How does Naturopathy differ from traditional medicine or other forms of alternative medicine?
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) seek to determine the root cause of disease by assessing the body as a whole. The philosophy behind naturopathic medicine is that by understanding what the body needs, we can support healing using natural approaches.
Naturopathic approaches include utilizing diet choices, lifestyle changes, vitamins and nutrients, herbal therapies, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and natural glandular hormone support products.
Dr. Doni takes this a step further by looking at how your body responds to stress and at your genetic tendencies to understand what your body needs to return to optimal wellness.
Though NDs are trained as primary care providers (to order labs and perform physical exams), the state you are in when you meet with a ND determines whether those services may be performed by the naturopathic doctor.
Learn more at naturopathic.org.
What is Dr. Doni’s approach to healthcare?
Dr. Doni signature approach to healing is based on the latest scientific and naturopathic methods, and nearly 20 years of clinical experience.
The bases of Dr. Doni’s approach is that we are all exposed to stress—whether from emotional demands, financial constraints, trauma, toxins, travel, and more—by understanding how your body has responded to stress will guide us to how to help it recover.
Symptoms are indicators that stress has affected your health. By uncovering how stressors have impacted your body—for example, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, hormone and/or neurotransmitter imbalances—and addressing them with natural approaches, we can support your body back to wellness.
She designs individual health plans using her seven essential pillars of health: digestion, sleep, energy, mood and focus, hormones, diet, and immunity.
Dr. Doni outlines her approach in detail in her first book: The Stress Remedy (a highly recommended read), and you can learn more about it here.
Does Dr. Doni accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance and Dr. Doni is not an insurance provider under any insurance plans. New York State has not approved insurance coverage for naturopathic services.
We do accept payment via cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
While Dr. Doni is not a network provider with any insurance plans, you may be able to receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company for your visit.
Please check with your insurance company to determine if your plan includes out-of-network benefits. If so, you could submit a statement from your consultation directly to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.
What’s the difference between the Standard and Comprehensive Initial Consultations?
The Comprehensive Health Breakthrough Consultation is recommended for patients who are ready and committed to transform their health. It allows Dr. Doni time to review your case, implement her approach, and provide recommendations and next steps for your health transformation.
The Comprehensive Health Breakthrough Consultation is included in all Dr. Doni’s Health Transformation Package Programs.
The Standard Health Breakthrough Consultation is best for patients with simple cases seeking a little input from Dr. Doni.
If you’d like her to take a quick peak at your case and give simple strategies to get started healing, this is the right session for you.
If you have a complex or chronic case, feel you need more than a brief consult, and/or if you wish to have Dr. Doni show you how her proven approach can be applied in your case, then the Comprehensive Health Breakthrough Consultation is a better fit for you.
What are the costs of the Initial Health Breakthrough Consultations? Is lab work included? Are supplements included?
The initial Standard Health Breakthrough Consultation is $350.00.
The initial Comprehensive Health Breakthrough Consultation is: $695.00.
These prices do not include the cost of lab work or supplements.
If, after your consultation, you choose to implement one of Dr. Doni’s Health Transformation Package Programs, your initial and follow-up consultations will be grouped with Dr. Doni’s recommendations (including any suggested tests and supplements) at a discounted package rate.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
During the initial consultation we will discuss your health concerns and Dr. Doni will describe how they can be addressed using her signature approach — which she believes will make the difference in your success with naturopathic care.
Dr. Doni is passionate about partnering with patients who are ready and willing to improve their health through naturopathic medicine. This may include dietary changes, supplements (nutrients and/or vitamins), and/or other lifestyle changes. If you’re committed to making changes and honoring the healing process, she will be there to guide you every step of the way.
A Health Transformation Plan, which may include a program package, will be developed over subsequent appointments. Your plan may include stress reduction techniques, dietary changes, lifestyle recommendations, herbal therapies, nutritional supplements, hydrotherapy, homeopathic remedies, and other natural therapies.
How many follow-up appointments should I expect?
The number of follow-up appointments in your program is based on your individual health needs and progress.
Since we encourage you to be your own health advocate it is up to you to schedule your follow-up sessions based on Dr. Doni’s recommendations. We do offer an online scheduling calendar and system to make this easy for you to do at your convenience.
What are the fees for follow up appointments?
Follow-up appointments vary in cost depending upon the length and complexity of the session.
Please refer to this page for pricing details, package discounts, and payment options.
How do I know which Health Transformation Program Package is right for me?
We recommend scheduling a Comprehensive Health Breakthrough Consultation.
During your 60 minute consult, Dr. Doni will assess your health needs and recommend the ideal package/next steps for you.
Due to time constraints, Dr. Doni is not able to recommend a package program during a Standard (30 minute) Health Breakthrough Consultation. However if it becomes clear during a standard session that you are interested in a package program, the office can assist you with scheduling additional time.
Is Dr. Doni a primary care provider?
Dr. Doni is not a medical doctor. She is trained as a primary care provider but her ability to offer those services is determined by each state’s laws. New York does not offer a license for naturopathic doctors to practice medicine. Dr. Doni is licensed as a naturopathic physician in both Connecticut and Washington State.
Dr. Doni practices as a specialist in natural approaches to wellness and works alongside your primary care provider. She does not write prescriptions, hold hospital privileges, or offer emergency care.
Does Dr. Doni treat children?
Yes. As a mother herself, Dr. Doni is passionate about children’s health and has had great success helping children overcome a variety of acute and chronic health challenges.
Does Dr. Doni offer virtual appointments or do we have to meet in person?
Dr. Doni offers both. Many local patients choose to meet in-person for their first appointment, then complete their follow-ups virtually.
In-person appointments are available in Port Jefferson, NY, Manhattan, Stamford, CT. Virtual appointments are available via phone or HIPPA compliant video call.
If you would like Dr. Doni to perform a physical exam or blood work, you need to meet with her in-person in her Connecticut office.
Can I speak with someone before deciding on an Initial Consultation?
Absolutely, we are here to help. Call or email us, and a trained member of Dr. Doni’s staff will help guide you to the best first-step for you.