The Essentials Program

The Essentials Program is designed for patients who are ready to learn new skills and take action to create health for themselves and their families. The program combines extended visit time with your doctor, comprehensive and individualized care, resources and support, and VIP access to advanced testing and natural medicines. The program length is approximately 6-8 months depending on the schedule that best meets your needs.

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8 – Appointments with Dr. DeFrancesco including:

  • 1 – 60 Minute Functional Medicine Initial Consultation
  • 1 – 60 Minute Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultation
  • 4 – 60 Minute Functional Medicine Follow Up Consultations (Including Acupuncture as recommended)
  • 2 – Dedicated Appointments For Acupuncture Treatments


  • Comprehensive Case Evaluation
  • Physical Exams, Including Nutritional Physical
  • Medical Case Review of Past Records and Tests
  • Individualized Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Program
  • Video Interpretation of Lab Results
  • Customized Program Design, Nutritional Therapy, & Natural Medicines


  • New Patient Orientation Packet
  • Lifestyle Education Program Binder
  • Email Access to Your Clinician for 6 Months
  • Secure Online Portal where you can manage your appointments, view your health records, and request refills.
  • Lifetime Access to Web Resources and Updates
  • Attend Any Live Workshop for 1 Year or ONLINE Webinar for LIFE
  • Special Gifts & Surprises (Because we believe your health journey should be fun!)


We're committed to enhancing your access to the services, laboratory testing, and medicines you need through transparent and affordable pricing. We provide labs and supplements at our cost - no markup - and pass the savings on to you.

  • Conventional blood tests may be covered by your insurance provider or ordered through our direct pay partner at up to 80% off standard lab prices.
  • Direct pricing on functional lab tests.
  • Premium, medical-grade supplements and natural medicines at up to 35% off retail pricing.
  • Refill recommended supplements online and have them shipped directly to your door.

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Portland Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist - Dr. Sara DeFrancesco
Wow, a smart and compassionate doctor AND an acupuncturist? Dr. DeFrancesco has so much to offer just about any patient. Her fun and sassy spirit is a rare gem in the medical industry. I highly recommend her.

When people seek health care, they are seeking answers. No one wants to get tossed between practitioners and wind up with no root cause to their concerns or to just be told to take a medication. Dr. Sara is an incredibly detail-oriented practitioner who wants to make her current patients her former patients as efficiently and timely as possible, by helping them get and STAY well! As a busy, high-stressing individual, I try to be proactive in staying well, before anything goes wrong with my health, and Dr. Sara is the perfect doctor for this task! She leaves no leaf unturned!

She’s vibrant, smart, and committed to helping people regain and restore their health! Dr. Sara absolutely rocks!

Dr. DeFrancesco is spectacular. She is a talented, thoughtful, and supportive doctor. She makes healthy living and wellness fun and accessible. The combination of naturopathy and acupuncture is not to be missed. I highly recommend her for any and all healthcare needs. I found that she always had simple tips to improve whatever health situation and she was very informative and knowledgeable.

Feel like somebody new tomorrow.