We are an integrative, naturopathic medical clinic in Boulder, Colorado and the only one of its kind in the area. We have four naturopathic doctors on staff. Our naturopathic doctors are all graduates of CNME accredited post-doctorate naturopathic colleges. Dr. Kelly and Steve Parcell completed internships with medical doctors after graduating from Bastyr University where they met. Both Kelly and Steve Parcell have been practicing for over 20 years. Dr. Denise Clark spent over eight years working with the top Lyme disease medical doctor in the country until he retired. She is now considered the top expert in the state of Colorado. Dr. Sheila Beades is our integrative/naturopathic oncologist. She has dedicated all of her postgraduate learning to oncology and is passionate about her work. Dr. Landrey Fagan is the medical doctor we have on staff. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School and is passionate about patient centered care.

Our Naturopathic Philosophy

Therapeutic Order
The Naturopathic Therapeutic Order

Every person has their own unique medical history childhood exposures, eating habits and genetic tendencies.  It is our job to find the underlying cause of your medical complaints and concerns.  We work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that will offer the greatest benefit within your budget. By addressing the underlying cause of disease, we can optimize health, extend your “health span” and help you avert expensive medical procedures and illnesses. Your benefit is disease prevention and peace of mind. We will spend the time it takes to answer all your questions and develop a detailed, long-term treatment plan that addresses all your health concerns.

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae) Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent sel f-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam) The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere) Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

  1. Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
  2. Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
  3. Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere) Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.

Prevention Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.


What Makes NatureMed Unique?

We “bridge the gap” between conventional and alternative medicine. We are experts in naturopathic, alternative, functional, complementary, integrative and holistic medicine. This training and experience allows us to provide the best of both worlds. We offer prescriptions as well as nutritional and herbal therapies to achieve results. We work together in the clinic as a team with the other medical providers to give comprehensive care. We work with other medical providers and specialists in the greater Denver area and frequently comanage cases with them.  NatureMed is the largest medical doctor/naturopathic doctor collaboration practice in the United States. We are family owned and founded in 2005.

Individual doctor bios can be found under the “about us” tab.

More FAQs: About Us

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed in 26 states.[1]  It is a smaller lesser known profession and the loss different depending on the state.  In some states the scope is very broad which includes primary care prescription drugs even minor surgery and other states that it is more restricted. Naturopathic doctors therapeutic order starting from the least invasive to the most invasive.  An example of this would be the foundations of health first, various natural medicines second, consider prescriptions if that does not work and then surgery would be a final step.  Naturopathic doctors are trained in Western diagnosis and often run more lab work and diagnostic procedures to get an accurate diagnosis then conventional doctors.  Expect an individualized approach and a personalized treatment plan that is highly targeted.

The six principles of Naturopathic medicine are:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
  • Identify and Treat the Cause of disease (Tolle Causam)
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
  • Treat the Whole Person
  • Prevention

[1] Sleep, nutrition, exercise, spiritual health, mental health, stress management. For more information go to this map of states.

There are two types of naturopathic providers. One type is non-doctors which are called “traditional naturopaths”, and they do not go to a federally recognized naturopathic medical school or take board exams. They have a similar philosophy but are not medical and are not licensed to practice medicine or call themselves doctors. They were grandfathered in because naturopathic medicine started in the 1800s.

The second type of naturopathic providers are the ones that go to a full-time four or five-year program after a pre med undergrad degree. All of the NDs at NatureMed are of this level of training. The first two years are virtually identical to a typical medical doctor curriculum taught by doctors. We take all the typical medical school courses including nine months of cadaver dissection and courses identical to traditional medical school such as:

    1. Anatomy (1yr)
    2. Biochemistry (1yr)
    3. Physiology (1yr)
    4. Clinical diagnosis (2 yr)
    5. Clinical laboratory medicine (1yr)
    6. Histology (1yr)
    7. Neurology (1 yr)
    8. Pharmacology (1 yr)

Additionally, the following courses are taken: cardiology, emergency medicine, medical procedures, minor surgery, pediatrics, urology, and sports medicine. There are less credits in surgery and pharmacology (drugs) and a lot more on botanical medicine, nutrition, how to be healthy, physiotherapy, and counseling. Naturopathic doctors have the equivalent credits to a master’s degree in nutrition.

