Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT KIND OF DOCTOR IS DR. ROY?

Dr. Roy is a natural medicine doctor (ND), also known as a “naturopath” and a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). She has a doctoral degree in natural medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Roy did her postgraduate training in supportive care in oncology services and completed a prestigious fellowship program in integrative oncology. For more on board certification, go to oncanp.org

Dr. Roy holds a medical license in the state of Vermont, where she prescribes drugs as well as natural therapy.

As a physician, Dr. Roy has to stay current with medical licensure requirements in Vermont, including maintaining ethical requirements, passing pharmacology exams, and taking continuing medical education per national board standards. For more on licensure, please see naturopathic.org


Dr. March is a natural medicine doctor (ND), also known as a “naturopath” and in her second year of her five-year fellowship in integrative oncology. She holds a doctoral degree in natural medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. March narrowed her specialty to oncology nutrition and anti aging medicine. Anti aging is really about improving gut health, preventing heart disease, diabetes and cancer and lowering inflammation overall.

This training prepared her to apply for her postgraduate training in supportive care in oncology services and she began her fellowship program in integrative oncology with AIM in 2017. For more on board certification, go to oncanp.org

Dr. March holds a medical license in the state of Vermont, where she prescribes drugs as well as natural therapy.

WHAT KIND OF DOCTOR IS DR. MARCH


IS NATURAL MEDICINE LICENSED IN MICHIGAN?

Naturopathic Medicine is an unlicensed term in Michigan. This means that anyone, regardless of training, can call themselves a natural medicine doctor, naturopath, holistic doctor, integrative medicine doctor…in Michigan.

To find out if your natural medicine doctor has a doctoral degree from an accredited medical school, go to naturopathic.org.

To find out if your natural medicine doctor is a board specialist in complementary treatment for cancer, go to oncanp.org or integrativeonc.org and look for the letters FABNO after their name.


HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Please call Associates of Integrative Medicine at (248) 798-2942 to schedule your initial consultation.

The initial consult is divided into TWO, one hour-long appointments. 
Each hour is billed separately.

The first hour, Dr. Roy or Dr. March takes a full health history, reviews your records, discusses your case, draws out root-cause issues, answers questions, orders any labs, and writes any referrals.

You will likely need to get labs or other tests drawn, which we will order. We may need to speak to your other doctors for us to get the information we need to treat you. For this reason, the visits are spaced two weeks apart.

At your second visit, your doctor will review the lab work and any tests or imaging ordered and will design a comprehensive treatment plan individualized to you.

Please bring all medications and supplements, scans, reports, blood work, and all contact information from your other doctors.


DOES DR. ROY TAKE GENERAL PRACTICE PATIENTS?

With few exceptions, Dr. Roy focuses her attention on cancer patients. If patients are currently in survivorship, they may, depending on complexity, see Dr. March. 

Dr. March’s practice is currently open to general wellness patients with a special interest in disease prevention, well aging, autoimmune and gastrointestinal concerns. 

Prevention is very important in natural medicine. To that end, in general practice, naturopaths treat the whole person. Rather than focusing on symptoms, naturopaths attempt to address the root cause(s).


HOW MUCH IS AN OFFICE VISIT?

Dr. Roy’s Practice:

Dr. Roy does not bill insurance for her practice. 

Your initial visit(s) are $369 per hour.
The first visit is typically 1-1.5hr long.

You will typically see Dr. Roy 2 to 4 times a year as an oncology patient, and 1 to 2 times a year as a wellness patient.

The cost of office visits can be covered under a health savings account or a flex spending plan.

Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be able to negotiate a percentage of your out of pocket costs be reimbursed to you at the end of the year by your carrier.

At your first visit, Dr. Roy will sit with you and discuss cost of care. We will map out your care and help you to budget appropriately so that you feel comfortable making your health the priority.

As part of our mission, we do not allow cost to be an obstacle to your health goals.

Dr. March’s Practice:

Dr. March does not bill insurance for her practice. 

Your initial visit(s) are $265 per hour.
The first visit is typically 1-1.5hr long.

You will typically see Dr. March 2-4 times a year as an oncology patient, and 1-2 times a year as a wellness patient.

The cost of office visits can be covered under a health savings account or a flex spending plan and depending on your insurance coverage, you may be able to negotiate a percentage of your out of pocket costs be reimbursed to you at the end of the year by your carrier.

At your first visit, Dr. March will sit with you and discuss cost of care. We will map out your care and help you to budget appropriately so that you feel comfortable making your health the priority.

As part of our mission, we do not allow cost to be an obstacle to your health goals.

Nutrition:

Your initial visit(s) are $40-$159* for the hour.
The first visit is typically 45 min to 1 hour long.

You will typically see nutrition 4 times a year. 

We will generate a superbill for you following the visit and will give you what you need for submission to your insurance carrier. If insurance does reimburse, they will reimburse you directly by check.

Many insurance carriers cover nutrition.

Counseling:

Ruth does bill insurance for her practice. 

Your initial visit(s) are $25-$199* for the hour.
The first visit is typically 1-1.5 hours long.

You will typically see Ruth 6-12 times a year.

Our biller will handle your claim submission and communicate with your carrier, directly.

Counseling is typically FULLY covered under your insurance.

The patient is only responsible for the co pay that the insurance carrier charges and fees if the carrier denies the claim.


ARE LABS, PROCEDURES, AND REFERRALS COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?

Yes. Your labs, procedures, and referrals ARE fully covered under your insurance.


ARE NATURAL THERAPIES COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?

Only on occasion. Vitamins, minerals, hormones, supplements, and nutrition are an out-of-pocket cost to you with a few exceptions.




Please call us at (248) 798-2942 to discuss your questions and concerns prior to scheduling.