1) What exactly is Naturopathic Medicine?

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) defines naturopathic medicine as follows: “Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.”

For any additional questions about naturopathic medicine, we invite you to visit the AANP website at https://naturopathic.org/page/FAQ

2) What type of education does a naturopathic doctor receive?

Just like Medical Doctors (MDs), Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are healthcare professionals that have attended an accredited medical school and hold a doctoral degree. NDs are trained in the same basic sciences, diagnostics, and pharmacology as any primary care MD. The difference lies in the philosophy of healing and the treatment modalities chosen. While many MDs focus their practices on pharmacology and surgeries; NDs focus their practices on nutrition, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, and mind-body modalities.

3) Do you offer primary care services?

No. Rock and Stem Holistics does not provide primary care. We strongly recommend continuing to consult with your primary care provider or specialist. Please note that Rock and Stem Holistics does NOT prescribe or de-prescribe pharmaceutical medications.

4) Do I have to stop taking my prescription medication to work with you?

No. The beauty of working with a naturopathic doctor is being able to work with a professional who understands how both pharmaceuticals and natural agents work. Some natural agents can be used as an adjunct with pharmaceuticals while others must be avoided.

5) Do you take insurance?

To provide the best possible care, we do not contract directly with insurance. We can provide you with a superbill that can be submitted to your insurance company, though we cannot guarantee any certain percentage of reimbursement.

We accept HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA (Flexible Spending Account) cards that can be used for payment.

6) Anything else I should know?

Please note that the state of North Carolina does not currently license or register naturopathic doctors. The North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NCANP) is working to change that. Licensure for naturopathic doctors in North Carolina would provide for access to safer and more effective natural health care. For more information, please visit: https://ncanp.org/legislation/

Dr. Tomko holds her naturopathic doctor registration in the state of Minnesota. Therefore, in the state of North Carolina, Dr. Tomko works as a naturopathic wellness consultant. Dr. Tomko is NOT a medical doctor.

7) How do I get started?

To get started and for more information, please book a free 20-minute consultation by clicking the ‘Schedule a Discovery Call’ button below.