What is a licensed naturopathic doctor?
A licensed naturopathic doctor graduated from a 4-year program at a naturopathic medical school accredited by the United States Department of Education. In order to be licensed, the naturopathic doctor must pass a jurisprudence examination for the state they would like to be licensed in, passed 2 sets of board examinations which are standardized across North America called Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX), and approval from their state board.

After licensing has been approved by the state board, the naturopathic doctor can apply for a DEA # (drug enforcement administration number) so that they can prescribe medications as they feel they are needed.

Dr. Hartwell, as a licensed naturopathic doctor in the state of Arizona, has successfully completed all of these steps and is able to prescribe pharmaceutical medications as needed.

What are the principles of naturopathic medicine?
The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice courtesy of the American Academy of Naturopathic Medicine:

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae):Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam):The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):Naturopathic physicians follow 3 guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere):Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person:Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Prevention:Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

What does Dr. Hartwell treat?

As a licensed primary care physician Dr. Hartwell has extensive training to diagnose and treat many different conditions. Schedule your initial consult to see how she can support your healing process. She does not offer free complementary consultations.

Does Dr. Hartwell accept insurance?

Insurance payments

Saguaro Blossom Medical Center is a cash-pay practice. If you would like to use FSA and HSA payments, we are able to accept that but we do not accept insurance for our services. We can provide you with a superbill of typical codes and information needed in order to submit a claim of reimbursement to your insurance carrier. Any paperwork provided to you in office is subject to additional fees which you can view when you click the ‘Book Now’ button on our services page. We do not make claims to your insurance carrier on your behalf, maintain communications with your insurance carrier, nor can we guarantee if claims will be approved by your insurance company. 

We recommend that you call your insurance carrier and ask what their reimbursement rates are for out-of-network providers before scheduling your appointments. Our office is not contracted through insurance and has no way of know what will or will not be reimbursed. When establishing care with us you acknowledge that we are not contracted through insurance and you are responsible for services you receive at the time services are rendered. All labwork ordered through our office is cash pay. 

By charging in this manner for our services, our physicians are able to spend more quality time with our patients, which allows for adequate time to thoroughly discuss treatment plans and answer any questions or concerns you may have. In this way, insurance companies do not influence our decisions in regards to your healthcare.

What can a naturopath do?
The broadest scope of practice for naturopathic medicine in the United States is in Arizona, where naturopathic physicians (NDs also credentialed as NMDs) have increased scope beyond NDs in other US states. In Arizona NDs may perform many of the same activities performed by allopathic physicians, such as MDs or DOs. The list from which NDs can prescribe, includes vitamins, minerals, homeopathy, vaccines, antibiotics, and oral contraceptives. Additionally, the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration approved Arizona NDs to prescribe controlled substances from the formulary. This means NDs in Arizona are issued DEA numbers. Our scope includes IV therapy, injection therapy, minor surgery, physical medicine, botanical medicine and homeopathy. Licensed NDs in Arizona may practice acupuncture as part of our scope of practice upon completion of 200 hours of acupuncture classroom and clinic coursework which was included in SCNM’s curriculum.
Same Day Appointments

Because of the practice’s busy schedule, Dr. Hartwell does her best to accomodate acute concerns. She can not guarantee same-day responses or same-day appointments. Please keep in mind Saguaro Blossom Medical Center is a primary care facility, rather than an urgent care, emergent care or psychiatrist’s office. Life-threatening conditions or emergencies should call 911.  

Dr. Lillea Hartwell Trainings for Naturopathic Doctors

Dr. Hartwell does not have the availability to allow for shadowing opportunities at this time. To support new grads from naturopathic schools accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, she has created a supplemental training.

If you’ve been wondering what to do now that you’ve graduated or…

What is a PLLC?

How do I apply for my DEA #?

Who should make up my team, even as a solopreneur?

How do I market for myself, either as independent contractor, employee, solopreneur as a baby doc?

How do I protect my energy and establish personal boundaries fresh out in clinical practice?

You can check out the training here: https://trainingwithdrlillea.drlilleahartwell.com/postgraduationcrashcourse  

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Cancellation and No-Show Fees

Reminder: Our policy is $15 fee for cancellations with less than a 24 hour notice or no-shows no matter the reason. The policy is in place out of respect for both Dr. Hartwell’s time as a physician and the time of her other patients. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are difficult to fill. By giving last minute notice or no notice at all, you prevent someone else from being able to schedule into that time slot, and leave a hole in your physician’s schedule. We reserve your appointment time just for you. We typically do not double-book our patients so that we may provide optimum treatment outcomes for all of our patients. 24 hour notice allows us to offer that time to a wait-listed patient. If you are acutely ill, remember that Dr. Hartwell is here to serve you for those instances as well.