Dr. Oyama is a licensed and board certified naturopathic physician who graduated from Bastyr University. She trained in Craniosacral Therapy from Dr. Nancy Sullivan (MD, DO), and in Macrobiotic diet for Cancer treatment at Vega institute, California after which she has also taught macrobiotic cooking classes. Dr. Oyama is passionate about preventing diseases by partnering with patients to find ways to attain sustainable & optimal health. She enjoys creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient after careful evaluation. Her naturopathic treatment approach at its core relies on guiding & inspiring patients to take charge of their own health.
Dr. Oyama's unique practical approach combines comprehensive diet consultation, Craniosacral Therapy, and science based Natural Medicine to create a powerful and an effective modality which allows rapid recovery from conditions difficult to treat with conventional methods alone. Dr. Oyama loves working with women in the area of anxiety, depression, food allergy, digestive issues, acute/chronic pain, PMS, and Menopause. She also loves to work with children.
She lives in Lake Forest Park, WA with her husband, and her two children - a son, and a daughter. She is also fluent in Japanese. Dr. Oyama is a member of Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Naturopathic Medicine Frequently Asked and Answered Questions (FAQs) provide detailed answers to a wide variety of consumer questions for a prospective patient of Naturopathic Medicine. A brief overview is included here for your convenience.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique practice of medicine that emphasizes prevention and promotion of self-healing (and education of patients) with an individualized patient centered approach.
Naturopathic Medicine is based on the following foundational principles:
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
As of 2020 a naturopathic doctor (ND) is licensed to practice as a primary care physician in 22 American states, the district of Columbia, the US territories of Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and in 5 Canadian states. Most insurance companies cover naturopathic practice in the state of Washington. NDs graduate from an accredited 4 year post-graduate naturopathic medical school and undergo rigorous board certification prior to being approved a license to practice. Additional information on ND professional competencies and on how NDs are educated, trained, and certified can be found here.
NDs aim to treat underlying causes and seek opportunities to allow the body and immune system to self-heal with minimalistic intervention. NDs educate and inspire patients to take charge of their health. In Washington State NDs are authorized to prescribe legend drugs as well.
Apart from being primary care physicians, NDs can also work together with other physicians to provide coordinated care. This integrative patient-centric approach allows patients to get the best of both sides rather than having to choose between one physician or one treatment over the other.
Dr. Oyama listens to each patient’s concerns/issues in a warm and caring environment with a thoughtful work-up, and also enjoys establishing long-term relationship with her patients. Many treatment options besides annual exams and blood tests are offered for achieving each patient’s personal health goals. Bioidentical hormones are also available.
Conditions: Annual Exams, PMS, Menopause, Hormone imbalance, Acute care (i.e. Urinary tract infections, Cold, Flu, Vaginal infections, weight management, and other illness/infections), etc.
Dr. Oyama’s gentle approach to children is focused on proper diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress management, and prevention of disease. Both natural medicines such as homeopathy, botanical medicine, and counseling, and conventional medicine such as antibiotics when necessary are used in her practice. Alternative vaccine schedule consultation is available as well as well-child exam.
Conditions: Well child exam, Immunization (including alternative vaccine schedule consultation), Asthma, Eczema, Ear infections, Colds, Flu, Gastro-intestinal problems & Food allergies, etc.
A healthy diet/life style is a foundation for optimum health and key to improve any health ailments. Personalized Nutrition Counseling along with advice for a healthy lifestyle is available after evaluation of patient's diet diary.
Conditions: Balancing blood sugar, Diabetes, High cholesterol, Hypertension, Asthma, Allergies, etc.
The craniosacral area of the body refers to the membrane and cerebrospinal fluid that protects the brain and the spinal cord. Imbalances in this area could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor, and/or neurological problems. These problems can manifest as muscle weakness, chronic pain, TMJ, fatigue, strained eyes, headache, and other health issues. Craniosacral treatment reduces stress to the nerve system and enables the body's original natural healing power.
Vitamin B12 deficiency may occur in certain health conditions such as poor nutrition, vegan/vegetarian diet, stomach/intestinal problems, infection, and cancer. Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency may include irritability, weak muscles, nausea, decreased appetite, fatigue, numbness or tingling in hands and feet, etc. Untreated vitamin B12 deficiency may lead to anemia, stomach problems, nerve damage, and growth abnormalities.
Homoeopathy or homeopathic medicine is a system of alternative medicine from 1796 based on the doctrine "like cures like" attributed to the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann. An extremely diluted substance that causes the same symptoms of disease is administered to the patient. Homeopathy is FDA regulated and generally does not have the side effects of many traditional medications.
Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue, Insomnia, Migraine, Headaches, Acute/Chronic pain, High Blood pressure, Blood sugar imbalance, Obesity, Menopause, Thyroid conditions, Adrenal Fatigue, Hormonal imbalance, Allergies, Digestive issues, Irritable Bowel syndrome, Eczema, Autoimmune diseases, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Arthritis, Sinusitis, Osteoporosis, Candidiasis/Yeast, Pre & Post surgical care, Nutritional Cancer support.
Indications: Depression, Aphthous stomatitis, Asthma, Eczema, Autism, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Dermatitis, Epilepsy, Intestinal dysbiosis, Candidiasis, digestive problems, IBS, Migraine headache, Multiple sclerosis, Otitis media, Peptic ulcer, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Urticaria, ADD/ ADHD, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, PMS, Menopause.
Indications: Fibrocystic breast, Foggy thinking, Migraines, Bone/mineral loss, Ovarian cysts, Water retention, Low thyroid symptoms, Heavy/irregular menses, Belly weight gain, Tearfulness, PMS, Menopause.
Indications: Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue, Sleep disorders, Poor mental focus, ADD, ADHD, Addiction, Dependency, Low libido and sexual dysfunction, Low pain tolerance, Cravings and poor appetite control.
Indications: Family history of heart disease or diabetes, Diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes, Taking Cholesterol lowering medication, Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome, Overweight, Low HDL (Good cholesterol), High LDL (Bad cholesterol), High triglycerides, etc.
Indications: impaired cognitive, motor, and language skills, Learning difficulties, Nervousness, Emotional instability, Insomnia, Nausea, Lethargy, Fatigue, Autoimmune Diseases, etc.
Indications: digestive problems, food allergies, gastric acidity, liver/gallbladder function, presence of inflammation or neoplasm in the gut, microbial status of the colon, etc.
Indications: Diabetes, Fatigue, Mood disorders, Weight Management, Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular disease, Migraines, Hypertension, Inflammation, Women's Health, and many other common conditions.
Dr. Oyama takes time to understand the patient's root problem/s & health goals and also educates the patient on how to manage their condition and to improve their health.
You will receive a confirmation email with my name from firstname.lastname@example.org after you schedule an appointment online here. Please fill out the forms requested in the confirmation email per instructions 24 hours prior to the appointment.
What are In-Person appointments like?
Your first visit may last 60-90 minutes and follow-up appointments typically range from 20 to 40 minutes. Dr. Oyama will perform a physical exam and/or order lab tests as needed. You may also request manual therapy with an initial In-Person appointment.
What are Tele-Consult appointments like?
Your first visit may last 30-40 minutes and follow-up appointments typically range from 20 to 30 minutes. As needed Tele-Consult service can support ordering lab test/s and/or prescription/s (legend drugs and supplements). Please be advised that Tele-consult has diagnostic and treatment limitations. You may be asked to come in for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Oyama will work with you to help determine what works best for your care.
Can I talk to you before scheduling an initial In-Person or Tele-Consult appointment?
Please email/call to schedule a free 15 min In-Person/Tele-Consult consultation.
Prior to considering a consultation, please verify with your individual insurance policy on naturopathic coverage and your financial responsibilities. For your convenience you are provided questions to ask your insurance company about your coverage for naturopathic care.
Dr. Oyama currently accepts insurance as in-network provider for Aetna, Cigna, First Choice, Lifewise, Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, & United Health Care. Tele-Consult is covered by most insurance plans as well. Please verify your plan's in-network coverage terms and conditions. It is possible that insurance might not adequately cover for services rendered.
If your insurance carrier is not on the in-network provider list above, Dr. Oyama may also be able to accept insurance as an out-of-network provider if your insurance plan allows for it. Please verify from your insurance carrier whether your policy has out-of-network provider coverage and if so what the associated terms and conditions are. Your financial responsibility is typically higher with out-of-network coverage compared to in-network coverage.
Dr. Oyama can also work with you if you have no insurance coverage and offers a cash discounted rate.
Tele-consult is covered by most insurance companies with face to face video-consult and $45 /20 minutes for cash-pay patients. Tele-Consult service can support ordering lab test/s and/or prescription/s (legend drugs and supplements) as needed. Please be advised while Tele-consult could be convenient in many situations, it also has diagnostic and treatment limitations in others. You may be asked to come in for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Oyama will work with you to help determine what works best for your care.