Every person is unique, and we work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that will offer the greatest benefit. By addressing the underlying cause of disease, we can optimize health, extend your “health span” and help you avert expensive medical procedures and illnesses. Your benefit is disease prevention and peace of mind. We will spend the time it takes to answer all your questions and develop a detailed, long-term treatment plan that addresses all of your health concerns. We may do a physical exam if necessary. Achieving your health and medical goals is the #1 priority.

The Colorado Medical Society (CMS) prohibits anyone except MD/DO’s and NPs to provide primary care medicine to the public here. Simply put, it’s a turf war. If you want this to change let your legislators know how you feel about it. Ask for the care you want here.

In addition, we are not contracted with insurance companies, nor do we have 24 hour phone coverage.

Although Dr. Fagan comes from the conventional medical model, she has great respect for the naturopathic principles. She mainly takes care of the prescriptive needs of patients. She will get a full medical history and address your concerns in a compassionate and detailed way. She is highly skilled in longevity medicine, autoimmune disease, family medicine, and pharmacotherapy. She does not function as a primary care provider at NatureMed clinic. We work in tandem to optimize care for our patients.

No, we cannot do that because we can not accept insurance. We also do not have 24-hour phone coverage. And finally, this is also a turf war among the Colorado Medical Society, so if you would like to voice your opinion to your state legislator here perhaps this could change with your voice being heard.

FAQs: Insurance

Naturopathic medicine is not recognized by insurance companies in the state of Colorado or by the federal government so no we do not.  Additionally, much of what we do is not covered. You can use an HSA or flexible spending account for services.

No, naturopathic medicine and the care we give at NatureMed is not recognized as standard of care by the federal government. In addition, we are not interested in the insurance companies dictating what time we spend with patients and what we can offer you for care.

It’s turf war politics for the Colorado Medical Society and if you are interested in getting your voice heard you can go here to send a message to your legislator

Yes, if you are under 65 and not on Medicaid we will have the lab bill your insurance. You do not need to go to your PCP to get the lab work done. Always remember that our direct to patient pricing is much cheaper than going direct to the lab.

FAQs: Costs/Pricing

First time visits (60-90 minutes) are $550.

Return visits are based upon time (15-90 minutes) $61-$360.

We do in person and virtual visits.

You can always call for more details on pricing.

Because we do individualized, targeted treatment and care the cost is quite variable. It completely depends on your situation.

This completely depends. A low to medium complexity case might be two to four times a year.

Some of our doctors may offer a brief visit when there is time in the schedule. We have extensive information about each of our doctors on the website to help you know who you will be seeing. Please call our office for more information.

FAQs: Communication

Once you are a patient, you will have a patient portal to communicate with your providers through messaging.  We ask that patients communicate with simple questions pertinent to the most recent visit for clarification or general guidance only. We will not give treatment recommendations here. Our doctors are not always on the portal outside of office hours, so if there are urgent needs we ask patients to call the clinic at 303-884-7557. The administration staff cannot answer medical questions.

FAQs: Intravenous Treatments

Please refer to our IV page for this.

Please refer to our IV page for this.

This will depend on the amount of fluid in the bag and the concentration of ingredients. It also may depend on your own personal tolerance. Iron and glutathione are 30 to 60 minutes depending on dose. A Myers cocktail is 45 minutes to an hour.

IV therapy is not covered by insurance. We do not do any insurance billing at NatureMed clinic.

We only give certain IV treatments to patients, such as iron, high dose Vitamin C, Mistletoe and Chelation. These treatments require lab testing and other details. We do have IV treatments that are generally considered safe for people to have such as nutrient bags called the Myers Cocktail, low dose Vitamin C, etc. Although these are safe, it is important to always check with your doctor before having IV treatments.

Our nurses are IV certified and trained in this field. Additionally we have done advanced training in the field of IV therapy and have been doing it for over 23 years. We are one of the only clinics using sterile techniques when it comes to IV therapy preparation and administration and are considered experts in this field.

More Information and Resources

Hours: Monday – Thursday 9-5pm, Friday 9-3pm

Learn More about Naturopathic Medicine in Colorado: http://www.coloradond.org/

Learn more about Naturopathic Medicine in the USA: http://www.naturopathic.org/

Read about Naturopathic Medicine in the Journal of Family Practice: Naturopathic Medicine: What Can Patients Expect?