5225 Wisconsin Ave NW #402, Washington, DC 20015, USA

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(202) 237-7000



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Review by Gayle Daniels

First, I'd like to mention that I don't believe I've ever left ANYONE a negative review in my life. It's important that other people have TRUE perspectives on their negative visit and therefore I'm now taking the time to let you know to decide for yourself. I chose to see Dr. Charlene Kannankeril because of all the reviews; however, it was a WASTE of time and money. Recently diagnosed w/a thyroid condition, I researched and also sought traditional medicine prior to meeting w/her. The sad truth is that I believe that I am more familiar w/thyroid conditions than her. Although I supplied her with lab results, she ignored them. She also NEVER even examined my thyroid. Ridiculous waste of my time and a lot of money for 1 appointment to see this doctor. My recommendation would be to find another doctor.

Review by Lindsay Conn

I am just turning 52 and feel better than I have in more years than I can recall. I owe much of this to Dr. Kannankeril's care and expertise. I cannot recommend her enough. I feel extraordinarily fortunate that she was recommended to me am confident/excited about aging with her healthcare support by my side.

Review by Jewel Belinda

Took my son here a couple of times. Had us do intense blood work and never followed up. Called to find out and asked to pay $200. Scam artist for sure and the supplements just made it all worse. Please go elsewhere. All she has is a good bed side manners and that is it . I am guessing that is her technique to lay down the scamming game

Review by Candace Habte

One of the best doctors I have ever seen. I've been going to her for years and she gets to the root of your issues, doesn't rush, and is meticulous, friendly and thorough. Because she is a naturopath (with traditional medicine credentials as well) the cost of out of pocket can be high but it was worth it to me go once or twice a year, at minimum. It's no exaggeration, but my life has changed since seeing her (weight loss, better stress management, less overall sickness, less inflammation/pain and more knowledgeable about my experience). For basic colds, etc. I go to my local clinic or deal with it myself but I highly recommend her for more serious issues with digestion and hormones and overall health check ups. Edit: Regarding other (negative) reviews... Seeing Dr. K, or any naturopath, is an investment for sure. It was definitely a financial stretch for me and my husband and we had to make sacrifices. After going to many other doctors I decided to look up an ND in DC and came across Dr. K. I not only told her about my health issues but I let her know my financial situation as well. She worked with me and I never felt pressured to buy anything. The things I did purchase were helpful to me (I know not everyone will have the same experience). And if I needed more space between appointments, because they're not cheap, then that's what I did. I no longer live in the area but I still recommend her, especially to friends and family that have unsuccessfully tried "traditional" approaches. Also it's customary to have a follow up appointment after blood work, or any tests. Most docs don't just call afterwards. It's not a scam but common practice, unless something is really wrong and even then a follow up appointment is usually warranted to give further info. While I know NIHA or no one doctor is for everyone I had a host of issues before seeing her in 2011 and she helped with each one when other doctors didn't. It can be hard finding the right provider and an ND definitely isn't for everyone, especially considering the cost, but to call an experienced, highly skilled, credentialed and compassionate provider a scammer is a bit much. Trust me I've seen "scammers" in medicine (5 min rushed visits, suprise bills, pushing invasive procedures, etc.) and Dr. K doesn't fit that bill. In fact, one thing that sets her apart, and maybe this is true for any genuine medical professional, is that she didn't want me to just rely on her. She actually wanted me to get well, stay well and be knowledgeable about my health. To this day, I am way more aware of my health needs. Of course this is her business. But I truly believe she cares about her patients' wellness, not just exploiting their illnesses, like many other providers.

Review by Sarah Mitwala

Dr. Kannankeril is a gem of a doctor! She listens like no other and is genuinely caring. She put together symptoms that my other doctors hadn’t and the blood work she ran picked up on a thyroid issue that had gone undiagnosed. Following her treatment, I got my period back for the first time in 4 years! In fact, she was the first person I called when it happened. I’m in a completely different place than when I first saw her and can’t recommend her enough. I’ve sent some of my girlfriends to her, but also my mom, which should tell you something!


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