What is a Primary Care Provider?
Primary care is a day-to-day healthcare for common conditions, provides continuity of care, and referral with specialists as needed. Primary healthcare results in better health outcomes, reduced health disparities and lower spending, including on avoid emergency room visits and hospital care. With that being said, primary care physicians are an important component in ensuring that the healthcare system as a whole is sustainable. They provide acute care, counseling for lifestyle changes, and support for people in all stages of life as well as all walks of life.
In-network with most major insurances. Please call the office today to book an appointment.
What is a nurse practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner is an Advanced Practice Nurse who has achieved a minimum of a Master’s Degree in nursing and is qualified to evaluate, diagnosis and treat in many settings throughout the healthcare system. Nurse Practitioners have a holistic approach to care, looking at the person from a clinical, psychological and spiritual perspective to meet the holistic needs of their patients. Nurse Practitioners are able to prescribe medication, order testing and therapies. They are also highly trained to provide primary care services for the entire family. If you have any questions regarding what a nurse practitioner can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us or go to www.aanp.org for more information.
What is Functional Medicine?
“The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.”
“By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.”
Extracted from the Institute of Functional Medicine website: www.ifm.org
(Functional Medicine exclusive appointments will be offered in the near future)
What does it mean to have a Primary Care Provider?
A primary care provider is and advanced practice Clinician (Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants) or Physician (MD & DO) that is dedicated to providing preventative medicine and chronic care management. This includes but is not limited to yearly physical exams, diagnostics (labs, X-rays, etc) as well as providing treatments such as medications and various therapies. Your Primary Care provider will also consult and coordinate with specialists when needed. Urgent care/same day visits are also available to provide care for more acute illnesses such as cold/flu, injuries etc.
At Greenhouse Natural Medicine we are passionate about your health and provide alternatives to prescription medication when possible. We believe in doing our best at finding the root cause to the issue and finding a natural way to treat these conditions. Although we are not limited to only natural remedies as we prescribe prescription medications when they are necessary and will provide the best outcome. We work with you to develop your care plan with the understanding that your health is your choice. Some issues may not be as important to you as another and you might be limited with funds, etc. We understand this and will work with you to provide you with comprehensive medical care.
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Naturopathic Doctors are trained in general family practice to address routine conditions. We can provide a balance of conventional medical knowledge with alternative holistic thinking. We work with the mindset of prevention and support the bodies ability to heal with immune supportive herbs, homeopathy, appropriate supplements, traditional application of hydrotherapy and pharmaceutical medications when necessary. We are not here to take the place of a patients Primary Care Provider but to complement your conventional health care provider.
For patients without insurance, we are an affordable option for minor acute infections and are in-network with most major insurance companies. There is also less exposure to illnesses acquired in a larger waiting room with more personable office versus a hospital like a clinic with very populated waiting rooms and We are considered “specialists” within insurance networks with the current system in New Hampshire. For patients with an HMO, a referral would be necessary for coverage.
Common Conditions Treated at our New England Office
- Ear infections
- Sinus Infections
- Sore throats
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Wellness/Sports Physicals
- Minor Skin Infections
- Pink Eye
- Insect Bites
- Sexually Transmitted Disease
- Elevated Cholesterol
- Diabetes Type II
- Weight loss/Weight Gain
- Viral infections
- Smoking Cessation
Cheryl Celia, FNP
Cheryl Celia is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a diverse background. She has been working in healthcare for 27 years. Her nursing experience is mostly in Emergency Nursing and as a Nurse Practitioner she has worked in areas such as Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, Observation Medicine, a Heart Valve Center, Primary Care, Hospice/Palliative care and Geriatrics. She has specialized training in Functional Medicine, Healing Touch/Reiki, Medical Marijuana, EFT, and mindfulness. Cheryl practices within the balance of Holistic/Natural Medicine and Conventional medicine and it has been her passion to offer this in a primary care setting that encourages this. She is so excited to be working within this wonderful Naturopathic Practice and to be offering Primary Care to the community that she lives in. Cheryl grew up in Hudson, NH and is currently a resident of New England. She loves NH and the community of Amherst and is looking forward to serving them.