Frequently Asked Questions
What is a naturopathic doctor?
A licensed naturopathic doctor attends an accredited four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school. The naturopathic physician is required to simultaneously complete a standard medical curriculum along with training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and counseling. This gives us a unique perspective when it comes to interactions between medications, herbs, and nutrients. The education process occurs in the context of naturopathic philosophy. We complete didactic coursework the entire 4 years and clinical rotations the last 2 years. For more information about naturopathic education and training, please visit www.naturopathic.org.
Are naturopathic doctors licensed physicians?
A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care, general practice physician. Naturopathic doctors are currently licensed in 16 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Although at this time there is no established licensure in North Carolina, we are working to change this. There are many practitioners of natural healing methods who call themselves naturopaths, but who have no medical or clinical training. Licensure will help the public differentiate between different practitioners so they may make an informed decision for their health care needs. Dr. William Franklin is licensed in the state of Arizona.
How can I help get naturopathic medicine licensed in NC?
Visit the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians website to learn where the efforts are currently and to get involved.
Did you go to a real naturopathic medical school?
Yes. I attended and graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine which is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, the accrediting agency for Naturopathic colleges and programs in the United States and Canada. Southwest College is also accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the institutional accrediting agency. SCNM is approved to offer degrees by the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners and the Arizona State Board of Private Post-secondary Education. For more information, check out http://www.scnm.edu.
Do you have experience treating my condition?
When it comes to whether you will benefit from our approach or not, the diagnosis you bring to Kinetic Energy is less important than the type of answers you are looking for. If your main concern as you look over the website and prepare to contact us is “What can I take for my condition?”, please find another practitioner to contact. Working with us will be extremely frustrating and nonproductive for all involved. If your main question is “What can I do for/about my condition?”, we’ll get along great! Athletes out there looking for a PR without drugs and hormones or coming back from an injury will also benefit a great deal from our approach.
Should I continue seeing my regular doctor?
Yes. I’ll go a step further and recommend that if you don’t have a physician who can order labs and diagnostic imaging, write emergency prescriptions and admit you to the hospital, you should establish a relationship with one. There are plenty of docs who recognize the value of alternative approaches even if they don’t actively utilize them in their practice. It would be preferable that you aren’t already sick the first time you meet with an MD or DO. Until NC is licensed, I can’t perform many of those functions myself.
What is concierge medicine and why are you using that model?
Concierge medicine is a practice in which the patient joins as a member, similarly to joining a health club or gym. You pay a membership of $600 which includes the initial consultation, a follow-up at 1 month, a follow-up at 3 months, a follow-up at 6 months, and a follow-up at 12 months. Also included in the concierge program are the educational modules which assist in the learning process emphasized by our approach. Your plan will include a fully comprehensive approach to successful lifestyle change.
Multiple follow-ups are necessary to not only check in on your progress following the plan itself and making necessary changes to it but to also check in with your skill at using the tools needed to become self-reliant in your on-going pursuit of health. You see, I want you to not only be successful in your health pursuits but to also learn how to continue being successful on your own. From my perspective, you are a student enrolling in a school to learn a healthier way of living. And like any other school, I want you to graduate. We are entirely different from the typical “go to the doctor when I’m sick” type of practice.
In previous experiences in practices which were organized similar to mainstream models, I found that after the initial consult patients would often vanish. Sometimes, months or even years later I’d find out they were doing great and were very happy with their results and that’s why they didn’t come back. Sometimes I found out they were overwhelmed by the plan and didn’t want to come back to report they hadn’t done anything. Most of the time I didn’t know either way. Since this situation is unacceptable I decided to take this somewhat unique approach.
How do I become a patient?
The first step is to schedule a complementary 15 minute consultation so that we can meet each other and determine whether working together will be a good idea. This meeting is held in a public location to put both of us at ease. Once we’ve agreed to work together, you’ll need to schedule your initial intake, which is usually 90 minutes. The initial consult is usually held at your home but sometimes we meet at your office. Wear comfortable clothing to all of your appointments so that you can freely move while learning new exercises or to have your movement assessed. Call 828.545.4517 to schedule your complementary 15 minute consultation today.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas A. Edison