Payment Policy for Testing
If you have medical insurance which pays for naturopathic services, we will do our best utilize your insurance. However many people have very limited coverage for lab tests. In this latter case, full payment of these tests are expected at the time of service.
Dr. Sierra uses many different laboratories in order to acquire objective health data, including PAML, Labcorp, Genova Diagnostics, Diagnostechs, Meridian Valley Lab, Great Plains, Igenex, Spectracell, Neurosciences, etc.
SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. is a CLIA accredited (#45D0710715) clinical laboratory that specializes in micronutrient testing. This patented process resulted from 18 years of research at the University of Texas, and measures how micronutrients are actually functioning within patients’ white blood cells. Unlike other more static tests where nutrients are simply measured in the blood or urine, SpectraCell measures cellular activity with reference to individual nutrients.
Dr. Sierra finds that this test more than any other, helps her to know if the dietary practices of her patients are sufficiently providing micronutrients, and helps her assess whether improvements in diet are replenishing nutrient deficiencies.