What is naturopathic medicine?
- Read more about naturopathic medicine here.
- Read an article published by the Huffington Post on naturopathic medicine here.
What training do naturopaths have?
Naturopathic doctors attend accredited four-year medical schools. They receive the same core science curriculum and diagnostic training as medical doctors (MDs). The focus of naturopathic education is on understanding how the body as a whole is effected by disease and how each organ system interplays with the others to produce signs and symptoms of illness. Naturopaths are always challenged to understand and uncover the deepest cause of disease. Naturopathic training differs from MD training in the treatment methods learned. In addition to pharmaceutical training, naturopath's education emphasizes holistic, natural, and nontoxic approaches to treatment such as botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, clinical nutrition, psychology, counseling, and physical manipulation. In addition, there is a strong focus on disease prevention and working towards creating optimal wellness. Naturopathic students have over 1,150 hours of supervised clinical training where they see everything from acute cases to the most complicated chronic cases. After graduation, they must successfully pass a series of rigorous, professional board exams, so that they can be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
What is an appointment with Dr. Joy like?
Dr. Bozzo spends time listening to her patients. With the initial visit lasting about 75 minutes and follow-up visits from 30-60 minutes, there is plenty of time to explore the details of your symptoms and discuss concepts and questions. Dr. Bozzo uses information gathered from the comprehensive interview along with laboratory testing results to form individualized treatment protocols for each patient. She helps to empower each patient to take ownership of his or her own health with the goal of reversing disease and optimizing wellness.
Read more about what to expect here.
What are fees for appointments?
- Please call 424-259-3797 to learn more about the prices for New Patient Package and Return Appointments
Do you take insurance?
- According to the Affordable Care Act, the primary care services provided by your naturopathic doctor should be covered by PPO insurance plans. However, even though the services you receive from a naturopathic doctor are for the same primary care procedures that an insurance company would cover if offered by an allopathic (conventional) doctor, many insurance companies do not yet reimburse patients for services provided by a naturopathic doctor.
- You will be given a Superbill at time of service to self submit to your insurance provider via a claim submission document.
- You may submit all costs to a Health Savings Account.
- Please visit the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians Insurance information for patients' page.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please give us 24 hours notice or you will be charged a fee.
Have More Questions?
Please contact the office and we would be happy to answer any further questions.
*Fees are subject to change