Frequently Asked Questions
Why a Program?
Because the traditional health care model is broken. I've spent years working in this model and it doesn't work. Doctors have to manage hundreds or even thousands of patients, which makes it very difficult for them to really connect with you and listen to your needs. So patients are not getting the care they deserve. A program solves many of these problems. It allows for truly personalized care, plenty of time with the doctor, and transparency in pricing. It also creates motivation through commitment. Health doesn't happen in an hour or even two. True healing takes time and a program gives us the time to truly transform your health.
What if I don't want to commit to a program?
Then you don't have to. The Program is not designed to lock you into care that is not a good fit for you. Here are a few things to know:
You can cancel the program at anytime if you are not happy. We will balance your account so you have paid for services rendered and nothing more. I do my best to make sure that we are a good fit before you join the program and that 6-12 months of care is actually necessary, but sometimes needs and goals change. I understand.
All patients must start with a Trial Appointment. This a trial for both of us. This is for you to determine if I am the right doctor for you and to learn a little more about what your care might look like. This is also for me to determine if you are the right patient for me. Qualified patients are those that are ready and willing to commit to working on their health for at least 6 months, who are willing and able to make lifestyle changes, who understand that there are no quick fixes when it comes to health, and who are willing to be open & honest, communicate fully, and prioritize their health.
If your case is simple, we can do a fee for service arrangement to better fit your needs. This may be a comprehensive consultation with general recommendations (with or without laboratory assessment) or sporadic visits when you need guidance. Visits cost $200-$400 dollars depending on the service (Initial Evaluation, Lab Review, or Follow Up) and are 60-120 minutes long.
Do I need to come to your office for visits?
No. I offer online appointments through a secure platform similar to Skype. You will be able to access your treatment plans and supplements online and you can complete many of the labs at home.
WHEN WILL I START FEELING BETTER?
This depends on you. Most people notice results after 4 weeks. Others experience improvements after a few days and some after a few months. Feeling better is not the same thing as healing though. In the beginning, we focus on getting you feeling better by managing your symptoms with natural therapies. Once you have energy, stamina, and motivation, we focus on correcting the underlying issues. This is where the real work and the real healing happens. And this work takes time no matter what.
CAN YOU GUARANTEE RESULTS?
I cannot guarantee any results because you are responsible for your health. I can only guarantee that I will work with you to the best of my ability, providing solid recommendations, communicating honestly, and educating you fully. But it is up to you to actually do the work and get the results.
So the real question is not can I guarantee results but can you? Are you committed to changing your health and your life for the better? Are you willing to learn? Are you willing to work? And most importantly, are you willing to communicate honestly and fully. Communication is the foundation for success. If I understand your expectations, worries, fears, disappointments, doubts, hopes, dreams, and goals, I will know which treatment options will be successful for you or which won't. If you can do all that, then without a doubt, we can make an incredible difference in your health together.
What does BioAdaptive Medicine mean?
The name BioAdaptive Medicine represents the principles and philosophy of naturopathic medicine and my unique perspective on health. Disease happens when the body encounters an obstacle that disrupts its normal function. The body is forced to adapt to this obstacle, to change its physiology to accommodate this obstacle. From this perspective, disease is a state of "adaptive physiology" and all we need to do is remove the obstacles so the body can adapt back to a state of health. The name BioAdaptive Medicine embodies this approach to health and honors the body's adaptability, inherent wisdom, and self-healing capabilities.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage the person's inherent self -healing process. This means that we are primary care doctors that approach health differently and use natural therapeutics
EVALUATE THE WHOLE PERSON
You are more than just your symptoms. You are more than your disease. You are a person with a unique personality, biochemistry, and genetics, all of which are important when it comes to health. Naturopathic doctors evaluate you as a whole person so that we can figure out the real problem and determine what you really need to heal.
TREAT THE PERSON, NOT THE SYMPTOMS
Naturopathic doctors look beyond the symptoms so that we can focus on health. Symptoms are often just your body's way of telling you something is wrong but they are not the real problem. Symptoms are the fire alarm, not the fire. They tell us that there is a fire, but not where it is, how big it is, and what started it. Our mission is to find the fire, put it out, and learn what started it so we can prevent future fires. To do that, we take a whole health, whole person approach.
What is a naturopathic doctor?
A naturopathic doctor is a licensed primary care doctor in the state of California. We can order lab tests and imaging, diagnose disease, and prescribe some medications. In the state of California, the current prescriptive authority is limited to hormones (thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone medications). We are very similar to MDs in our training and scope of practice. We simply have a different approach to disease and treatment.
Do you work with males?
Yes, I do work with people who identify as male. I do not exclude them from my practice. Women are simply more likely to seek out my care, so I have marketed my practice to that audience.
Do you work with kids?
Yes, I do work with kids over the age of 5 who have health concerns. I am not a pediatrician and I do not offer well child visits. So if you have a child with no health complaints and are looking for naturopathic preventative care, I am not the doctor for your child. But if you have a child with an autoimmune disease or digestive complaints, then I may be the doctor for your child.