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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take insurance?

At this time, I do not accept insurance. For medical appointments (California residents only), I am happy to provide a superbill so that you may submit a request for reimbursement from your insurance provider. 

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What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed health care providers who are nationally board certified. PAs can practice in every specialty and setting, and work as part of a team with a physician (MD or DO). The physician I work with is also an EDS specialist who is board-certified in family medicine and geriatrics. PAs must hold a master's degree or higher and can diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, perform procedures, and much more. 

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Can you diagnose Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)?

Yes! EDS can be diagnosed by any healthcare provider who is licensed to diagnose and treat patients. I have worked with patients with hypermobility and EDS for many years and feel comfortable diagnosing and treating EDS and related conditions. I also serve on the Ehlers-Danlos Society Community Coalition and have presented at state, national, and global events on EDS and related conditions. 

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Can you order medications, labs, imaging, etc.?

Yes! I am able to prescribe medication when medically indicated for a patient. Please note that I do not offer ongoing/chronic prescriptions of opioid medications in the telemedicine setting as I am not able to conduct the appropriate drug compliance and monitoring that is federally required of patients receiving chronic opioid therapy.  

I am happy to order labs and imaging when indicated, and my electronic medical record (EMR) platform integrates with many labs, imaging companies, and supplement/vitamin dispensaries online. 

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What if I don't live in California?

I am currently licensed to practice medicine in the state of California only. I am seeking licensure in the states of WA, OR, and CO at this time as well. If you live outside of California and would still like to work with me, I offer 60 minute virtual consultations through my health education company, Healed and Empowered. These health education consultations do not include diagnosis or treatment of EDS, but can offer insight into your symptoms and medical imaging. Click here to book a health consultation.

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What is Fascial Counterstrain?

Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) is a gentle, hands-on form of manual therapy that releases tissue contractions what may be causing pain or dysfunction. The treatment is painless and can work on every body system (musculoskeletal, nervous system, lymphatics, and more). FCS addresses the body as a whole system and optimizes the body's capacity to heal. Learn more about FCS here.

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Do you have a financial accessibility policy?*

Balancing the needs of running a business with accessibility is an interesting challenge, but I am willing to work with people on a case-by-case basis. Having a financial accessibility policy ensures that I can pay my bills, value my time and expertise appropriately, schedule my time in a way that will allow me to care for myself and manage my chronic illnesses, all while creating accessibility for those in varying financial situations.

*Please reach out to me for further details.

- Thank you to Rachael Rose from Hedonish for the verbiage for this policy

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Are we a good fit to work together?

Managing EDS and other complex, chronic illnesses is a team effort. I believe that your healthcare team should be a good fit for you and that mutual trust, honesty, and respect are vital to optimizing your health.

 

As your healthcare provider, I will encourage you to be an active participant in your recovery as we work to help you feel better and improve your quality of life. I treat my patients with dignity and respect at all times, and I ask that my patients show me the same courtesy.

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What is your approach to patient care?

My approach to patient care incorporates both traditional and alternative approaches. I feel it is important to consider the physical, mental, and emotional components of health and wellness. I do not believe in simply treating a list of symptoms; instead, I do my best to consider all aspects of the human experience and how these influence a person's sense of well-being.

I recognize that for many people, the medical system has been a source of negativity and trauma. My promise to my patients is that they will feel safe, seen, and understood (regardless, of ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, ability, or other intersectional identities) when working with me.

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