Zidell Center for Integrative Medicine
"At Providence we believe connected and integrated care honors health care modalities that our patients are using in our community. Since 2002, when Providence first opened our Integrative Medicine clinic, we have been using evidence-based medicine with regards to non-conventional therapies to help patients optimize their quality of life regardless of their health issues. We look forward to continuing to grow our program in order to meet the needs of our patients." –Loch S. Chandler, ND, MPA:HA, MSOM, LAc
With an emphasis on positive and proactive health management, Providence Integrative Medicine Program offers an excellent complement to conventional medicine. As part of the multidisciplinary treatment model at Providence Health & Services, our naturopathic physicians work alongside a patient's other care team members.
The goal of integrative medicine is to help patients achieve optimal health, even in situations where they simply don't feel well, but don't have a diagnosis. Providence Integrative Medicine Program providers use therapies that are supported by modern medical research. Our expert clinicians are trained to provide treatment that is current, safe and evidence-based.
Modern research supports the use of complementary medicine to treat conditions such as:
- Side effects of cancer treatment
- Chronic pain syndromes
- Skin disorders
- Heartburn, ulcers and esophageal reflux
- Irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease
- Weight problems
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome, high blood sugars and type 2 diabetes
Because we take time to get to know you as a whole person, we are able to provide reasonable and appropriate naturopathic care that is tailored to your individual health needs. Offerings include therapeutic, acupuncture, naturopathy and dietary counseling.
- Chiropractic medicine
- Dietary counseling
- Stress reduction
- Therapeutic massage
Is a referral necessary to be a patient?
Providers may refer you to our clinic. However, no referrals are needed to make an appointment with our providers.
Does my insurance cover your services?
We are happy to help you check with your insurance company to see if they cover our services and providers. More and more insurance carriers are covering integrative therapies.
What is the cost of a visit?
The cost of a visit depends mainly on two things – the complexity of the visit and the length of the visit. Given that many insurance plans now cover integrative medicine, you may only have a copay at the time of visit. Check with your insurance company whether naturopathic medicine, acupuncture or massage is included in your plan.
A self-pay discount for is available for massage services and some acupuncture services.
If you have questions about self-pay or services offered, please call us directly at the number listed above.
Where are you located?
Do you only treat people with cancer?
We treat anyone. As we are housed in the Cancer Center, many of our patients also have cancer.
Can you be my Primary Care Physician (PCP)?
We regard ourselves as specialists, and because of that we do not consider ourselves to be PCPs. We believe in integrated care, and encourage people to have an established PCP. However, we would greatly appreciate being a part of your health care team.
Do you prescribe narcotics?
We leave the prescribing of narcotics to a patient's primary care provider or pain management specialist. We focus on diet and lifestyle interventions, including acupuncture and massage, to help you reduce your pain and inflammation.
Do you prescribe medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana is not currently a part of the Naturopathic formulary. As a result, we cannot currently prescribe medical marijuana.
Are you able to order labs?
Yes, our Naturopaths can order the same labs that a conventional provider could order.
Would you talk with my conventional provider (MD, DO, NP, PA, etc.)?
Yes! We believe the best care is integrated care where providers communicate freely about how best to help you, the patient. Just let us know what your goals and expectations are.
Could you treat my cancer without using conventional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation?
With our current level of data, or science, on non-conventional therapies, we don't have anything (supplement, herb, remedy, therapy, etc.) that has been found to be effective against any cancer by itself as a standalone treatment. In other words, we don't have the "Silver Bullet" of cure. However, we do have many things with anticancer properties. We like to look at the whole person to see what recommendations we can make with regards to diet, lifestyle and supplements or herbs, in order to help them achieve more optimal health and healing. This involves an individualized approach with every patient receiving customized treatments and recommendations. We like to call it "Silver Buckshot," and there is much stronger science on these approaches.
Will you still see me if I choose not to do conventional therapy (surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation)?
Yes. We can support you however you would like to be supported with whatever your health care choices are.
When you first hear the words “it’s cancer,” the road ahead may seem overwhelming. But from that moment on, Providence Cancer Institute surrounds you with people to help you through the journey. Treating your cancer is not only about treating the disease; it is also about supporting you as a whole person – body, mind and spirit. Here are some of our key support services to help you get through your treatment and emerge as healthy as possible.
- Oncology nurse navigators work directly with your oncologists, surgeons, and care team to help you better understand and follow your treatment plans. The compassionate guidance of nurse navigators has been shown to improve treatment outcomes for patients.
Learn more about nurse navigators.
- Oncology social workers are trained counselors who help patients and families cope with the emotional stresses and practical concerns associated with cancer. Providence cancer patients and their families can benefit from our social work services.
Learn more about what an oncology social worker can do for you.
- Oncology nutrition. Cancer and cancer treatments can affect the way your body tolerates certain foods and uses nutrients. Our registered dietitians specialize in cancer nutrition and are here to help.
Learn more about oncology nutrition.
- Integrative medicine offers an excellent complement to conventional medicine to help patients achieve optimal health. Programs and services include acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, naturopathy, therapeutic massage and more.
Learn more about integrative medicine.
- Palliative care is a type of health care that focuses on improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health while you receive cancer treatment giving special attention to relieving pain and other distressing symptoms.
Learn more about palliative care.
- Cancer rehabilitation combines evidence-based cancer rehabilitation practices with services to address side effects and symptoms. The result is our patients recover their energy, well-being and quality of life more completely and quickly.
Learn more about cancer rehabilitation.
In addition to providing expert cancer care, Providence Cancer Institute provides an extra dimension of care through our many support services and cancer resources.
- Support groups provide education and support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Support groups are led by our professional staff and are offered as a free service to any person with cancer in our community.
- Peer support is offered by trained volunteers who provide one-on-one peer support for patients with cancer and/or their caregivers. It is an opportunity to talk about your fears or concerns with someone who comes from a place of understanding your journey.
Learn more about support groups and peer support.
- The Living Well Guide is designed to provide our patients with one reference for all contact numbers, support services and self-care information.
- The Living Well Through Cancer Treatment and Beyond Video Series will give you information, support and hope. Each video features patients who share their stories and experiences with helpful advice from cancer care experts.
Learn more about Living Well Guide & video series.
Both the Living Well Guide and the video series are available in several languages.
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