Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately at this time, Naturopathic Doctors in the state of California are unable to accept insurance. We do, however, accept HSA/FSA cards as a form of payment, simply check that your account covers visits with a Naturopathic Doctor (only for California patients).

Do you take patients that are outside of California?

Yes, but there are certain conditions to this type of relationship. I am only licensed in the state of California and due to licensing regulations, I cannot practice naturopathic medicine to the full extent of my training for anyone outside of California. Therefore, if you live elsewhere, I can still work with you as a health consultant, but I cannot be your doctor.

If I am in California, can you be my primary care doctor?

Although Naturopathic Doctors are trained to be primary care providers (PCPs), I currently am only offering services as an adjunctive care provider. This means I require my patients to have a primary care provider who they may see in person for annual physical exams and management of their prescription medication.

Can I have my appointment done in person?

At this time, all patient visits are conducted virtually (either by phone or video chat) through a HIPAA-compliant platform.

Are naturopaths and Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) the same thing?

No, they are not.

  • A “naturopath” is a non-professional term that can be used by anybody. There is no illegality to referring to yourself as a “naturopath” because it does not imply formal education or licensure. Some practitioners that use this term do have some education in natural medicine, whether it be self-taught or acquired through a certification program. However, their education is not equivalent to the intensive curriculum to that of a licensed Naturopathic Doctor.
  • A Naturopathic Doctor has attended an accredited naturopathic medical school where they have completed a postgraduate, 4-year intensive doctoral program. Throughout this program, an ND is trained in basic and core clinical sciences including but not limited to: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, immunology, clinical diagnosis, pharmacology, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and clinical nutrition. In addition to this, NDs complete ~1500 hours of clinical internship working directly with patients in a primary care setting and are required to pass two national standardized licensing exams in order to become licensed. NDs are also regulated by state-specific licensing bodies and are expected to maintain continuing education credits on an annual basis.
What if I need urgent treatment today?

Please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. At this time, Dr. Stoychev provides non-emergent care only.

What if I am feeling suicidal?

Please call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Can you prescribe medications?

Unfortunately at this time, Naturopathic Doctors in the state of California are unable to independently prescribe medications, including psychiatric drugs. That being said, NDs are trained in psychopharmacology, and can educate on how medications work, as well as their adverse effect profile. NDs can independently prescribe natural and synthetic hormones (eg, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid hormone, and testosterone).

Do you see patients suffering from psychotic disorders (eg, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar I disorder with psychotic features)?

We currently see patients with psychotic disorders only if they are stabilized under the regular care of a psychiatrist and psychotherapist.

What therapeutic modalities do you utilize to support mental health?
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Homeopathy
  • Medication Education (but no prescriptions)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (eg, bioidentical estrogen and progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones) [only for California patients]
I haven’t heard of homeopathy. What is it?

Please take a look at the following document for more information on homeopathy.

What if I cancel, reschedule, or miss my appointment?

We want to protect and respect your time, so we never overbook, and our team reserves your appointment time just for you. You’ll need to cancel your appointment at least 48 hours in advance, or you will be billed 50% of the cost of your appointment. The same policy applies to no-shows. Emergencies are an exceptional circumstance.

Discovery sessions cancellation, rescheduling and no-show policy is slightly different. It can be found on the forms prior to booking it.

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