FAQ

What is a Naturopathic Medicine?
What training do Naturopaths have?
What services do you offer?
Is Naturopathic Medicine safe?
How much does it cost?
Do you take insurance?

What is a Naturopathic Medicine?

Read more about Naturopathy here.

Read my blog post on this subject, found here.

Also, the Huffington Post published a nice article about Naturopaths as well. It can be found here.

What training do Naturopaths have?

Just like conventional MDs, we naturopaths attend a rigorous four-year, graduate-level medical school. We have the same science curriculum (including things like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc…) and the same diagnostic training (including physical exams, lab tests and x-rays/imaging.)

Where we are different is in the treatment methods that we learn.  Rather than learn only drugs and surgery, Naturopathic Medical school emphasizes holistic, natural and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.

nd education comparison

(see this data in table form here.)

Additionally, we are required to have over 1150 hours of direct supervised clinical training.  Here we work directly with patients, honing our skills in actually working with real people with real problems.  This is where Naturopathic Medicine shines, because often “patient’s don’t read the textbooks” and we lean how to address unique confusing cases which wont always fit into conventional diagnostic boxes.

After graduation from school, Naturopathic Doctors must pass comprehensive professional board exams to obtain state licensure as a primary care general practice doctor.  In California, Naturopaths are also required to complete continuing education requirements every 2 years in order to stay current with new research and treatments.

What services do you offer?

I am trained as a primary care doctor.  This means that I work with a wide variety of patients here in San Francisco.

Specifically though, I have additional training, expertise and interest in patients struggling with metabolic disease, putting them at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and/or diabetes.  This could be someone who is newly diagnosed with high cholesterol and doesn’t want to start taking the medication their MD recommended.  Or this could be someone who has had three heart attacks with subsequent surgeries and is looking for additional supportive care to heal from the physical (and emotional) traumas and prevent future episodes.  Or someone anywhere in between.

I work with patients at every stage in their journey to health.  While, my training and interest is in natural approaches, I know that sometime people do need medications.  If appropriate, I am happy to work collaboratively with your existing doctor(s) and your current protocol.  It would be my goal to build you up with natural medicines in order to decrease or perhaps eliminate the need for medications.

More information here.

Is Naturopathic Medicine safe? 

Absolutely yes. One of the fundamental tenets of Naturopathic medicine is “First Do No Harm.” Our commitment is to help you feel better without causing harm or enduring uncomfortable side effects. Naturopathic doctors have extensive training in the safe use of botanicals, homeopathy, and supplements. Furthermore, we are one of the few professionals trained in the interactions between natural medicines and pharmaceuticals. But it is important to keep in mind that, just because a substance is “natural” doesn’t mean it is always safe for every person.  This is why I recommend that people seek assistance from a qualified practitioner whenever using herbal or vitamin supplementation to ensure health and safety.

How much does it cost?

My rates are based on Naturopathic industry standard in San Francisco.  Please speak with me directly if you would like to learn more.

Do you take insurance?

No.  In some cases, Naturopathic visits may be eligible for use of health savings account funds, or could be counted toward ones deductible.  These details need to be worked out between you and your insurance company.  I am happy to provide you with documentation with the proper codes on it for you to submit to your insurance company. I cannot make any guarantees about coverage, so if in doubt, please contact your insurance provider directly to see about your plan.

 

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