Frequently Asked Questions

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What is your new patient procedure?

For an overview of what the first visit to my office is like and what things to expect and prepare for, see New Patients.

How long is an appointment?

Initial visits are between 60–80 minutes long. The first visit includes a detailed medical history evaluation, exam, and treatment with OMM. Follow up visits are 30–40 minutes long. Treatments last between 20–30 minutes on average.

Is there easily accessed parking/public transit near your office?

You can find directions, parking information, and public transit access here

Are your services covered by my insurance?

At present I am unable to accept any insurance provider. I can provide a Superbill, which is an itemized receipt detailing services rendered and includes billing codes that can lead to some reimbursement by your insurance company with me as an out-of-network provider. The amount reimbursed will depend on your insurance plan. You will never be charged more than the listed cost of services without thorough prior communication. There are no monthly/annual fees associated with seeing me. 

How much do you charge for your services?

Current appointment cost breakdown is as follows: 

  • New Patient Appointment (80 minutes) - $450

  • Follow Up Appointment (40 minutes) - $275

  • Infant/Child Follow up (40 minutes) - $225

  • House Call (up to 4 patients) - $600-800, plus travel fee outside of San Francisco

    • This is only available for current patients​

I am open to providing sliding scale plans to those in need of it. Please contact me by scheduling a Q&A call or by registering for a Patient Portal account for an online inquiry.  

Is your office accessible? 

My office strives to be as accessible to diverse backgrounds as possible, and is always looking to improve. Below are some of the steps I've taken to do my best to be an accessible provider. 

 

Language Services: Video and phone translation services are available for patients who do not speak English as a first language or are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. 

 

Disability Access: I have prioritized having a wheel-chair accessible office, in an ADA compliant building. I can provide video translation with ASL to patients who are members of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community. Additionally, I have a no fragrance policy in my office to protect chemical-sensitive patients, use no latex products, and maintain a comfortable low-lighting/no fluorescent lighting environment for photo-sensitive patients. My treatment tables accommodate people of a range of sizes. Communication with me both in and outside of clinic is available in voice and text-base formats. Service animals are welcome; however, emotional support animals and pets are not permitted. 

Financial Access: Because I do not take insurance, I am able to choose how run my practice with more freedom, which means more time to be with patients and maintain my own well being. I realize my services are quite expensive and may be out of reach for many. Sliding scale pricing can be negotiated, so please feel free to ask if you find my work helpful to you. I do not take insurance because it is important to me to be capable of spending the quality amount of time I feel is necessary with each of my patients.

Marginalized Communities: I'm a member of the LGBTQ+ community and am working to be an ally to other communities who are historically underrepresented and often pushed aside in the medical-industrial complex or have been abused by it. I strive to make my office a safer space for people of any background, knowing that my perspective is limited to my own experience and research. I strive to take part in and financially support initiatives that examine and address the issues of race, sex, gender, mental health, disability, and other topics led by those from the impacted communities. 

Can you get me a medication refill or prescribe me medication?

As a rule, I do not prescribe new medications for patients, nor do I offer refills for a patient's existing medications. Patients should have a primary care provider outside of my practice to manage any medical conditions that require medication.

If while under my care a patient believes they need medication management and does not have the resources for it or feels they need an advocate, I can offer my assistance in discussing their concerns with their primary medical provider.  

Can you fill out my disability/worker's compensation/insurance forms? 

I am happy help you with your paperwork if it is a condition I am managing with you. Paperwork that requires more than the time during our appointment may involve an additional fee for the time spent filling it out. I will not bill you without discussing this first. If I am not the physician providing care for the condition in question, I cannot complete forms on your behalf. 

I am always willing to prepare a doctor's note for work or school for your appointments with me.

Can I get a same-day appointment? Do you offer walk-in clinic services?

Contact for schedule—if there is availability, same-day appointments are possible. Walk-in services are not available.