FAQ - Naturopath Flagstaff - Dr. Erin WinterFAQ - Naturopath Flagstaff - Dr. Erin Winter

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

First appointments are all about getting to know you. The appointment is generally 1 hour in which we will go through your medical concerns, complete a physical exam, and order diagnostic labs and imaging specific to your needs.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I VISIT YOUR OFFICE?

The frequency of office visits depends on your health concerns, goals, and your program of choice. The frequency of visits will be determined during your initial consultation.

DO YOU ACCEPT OR BILL INSURANCE?

We are considered out of network but can provide the medical billing information required to submit for reimbursement. You can use your HSA/FSA for services and supplements as well.

DO YOU TREAT CHILDREN?

Dr. Erin Winter treats all genders and races ages 13 and up. If you need pediatric care we can provide great referrals for you.

CAN YOU BE MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN?

Winter Wellness physicians are trained in primary care specialties like family medicine and internal medicine, however, we recommend our patients maintain a primary care physician for things like vaccinations and strep or flu testing, which we do not perform here at Winter Wellness.

We recommend female patients also maintain an OBGYN for regular pap smears. Dr. Winter will remind you of important age-related screenings you should get like colonoscopies or mammograms.

DO YOU PROVIDE EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE?

If you have a medical emergency, we recommend that you visit urgent care or an ER.

HOW CAN I CONTACT WINTER WELLNESS?

The fastest way to get a hold of us is to call the clinic at 928-440-3279. If you need to leave a message we are dedicated to returning your calls as soon as possible. You may also email us at or contact us through the Charm EMR portal.

IS A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR A REAL DOCTOR?

The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program is a rigorous, 4-year medical program. It is equal in its demands to conventional medical education. Along with standard medical training SCNM training also includes acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, botanical medicine, environmental medicine, homeopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, minor surgery, nutrition, hydrotherapy, pharmacology, and physical manipulation.

The current Accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools include:

  • Bastyr University – The Washington campus at Kenmore, and the California campus at San Diego.
  • Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine – New Westminster, BC, Canada
  • Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – North York, Ontario, Canada
  • National College of Natural Medicine – Portland, Oregon
  • National University of Health Sciences – Lombard, Illinois
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences – Tempe, Arizona
  • University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine – Bridgeport, Connecticut

ARE NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS QUALIFIED TO WRITE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR MEDICATIONS?

Yes! Naturopathic doctors can also prescribe medications when necessary. A naturopathic doctor can acquire a DEA number and can prescribe all Schedule III, IV, and V controlled substances at their practice.

ARE YOU AGAINST CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL PRACTICES?

No. Naturopathic doctors are trained in the art and science of both natural and conventional medicine. Having the knowledge of more than one system allows for a functional approach to each person. We are happy to work alongside other healthcare professionals to make sure you are getting the best treatment possible. 

About Winter Wellness Winter Wellness Favicon

Winter Wellness is a Flagstaff-based medical clinic that specializes in naturopathic medicine, hormone replacement therapy, natural pain management, and aesthetics.

Our naturopathic and hormone clinic is owned by Dr. Erin Winter, a naturopathic doctor in Flagstaff, AZ. Her primary goal is to help as many people age gracefully as possible in a natural way 

We exist to help you live the best quality of life possible!