Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to common questions and decide
if working with me is right for you
I work with all adult ages and most diagnoses and concerns and am motivated to work with individuals who want to make the most of their life. Some of my favorite areas to work with include mild-moderate mood disorders, digestive issues, fatigue and stress, hormone support, and reducing the need for non-essential medications.
In California, insurance companies are not mandated to cover naturopathic medical care (a few states, including WA and OR, provide insurance coverage for licensed NDs). For private insurance companies, I can provide you documentation of services rendered for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. More information can be found here. For Medicare patients, there is unfortunately no reimbursement possible for naturopathic services at this time. Both of these issues are actively being worked on by state and national naturopathic associations.
Prescription medications are often a very necessary and invaluable part of medicine and, as a licensed ND, I am trained in the responsible prescribing of them. Prescriptive rights of NDs vary state by state, however, and in California ND’s must work with an MD in order to prescribe most medications. At this time I am limited to the prescription of hormones as medically appropriate, and will be able to prescribe additional medications in the near future.
As a licensed naturopathic doctor in California I am able to physically examine you, order lab work and diagnostic imaging, diagnose you, and treat you, just as any doctor you are familiar with can do.
My license also helps to designate me from traditional naturopaths or other “natural medicine” providers who have not gone through the four years of post-graduate training necessary for licensure. While likely well-intentioned, traditional naturopaths may have had minimal hours of instruction from an online program and have not had the medical education or clinical experience that enables them to diagnose and treat patients as outlined above.
Twenty-two states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands currently license or regulate NDs. In states without licensure or regulation, ‘naturopathic doctor’ is not a protected term and thus there is no clear way to designate practitioners from accredited, doctorate-level programs with clinical training versus those from online certificate programs, or no training at all. If you are unsure of the credentials of a naturopathic practitioner, be sure to check if they have graduated from one of the seven accredited naturopathic institutions.
As a naturopathic doctor I am trained and licensed to be your primary care provider, however, I ask that you retain a separate PCP while working with me. This also makes the most financial sense for you. A PCP is responsible for ensuring regular screening exams and basic preventative health measures are met, and these may become an out of pocket expense when preformed by me. Your PCP also serves as a point of contact for emergencies and emergent conditions, which my office is not set up for. My goal in working with you is to dive deeper into the aspects of your health and I consider myself a specialist in integrative medicine in this role. As part of my care, however, I will also check-in with you regarding the status of screening exams, and can address acute care needs such as treating a cold or infection.