Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you prefer fee-based practice?

Firstly, this treatment model allows for more personalized, patient-centered care. In an insurance-based system, doctors are often required to see a high volume of patients daily to cover costs, leaving them less time per appointment. Conversely, cash-pay clinics are less burdened by such requirements, meaning that doctors can dedicate more time to each patient, fostering a deeper understanding of the patient’s health concerns and developing a tailored treatment plan.

Secondly, cash-pay models allow for a simplified and transparent financial process. In insurance- based models, the cost of care can be unpredictable and difficult to understand and even the doctor usually has no idea what things will cost. Fee-based practice offers transparent pricing, so you know the exact cost of your care upfront. This model also empowers the doctor to focus on preventive and holistic care rather than just treating symptoms and checking boxes. They have more freedom to incorporate integrative and lifestyle medicine practices, regardless of whether they are covered by standard insurance.

Lastly, this model leads to improved communication and a better patient-doctor relationship. With fewer administrative duties related to insurance paperwork, the doctor has more time to communicate with patients, respond to their concerns, and educate them about health issues. While this model is not for everyone, it can be highly successful for some, especially those with complex conditions or who have not had good experiences in conventional insurance-based healthcare.

What services do you NOT provide?

  • I am currently able to provide nerve blocks and Botox injections but not spinal injections such as epidural steroid injections.
  • I am not able to provide court-ordered treatment or intensive outpatient treatment.
  • I am not able to provide physical treatments such as ketamine, electroconvulsive therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation at this time, and will make referrals if these treatments appear indicated.
  • Legal or forensic and L&I related assessments must be arranged through your attorney or L&I referral.
  • I am not able to provide assessments for gun ownership, child custody, ability to drive a car or truck, etc.
  • I am not able to provide neuropsychological testing but can make referrals if it is needed.
  • I do not provide letters for emotional support animals or service animals.

What medical and psychiatric conditions do you treat? My practice is focused on three areas:

  1. Mental health conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, addiction, insomnia, and personality/relationship issues (…)
  2. Medical and neurological conditions including headaches and chronic pain (…)
  3. Chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue, Long Covid. In some cases I may recommend other resources or make referrals, for example to a psychologist, a physiatrist or physical therapist.

Are you an expert in issues of immigrant health, cultural issues or LGBT issues?

I have experience working in a very diverse practice setting and provided psychiatric care for many years at a Seattle area HIV clinic, but would not consider myself an expert in these areas.

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