Dr. Ito earned her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1993. She ran a successful massage therapy practice in Birmingham, Alabama for four years. Her clients’ frequent inquiries about natural and holistic approaches to their health concerns fueled her growing curiosity about alternative medicine. In researching how she could offer more to her clients, she read the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine. These principles were so aligned with her own growing beliefs that within a few months she was back in school. After two years of pre-med college courses and then four years of naturopathic medical school, she graduated from Bastyr University and returned to her childhood home of Raleigh, NC. Because North Carolina does not yet license naturopathic physicians, Dr. Ito holds a naturopathic physicians’ license from Vermont. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Your first appointment will involve a brief physical exam, a review of your health history, and a comprehensive discussion of your chief complaint i.e. your primary health concern or goal that brought you to the clinic.
For another comprehensive description of the patient’s experience with a naturopath, read this excellent article from the Journal of Family Practice.
Office visits are billed at a flat rate. The first visit (usually 60-90 minutes) is $145. Brief Follow Ups (15-30 minutes) within 3 weeks are $60. Extended Follow up visits (30-45 minutes) within 3 months regarding the same condition(s) are $95.
Phone/Facetime/Skype consultations more than 5 minutes are billed the same as office visits. Emails are for non-clinical issues such as scheduling.
What are the accepted forms of payment? Cash, checks, and all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover) are accepted.
What about insurance? Until the licensing laws are changed in this state, insurance companies will not reimburse for services rendered by naturopathic physicians. However you may have success with your flexible savings or health savings account. Check with your plan administrator.
You may Schedule an Appointment online at anytime, or if the online calendar does not accommodate your schedule you can send an email. Include two alternate times with your inquiry. Remember that email communication is not secure, so please keep that in mind with your personal medical details.
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From the I-440 Beltline, take Exit 2A for Western Boulevard downtown.
Turn RIGHT at the first traffic light, onto Kent Rd.
Take the first RIGHT onto Garland.
Take the second LEFT onto Lorimer.
The clinic is at the next corner, on the right: 1235 Onslow Road.
The clinic is the first floor of my home. Use the double doors that face Onslow.
Note: If you’re using MapQuest, Google Maps, or other online mapping services, you may get incorrect directions after the exit, since Lorimer does not actually connect to Western Boulevard.