Welcome to new approaches in health and healing!

Our building at 606 Dix Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109

COVID-19 Announcement—The Center is open to best meet the need of our patients and patrons. Measures have been and continue to be taken to promote safety for you and our staff. Our efforts meet and exceed those set down by the CDC & WHO. 


In an effort to minimize contact points, we offer curbside delivery for purchases (for those who prefer not to come inside), and shipping to those out of area.  Appointments are being scheduled to avoid waiting area contact. We also offer telephone consultation and video telehealth services. 


We would like to thank those who are continuing to support the business. Your health and wellbeing is a priority through this viral outbreak and beyond. 


Dianna Richardson, ND



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                                                                                                  Why Our Approach to Wellbeing?


When your body speaks, listen! Health is more than simply being disease free. It is an ongoing process developing and maintaining the highest level of wellness within an individual. The whole body is involved in this process. In this way, the healthiest results are attainable by each individual. The key word here is "individual." No two people are exactly alike. Lifestyle, body chemistry, likes and dislikes, not to mention all the little unique things that make you who you are differs from person to person.


"Root Cause" is more than just a buzz word here at the Center. Too often symptoms rather than "root cause" are addressed in healthcare. Naturopathic training is focused in looking well beyond symptoms and current healthcare trends to find the starting point, or root cause, of dis-ease. The methodology has been used successfully for thousands of years by trained professionals. It is a holistic, or whole body approach, that recognizes all aspects (mind, body, spirit, environment) will impact one another and your health.


The mission of HWNC is to help people achieve the highest level of wellness possible, using only evidence-based holistic health approaches. Evidence-based means studies have been completed on the methods used and found them to improve health in individuals. This approach allows the best of all avenues to be used in promoting health. Some of these approaches you may be familiar with and others may be new to you. All have been shown to improve health, wellness, and quality of life in thousands of individuals. 


Long before buzz words such as integrative and functional, Naturopathic medicine recognized the depth of body system interactions.  More importantly, over the decades documented evidence has show the validity of naturopathic focus in healing. This has resulted in other medical systems adopting some of the techniques and renaming their approach in treatment. Unfortunately, treatment and healing are words that cannot be used interchangeably. The core principles that drive wellbeing are often missing. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD.  Click here for important research results.

                                                         Core Principles of Naturopathy


1). The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

       The body's inherent ability to heal itself is recognized. Naturopathic physicians

      identify and remove obstacles to recovery to facilitate this healing ability in patients.


2). Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)

      The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than

       eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.


3). First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)

      Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient:

              1. Use methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects;

              2. Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms;           

              3. Acknowledge and respect the individual's healing process, using the least force necessary

                   to diagnose and treat illness.


4).  Doctor as Teacher (Docere)

       Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. 

       They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.


5).  Treat the Whole Person

       Naturopathic physicians treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, 

        genetic, environmental and social factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, 

       naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual path.


6).  Prevention

       Naturopathic physicians emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary

       susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness


7).  Wellness

       Wellness follows the establishment and maintenance of optimum health & balance. Wellness is a

       state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought and action. Wellness is innate in 

        everyone, regardless of disease(s). If wellness is recognized and experienced by an individual, it 

         will more quickly heal a given disease than direct treatment of the disease alone.


What to expect…
The field of naturopathic medicine is becoming increasingly popular and more widely accepted as a vital component of healthcare delivery. Naturopathic medicine has been in use for hundreds of years, and traditional/world-medicine for thousands, however the evidence base for natural therapies has grown substantially in the last few decades. Evidence-based refers to science and medical studies documenting the effectiveness of therapies used by naturopathic medicine. A growing number of people are interested in visiting a naturopathic doctor (ND) in order to safely incorporate natural treatments for a wide variety of health issues.

Many people who contact our office are curious about Naturopathy and what an initial appointment would include. Here is an overview of what to expect. As you read, please note this is a general overview. Each person is treated as an individual. There are no “preset” treatments or lab work packages. What one individual may require another may not.

Length of Appointment
We request you fill out our intake form prior to your appointment and bring it with you. This document will give us a general overview of your current health status. The document is 8 pages and will take you about 30 minutes to fill out.

Block off 90 minutes of your valuable time, as this is the length of your initial appointment. This first visit is extended in order to give your ND a chance to get to know you and gain an in-depth knowledge of your health, both past and present.

