General Wellness

One of our passions is to help you live an even healthier life. General wellness is all encompassing where we look at everything that makes you special and also pave the way to provide additional vitality and prevention. Some individuals don’t have a specific concerns but their goal is to maximize their current health. This is exactly what makes natural medicine different- we assess potential future vulnerabilities and also identify your strengths. This is one of the best ways to practice preventative medicine for a bright and healthy future.

At Richmond Natural Medicine all of our Naturopathic Doctors and other practitioners have extensive experience in helping with General Wellness.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is an approach to healing that focuses on lifestyle, diet, homeopathy, botanical remedies and alternative therapies aimed at the individual, at their specific concerns and needs, and their own underlying conditions. Unlike many modern remedies in which one medication or one treatment is expected to fill a general need, Naturopathic medicine understands that we are all individuals and must be considered as such in order to heal.

Herbal Medicine & Nutrition

We also have a Licensed Nutritionist and Clinical Herbalist at RNM to help address your general wellness needs as well.  Nutrition and herbal medicine offers a tailored approach to your individual health needs. You will be in the care of someone who understands appropriate dosing of herbs, interactions with pharmaceuticals, energetic qualities of matching herbs and foods with people, and will be provided a custom compounded herbal formula for your specific needs along with a holistically tailored nutrition plan. By looking at the body as a whole, by identifying areas that can use support, the Herbalist & Nutritionist looks to support you – all of you – to help you back to better health.

Is Naturopathic Medicine for You?

Naturopathic medicine is for everyone. Naturopathic doctors work with patients to get to the heart of their health problems and concerns and work with them to find a solution. Unlike modern medicine’s quick fix pills and medicines that often only provide temporary relief – or that don’t work at all – natural medicine focuses on helping patients understand the work that is required to make lasting changes, to restore the body’s proper balance, and to heal.

Even if you don’t feel there is anything specific wrong, but perhaps feel you lack the energy to do what you used to do or feel like you are not quite yourself, there may be an underlying issue that a Naturopathic doctor can help resolve so you do get your energy back an so you do feel like yourself again.

 

What to expect From Each?

Naturopathic Doctors typically spend more time with their patients in order to develop a strong doctor-patient relationship. Initial consultations are 2 hours and subsequent appointments are 1 hour.  Follow up appointments are made based on your health concerns, to check in and adjust the care plan as needed.  Generally follow ups are 4-6 weeks apart up to a few months a part.  Your ND will recommend the appropriate length of time between visits.

During your first visit, your Richmond Natural Medicine Naturopathic Doctor will gather information about your past and present medical history. They will ask for details about current concerns and symptoms but will also ask in depth questions to gain an overall picture of you, your lifestyle, your habits, family history and outside influences which may be impacting your overall health. They will inquire about your current diet, medications, stress levels, as well as your long-term health goals.  During this process your ND works to create a trusting, healing environment in which patients feel at ease and are able to share fully their concerns from a physical, mental and emotional perspective.

Herbal & Nutrition Appointment

The first appointment with the RNM’s Nutritionist and Herbalist is 1.5 hours and will cover health history, primary concerns, a comprehensive body system review, a thorough nutritional assessment and a tongue and pulse assessment. The focus may be more heavily on nutrition, or more heavily on illness or other pathologies depending on the person. Once a clear direction is established based on your health goals, a custom compound herbal formula and a comprehensive nutrition and wellness plan will be created for you.

The follow up appointments are all 1 hour and usually 4 weeks apart. These check ins are important to note improvements, advances, any changes in health, and to adjust your herbal formulas and dosing as needed to support your state of change and recovery.

If you want to know more and which maybe the best fit for your situation, give us a call and we can give you more information on what approach may work for you.

For more information on who maybe best suited to help you, check out our Practitioner Page to view our Practitioner’s bios and profiles.

Meet Our Practitioners that work with General Wellness

Dr Mandy Reckers ND

Dr. Mandy Reckers, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Gastroenterology, Dermatology, General Wellness, Thyroid Support, Insomnia, Autoimmune, & Women’s Health

It wasn’t until I was in the midst of naturopathic medical school that I realized one of my favorite games as a child was to pretend I was some sort of medicine woman.  I would imagine that there was someone who was very sick and needed my help and proceed to forage in the back yard, filling one of my mom’s old jars with various weeds, sticks, and rocks, topping it all off with water from the hose.  It seemed that it was normal for most of the adults in my life to be in and out of the hospital, taking medications, and never getting better.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Reckers.

