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Naturopathic Medicine is about restoring the body to health using the least invasive and least forceful modalities. It’s what medicine was intended to be: doctors taking care of patients by teaching them how to heal their bodies and own their care.

This practice of Naturopathic Medicine puts the emphasis on physiology instead of pathology alone. It considers how the body works in a healthy state and looks upstream to restore pathological (diseased) states to health using the healing power of the body. It’s a blend of art and science as well as modern and traditional medicine. We rely on diagnostic testing, therapeutic methods, and empowering education that encourage your body’s innate ability to heal itself.

A Naturopathic Doctor is focused on the patient. I want to hear your whole story because everything in your body is interrelated. Understanding your full health story, I can work with your body, not against it. My goal is to help you find real answers to the root cause of your health issues. I’m not about simply managing your symptoms; I believe in digging deep to find the source of your health concern and working from there.

A Naturopathic Doctor is your healthcare partner. I ensure you are equipped with the information you need – in plain English – to be proactive and take control of your health.

I want to be a partner in your health journey. The best way to do this is by guiding my patients to identify and resolve the root cause of their health concerns.

With every patient, I focus on four things:

  1. Helping them listen to their body – physical, mental and emotional aspects.
  2. Find the root cause of the issue.
  3. Educating patients on their bodies so that they can be better advocates for their care.
  4. Restore the energy and vitality they need to live better lives.

My focus is on delivering clinical excellence and compassionate knowledge to every patient. We work together as a team to pair the best of modern medical science with the art of healing traditions to support your body’s natural ability to heal.

Dr. Hacker has completed advanced training in, and is most focused on accepting patients looking for:

  1. Fertility – Patients looking to improve their general health and hormones in order to conceive naturally or improve the chances of IVF success. 
  2. Women’s Health – Patients looking to balance their hormones.
  3.  Digestive Health – Patients with digestive complaints and conditions looking to heal their gut.

Dr. Lauren Hacker attended Bastyr University in Washington, an internationally recognized 4-year accredited Naturopathic Medical school, and one of the original schools to pioneer a patient-centered, functional medicine care model. Her training included clinical rotations and preceptorships with an emphasis in Women’s Health.

She is a registered Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Colorado and a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor in Arizona. This type of registration and licensure are only available to those who completed a residential program at an accredited university for Naturopathic Medicine and affirms to our patients that we were rigorously trained. For more information about training in Naturopathic Medicine, please explore: https://naturopathic.org/page/Education

Prior to attending Bastyr University, Dr. Hacker received her BA in English with a minor in Chemistry from Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado.

We aim to empower patients and clients to better health, in order to build stronger and happier families, more resilient communities, and a better world.

Through the lens of Naturopathic Medicine, we use the least force and least invasive modern science and traditional healing modalities, including: food, nutrients, botanicals, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, movement, connection, and energetic medicine as resources for the body’s natural ability to heal.

Your first visit is a 90-minute diagnostic session. Together, we review your medical history as well as your physical, mental, emotional and social health. If time permits, we’ll do a physical exam and review previous lab results from the past year. This visit may be different from other doctor or practitioner visits you’ve experienced, because we spend time getting a thorough picture so we are informed on what you’ve experienced on your health journey and where to go next. This comprehensive assessment also gives us an opportunity to ensure we’re a good fit, and we both feel confident we can achieve the desired outcome.

By the end of your first visit, you’ll know what the next steps are, such as additional lab work. In order to compile a comprehensive plan, usually no recommendations for care are provided in the first visit. This allows us time to think about your case and come up with the best next steps.
We’ll schedule your next visit, usually 1-2 weeks after the initial consultation and during that appointment, we’ll review remaining labs and I’ll outline the best plan for you moving forward and begin treatment.

Initial Appointment – $395

What’s included: Up to 90 minutes of undivided time with the doctor for intake, health and lifestyle history, review of past lab work if relevant, file creation, research for your individual care, and a customized treatment plan.

Follow Up Visits – $195

What’s included: Up to 45 minutes of undivided time with the doctor for updates, education, and plan revision, file review and update, research for your individual care, and a customized treatment plan.

Note: When lab work is ordered, which occurs throughout your care and especially following your initial appointment, you may require a 60-minute Lab Review Visit to ensure enough time for both lab review/education and treatment plan, in addition to the features outlined above – $260

Appointments: We accept cash, check, and credit card for office visits. We also accept HSA (health savings accounts) and FSA (flexible spending accounts). Payments are due in full at the time of service and purchase. We do not accept insurance.

Labs: During the course of your care we may recommend both comprehensive and specialty laboratory testing. These are an additional charge outside of appointment visit fees. Occasionally, laboratory testing may be billable through your insurance. Most specialty testing is not covered by insurance.

Supplements: Supplements are likely to be recommended during the course of your care to achieve results faster or in places where we need extra support in addition to food and health basics (sleep, stress management, clean water, air/breathwork, and regular exercise). 

Since the FDA does not regulate supplement quality, in order to encourage patients to order supplements from quality sources, I offer a 10% discount for orders placed through Fullscript.

Fullscript provides professional-grade supplements to patients and uses proper quality, storage, and shipment to maintain the integrity of the products.

No, insurance doesn’t cover Naturopathic care in the state of Colorado.

Yes, some of our patients are able to use their HSA/FSA to cover the costs of visits, labs, and supplements.

We offer both in-person and virtual appointments for the convenience and preference of our patients and clients. However, we are required to see all patients and clients at least 1x per year in person.

We require a minimum of 24 hours cancellation notice for canceling any appointment. For late cancellations you may be charged ½ the full cost of the visit. Your appointment time is reserved exclusively for you and we often have a waitlist, so alerting us as soon as possible to a cancellation helps us honor everyone’s time. 

We try our best to help you avoid cancellation fees by using an email reminder system, but please understand that remembering your appointment is your responsibility.

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