A message from Dr. Brody

Ok y'all. We've got a Covid pivot. 

It has become clear over the last months that staying in my large clinic wasn't in the cards. The good news is that we have been able to mow down our garage in close-in SE (near SE Powell and 21st) and build a gorgeous micro clinic in our driveway. *Note, we won't have construction debris after we open, I promise.*

Because we built it from the ground up we were able to put in an HVAC system that includes 4 full air turnovers per hour with no recirculated air. The high end HVAC plus the IQAir medical grade air purifiers means approximately 6 full air exchanges per hour. We also have medical grade UV-C air and surface cleaners which will be used between patients. I feel confident in saying you're not going to find a safer place for your naturopathic and acupuncture care.

As you can see from the photo we're not quite done yet but soon, soon!

Please scroll down for information about how we are moving forward with appointments and logistics!


RECEPTION

Our reception hours will remain M, W from 1-6 and Tu, Th from 10-3 for the time being. Our phone number and fax number will remain the same.

Staff will be 100% virtual and we are setting up a new patient management system with a portal so you can reach us by phone or via our new patient portal during office hours.

We will continue to offer high quality supplements for sale and we will continue to discount any product that retails for over $40 by 20%. You can pick up your supplements at the new clinic (contactless, natch) or we can drop directly to your door! At this time we will be paying for your shipping for any order over $50.

Please call the office, message through the portal, or email us at office@healthypdx.com with your order.


NATUROPATHIC CARE

Until we see numbers going down significantly I will continue to be focusing on TELEMEDICINE VISITS. At this time as far as I know, all insurances in Oregon are covering this. Please check with your insurance to confirm details of your specific policy.

As an aside, if you are in support of social distancing and keeping everyone as safe as possible PLEASE contact your insurance company and tell them that you feel that they should be covering virtual visits for the foreseeable future.

Please know I have been caring for patients and clients virtually for years and am very comfortable with this approach. Is it exactly the same as in-person? No. Is it still a great way to have your health needs met? Absolutely. If there is an issue that we decide together needs to be addressed in-person we can figure out a safe plan for you to get the care you need.

As for what we can and can't do online...you can be seen for any general follow-up as well as any new issues that pop up, or for any issues related to your immune system health, risks, or worries about COVID-19. If you are having any symptoms that you think are related to the COVID-19 virus please call your PCP. If you are told to stay home and would like any advice about self-care there, I am happy to meet with you for that as well.

If you wish to schedule call the office as usual, or email office@healthypdx.com and I will follow up by email to get you scheduled. 


ACUPUNCTURE

I am currently seeing a limited number of acupuncture patients every other Friday. After mid-January I will be back to seeing acupuncture patients during my regular M-Th work week.

As I have high risk family members I would ask that you only request to schedule acupuncture if you are following strict masking and social distancing. If that doesn't apply and you are needing treatment please contact me (via our contact form) and I am happy to try to find you someone who is less strict with their parameters at this time.

Please note that 99% of the time there are things we can do naturopathically for whatever you are being treated for with acupuncture! You might consider a virtual ND appointment. Please feel free to contact us with questions about this.


PRESCRIPTIONS

As usual if you need a prescription please call your pharmacy and they will fax us the order. Per pharmacy policy we need at least a week lead time for all prescriptions. If your prescription is compounded we need two weeks (as the pharmacy may take up to a week to make it). If it is time for you to have an appointment before your prescription is filled, we can do that virtually.


GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

I recommend that you act as if you are at risk of catching Covid-19 and spreading it to others whenever you are out and about. Take the precautions of wearing a high quality 3-layer cloth or surgical mask and keeping at least a 6-foot distance between you and anyone else who you don't live with—even with that mask on. There is no 'safe' eating out at this time so please support your local restaurants with takeout and delivery.

I'll spare you the stories of what I'm seeing in my clinical practice (it's not pretty, y'all) but I'll say that we are all at risk here...not just the elderly or those with preexisting conditions. Expect to see more and more people, even those with no preexisting conditions, with long term effects of Covid-19. We are learning more and more all the time, and as we get access to vaccines and better treatment we will see things improve. But this isn't going away any time soon.

