What is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?
Naturopathic Doctors attend a 4-year accredited naturopathic medical program and complete 2 rounds of board exams called the NPLEX I and II. After passing these exams, they are licensed Naturopathic Doctors. NDs are required to complete yearly Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements to maintain licensure. They have the option of continuing their training through residency, as I have done. Upon graduation from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) I then completed a 2-year general medicine residency at SCNM as well before starting my private practice.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not accept insurance. Upon request for my patients established in Arizona (NOT online consultations out-of-state or international) I can provide a superbill with CPT and ICD-10 codes that can be submitted to insurance. I am not governed by the dictates of insurance companies and am able to provide more individualized and targeted care in part due to being a cash-pay practice. Just as you hire specialists to help you in all aspects of life, I am a specialist to help you get optimally healthy. :)
What should I expect if working with you as a patient in ARIZONA?
An initial intake is 60-90 minutes and can be done in-office or virtually. However, I always recommend you come in office for your first visit so that I can perform the initial physical exam. We spend that time discussing your health in great detail and I review your intake form in depth. I'll typically order labs and discuss treatment options the day of your visit, but a more comprehensive plan will be made at your follow-up after more information is gathered. All plans are comprehensive and unique to you!
What should I expect during an ONLINE CONSULTATION as an out-of-state or international client?
Online consultations are similar to my patient visits (see above), however, I act as a consultant instead of your doctor. Fortunately, this does not limit my ability to help you! An initial intake consists of an hour-long virtual visit where we discuss your health in great detail so I can determine the root cause, as well as, assess for next steps when it comes to testing, supplements, and diet/lifestyle changes. I typically recommend additional labs which you will need to self-order or have your local primary care order. Having a primary care physician is always recommended in case anything urgent comes up and you need immediate medical evaluation which I am unable to offer.
How long should I expect to work with you?
This question is always difficult to answer as it 'depends' on a variety of things, especially the complexity of your case and health conditions. Typically one can expect it to take about 'one month' of healing for 'each year' of ill health/chronic illness. While I work with you we will do regular check ins to make sure you are on track and improving, and if not, then more investigation and changes in your plan will be made.