Frequently Asked Questions

Moving Into Wellness is an integrated bodywork program developed by Dr. Liz Wallace. Drawing from her success with patients, she combines the movement aspects of Spacial Dynamics with the facial release of Structural Integration. These tools along with her training as a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, create an individualized program focusing on alignment, balance, and the development of grace as we move through space. The result is an increase in coordination, a decrease in aches and pains, and a new sense of self. 

What is Dr. Liz’s Moving Into Wellness program?

Oregon requires Personal Injury Protection [PIP] for all medical expenses related to an auto accident even if your regular health insurance coverage does not cover acupuncture, naturopathic care or other bodywork services.

Do you accept insurance coverage following a motor vehicle accident?

Many insurance companies do cover acupuncture. If your insurance policy does cover acupuncture, we are happy to submit your claims.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Typically, patients start with a 60-minute weekly appointment, continuing for anywhere between four to twelve weeks.

How many treatments will I need?

Like Naturopathic Medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine is a complete healthcare system. From acute to chronic conditions, acupuncture supports the body to return to a state of health. Every system of the body can be addressed with acupuncture, including: musculoskeletal issues, such as pain or arthritis; hormonal issues, including PMS, infertility, menopause, weight loss and thyroid disorders; nervous system issues, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and insomnia; cardiovascular dis-eases, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol; gastrointestinal issues, such as IBS and allergies; skin problems, infections, and asthma.

What conditions does acupuncture treat?

The needles used in acupuncture are the width of a strand of hair. Many people do not feel the insertion of the needle. The sensation differs at each point — some points are more sensitive then others; but, no, it does not hurt. Most people find acupuncture to be deeply relaxing. You will just have to feel it for yourself.

Does acupuncture hurt?

There exists energy, or Qi (pronounced “chi”), originating in the organs and flowing through the body in channels, or meridians. When there is an abundance of Qi flowing smoothly through the channels, a person feels healthy. If there is not enough Qi, or when the energy is not able flow smoothly through the pathways, symptoms appear. Acupuncture uses tiny, sterile needles to stimulate points on the channels to either tonify the Qi or remove blockages in the pathways to create a harmonious flow of energy and a return to health.

What is acupuncture?

We accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard.

What payment methods do you accept?

We do accept insurance, depending on your policy. If your insurance does cover naturopathy or acupuncture, we are happy to submit your claims.

Do you accept insurance?

In the state of Oregon, naturopathic physicians can prescribe some medications that are derived from natural substances, including many antibiotics, hormone replacement therapy and thyroid hormones. In many cases we may choose to use alternative methods if possible and, when needed, we will use hormones that are bio-identical to the body.

Do you prescribe pharmaceuticals?

Yes, I am open to working with your present physician. With your care in mind, I may refer you to other healthcare professionals or specialists.

Do you work with other practitioners?

Appointments last 60 minutes. A complete history will be taken; laboratory testing may be ordered/reviewed; a physical exam will be followed by acupuncture and/or bodywork. Time is taken to discuss an individualized treatment plan. If you have previous lab work, please bring it to your visit.

What can I expect at my first visit?

I am trained as a primary care physician and, as such, am equipped to diagnose and treat acute to chronic conditions, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, allergies, neurological, depression and anxiety and women’s health. In addition, I specialize in treating musculoskeletal and postural issues, such as overall aches and pains, injuries from motor vehicle accidents, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, and painful shoulders.

What conditions do you treat?

Homeopathy, developed in Germany in the 1700’s, is one therapy that a naturopathic physician may use in a treatment protocol. The underlying principle is the law “like cures like”. Medicinal agents are diluted to an energetic imprint, stimulating the body’s natural force and igniting the healing process.

What is the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy?

While both ND’s and MD’s train for four years in medical school, ND’s take an oath to practice medicine in alignment with specific principles of healing.
The Healing Power of Nature — Every body has an innate ability to heal itself and will naturally return to a state of health if obstacles to the healing process are identified and removed.
Treat the Whole Person — Just as looking at one puzzle piece does not reveal the entire puzzle image, so too, focusing on one area of the body or one symptom does not reveal an understanding of the entire body. All aspects of health and dis-ease involve an interaction of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors. An imbalance in one factor will affect the others; and so, all factors must be addressed.
Identify and Treat the Cause — Symptoms are the body’s attempt to heal itself and are merely expressions of an imbalance within the body. By taking the time to discover the cause of disturbance in the body and treat the root, symptoms will usually resolve.
First Do No Harm — With safe, non-invasive therapies, the body can return to a state of health; its natural healing process is not suppressed and there are no harmful side effects.
The Physician as Teacher — The original meaning of the word “doctor” (docere) is “to teach”. The patient, as an empowered individual, is to be respected and educated in order to develop a healing practice, unique unto him/herself.
Prevention — Rather than fighting dis-ease, the ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is to create a strong foundation of health.

How are naturopathic physicians, or ND’s, different than medical doctors, or MD’s?

The Doctorate degree for naturopathic doctors is a four-year medical school program that trains individuals to be holistic primary care physicians. The degree for Classical Chinese Medicine is also a four-year program. The total for both training endeavors is over 8,000 lecture, laboratory and clinical hours.

What is the training to become a naturopathic physician? What is the training to become a doctor of Classical Chinese Medicine?