Are your services covered by insurance?
California has inconsistent insurance coverage. Coverage will depend on what insurance policy and plan you purchased. I recommend calling your insurance company to understand your coverage and policy. Patients have received partial to full reimbursements from various insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross/Shield, Cigna, etc. although there is no guarantee that your visit will be covered. Typically, standard labs are covered and occasionally specialty testings are partially covered. We are “Out of Network” and you will want to ask your insurance provider what the coverage is for these types of office visits. I will provide a “superbill” (insurance document) upon request and will do what I can to help you get reimbursed.
To learn more about naturopathic insurance coverage in California, you can visit this site.
Are you a “real” doctor?
The short answer is YES, I am a “real” doctor! A licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). A naturopathic doctor takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice doctor.
What do you primarily use for treatment?
I work with each patient to determine what treatment works best for their health and lifestyle. In general I use specific vitamin/mineral therapy, diet, lifestyle changes (exercise, meditation, etc), botanical medicine, and sometimes homeopathy. I also refer out to other health professionals (medical specialists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, etc.).