Do you take insurance?
Office visits are not covered – those are out of pocket on the day of the visit, although upon request we can provide patients with a superbill (containing CPT and ICD-9 codes) which you can submit to your insurance company directly. I cannot guarantee that the insurance company will cover all or even part of the visit and supplements.
However, most insurance companies will cover basic labs. Basic labs are those your primary care physician would likely run; some specialty labs (usually these are neurotransmitter tests, food allergy panels, stool cultures, and heavy metal tests) are also out of pocket, or they may be covered partially by insurance.
Additionally most insurance companies will cover prescription drugs.
At this time, however, naturopathic doctors are not recognized by Medicare, Tricare, or AHCCCS.
What are your fees?
The hourly rate is $185. New patient visits are typically an hour long, and follow ups are typically 30 minutes ($92.50), but upon request longer or shorter appointments may be scheduled.
Are medications and supplements included?
Medications are usually covered by insurance, as mentioned above. Supplements are not included. I do my best to keep the supplements prescribed to a minimum and prices as low as possible, however – some of them I carry in office, some I carry on my online medicinary (and these are shipped to you directly), and some are available at your local health food stores.
Can you send me for labs and imaging?
Yes. I refer patients for labs regularly, when needed, as well as for ultrasounds, MRIs, CTs, and x-rays when appropriate.
I live out of state, or otherwise long distance. Can I still see you?
My current understanding of the law is that doctors are required to see their patients once a year in order to establish care, so that physical exams may be performed if necessary. The first visit needs to be in person, therefore. After that we can continue via Skype or FaceTime for subsequent visits until the following year. Should physical exams be necessary during that time I may refer you to another doctor in your area, and any labs or imaging will be faxed to a local lab or technician as well.
Do you have a sliding scale?
I’m afraid not. I keep my prices low for the value delivered, because I believe naturopathic medicine should be available to as many people as possible!
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please download, print, and complete the New Patient Intake Form in advance to save time on your visit, or else arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete it before your appointment. Please also bring any recent labs and imaging you may have, and any medications and supplements you may be taking.
Do you offer free first consults?
I offer free 15 minute phone consultations with prospective patients to determine whether you and I are a good fit! This is a time for us to get to know each other primarily, and discuss general approaches we might take to your case.
Where are you located?
At the intersection of Magee and Oracle, across Magee from the Trader Joe’s. There’s an office complex there; I’m the last building, 180, and my suite 116 is the first on your right as you walk into the complex.