Foothills Family Medicine
1416 W Washington St : Boise, ID
Tele: 208-906-1485 Fax: 208-906-1489

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is naturopathic medicine cost-effective?

A: Definitely. Naturopathic medicine is focused on treating causes, not solely symptoms. While identifying the cause of any particular condition may take time, each treatment step is aimed at improving your overall health. This is all part of preventing illnesses in the future, which will cut down or eliminate health care costs in your future.

Q: I have never seen a naturopathic doctor, how do I know if it is right for me?

A: Dr. Crumrine offers a free 10-minute office or phone consultation – aimed at seeing if naturopathic treatment is a good fit for you both personally and professionally. Give us a call to set up a consultation.

Q: What types of patients can naturopathic medicine treat?

A: All ages and types of patients: women, men, and children. Patients who suffer from chronic pain, chronically and terminally ill can all benefit from naturopathic medicine. Please refer to our Conditions Treated section.

Q: What about my children, can naturopathic medicine help them?

A: Yes. The doctor approaches them on their level and strives to help them feel comfortable and safe. There are toys in the office for many ages, so pediatric patients know where they are and look forward to visiting the office. She can counsel you in the issues of vaccinations, common childhood ailments, chronic fatigue, chronic infections and general well-being.

Q: What can I expect from my first visit with Dr. Crumrine?

A: The first visit typically lasts an hour and includes addressing your primary concerns. She will spend the time to listen and help identify the most immediate medical issues. Physical exams may be performed and lab tests may be ordered. You will receive a treatment plan, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled in the following 2-4 weeks.

Q: Does Dr. Crumrine work with other health care practitioners?

A: Absolutely. She believes that a treatment team is the best way to support her patients. If you would like her to work with any other physicians, please bring the contact information for these physicians you are working with to your appointment. Please also bring along any recent lab work results.

Q: If I am taking prescription medications, can I take natural medicines?

A: Yes, depending upon circumstances. Dr. Crumrine has been trained extensively in the interactions of pharmaceutical medications and herbal medicine. This training includes the potentially adverse effects that may occur if improperly combined. She will avoid harmful combinations of both drug-nutrient interactions and drug-herbal interactions. It is very important that you provide Dr. Crumrine with a list of current medications and keep her informed of any changes to that list.

Q: In what ways are naturopathic and conventional physicians alike?

A: Naturopathic and conventional physicians receive very similar training in the basic sciences in the first two years of medical school. Both study modern physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis and are trained to diagnose disease. Both refer patients to other health care providers when appropriate.

Q: How is naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?

A: Naturopathic medicine differs in its strategy. Rather than suppressing a few key symptoms, Dr. Crumrine’s goal for her patients is the restoration of their overall health. In this regard, she works to identify the underlying cause of the medical condition(s) that brought you to her office and uses treatments that promote the natural healing mechanisms of the body. Typically, Dr. Crumrine spends more time with her patients and is therefore deeply familiar with their health. Subsequently, side effects occur much less frequently. She considers education of her patients and answers to their questions a vital aspect of the care.

Q: Will insurance cover naturopathic treatment?

A: Some insurance plans will cover naturopathic medicine. As a courtesy, Dr. Crumrine’s office will prepare a fee slip that you will be able to send to your insurance company for reimbursement; however, you are ultimately responsible for payment of any services. Please feel free to call our office for assistance in determining this information accurately.

Q: How long will treatment take?

A: Dr. Crumrine believes in establishing a dynamic relationship with each of her patients. Each patient is unique, as is his or her journey towards health. She tailors a plan to each individual and therefore healing takes a different amount of time for each person.

Q: What conditions can be treated with naturopathic medicine?

A: Dr. Crumrine treats both acute and chronic diseases. Trained as a general practitioner, she treats the full range of health concerns from acute upper respiratory infections to chronic disease. Please refer to the Conditions Treated section for more information.

Q: What type of training does a naturopathic doctor receive?

A: Naturopathic physicians are required to have an undergraduate degree. Dr. Crumrine has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biology from Linfield College in Oregon. Post-undergraduate training requires four years of naturopathic medical education from one of six recognized schools in North America. Including 3500 classroom hours divided among Health sciences and Clinical education. Similar to the curriculum at a conventional medical school, the first two years of naturopathic medicine are focused on gaining an in depth understanding of the science of the body. Clinical education includes 1200 hours in the teaching clinic, treating patients under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic physician and 300 hours observing naturopathic doctors in their own offices. Upon completion of this education, naturopathic physicians are qualified to work as primary care physicians.