PNWIM is the practice of Dr. Heather Buckle, a naturopathic doctor who provides specialized support for chronic gastroenterology issues (GI). Dr. Buckle has spent the past several years, serving thousands of patients with GI conditions including IBS, SIBO, fructose malabsorption, chronic reflux (GER), eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE), Crohn’s, colitis, and everything in between. During this time, she has gained extensive expertise in helping to manage these conditions and improve health and function for her patients.
In her practice, Dr. Buckle and her team come across many patients who have been battling chronic GI issues. Often, attempts have been made to manage symptoms without fully uncovering the cause. Dr. Buckle has helped guide many patients to the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment to tackle even the most chronic concerns. She has extensive experience in managing symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, excessive gas and bloating, nausea, reflux, and difficulty swallowing. She can help you by combining the best natural healing agents (including supplements, dietary, and lifestyle recommendations), along with prescribing medications when necessary. This integrative approach not only manages symptoms and helps patients feel better, but it also gets at the root cause, with the goal of healing the GI tract, to improve long-term function.
Do you accept my insurance provider?
Yes, these are the insurance plans contracted: Molina, United HealthCare, Regence, Premera, Cigna, First Choice, Kaiser Permanente (PPO only). Although Dr. Buckle has contracts with these insurance providers, all plans are different. Please verify that you have benefits to see a naturopathic doctor by making a quick call to your insurance plan.
NOTE: Naturopathic doctors are unable to contract with Medicare plans currently.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. Dr. Buckle received an ND degree from Bastyr University in 2008. NDs diagnose, prevent, and treat acute and chronic illness to restore and establish optimal health by supporting the body’s inherent self-healing process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness and develop personalized treatment plans to address them
What is integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Employing a personalized strategy that considers the patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances, it uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and disease and help people regain and maintain optimum health.
How do I make an appointment?
The easiest way is to use the “book now” button on the website. You may also call the clinic to schedule.
Do you work with children?
Yes. For the past six years, Dr. Buckle has worked as a pediatric gastroenterologist in a gastroenterology specialty clinic. She can help you get to the root cause of your child’s IBS and get them back to feeling like a kid again.
How do you see patients?
Due to Covid-19, Dr. Buckle sees patients exclusively via telemedicine. Special arrangements can be made if she deems that a patient absolutely needs a physical exam.
Do you see patients via Telemedicine?
Yes. Dr. Buckle uses doxy.me, a real time audio/visual platform, for seeing patients virtually. A link is sent with the appointment reminder the day before. You can log on with a computer or phone. Please make sure you are not driving for the entirety of the visit.
Who do I contact about billing questions?
COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures
Due to Covid-19, Dr. Buckle is seeing patients exclusively via telemedicine, with few exceptions. If she deems that a patient absolutely needs a physical exam, the patient will wait in the parking lot until their appointment time and will be invited up via text. No patients will be waiting in the waiting room. Ample time will be given between patients to allow for air circulation, in addition to rigorous cleaning of the exam room and other surfaces.