For New York State residents and if you are working with Dr. Jennifer long distance and do not live in NYS
In the State of New York we are NOT recognized as medical doctors and therefore can NOT replace medical care, offer a diagnosis, perform physical exams, order laboratory test or tell you to stop taking a medication.
Dr. Orlowski is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor and currently holds her license in the State of Vermont. This means that in states that recognize her license she can be a primary care doctor with the ability to order and interpret labs, diagnose disease, perform minor surgery and prescribe medications according to individual state law. Not all states recognize the Naturopathic Medical License and NY currently does NOT recognize this medical license. This means she is not considered a Medical Doctor in NY state. Jennifer cannot diagnose a disease or be a replacement for medical care. In NY she can provide consultation on proper supplement and herbal recommendations that will not interact with current medications and provide recommendations for healthy diet and lifestyle changes to support optimal health and reduce risk for chronic disease. She can recommend labs to discuss with your MD to help further support and understand your health concerns.
Why does Dr. Orlowski hold a medical Naturopathic license in Vermont?
In the United States, regulation of health professionals is left to the states, thus causing a wide range in the scope of practice for any health professional depending on the state that they operate in. When naturopaths live and work in an unlicensed state, we are asked to maintain a medical license to keep the integrity of the profession until the time that an unlicensed states offers licensure. Currently we are actively pursuing licensure across the nation and the 2 most recent States to license Naturopaths are North Dakota and Colorado. If you would like to get more information on National licensure effort, visit our National Website at www.naturopathic.org.
Where is New York with Licensure?
Currently we are actively pursuing licensure in NY state and have been for 15 years. This is an ongoing effort and if you are interested in learning more about New York’s efforts and progress visit www.NYANP.org.
How can we best work together being in an unlicensed state?
It is imperative that you discuss with your medical doctor your choice for your health care. It is far more effective and beneficial for everyone when a medical doctor is supportive of your choice of adding Naturopathic Medicine into your health care.
What if your MD is not supportive?
Often this is due to lack of education and understanding about who we are as naturopathic health professionals. We suggest our clients share with their doctor our background and education and convey that we are interested in working with them to provide the best care possible for you. If your doctor is still unsupportive, sometimes it may suit your treatment needs to find a doctor who is more supportive of this type of care.
Do we accept insurance?
No, until New York offers licensure we cannot lobby insurance companies to cover us. However, once a state become licensed often insurance will become available to the public in a limited fashion. In Vermont we are covered under their state healthcare system. We suggest checking with your with employer to see if our treatment options are covered under Flex spending and or HSA accounts, which is a common method of coverage.
What if I am working with Pure Wellness but live out of state?
The same restrictions apply as in NY, but we can offer guidance, education, and be your medical advocate to help you understand what is happening in your body and how to talk with your MD to get the most out of your visit, which is imperative in today’s world of health insurance.