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 from digestive issues, to hormonal health, suspected Lyme disease, cognitive health, cardiovascular concerns, autoimmune disease, and patients just wanting to feel their best again! This includes but is not limited to: anxiety,  depression, unexplained fatigue, mild cognitive impairment, GERD, IBS, IBD, Hashimoto’s, PCOS, hypertension, kidney health, and so much more.  These conditions often overlap with other aspects of health including thyroid function, adrenal status, sex hormone balance, and emotional wellbeing.  I know and trust that the naturopathic and functional approach to health is so valuable to all conditions that I am less focused on what I treat and more consumed with who I treat; I look to partner with individuals who are open minded, willing and motivated to take actionable steps in their health, and who know they deserve more than the status quo.

In addition to standard labwork, for some patients I use specialty lab tests that offer greater insight and detail on your health.  Examples of this testing include:

  • Food sensitivity testing
  • DUTCH hormone test
  • GI MAP stool testing
  • Heavy metal testing
  • Mold  testing
  • Organic acids testing (OAT)
  • Tick-borne disease testing
  • Genetic SNP testing
  • Micronutrient testing

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.    

Yes! Prescription medications are often a very necessary and invaluable part of medicine and, as a licensed naturopathic doctor, I am trained in the responsible prescribing of them and will use prescription pharmaceuticals as medically necessary. Please note that prescriptive rights vary state by state for licensed NDs and that, in California, not all of my colleagues are able to prescribe due to the limitations of current law in place.

As a licensed naturopathic doctor in California I am able to physically examine you (including pelvic, breast, and rectal exams), 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 a 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.

Trusted resources for information about naturopathic medicine and the naturopathic education can be found through the Institute for Natural Medicine and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.