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In-Person Consultations
Distance Consultations
Low-Intensity (“Cold”) Laser Therapy
Scar (Neural) Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

In-Person Consultations

For those who live in Tucson and the surrounding areas, Dr. Smith offers in-person naturopathic visits. After a thorough initial intake (45 minutes), Dr. Smith then prescribes a treatment plan, which may consist of a combination of lifestyle changes, nutrition, supplements, labs, and prescription medication as needed. Follow-ups are recommended to check on progress and adjust treatment. Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Distance Consultations

For people who live too far away from Dr. Smith to come to his office, Dr. Smith offers distance consultations over phone or Skype. It is important for distance consultation clients to know that if an in-person visit is not completed, then no doctor-patient relationship is established.

This means that Dr. Smith is only giving advice as to what he would do in a given situation and is not prescribing treatment. It also means that Dr. Smith cannot prescribe medications for distance clients, including hormone replacement therapy. We suggest that you always establish a doctor-patient relationship with a physician in your area for proper in-person examinations as necessary.

To set up a distance consultation, please contact us.

Low Intensity (“Cold”) Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy, also known by other terms including Low Intensity Laser therapy, Low Level Laser therapy, soft laser therapy, and photobiostimulation, is a relatively new technology. It offers a non-invasive, pain-free treatment option to patients instead of the commonly prescribed painkillers, cortisone injections, epidurals, and surgery. In short, cold lasers stimulate tissue to heal faster and better than it would have on its own.

Dr. Mark Stengler, a naturopathic physician. author of 17 books (including three bestsellers), and author of one of the nation’s largest natural health newsletters—Bottom Line Natural Healing–utilizes cold laser therapy in his practice and wrote the following article about it: “Lasers That Relieve Pain, Lasers That Heal”

If you have a certain health condition and would like to see some of the scientific research that has been done on that condition, please feel free to search through the Laser Research Library.

In our practice, we utilize our Meditech BioFlex lasers in 2 ways:

  1. Broad coverage of large areas to stimulate changes in the tissue
  2. Stimulating acupuncture and/or trigger points (without needles)

Cold lasers are widely use for treatment of:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

Over 4000 studies have been conducted in recent years to validate the effectiveness of cold laser therapy. Our BioFlex cold laser systems are cleared by the FDA.

The Benefit of Cold Lasers include:

  • Extremely safe
  • Non-toxic, non-Invasive, no side effects or pain
  • Cost effective while being highly effective in treating ailments
  • Superior alternative to pain medications
  • Reduces the need for surgery, speeds recovery after surgery
  • Works synergistically with other modalities like chiropractic, acupuncture, and physical therapy (Dr. Smith’s suggestion is that if you combine them on the same day, do the laser therapy FIRST)

Dr. Smith offers a free 30-minute consultation for those interested in Cold Laser therapy for their condition. Laser treatments may last 30-60 minutes depending on the condition treated. To schedule a consult and treatment, please contact us.

Scar (Neural) Therapy

“Scar Therapy” is a branch of Neural Therapy. Procaine (aka novocaine), often combined with other compounds, is injected superficially into scars. This can accomplish many positive things with the scar (whether new or old): decreasing numbness or hypersensitivity/pain associated with the scar, “loosening” or “softening” the scar tissue, increasing blood flow to the area(s), and/or returning the scar to one’s “normal” skin color. Click here to read a study comparing patient satisfaction values for musculoskeletal diseases between Neural Therapy and conventional medicine.

Speeding the healing after surgery is the best way to minimize scar tissue and other post-surgical issues. Low-intensity (aka “cold” laser) is an incredible modality for accomplishing this. For pain after the surgical scar has healed, Dr. Smith utilizes a superficial injection technique called scar therapy, a version of neural therapy, to address issues left over after the surgery. These issues can include numbness, tingling, , discoloration of the scar, and others.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor (NMD)?
NOTE: “NMD” is a designation only used in Arizona. In other states that license naturopathic physicians, the proper designation is “ND”. In states that do not license naturopathic physicians, there are no regulations on the ND or NMD designation. Buyer beware, many so-called NDs have correspondence course degrees and may or may not have any medical training at all.

Naturopathic physicians are licensed primary care physicians in the state of Arizona. Their education for the first two years of the four-year accredited graduate medical school program requires the standard study of the biomedical sciences—including anatomy, physiology, neurology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cardiology, minor surgery, and others—while the second two years emphasize clinical education in natural therapeutics, or what many people today know as “complementary/integrative/alternative medicine”.

NMDs in Arizona are licensed to diagnose disease, predict its course, and prescribe treatments. Through evaluation of the whole person, naturopathic physicians treat each patient individually using naturopathic treatments which may include nutritional counseling, physical manipulation, herbal medicine, homeopathy, minor surgery, injection therapies, traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture, and other modalities. NMDs are licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medications and may choose to prescribe drugs or refer to other health care providers over using natural therapies in certain situations.

How are NMDs and MDs different?
The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and the therapies used. NMDs treat patients as individuals by addressing the biochemical, nutritional, environmental, lifestyle, and emotional aspects of health. This allows naturopathic physicians to find and treat the cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies. In contrast, conventional physicians generally address and treat the symptoms of disease, rather than the source of the illness, and regularly prescribe and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery.

When should I visit a Naturopathic physician?
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of any type, an initial appointment is definitely suggested—even if you have already seen your conventional physician–and particularly if you are wary of following the treatment plan you have been prescribed (antibiotics, cortisone shots, or surgery are common examples). In many cases, an alternative path can be pursued, however, if Dr. Smith believes that the conventional treatment you have been prescribed is the right path to take for the moment, he will definitely tell you and most often give suggestions to help manage or eliminate potential side-effects. While not every disease can be completely resolved, nearly every person’s symptoms can be reduced and quality of life improved through simple changes.

For example, with musculoskeletal pain or arthritic joints, the simple elimination of four specific foods from the diet can provide incredible pain relief! This may be hard for some to believe, but these foods have snuck their way into comprising a full one-fourth of the standard American diet! As much of what I do as a naturopathic physician is true “preventative medicine,” as in stopping disease processes before they start, I suggest that people visit as soon as possible.

It has been said that by the time a typical cancer is “discovered” it has already been growing for at least 10 years! This means that many, many things could have been done earlier in order to help the body stop the progress of (or possibly even reverse!) the disease. I believe that the largest three areas in maintaining long-term health and preventing future disease are proper nutrition, proper exercise/movement, and stress management. Very few will even begin to argue this, yet these subjects are not often the subject of conversation between most people and their physician. I bring these items to the forefront of your treatment.

Who is Dr. Garrett Smith?
Dr. Smith is your best partner on your journey towards better health. In combination with his na-
turopathic degree, Dr. Smith is highly educated and regarded in the areas of clinical nutrition, nutritional supplements, low-level (“cold”) laser therapy, energy medicine, and physical exercise. Dr. Smith’s background has proven especially valuable in the areas of digestive/gastrointestinal disorders, blood sugar issues, adrenal fatigue, body fat reduction / weight loss, pain management, thyroid disorders, and hormone imbalances. No matter what health issues you are having, Dr. Smith has techniques and treatments that will help you improve your general health and feel better. If Dr. Smith feels you need a different practitioner or therapy, you can always trust that he will find you a referral to the best of his ability.