Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's

Often times, visiting an N.D. is a new experience. People have questions. Allow us to answer a few here.


  • What happens at the appointment?

    Your naturopathic doctor, Maggie, will review your paperwork and ask about your health history, current state of health, work and home situations, and stresses in your life. She’ll review your eating habits and any medicines, vitamins or nutritional supplements you take.

    Finally you’ll discuss short- and long-term options for changes to help you:
    • Get healthy
    • Possible cause(s) for your specific health concerns
    • Options to ease your symptoms
    • Lower stress
    • Help prevent future illness

  • What kind of results can I expect?

    You’ll learn about things that you can do every day to make your health better.

    We will go beyond nutrition and body and look at how your lifestyle affects your whole self. Then we’ll develop a solution that you can put into action. One that aligns with your preferences and sets you up for success.

    Please keep in mind that there is no such thing as a miracle cure or a magic bullet; you must be willing to make healthy changes in your life. Remember, too, that it may take some time for your body to heal itself once we take away the obstacles to health – especially with health problems you’ve had for a long time.

  • Is it okay to see a Naturopathic Doctor as well as an M.D. or D.O.?

    Yes! The advice and lessons from your Naturopathic Doctor complements mainstream healthcare.

    Many people find it very effective to use the two together. We do ask you to keep your M.D. or O.D. up-to-date on your natural supplements, as well as any new eating habits or exercising regimens that you begin.

  • What is a Naturopath?

    “Although the term “naturopathy” originated in the late 19th century, the art can be traced back through Germany into Greece, to Hippocrates himself, and even beyond.

    There have always been people who understood that healing occurs naturally in the human body, when it is given what it truly needs: proper diet, pure water, fresh air, sunlight, exercise and rest.

  • What is Homeopathy?

    In the mid 1800’s one out of five American physicians in urban areas practiced homeopathy. Currently 32% of French family physicians prescribe homeopathic medicines, and in a survey in the British Medical Journal indicated that 42% of British physicians refer patients to homeopathic physicians. (Cummings, S. & Ullman, D. (1997). Everybody’s guide to homeopathic medicines: Safe and effective remedies for you and your family. New York: Tarcher/Putnam.)

    Also from this book: “By choosing the correct, individually suited homeopathic (supplement) from the plant, mineral, animal, or chemical kingdom, you can successfully stimulate the body’s own defenses… You can complement your family’s efforts toward good health with these safe… effective, inexpensive alternatives to conventional medicine.”

  • Where do you practice?

    LadyHawk Nutrition LLC is in Douglas, Michigan which is about 10 miles south of Holland, Michigan and 1 hour drive west of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. We are only 2.5 hours drive from Chicago, IL and about a 3 hour drive from Detroit. We also have an office space in Holland, MI with morning hours by appointment only.

  • Do you do House calls?

    Yes! You bet! But only in cases where the client is too ill to travel or is unable to travel for some other reason. We will have to charge for the time involved with traveling to cover gas and other expenses.

    We prefer to not drive further than two hours or 120 miles from Saugatuck, MI.

  • Do you do long distance consultations?

    Only under specific conditions. So much of our practice includes the need to see the client in person.

    We get clues to diagnosis from the color of the skin, looking at the eyes, checking the tongue and finger nails, as well as many other things that we simply can't do without being in the same room with the client. To do a long distance consultation is simply a handicap to the ability to find the causes of the discomforts of the client.

  • What if you don’t have experience with my problem or it’s too severe to help?

    We have a number of contemporaries that we can refer you to for more specialized assistance, including Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Dentists, M.D.’s and Certified Massage Technicians.

    In many cases we actually want to work with you and your Medical Doctor to make sure that they are advised of the changes you decide to make in your life, and that your supplements won’t interact negatively with any prescription medications you might be taking.

  • Will making eating changes or taking supplements conflict with prescriptions my doctor has given me?

    Some specific supplements do conflict (are contra-indicated) with certain prescription drugs. We have books and other sources that can pinpoint supplement/prescription contraindications to prevent this from happening.

    This is why we ask for your full disclosure to what you are taking, and also why we would like to make sure that you are informing your M.D., D.O., or Pharmacist of your supplements and eating changes. We are also able to talk directly to your other doctor(s) about your medications if you wish.

    Many eating changes can severely affect your prescription dosage. For instance, if a Type II Diabetic who has been taking insulin for many years decides to go on a new low carbohydrate diet they may have to monitor their insulin levels very closely.

  • What else do I need to know?

    Our services also include counseling on which dietary supplements might work best for you, including herbs, vitamins, minerals, food supplements, teas, and homeopathic remedies.

    Maggie has researched the supplement companies offered in depth, and she has a 10+ year relationship with most of them. She has been to several of their factories for tours and inspections, and knows many of the upper management personally. She was on the team of people who convinced MediHerb to offer its products in the U.S.A. and introduced them to the Standard Process family.

    We will teach you enough about natural health and supplements so that you can learn to adjust your supplements, foods, exercises, and stress relief training as you grow healthier and stronger.