What To Expect
At all visits you can expect to feel heard and understood. I am here to witness your story, to be your translator of medical jargon, your advocate and to teach you about your health. I am honored to be entrusted with your personal story.
What you get:
- Comprehensive case evaluation: Together we will conduct a thorough investigation of your health concerns
- Assessment of the patterns, root causes, and obstacles to healing that are preventing you from feeling your best.
- Customized treatment plan tailored to the findings from your case evaluation that is designed to help you feel better, remove obstacles and address those root causes so you can begin to truly heal.
- Access to advanced functional laboratory testing and expert interpretation
- Discounts on high quality physician-grade botanical formulas and supplements
- Access to a personal online health portal: Login to request refills and securely view your treatment plan, lab results and private health records.
- To be considered a patient, legally you must be seen by Dr. Wood in person at least once per year for a physical exam.
- As a patient, Dr. Wood can order lab testing for you, prescribe treatment protocols and diagnose diseases or conditions if warranted.
Free Complimentary Introductory Meet & Greet (15 min)
$350 New Patient In Person Visit (120 min)
$165 Established Patient In Person or Tele-Health Visit (45 min)
$35 Add on 15 minutes of cranialsacral therapy to an in-person follow up visit.*
$200/hr Non-urgent Secure Messaging Consult* (Billed in 5 minute increments)
*Established patients only
Fees for laboratory testing are not included. Initial lab testing can range in price from $150 to $1200. If you have not had basic lab testing recently, Dr. Jennea may give you a list of tests to take to your primary care doctor. This increases the likelihood that your insurance will cover the tests. Specialty functional medicine tests are generally not covered by insurance.
Supplements are also not included in visit costs. When I recommend supplements, I recommend what I consider to be top quality brands that undergo rigorous third party testing. I maintain an account with an online store that stocks my favorite brands, and I offer my patients a 15% discount off of retail prices on anything purchased through that route. I do benefit financially from supplements purchased in this way, though this is only a small source of income for me. I earn my living primarily from the time I spend with my patients. Please know that you are always welcome to shop around and purchase your supplements from wherever you choose. Some good sources are Gathering Thyme in San Rafael, Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax and Mill Valley, and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Mill Valley. While purchasing online is always an option, there are sometimes quality control issues with supplements from Amazon, even from recognized brands.
Aralia Natural Medicine is an insurance free "cash-based" practice. Here's why that is a good thing for both of us. Dealing with insurance takes massive amounts of time and energy, sets limits on how I can practice medicine and inserts a third party into the doctor patient relationship. Many doctors are forced to see patients in shorter and shorter time slots to make a living on insurance payments. That means the patient gets less care. If you're curious what it is actually like to work with insurance companies, read this article which uses an analogy of going to a restaurant. I learned these unpleasant truths while practicing in Oregon where I am licensed as a primary care doctor. In California I am not currently considered primary care and most insurance does not cover my services anyway. Not accepting insurance allows me to make a living while spending more time with you and providing better care. I do not take it lightly, however that you are investing your hard-earned money to work with me. And while this is not always the case, I have found in the past that on average, people who pay out of pocked for their care tend to get better results, perhaps because they are making a more tangible investment in their health and this reflects a certain level of motivation to take good care of themselves.
Payment is due at time of service and we will provide a coded receipt upon request for you to submit to your insurance provider for out-of-network benefits. Check with your insurance provider for specifics about your plan and coverage of Naturopathic Medicine.
We accept Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. You can also use Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards.
Please let me know in advance if you will be unable to pay your balance in full so that we can arrange a payment plan for your care at a price you can afford.
The Tools of Naturopathic Medicine:
Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Supplementation
I have extensive training in nutrition and I operate from an understanding that what a person eats has profound effects on their health. In my clinical experience, other treatments such as supplements, herbs and homeopathy may have a beneficial effect, but without the foundation of a healthy diet, that effect will be limited. Eating a healthy diet works synergistically with and improves the outcome of virtually any other treatment it is combined with. Many medical conditions may be treated effectively and without side effects using food and nutritional supplements.
Lifestyle Coaching and Stress Management
Other vastly important factors to health include patterns and habits around eating, sleeping, breathing, exercise, mental attitude and emotional state. I empower my patients to tackle change in a sustainable way through lifestyle counseling, stress management techniques and more.
Plants have powerful healing properties. Many pharmaceutical drugs were initially isolated from plants. I find that whole plant extracts can have powerful healing effects, yet they work in a more balanced way with fewer side effects than isolated drug compounds.
This gentle and effective system of medicine uses very small doses of substances found in nature to stimulate a healing response in the body. Homeopathy has been in use for over 200 years and is widely accepted and employed by both conventional and alternative medical providers in Europe and India.
Hydrotherapy is the application of hot and cold water to achieve healing effects. These effects occur by increasing circulation of blood and improving delivery of oxygen, nutrients and immune cells to targeted parts of the body. It can achieve rapid and gratifying results for many health conditions. Hydrotherapy has been used for well over 300 years by naturopathic doctors and the forebears of naturopathic medicine.
Naturopathic doctors are trained in therapeutic manipulation of muscles and bones as well as the use of therapeutic exercise, massage, gentle electrical therapies and ultrasound.
NDs are trained to prescribe pharmaceutical medications safely and effectively when necessary. With so many other amazing tools at our disposal, in many cases pharmaceuticals become unnecessary. However, they play an important role in more advanced or rapidly progressing cases of disease. My goal is always the safety and wellbeing of the patient, regardless of what tools I use.