and eventually covered. For someone to submit the CPT code for health coaching they need to be a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Some HSA or HRA will reimburse for health coaching services when provided by a NBC-HWC.