This week is Naturopathic Medicine Week, a week in which NDs try to inform people about what it is we do and why it's different from the conventional model.
I personally wanted to point out that NDs in Vermont have it better than NDs anywhere else in America. I made a couple posts about it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The best part though, is that we get to live in Vermont, with the greatest patients in the country who already understand the importance of eating local and organic, who oftentimes are herbalists or know herbalists, who want to keep our environment clean, and who appreciate naturopathic medicine more than anywhere else from my experience.
On to more practical matters, Tori is out until next Wednesday, so if you aren't getting the same great front office experience you normally get, it's because I'm not as good at it as she is. :)
I'm also extending the supplements sale until the end of the month. Not everyone checks here and our social media accounts, so I want to make sure that as many patients as possible have an opportunity to get the extra discount.
Week one is over and things went pretty smoothly despite some behind-the-scenes hiccups. I've still been making slight adjustments to the decor and systems, so this is a summary of recent and future happenings.
NECLA conference: Literally in the middle of Dr. Haff and I closing on the business, I left to go speak at UVM Medical Center for the Northeast Community Laboratory Alliance about the benefits and challenges of working with local Naturopathic Physicians. Attendees included management, customer service and phlebotomists from UVM and other regional hospitals. I love public speaking, and my hosts and the attendees were great.
Social Media: I've started some new accounts and am trying to post in those places more often, rather than sending out infrequent emails. If you are a social media user, follow us on these platforms:
Mercy Diagnostics: If you've been in the office in the past 8 months, I may have already recommended you use this phlebotomy site and laboratory at another doctor's office. This past Friday, we welcomed Sandra, the phlebotomist for Mercy, into my recently former office. She'll only be there on Fridays, since she is still at the other location Monday through Thursday, but if we get busy enough, Mercy will consider expanding the available days.
Room changes: As I said above, Mercy Diagnostics is in my most recent office (for those of you who have been around long enough to remember that I used to be upstairs). Last weekend I moved into Dr. Haff's office, including moving around the furniture quite a bit. This weekend, I painted the red door and frame inside and out to match the new colors in the hallway and to visually cool down the office itself.
Tori will be going on vacation from the end of this week to the middle of next week, so you may not get the same quick response as she provides when she's here. I've cut down my patient load while she's gone so that I can be available for everything else.
Our supplement sale continues this week. 20% off all homeopathics, herbal tinctures and anything on the shelf closest to the hallway. If you've been holding off on getting something, now's the time to get it. If you need something that isn't on our shelves, we also have an online store through Fullscript at https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/avalonnaturalmedicine
It's been a busy week! My goal is to provide you with the same great level of care to which you are accustomed, while still continuing to improve.
I've got two pieces of big news regarding supplements:
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens biflora) is an invaluable tool when out in the woods hiking. The saponins found in the stem or leaves can emulsify and diminish the damage caused by poison ivy. It's also great for bug bites, rashes from stinging nettles, burns, cuts, acne, eczema, fungal infections, or any other skin irritation.