Desired Outcomes
Everyone’s first appointment is different. You may have a specific health issue that needs addressed. Perhaps you are just looking for an overall assessment of your wellness. Another possibility is concern about using supplements effectively while on prescription drugs. Other options may include looking to make changes to reduce the need to take medications. Whatever the case, it will be addressed thoroughly at your initial appointment.
You will be asked questions in order to make a detailed record of your health history and concerns. This will involve inquiry into your current and past health, medications, and lifestyle. You can expect a large portion of your first visit to be dedicated to having a discussion with your ND and giving a lot of information. It is important, on your first visit, that we gets an honest and comprehensive look at your health history and truly understands your individual experience in order to properly recommend the best plan for you going forward.

Questions About Diet
Food is a focal point in naturopathic medicine, so we will be asking a number of questions regarding your diet, including what you eat regularly, any supplements that you take, and how you feel after eating certain foods. Connections to GI health, energy, stress and sleep will be made. This will enable the us to come up with a plan that fits your individual situation and is root-cause-focused.

Physical Exam and Tests
This will vary from patient-to-patient depending on individual need. A general physical assessment may include standard blood pressure, heart rate, hydration status, overall bone density, urinalysis and more (all conducted in office). Naturopaths use conventional diagnostic tactics (blood tests, etc.) and the principles and practice of naturopathic medicine. They may incorporate East Asian Medicine (and other medical systems) diagnostic techniques and attention to physical details that can provide a holistic understanding of the patient’s complaints. Again, it depends on what the patient concerns are and discussion indicates is necessary to fully assess the patient need.

Wrapping It Up
At the end of the appointment, initial suggestions will be made to collaboratively create an individualized treatment plan and follow-up appointment schedule (if needed). Yes, you get a say in how to proceed forward! Depending on the findings from the intake and examination, we may recommend any or all of these following treatments: focused therapeutic nutrition, herbal medicine, supplements, mind-body techniques, homeopathy, physical medicine (chiropractic, physical therapy, DPL, ultrasound therapy), stress reduction approaches, lifestyle counseling, East Asian Medicine, hydrotherapy, referrals to other providers, reflexology, and more. In this office, we also work with your conventional doctors (making referrals when needed) to maximize the efforts of your wellbeing.

Bottom line…
Naturopathy offers a whole person approach to wellbeing. A naturopath attends the same rigorous medical school and internships as other physicians. The difference being the focus of medical treatment and methods utilized. It would be our pleasure to work with you, to create a focused program to restore health and vitality.

573-893-9999    Appointments available Monday through Friday

     

NEW Events!


Essential Oil Workshop with Dr. Dianna
February 6, 2021 more information here 
  


ANNOUNCEMENTS


The following tests are available in the office. These results are available within 5 minutes of testing. We also access outside lab for more extensive testing.


Cold & Flu Season has arrived! Testing available at the Center:

                   Influenza A & B  $15

                      Strep test.  $10

                     Mono test. $15

                     H-Plyori   $10


Total Cholesterol Testing ( lipid panel) including Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides). $20


Hemoglobin A1C.  $25


Nancy Pope  is accepting appointments for clinical therapeutic massage, myofacial release & cupping. Call and schedule "me time" today! 573-694-7279


GREAT NEWS!

The Center is now open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm! Fridays from 9:00 to 1:00. Saturdays by appointment or chance. We will continue our Saturday classes.



PayPal Invoicing

If you are a patient or patron of the Center needing refills or products, we now have the ability to invoice purchases and ship for your convenience. We appreciate our out-of-town patrons and understand the difficulties with timeframes and travels. Email your needs to Dianna@drhwnc.com and we will invoice you. 


Also....

In the Jefferson City News Tribune, Dr. Richardson will be providing a monthly nutrition column. Check it out for recipes and health tips in the Wednesday edition. This is an ongoing feature in the Flavor section.



HER Magazine Jan/Feb 2016


Link to article on Center & Dr. Richardson in Her Magazine

Dr. Richardson's spice insights in HER Magazine



Check out our upcoming events at the center on the events page. PayPal button has been added to the events page for your convenience .


New Patient? Please download the intake form here


Interested in wellness tips? There is always new information on the Facebook page. 


No time for Facebook? Shoot us an email at Dianna@drhwnc.com  and we will periodically update you on various topics.


Check in on the wellness blog for recipes, wellness tips, and more. I have recently added a couple a categories to the blog and am expanding information you will find on the page.


Have a question or comment? The contact page offers direct email access. Also on this page find a monthly calendar of the the business hours.


Are you new to our services? Take a look at the rates & services page for a general overview of our offerings. 


For existing patients and patrons, we have also added PayPal invoicing to save you a trip in for refills and purchases. Just send us your needs request and we will invoice you.When payment is received we will ship to you, or you may pick up the filled order during normal business hours! 



The information contained on this site is for educational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician.All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult a healthcare professional before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.