Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept Health insurance?
I am an out of network provider with all insurances. This means that I do not directly bill health insurances for services. I will provide you with a superbill that has the insurance codes on it and you can submit it to your insurance for potential reimbursement. This allows me to work exclusively for you to deliver the highest level of personalized care. You will benefit with personalized care, detailed attention, and longer visit times to ensure that every need is covered without compromise.
I do fee for service and payment is due at time of service.
Depending on what insurance plan you have, laboratory tests that I order may be covered. I work with laboratories that will bill your insurance directly. During our visit we can discuss the best options for lab tests based on what is needed at the time and what will provide the best insurance coverage.
What Type of Payment do you accept?
Types of payment I accept: Preferred payment is either cash or check. I do accept debit card and credit card as well.
What should I Expect at my first appointment?
At your first office appointment I spend a majority of the time getting to know you which is why first office appointments are 90 minutes. Some things we will discuss include what you would like to address during the visit, your health history, family health history, social history, medications and supplements you are taking, allergies, laboratory tests already performed, and imaging already performed. I will also ask about what your health goals are so we can create a treatment plan together with these goals in mind. Pertinent physical exams will be performed as well. If there is a need to order laboratory tests or imaging, these will also be ordered at this time. I will then provide you with a treatment plan that you can start right away. For more information about naturopathic medicine as a treatment modality, please visit the naturopathic medicine page.
What should I Expect at my follow-up appointments?
Two different appointment times are offered depending on what we are addressing:
30 minute follow-up appointments
30 minute follow-up appointments are offered when we are reviewing laboratory tests ordered from a previous visit, reviewing imaging ordered from a previous visit, or checking in on how an already established treatment plan is going that needs minimal or no further adjusting.
60 minute follow-up appointments
60 minute follow-up appointments are offered when we are addressing new health concerns, checking in on how an already established treatment plan is going that needs considerable adjusting, or are addressing multiple health concerns. I may perform pertinent physical exams, order more laboratory tests or imaging, adjust a previous treatment plan, and re-visit your health goals.
Can Naturopathic Physicians order medications?
Yes, naturopathic physicians in the state of Washington can prescribe many of the same medications that medical doctors prescribe. Naturopathic physicians are able to prescribe and manage most prescription medications taken by patients. There are a few specific medications classified as “scheduled” drugs that naturopathic physicians are not able to prescribe most of which are very addicting and have serious adverse side effects. If you have a health concern and are wondering if I can prescribe a certain medication, or if you are already taking medications and would like to know if I can manage them, please call the clinic and I would be happy to discuss this with you.
Can Naturopathic Physicians order labs and Imaging?
Yes, Naturopathic physicians can order the laboratory tests and imaging you may need to help with diagnosis or treatment of your health concern. Laboratory testing includes blood tests, stool tests, urine tests, breath tests, and many other types of laboratory tests. Imaging testing includes X-rays, CTs, and MRIs, as well as other imaging tests available. If you have any questions about specific types of lab or imaging tests I can order please call the clinic and I would be happy to discuss this with you.
Can you be my Primary Care Doctor?
Naturopathic Physicians are trained as primary care doctors and can be your primary care providers. However, because I am specializing in specific areas that I have had additional training in and that I feel I can help you with the most, I am not seeing clients as a primary care doctor. I will communicate with your primary care doctors when appropriate so that all providers are on the same page and to make sure that you are getting the best care that you can get. If you currently do not have a primary care provider and are looking for one I would be happy to recommend someone for you.
Do you see children?
My practice is a specialty practice, and although I do not focus on pediatrics I am happy to see children who need help with any of the specialties I do offer! If your child is needing help with digestive complaints, hormone imbalances, sleep disturbances, mental and emotional support then please give me a call and we can see if I am a good fit. Other things I can help your child with include nutritional advice and preventive health. For more information please call my office.
What should I expect During an acupuncture appointment?
This treatment is currently not being offered, but will be added in the future. Stay tuned! To learn more about this treatment modality please visit the five element acupuncture page.
What should I expect during a constitutional hydrotherapy appointment?
During a constitutional hydrotherapy session you can expect to spend about 50 minutes lying on a comfortable massage table covered with a sheet and warm blankets in a calm environment. I will ask you questions about your health history, goals, and any concerns you have. Alternating hot and cold wet towels will be placed on your bare chest, abdomen, and back at specific times while you are still covered with a sheet and blankets. Then, the low-volt sine wave machine will also be turned on at specific times. The hot towel is usually very comfortable for people. The cold towel can sometimes cause a little gasp at first, but your body will soon start to warm the cold towel and you should find yourself relaxing as your body responds to the treatment. The low-volt sine wave is turned up to your own comfort and may feel like a mild tingling on the back and abdomen as the nerves and organs are activated. You may end up drifting off to sleep during the session and wake up feeling calm yet energized. Relaxed and at the same time vital. To learn more about this treatment modality please visit the constitutional hydrotherapy page.