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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the charge of your services?
At the Marin Natural Medical Clinic, the charge for office visits varies, depending on the time spent. Please call the office to discuss our current rates. Consider these charges as investments in your health for life. My goal is to keep my fees reasonable, be as efficient as possible and provide you with the high quality treatment and information that you need to get well.

Do you take insurance?
As a courtesy to you, we provide a printed “super bill” with each visit, which will serve as your receipt to send to your insurance company for reimbursement (at the rate set by your particular policy). More and more insurance companies are covering acupuncture and naturopathic medical care. Ask your carrier about coverage or reimbursement. If you have insurance that does not cover these services, use of a Health Savings Plan (HSA) or flexible savings plan may cover this care. Check with your employer to see if one of these options is available.

Will you serve as my primary care provider?
At this time, I offer integrative medical consultations and acupuncture only, rather than doing full-service primary care medicine. I will be happy to see you if you have a cold or flu or another acute condition if my schedule allows, but you must have another primary care doctor for routine medical care and emergency care.

Will you work with my primary care doctor?
I regularly refer to specialists and would be delighted to work with your primary care doctor. I believe that quality patient-centered care requires open-ended communication and will be happy to initiate a conversation with your other doctors to determine the best course of action.

Why do you sell supplements in your office?
This is a question that many new patients have asked and there are a number of very good reasons. I stock a “natural pharmacy” in my office because these are the formulations that I trust to provide the potency necessary to achieve the desired therapeutic outcome. Buying a cheaper, “look-alike formula” may or may not produce the expected response. Another important reason I carry a small in-office pharmacy is for your convenience: when you’re sick, making an extra stop to ponder the multitude of brands is often challenging. Having said that, there are products of high quality in today’s health food stores and holistic pharmacies. I am happy to evaluate a product for you or help you find something similar in the health food store. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that dietary supplements and natural botanical remedies are a necessary pillar of natural self-care.

What is naturopathic medicine?
Please see the section “About Naturopathic Medicine” in the links to the left.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture?
Please see the section “About Acupuncture” in the links to the left.