Frequently Asked Questions
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) combine nature’s wisdom with science and the latest research to remove barriers to healing. NDs are California-licensed primary care doctors and are trained at an accredited, four-year, post-graduate, residential naturopathic medical school. The rigorous training consists of comprehensive study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, pharmacology, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, etc, as well as detailed study of a wide variety of natural therapies: Nutrition, Botanical medicine, Homeopathy, Physical medicine, Counseling, Bio-identical hormone therapy and IV therapy.
Do your research when choosing an ND and make sure they have attended an accredited four-year naturopathic medical school, passed NPLEX licensing exams, and hold an active state license to practice naturopathic medicine.
The short answer is, it depends. The longer you’ve been sick, the longer it takes your body to heal. Generally patients need 4 to 12 months of consistent visits to get to the level of health they want.
Some patients come to us healthy and what to know how they can keep staying healthy. That is great too!
We do not bill insurance; however, you may request a superbill with CPT and diagnostic codes that you can submit directly to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Your insurance company may or may not cover the office visit fee and does not typically cover the cost of natural medicine. You may submit natural medicine costs and office visit fees to a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA).
It is the patient’s responsibility to be aware of their coverage. Please contact your insurance company for details about “out-of-network” provider coverage for services provided by naturopathic physicians.
Read more about using superbills for reimbursement and how to use your insurance to cover naturopathic doctor care, including what specifically to ask insurance companies when inquiring about ND coverage.
Yes, many patients are interested in making a commitment to their health and decide to sign up to work with Dr. Coleman for 3, 6, or 12 months. Often conditions people have had for years will take months to resolve, so this is a good option for many people.
These concierge membership packages include more in-person visits and video or phone visits than you will likely need, with flexible scheduling options. You also receive the bonus of 24/7 direct texting access to Dr. Coleman through a HIPAA-compliant app.
Yes, if you are not interested in a membership, you may pay per visit.
Yes (and it saddens us this even has to be asked). Naturopathic medicine is fundamentally Body Positive Medicine.
We enjoy working with children and they tend to have a good time during visits as well. We have some unique tools that often get kids interested in learning about their bodies and, at the very least, make the visit a trauma-free experience. Plus, pediatrics generally have high vitality and heal very quickly.
We are happy to collaborate with your other providers to ensure we deliver the safest and most effective care possible.
Yes, the office space and equipment are cleaned between patients. Masks are worn in the office and all patients fill out a COVID consent form that reviews current symptoms before arriving.
Yes, Dr. Coleman is licensed to diagnose and treat disease in patients residing in California and can utilize phone and video appointments. If you don’t live in California, you may schedule a video or phone consultation and it is recommended that you continue to consult with your licensed medical doctor for any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment while seeing Dr. Coleman as a client.