Dr. Leah Hollon ND MPH

Dr. Leah Hollon, ND, MPH

Naturopathic Doctor & Co-owner of RNM

Areas of concentration: General Wellness, Autoimmune, Neurology, Naturopathic Cancer Support, MTHFR Gene Mutation, Thyroid Support & Hormones

As a young woman, I became very interested and fascinated by the intricacy of the human body and more importantly the interconnection of the mind, body and spirit. This led me to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and my Master in Public Health from VCU School of Medicine. But it was during my time as a student researcher at the Massey Cancer Center at VCU Medical Center as well as an employee within the emergency department that I began putting significant things together. As much as I respected medicine, I realized that something was missing. People with chronic illnesses were not really getting better. And little was being done within the general population to truly prevent many diseases. Prevention was often not occurring until there was a diagnosis. My beliefs and concerns about prevention were solidified when my grandfather was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was a life-altering experience. I began searching for the most optimal healthcare model of prevention and healing. At which point, a MD friend introduced me to naturopathic medicine and immediately I realized that I had found my life passion, it was naturopathic medicine. Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Leah Hollon.

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN

Clinical Herbalist & Licensed Nutritionist

Areas of concentration: Sleep physiology, Circadian rhythm imbalance, Dermatology, Women’s Health, InsomniaGastrointestinal disordersFood Intolerances

Following a passion for the natural word, Lindsay received her Bachelors of Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design at Virginia Tech where she sought to get people outdoors and experience the rhythms of the seasons. She is passionate about designing and developing sustainable landscapes that are both biodynamic and organic while also offering a sensory and medicinal experience.  Click HERE to learn more about Lindsay Kluge.

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Dr. Katie Lundberg, ND, L.Ac

Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Acupuncturist

Areas of concentration: General Wellness, Pain Management, Women’s HealthNaturopathic Cancer Support, and MTHFR Gene Mutations

I knew early on I wanted to study medicine. From a young age I was exposed to a wide range of medical and health practices. My mom was a nurse in the hospital’s spinal cord injury unit. Later, when she was in a severe car accident, I watched her look beyond the conventional world and got a first-hand introductions to integrative medicine, seeing acupuncturists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and osteopaths.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Katie Lundberg.

Bridget Casey, ND

Dr. Bridget Casey, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Digestive Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Children’s Health, Autoimmune Support, Insomnia, Thyroid Support, and General Wellness

I became a Naturopathic Doctor in order to help others achieve health in a real way – something I was able to do only after discovering this medicine in my personal health journey. While struggling with my own health issues, I experienced a lack of health-promoting interventions within conventional medicine. Through this, I found my interest in natural health and nutrition grow – to the point where I considered making it a second career.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Bridget Casey.

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Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Classical Homeopathy, Dermatology, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Digestive Health, & Naturopathic Cancer Support

Naturopathic medicine helps me be the kind of doctor I want to be. With symptoms and diagnoses come stories—sweeping, miniscule and wild. These narratives are flashlights that help to illuminate who the person is behind the symptoms and diagnoses. Stories reveal our joys, challenges, responses, reactions, longings and fears. I love how the philosophy and modalities of naturopathic medicine find relevance in and offer support to the most personal nuances.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale.

Micah Allen ND

Dr. Micah Allen ND, L.Ac

Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Acupuncturist

Areas of concentration: Fertility Support, Endocrine Support, Pain Management, General Wellness, Thyroid Imbalance, Women’s Health, and Children’s Health

As a young child, I grew up wanting to pursue veterinary medicine. After my first 2 years of undergraduate studies, I wanted to be sure that my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian was solid. So like my other prior interests, I threw myself into non-animal science curriculum and activities. I began participating in a research project at the Florida A&M University’s School of Pharmacy studying cathepsin D and it’s effect in Alzheimer’s disease.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Micah Allen.

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Dr. Taylor Pagano, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: General Wellness, Gastrointestinal concerns, Dermatology, Insomnia, Thyroid and Women’s Medicine

In early adulthood, I discovered the connection between your diet and your health.  Upon being exposed to the truth behind factory farming and the food industry I made a huge lifestyle change.  I did a complete overhaul on my diet and I learned how to eat in a way that would nourish my body, mind and soul. In doing so, I found a new passion for nutrition.  I had dealt with digestive issues and acne through all of my teen years and this change in my diet lead to increased energy, healthier skin, and better digestion.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Taylor Pagano.

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