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  • Why choose Connecticut Natural Medicine?
    At Connecticut Natural Medicine every patient is treated with kindness, courtesy and enough time to develop a treatment plan individualized to address their health concerns. We value the doctor-patient relationship and seek to empower our patients with knowledge and support.
  • Where are you located?
    We are located at: 105 West Rd, Ste 6 Ellington, CT 06029
  • How can I get in touch with you?
    You can call us at (860) 454-7029 or email
  • What is acupuncture therapy?
    Acupuncture is a form of medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.
  • Is acupuncture painful?
    One misconception about acupuncture is that it hurts, and this is a reason that some people don’t want to try acupuncture. The treatment isn’t meant to hurt, though you may experience some sensations during your treatment.
  • Should I do acupuncture therapy if I’m afraid of needles?
    You should still try acupuncture even if you are afraid of needles. Acupuncture uses thin, solid metal needles to penetrate the skin about the size of a piece of hair. Acupuncture needles have a round edge so they don’t cut the skin. Acupuncture is beneficial in many ways including calming anxiety. You may find that the treatment calms your aversion to needles.
  • What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the practice of breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. Learn more about HBOT here.
  • How does HBOT work?
    By manipulating the pressure and the percentage of oxygen your body is exposed to, hyperbaric will increase the absorption of oxygen into your plasma and ultimately the amount delivered to your cells. Oxygen gets delivered to the cells, which is critical for healing and recovery.
  • Is HBOT safe?
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well established treatment for decompression sickness and has since been determined to be beneficial for many other conditions.
  • How long does a typical HBOT session last?
    A typical hyperbaric oxygen therapy session lasts 1-2 hours.
  • What is IV infusion therapy?
    Intravenous nutrition that replenishes your body’s essential nutrients allowing you to nourish yourself more efficiently and effectively than if you were to hydrate orally. By going directly into the bloodstream your body can absorb and immediately utilize 100% of the vitamins, minerals and/or oxygen.
  • What are the benefits of IV infusion therapy?
    The benefits will differ depending on the IV cocktail that you receive, however, IV therapy can help with anti-aging, allergies/asthma, chronic fatigue, detoxification, enhance energy, focus, hangover, headaches/migraines, hydration, immune enhancement, longevity, Lyme Disease symptoms, and can improve a patient’s quality of life while undergoing cancer treatments
  • Is IV infusion therapy safe?
    While IV therapy is generally safe, like all medical treatments, there are some contraindications. Our physician will meet with you prior, to confirm that you do not have any contraindications that would prevent you from receiving the specific IV type you are inquiring about.
  • What is naturopathic medicine?
    Naturopathic medicine focuses on natural remedies for healing. Naturopathic doctors are recognized as specialists trained in natural approaches to treat the cause of disease. Using lifestyle medicine, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic remedies and nutrition, our goal is to help the body help itself. Experts in natural medicine are trained as primary care doctors who are licensed to diagnose disease, order labs and images as needed. Our naturopathic physicians use noninvasive, non-toxic and non-addictive approaches to healthcare and believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself if given the right environment.
  • Does your practice accept insurance?
    No. We can give you a superbill to self submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement, but we recommend that you reach out to your insurance company first to see what they cover for naturopath treatments prior to scheduling an appointment if you are concerned about costs.
  • Why don’t you accept insurance?
    Insurance is generally great at covering urgent matters, but beyond urgent care, the insurance model is severely lacking and is not designed to have your best health options in mind. The model is not designed to find the cause of the disease or illness and treat that specifically, rather it often waits until you are so sick you require medications to treat symptoms. Insurance does not reimburse at a rate that allows a naturopathic office to cover all expenses and devote the time to your quality care. We do not agree with the control insurance companies have over individual healthcare and how they refuse to see the value in keeping you healthy because they benefit much more when they just manage your symptoms.
  • Do naturopathic physicians prescribe medication?
    No. Naturopathic and functional medicine doctors try to minimize the need for medications by treating the underlying causes of disease and illness and deficiencies with supplements, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other healthier treatment options. It can take a long time and a lot of work on behalf of the doctors to determine the best course of treatment, something that can not be done in a simple 15 minute appointment. A naturopathic physician will normally spend an extensive amount of time with each patient getting to know them, their life story and medical history. All of these things play a part in your health and recovery. While conventional medicine is very good at treating urgent matters or emergencies, naturopathic physicians are well trained in regards to engaging emergency care and making referrals to specialists when needed. They do not hesitate to provide the patient with the best possible care even if that means stepping back from their roll to bring a specialist in for further care.
  • What are your certifications, licenses, and education?
    Dr. Sarah Schindler, ND, MS, IFMCP, LMT-Medical Director- Doctorate, University of Bridgeport, School of Naturopathic Medicine Master of Science in Nutrition, University of Bridgeport Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Northeastern University, Boston, MA The Institute for Functional Medicine Sudharma Institute-Birth & Postpartum Doula Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Newington, CT Dr. Monica Benco, D-TCM, L.Ac Bachelor of Religious Studies, University of New Mexico Certified Yoga Instructor Doctorate, Traditional Chinese Medicine, University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute Dr. Jennah Bakke, ND Bachelor of Psychology, University of Montana Doctorate, University of Bridgeport, School of Naturopathic Medicine
  • What kind of treatments does naturopathic medicine include?
    Naturopathic medicine can include many therapies including herbs, massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, exercise, IV therapies, supplements, sauna, plunge tubs, oxygen therapies and more.
  • How does naturopathic medicine differ from traditional (allopathic) medicine?
    While allopathy selectively targets the symptoms of a disease, naturopathic medicine believes in taking a whole body approach to treatment and finding the root cause of illness; it takes into consideration the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. One large philosophy of naturopathic medicine is: remove the “garbage” or what is poisoning the body, this can be foods, heavy metals, infections etc…and give the body what it needs: Whole foods, water, sunshine, fresh air, exercise and it will innate heal! For this reason, you will often find that your Naturopathic appointments are much longer and more in depth than Allopathic medicine as it takes longer to get to the root cause than it does to treat symptoms and prescribe a medication.
  • What conditions can be treated with naturopathic medicine?
    Some conditions the Connecticut Natural Medicine doctors focus on are: Infertility PCOS Endometriosis Menstrual irregularities, hormone imbalance and menopause Chronic pain & Chronic fatigue Lyme disease and tick-borne illness Thyroid disease Gut dysfunction including SIBO Adrenal health Anxiety, stress & depression Autoimmune disease Asthma, allergies, eczema
If you have a question you don’t see answered here, please get in touch and our team will happily assist! Call us at (860) 454-7029 or email
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