Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a MD and a ND?

NDs get the same basic science training as a MD; however, they diverge from the traditional medical education in two main areas:

  1. While NDs receive extensive training in pharmaceuticals and can prescribe drugs and perform minor surgery in licensed states, their primary tools are natural substances and therapies. These include botanical medicine, nutrition, exercise, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, physical manipulation, and counseling, to name a few.
  2. NDs are trained exclusively as primary care physicians, meaning that their last two years of school are spent refining the skills of family medicine in an outpatient clinical setting.  This stands in contrast to MDs, who spend their last two years of school rotating through a number of hospital-based specialties such as trauma surgery, intensive care, cardiology, and so on.  While MDs use those last two years to decide on a specialty, NDs already know that they will be providing primary care.  Thus, the emphasis in naturopathic training is on building relationships with patients and providing long-term, whole-person care.


Can NDs Prescribe?

While NDs receive extensive training in pharmaceuticals, and can prescribe certain drugs in licensed states, their main medical management is based on natural substances. Those substances and therapies that were used before pharmaceuticals came along. This includes botanical medicine, nutrition, supplements, exercise, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, physical manipulation, Chinese medicine, and counseling, to name a few


Does acupuncture hurt?

Due to the extremely small size and thickness of the needles used in acupuncture, the sensation is generally not painful. Patients usually report a feeling of heaviness, tingling, and/or deep relaxation after the needles have been inserted. Occasionally there is a “zing” or a “zip” at first insertion, but that fades quickly. That said, there are many different styles of acupuncture in the world, some more aggressive than others. Dr. Campbell favors a gentle “yin style” acupuncture.


What can acupuncture help with?

All kinds of things! However, acupuncture is probably best known for its utility in treating pain. There are also more recent studies validating its efficacy for the treatment of fatigue, nausea and neuropathy associated with cancer treatment. Clinically, acupuncture is seen to be immensely helpful for addressing anxiety and insomnia.

Do you see patients other than patients with cancer?

Absolutely. While Dr. Campbell specializes in cancer care, she is also trained to address a wide variety of health concerns using Chinese and Naturopathic medicine. Call for a free 15 minute consultation to see if she is the right fit for you.


What is the difference between complementary and alternative medicine?

Complementary medicine is the practice of providing additional support to a conventional treatment plan, for instance helping to mitigate side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Alternative medicine means using other medical approaches in place of conventional treatment, for example offering herbs instead of antibiotics. Which approach is most appropriate for the patient is assessed on a case-by-case basis. (Note: Journey Integrative Medicine does NOT recommend alternative medicine as a first-line approach to cancer!) Our goal is to work collaboratively with conventional practitioners as needed, using evidence-based medicine, to ensure our patients receive the best care possible.


Do you take insurance?

Dr. Campbell accepts insurance for acupuncture only. She is currently credentialed with Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield Premera, and Multiplan. Further credentialing is ongoing and we can bill out of network as well.


Will you work with my MD?

Absolutely. One of the core missions of Journey Integrative Medicine is to work cooperatively with a patient’s outside medical providers in order to ensure the highest quality of care possible. This is the meaning of collaborative care. Furthermore, communication between providers is crucial when dealing with a cancer diagnosis.


How long are the appointments?

The first acupuncture appointment is 1.5 hours long and returns are about an hour. The first naturopathic visit is about 2 hours long with returns ranging from 45-75 minutes. Patient’s should also budget an extra 15 minutes to fill out paperwork if they have not already done so ahead of time.


What is the best way to get in touch with the clinic?

Please call 360-865-5556. Make sure to dial the area code first. Calls will be answered within 24 hours.


What is your cancellation policy?

Patient’s needing to cancel their appointments should do so at least 24 hours in advance or else they will be billed a $60 cancellation fee.