Brief Introduction

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Welcome!
 

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I’m Mark Fredericksen, naturopathic physician at NatureWorks Health Clinic.  Naturopaths are licensed primary care physicians in the State of Washington.  We seek to find ways both to treat the body naturally and to encourage it to do the job of healing itself.  If you are on this site, you may be ready to think a little more broadly than just using traditional western medicine. 
As a naturopathic physician I can help you with both traditional western approaches and more natural ones as well.  Together we can encourage your body to do its own work a little more effectively.

You will never be a number or a condition here.  Everything, no matter how small or "weird," is a piece to your health puzzle.  What you are experiencing and going through is real no matter how inexplicable it may appear to be.  What you are going through with your health can take time and discernment to discover.  There is an answer somewhere.  You will get heard and together we will embark on finding some answers.


What About Medical Insurance?

The majority of medical insurances cover naturopathic care.  The coverage can vary depending on your specific plan, so you should check with your plan.

I am a contracted provider with: Premera, Regence, Aetna, Cigna, First Choice, Molina, Uniform, and UnitedHealthcare.  I am also contracted with medicaid, though you may need a referral from your primary care doctor.

What if I'm on Medications?

If you're used to being in the conventional medical world, you might be used to getting a prescription or be already taking one or many more pharmaceutical drugs.

It is important that you bring a list of these with you to your appointment!

Many people come to a naturopath to "get off all these drugs."  Natural therapies can and do interact with pharmaceutical medications, so they do have to be carefully coordinated with your natural care.  Natural therapies can improve the way your body handles things, so dosages might have to be adjusted.  Natural therapies can replace some medications.  You actually might need a prescription, and I can write that for you.  The most important thing is to do this safely with sound medical knowledge, and to the best of my ability to meet your health goals.  This is something I have been doing for nearly 20 years.

Do I Have to Have Lab Tests?

Naturopaths can order any and all lab tests, from blood work to pap smears, ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRI's.

If you've had blood work done in the past 6 months, the results can be helpful -- so brings those if you have them to your appointment.

I do not order lots of lab work.  I try to order only necessary labs that are going to better define what imbalance we're working with AND only if I think that information will affect treatment options.  I work hard to treat people not numbers and anomalies!  The goal is always to listen to what your body is saying and encourage it to do it's healing work better.

In consultation with you, you might also choose some less conventional tests that are available.  Computerized regulation thermography scanning, ALCAT food allergy blood tests, and saliva tests for adrenal stress are three of the more common examples.