+ Will you accept my health insurance?
I'm currently in-network with Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare. I'm in the process of credentialing with Providence, Cigna, Aetna, and Pacific Source. This means you can still see me as a provider, but insurance coverage is not guarenteed. I'll courtesy bill your insurance, but if the visit is declined, you'll be responsible.
I'm an out-of-network provider with MODA, Kaiser (CHP), CareOregon, Meridian, and Peace Health. If you're unsure, it's always advised you check your coverage before our initial appointment. To save you time, if you have Medicaid or Tri-Care, they don't reimburse for out-of-network providers.
When ordering labs, most health insurance plans will cover basic blood or urine tests in part or full. To know for sure, call your insurance provider and ask about lab benefits, including meeting required deductibles.
+ Can I use my HSA or FSA account for out-of-pocket costs?
Yes you can! You can pay for your visits, labs tests, and supplements with your HSA/FSA card. I can provide you with a medical necessity form if needed.
+ Do you prescribe pharmaceuticals?
Yes. My primary goal is to address nutrition and lifestyle to limit the need to prescribe. However, in certain instances, a prescription is the best medicine. For example, if a patient of mine is trying to get pregnant and we discover she has autoimmune thyroid, a thyroid hormone prescription is likely going to be the most helpful.
However, I do not take the place of your primary care provider. If you are already on medication, the ongoing management of that medication is the responsibility of the prescribing physician.
+ What are your credentials?
I graduated from a four-year, accredited medical school. This means I finished a Bachelor’s of Science first, then go to medical school. Once I finished medical school, I was required to complete a rigorous national board examination (NPLEX) to become licensed as a practicing physician (ND) in the state of Oregon. NDs complete an average of 224.50 credit hours in basic clinical sciences, 72 pharmacology hours, 250 hours of field observations, 84 weeks of clinical rotations etc. These hours are comparable to MDs and DOs.
During this time, I also completed additional coursework in the Master’s of Nutrition program and earned that degree with my doctorate.
In addition, I was selected for a competitive residency position under the supervision of Dr. Misty White. I completed a one-year residency in primary care.
Each year, NDs are required to complete 32 continuing education hours to continue renewing their license.
+ If I already decided to do IVF treatment, can I still work with you?
Yes! In fact, I recommend it. There is a lot we can do to increase your chances of becoming pregnant and staying pregnant on the first try.
+ I just found out I’m pregnant, when should I schedule a visit with you?
As soon as possible! The first few weeks of pregnancy is an important time to find out lab values such as thyroid hormone, vitamin D and iron. We will get you on optimal supplementation right from the beginning!
The first trimester can be especially challenging physically. I work with you to find solutions that will help you function and even thrive through those first 12 weeks. Keep in mind I do not take place of a regular prenatal appointment with a midwife or ObGyn.