Q: What is a naturopathic doctor?
A: A naturopathic doctor is trained as a primary care doctor to see patients of all ages for general health maintenance or any variety of conditions. NDs use safe and natural therapies as the first-line treatment and higher-force interventions (such as pharmaceutical drugs) as needed. See the Naturopathic Medicine page to learn more about the principles an ND follows.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: At this time, California NDs are not contracted with insurance companies. However, insurance companies are legally required to cover NDs as out-of-network providers. Payment is required at time of service, but the doctor will provide a superbill which can be submitted to insurance for reimbursement. Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts, offered by some insurance plans, are another option for paying for naturopathic services.
Q: Is naturopathy the same thing as homeopathy?
A: No. Homeopathy is its own system of medicine that is a part of naturopathic training. Homeopathy is used as one of the many modalities in naturopathic practice, but it is not synonymous with naturopathy. Read more about homeopathy here.
Q: Can't I just buy my supplements at Costco?
A: While there is absolutely no obligation to purchase supplements from our clinic, we do recommend choosing brands with high quality assurance. This is why we carry products in the office we know are tested, reliable and safe. Supplements are less regulated than pharmaceutical drugs, thus it is important to not just buy any old product. You want to make sure the ingredients are true to what the label says and that the products are batch-tested and come from a trustworthy company.