Donna Acree N.D. > FAQ


How do I get started?

To get started, the first step is to call the office (301) 631-2936 ext. 305 and schedule an appointment. Dr. Donna is available for appointments Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Please leave your name and number clearly on the voice mail or e-mail and Dr. Donna will contact you within 24 hours. She can also be reached at (717) 357-0242 weekdays before 6:00 pm.

Do you accept insurance?

Dr Donna does not accept insurance for appointments.  However, most labs are partially or completely covered depending on your insurance.

How long will my appointment last?

The first appointment will last 90 minutes. The follow-up appointments are usually about 55 minutes. The follow-up appointments serve as the compass that continually leads the individual closer to optimal health and wellness. Second visit is recommended 1-2 week after the initial appointment.  Subsequent visits are generally every 2 – 4 weeks.

Can I bring my child to the appointment?

The focus of the appointment is on you, and I encourage you to arrange for someone to watch your child If the child is not old enough to sit or play quietly.  Dr. Donna offers quiet toys or you may bring their favorites with you.

Do I have to stop taking my prescription medication or discontinue other therapies to benefit from Naturopathic Medicine?

No. Prescription medication should never be abruptly discontinued. However, many people find that as their bodies regain health and vitality they need to rely less on prescription drugs and can adequately manage their health with more natural approaches. Consult your Primary Care Physician if you wish to decrease or discontinue any prescription medications.  I am open to consulting with your PCP or any health care practitioner by phone on your behalf.

What types of diet changes will I be expected to make?

Food is one of the most powerful influences for regaining health and vitality. Your particular diet changes will be based on your specific needs and unique situation. The more open you are to commit to positive diet changes, the more effective your other therapies will be and the sooner you will feel better! Some people are able to completely manage a chronic health concern through diet alone, such as Type 2 Diabetes. These individuals save significant amounts of money on office visits and medications. Dr. Donna will take into account what is best for your specific concern, and what you are willing and capable of doing at that time.

What is the difference between modern medicine and Naturopathic Medicine?

The two main tools utilized by M.D.’s are drugs and surgery, both of which can harm the body. Of course, there are times surgery and medication are in order in some cases. However in chronic health conditions, medicating and suppressing symptoms does not address the disease process and allows the disease to continue, albeit quietly. Stronger medicine and/or additional medicines are often needed overtime because the diseased body continually tries to relay the message that there is a problem that needs addressing. Medications are overused and in this country to quiet disease symptoms and “manage the disease”. Subsequently, the individual continues the same lifestyle that promoted the disease. Enter the health care crises.  In contrast, Naturopathy uses an educational, common sense, and holistic approach to restore health.  Naturopaths help identify obstacles that are preventing wellness  and encouraging healthy habits that support life-long health.

Why is Naturopathy a healthier option?

Naturopathy utilizes tools that promote lifelong improvements in health. Health conditions are resolved or supported in a manner that create an overall healthier person. Individuals who implement the basics of healthy living and naturopathy into their lives are more likely to enjoy a richer quality of life.

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