Your First Visit
During the course of your 1 & 1/2 to 2 hour appointment with Dr. Schuppe Botham, you will likely experience the healing power of being heard, sometimes as if for the first time. Some patients remark that they finally feel understood. You will be asked questions aimed at clarifying or confirming your diagnosis. Additionally, an in depth medical and family history is taken. Typically, any necessary physical exams are done and relevant labs are ordered. If you have recently had labs ordered by another provider, we request that you submit copies prior to your first appointment or sign a records release rather than duplicating the same labs. In order to facilitate efficiency at this visit, please fill out and complete your paperwork prior to arrival. Initial paperwork must be received 48 hrs prior to your scheduled appointment or you jeopardize cancellation of said appointment. If homeopathic treatment seems appropriate for your particular case and diagnosis, you will be notified, typically by the end of your complementary consult. You will then be scheduled to have your homeopathic case taken by Dr. Schuppe Botham.
Your Second Homeopathic Visit
Your second visit is your opportunity to tell your story and to explain in detail how you experience your unique illness so that Dr. Schuppe Botham can prescribe an appropriate remedy. Typically, this appointment lasts 2 hrs but please allow extra time in your schedule in case your visit runs longer. Dr. Schuppe Botham will guide you in the process of sharing the information that will help in the selection of a homeopathic remedy. Generally speaking, the extent to which you are able to open up and share your struggles correlates with how much she can help you. Discovering a suitable remedy for your case is dependent upon your cooperation while discussing your symptoms. The homeopathic process can sometimes be uncomfortable, difficult, and frustrating. You might wonder what we are looking for. The truth of the matter is that Dr. Schuppe Botham searches for the symptoms that most uniquely identify your condition's remedy prescription. To this end, what helps are symptoms most people might consider strange, rare, peculiar, or particularly intense.
Follow Up Visits
Depending upon your particular case, follow up visits are conducted 3-4 weeks later. If you have a more serious condition, follow ups are scheduled sooner. These appointments are usually 30 minutes or less, unless Dr. Schuppe Botham needs to prescribe another homeopathic remedy or to make other significant changes in your case.
Acute Illness Visits
If you become acutely ill with the flu or some other infectious illness after you have entered our care, please call our office to be seen as soon as possible. We will do everything that we can to schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. Homeopathic treatment can be quite effective in managing your acute illness and decreasing both the intensity and duration of your illness. But more importantly, sometimes your acute illness functions to give Dr. Botham insight into your chronic case. Therefore, you are not merely helping yourself feel better more quickly, you are helping us more effectively manage your overall care.
In general, Dr. Schuppe Botham prefers a shared decision-making style of case management empowering you to play a central role in your own care. While her strengths and training lie in understanding the medical end of things, your strengths lie in understanding your personal end of things. No one else on the planet knows what it is like to be you. Therefore, she seeks to educate you on the naturopathic medical perspective so that you and the rest of your health care team are best equipped to make decisions in managing your case.