We are all tired of this, and I know that some people are suffering profoundly from isolation and loneliness. I don't want to minimize that. But now isn't the time to let your guard down. If you are in need of psychological support or help, please reach out and I'll do everything I can to help or point you in the right direction.

Please, wear your mask. Don't spend more time indoors with people you don't live with than you absolutely need to.

Each and every one of us can make a difference.

All my best,

Updated JULY 23rd, 2020 by Dr. Brody
Please check back weekly for updates

For your safety I am seeing new and return naturopathic patients virtually at this time.

I am seeing a limited number of acupuncture patients on Fridays, please scroll down for details.

If you have insurance coverage for naturopathic care it will almost certainly cover your  online visit!

Read on for more info!


RECEPTION

Our reception hours are M, W from 1-6 and Tu, Th from 10-3. We are available for socially-distanced supplement pickups and your other general logistical needs. Scroll down for more information. 


NATUROPATHIC CARE

Since the end of March almost all insurances are paying for TELEMEDICINE VISITS. It appears that most will continue to pay through the end of September, and some through the end of the year. If you are in support of social distancing and keeping everyone as safe as possible PLEASE contact your insurance company and tell them that you feel that they should be covering virtual visits for the foreseeable future. Please call your insurance to confirm their policy.

So this means that for now, I will meet you online for your visit! I have been doing this for years and is very comfortable with this approach. Is it exactly the same as in-person? No. Is it still a great way to have your health needs met? Absolutely. If there is an issue that we decide together needs to be addressed in-person we can figure out a safe plan for you to get the care you need.

As for what we can and can't do online...you can be seen for any general follow-up as well as any new issues that pop up, or for any issues related to your immune system health, risks, or worries about COVID-19. If you are having any symptoms that you think are related to the COVID-19 virus please call your PCP. If you are told to stay home and would like any advice about self-care there, I am happy to meet with you for that as well.

If you wish to schedule call the office as usual, or email office@healthypdx.com and we will follow up by email to get you scheduled. 


ACUPUNCTURE

I am currently seeing a few acupuncture patients on Fridays. As I have high risk family members I would ask that you only request to schedule if you are following strict masking and social distancing. If that doesn't apply and you are needing treatment please contact me (via our contact form) and I am happy to try to find you someone who is less strict with their parameters at this time.

Please note that 99% of the time there are things we can do naturopathically for whatever you are being treated for with acupuncture! You might consider a virtual ND appointment. Please feel free to contact us with questions about this.


SUPPLEMENTS

We have two ways to get your supplements.

  1. Call the office and we will gather your supplements, charge your credit card, and leave them outside in a lab box (don't worry, we're not using them for labs...it's a body-fluid free zone!!) 🙂
  2. We can ship supplements to you and charge your credit card on file. We will be covering shipping fees on all orders over $50 for residents of the continental US. Please either email or call the office with your needs.

PRESCRIPTIONS

As usual if you need a prescription please call your pharmacy and they will fax us the order. Per pharmacy policy we need at least a week lead time for all prescriptions. If your prescription is compounded we need two weeks (as the pharmacy may take up to a week to make it). My staff will be picking up refill requests and filling them as is appropriate. If it is time for you to have an appointment before your prescription is filled, we can do that virtually. We can always do a short term bridge prescription if needed.


GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

I recommend that you act as if it is possible that you have this virus and are trying to keep other people from catching it. The truth is that many people, especially young people do have this virus, and as we open up more I think there is no way around more cases. It is up to all of us to protect each other, especially those who are most vulnerable. This includes the elderly, our front line medical workers, those with health issues, our essential services providers, and those who are in a financial situation that they simply cannot stay home.

And don't forget that with this virus some people who are perfectly healthy also may have a risk to their long term health as well as their lives. Do what you can. Each and every one of us can make a difference.

All my best,