Hi! I’m Dr. Karen Appel, and I work in the “other” office at Velo Sports Rehab in Seattle. I’m a naturopathic doctor that empowers people to become their strongest physical, mental, and emotional selves.
Naturopathic doctors go to medical school for four to five years like conventional medical doctors. NDs take similar board exams and are held to the same diagnostic standards. We also come out with the same amount of student loan debt. 😆 We can also write pharmaceutical prescriptions as needed although we are very knowledgeable in other treatments such as herbs and supplements which often have less side effects.
What differentiates naturopathic doctors from other doctors is our principles. We search for the root cause rather than only treat the symptoms. We treat the whole person rather than only specific areas like just gastrointestinal or just endocrine. Often our visits are longer than patients are used to because we go so in depth. We are not only doctors; we are teachers. We provide information and guidance to you so you can decide what’s best for you.
I am a primary care provider and I regularly treat hormonal issues like polycystic ovarian disease, menopause, heavy menstrual cycles, PMS, low testosterone, low sex drive, acne, low energy, low moods. I also help people lose weight because it affects so many conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and arthritis.
Additionally, I give injections (B12, B complex, magnesium, iron, etc) and perform blood draws for lab testing including food allergy testing.
I am in network with Regence and Premera insurances and will provide superbills to those who may have out of network benefits.
I am accepting new patients in person or via telehealth and my office hours are Monday through Friday 1030 am to 6:30 pm.
There is no huge parking garage or 30 story elevator to navigate. It’s me, in my office, in the neighborhood.
If my door is open, feel free to pop in and introduce yourself, or you can schedule a 15 min phone consult to chat: Be Well Natural Med