Insurance FAQ

Do you accept my insurance?

I am in network with Aetna, ASH, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Pacific Source, and Providence.  I am not in network with MODA, United Healthcare, Medicaid/OHP, Medicare, CHP, or Kaiser.

Even if I am in-network with your insurance panel, it’s important to check whether you have naturopathic and acupuncture benefits to cover my services.  If I am not in your in-network with your insurance panel, you may still get coverage if you have out-of-network naturopathic or acupuncture benefits. If not, we offer discounted cash prices for those without coverage.

Please see our Insurance page for more information.
 

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What if I don’t have insurance?

We offer discounted cash prices for those who don’t have insurance. Please get in touch for more information.
 

Will my insurance cover the cost of supplements?

Insurance policies with prescription drug coverage do not generally cover any supplements. However, if you have a health savings account (HSA), you can submit your receipts to them, and they will generally cover supplements.


Naturopathic & Acupuncture FAQ

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What distinguishes the medical services of an ND from that of an MD?

Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare. Naturopathic Doctors receive similar levels of training, and have similar diagnostic and assessment skills as Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, but our system of medicine has a very different foundational philosophy and we often treat with different therapies.

We believe that the least invasive and most natural therapies should be used first, and drugs and surgeries should only be used when necessary.  We use clinical nutrition, lifestyle changes, mind-body medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutraceuticals, as well as a myriad of other specialized treatments before resorting to more invasive or risky therapies.

Naturopathic doctors view symptoms as the body’s alert signal indicating a deeper imbalance. We believe that the true path to wellness lies in treating the underlying problem, rather than just palliating the symptoms. We recognize that health is not just the absence of disease, but is complete mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.  With a complete picture, we are better able to determine the root of your health issues.

Please see our Services page for more information.
 

How do I know if I need an acupuncture appointment or a naturopathic appointment?

When you make a new patient naturopathic appointment, I’ll be happy to go over your health issues with you and help you determine what would be most effective for your recovery.
 

Will you still work with me if I have a regular MD already?

Of course! I’m happy to work with your other providers to ensure that you receive well-coordinated care.
 

Does acupuncture hurt?

Because acupuncture needles are about as thin as a human hair, most people feel nothing when the needle is placed. The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Most people say that the sensation is momentary and once inserted, they cannot tell where the needle is. Sometimes there are tingling sensations or a sensation of warmth around a needle.

Please see our Acupuncture page for more information.


Miscellaneous FAQ

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Can you write prescriptions?

Yes, in Oregon, we have training, continuing education, and prescribing rights for pharmaceuticals.  However, outside of serious cases, I try to use gentler means first to treat illness.
 

How long are new and follow-up visits?

New patient naturopathic visits are 60-90 minutes. New acupuncture and bodywork sessions are 60 minutes.

Follow-up naturopathic visits are 30-60 minutes for chronic disease care, 30 minutes for acute illness care.

Follow-up acupuncture and bodywork visits are 45-60 minutes

How many visits will it take before I see results?

It very much depends on what health condition you are dealing with, what treatment approach we take, and how committed you are in adhering to recommendations.  Even then, every person’s body responds differently to encouragement toward healing. However, I promise that I will do everything I can to get you well as quickly as possible because I know how frustrating it can be to suffer for a long time.
 

Why is supplement quality important?

Supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. This means that there is no oversight to ensure that what is listed on the bottle is actually in the product and that the product is free of contaminants.  Falsified product contents and the detection of heavy metals and other toxic compounds are routine occurrences when third party labs do test over the counter supplement brands. This is why I only recommend products made by companies that use third party testing of all of their ingredients and final products, so that we know you’re getting what you pay for and without any harmful contaminants.

Of course, buying supplements with a higher level of quality control often comes with a slightly higher cost, but it’s well worth it to ensure that you get better.
 

What medical services do you NOT provide?

I do not provide gynecological exams or procedures, proctological exams, minor surgery, primary care/well-child exams for children or babies (only specialized services), vaccines, management of opiate pain medications, management of psychiatric medications other than typical depression medications, drug addiction and withdrawal support, or licensed psychiatric care.