Osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine, and complementary and integrative medicine
Our office at 506 South Main Street in Sebastopol
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer telehealth / telemedicine appointments?
Yes, we do. Contact our office at 707-829-5455 to see if a telemedicine virtual care visit appointment may be right for you. You may also request an appointment online.
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, we are accepting new patients. Contact our office at 707-829-5455 to schedule an appointment.
What is an osteopathic physician (DO)?
The initials “DO” stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Erskine & Dr. Bhat are fully licensed osteopathic physicians providing comprehensive osteopathic medical care.
As an osteopathic physician, our medical education and training are equal to that an MD is required to obtain, plus it includes an additional thousand hours of training in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Our goal is to treat in the total context of your life and health status and restore your structural and functional relationships to health. Treatment recommendations may include exercise, dietary counseling, stress management, prescription medications and supplements. In addition, it may be appropriate to encourage the self-righting mechanisms of the body with osteopathic manipulation.
What types of osteopathic care do you offer?
The osteopathic medical treatment for each patient will vary depending on what the individual patient requires. The techniques that we use share a common intention to clear restrictions and restore fluid continuity, balance, and freedom. They include: • Cranial osteopathy • Visceral osteopathy • Myofascial release • Lymphatic technique • Muscle energy technique • Counterstrain • Somatoemotional release Learn more about each of these therapies by visiting: https://www.ncmahealth.com/ncma-services/osteopathic-neuromusculoskeletal-medicine/
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a highly systematic, scientific method of therapy which stimulates the organism’s own healing process. Useful in both chronic and acute diseases, homeopathy is a rejuvenation of an ancient concept of health and disease, based on deep understanding of the person as a unique whole. Treatment is for the total person, not just for one part or organ. Learn more about homeopathy: https://www.ncmahealth.com/ncma-services/osteopathic-neuromusculoskeletal-medicine/
What is gender-sensitive care?
In our practice we try to create an environment where people can obtain quality healthcare and not fear that they will be ridiculed or experience discriminatory behavior. Our increased sensitivity to these issues and related aspects is what we mean by “gender sensitive” care. Basically, whatever your sexual orientation is, you can comfortably obtain medical care at NCMA’s Family Wellness Medical Center—whether you identify yourself as straight, gay, lesbian, transsexual or uncertain.
Our goal is to provide quality healthcare, not to be judgmental of people’s lifestyles. If you have further questions, please feel free to discuss them with our healthcare providers.
What insurance plans are accepted by Northern California Medical Associates providers?
We currently accept the following insurance plans (subject to change): • Aetna (Direct) • Anthem Blue Cross of California and Prudent Buyer Network • Beech Street Corporation • Blue Shield of California • Humana / Choice Care Network • California Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC) • CIGNA / Great West Healthcare • Coventry / First Health Network • Delta Health — Amy’s Kitchen • HealthNet • Healthsmart • Medicare • Meritage Medical Network • MultiPlan/PHCS, Inc. • Partnership HealthPlan of California • Railroad Medicare • TRICARE • UHC AARP Medicare Complete through Meritage (new in 2020) • United Healthcare Verify coverage with your health plan.
Do you provide HIV and AIDS care?
Yes, we provide state-of-the-art HIV Prevention and HIV care. In this era of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), the art of HIV care is becoming increasingly complex. We integrate HIV pharmacotherapeutics into our holistic model to treat the patient, not just the virus. We provide comprehensive healthcare for people living with HIV. Individual treatment plans are designed to enhance wellness. Treatment therapies include: • Comprehensive anti-retroviral medical regimens, with thoughtful monitoring of laboratory indices; • Hormone balancing; • Antioxidant nutritional supplementation; • Nutritional and wellness counseling & provide referrals; • Regular exercise; • Appropriate use of holistic modalities such as osteopathic manipulative; • Treatment, homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture, and massage; • Stress reduction, and • Psychospiritual interventions and referrals.
Northern California Medical Associates
Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) has been a leading association of medical practitioners in the North Bay Area since 1975, when Cardiology Associates of Santa Rosa, Inc. first opened its doors. NCMA remains committed to expanding its expertise and scope of care by continuing to merge with several private practices to better serve our patients in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. In addition to our family medicine and internal medicine practices, NCMA’s specialties include: cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, ENT / otolaryngology / head & neck surgery, foot & ankle medicine / podiatry, gastroenterology, osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine, rheumatology / infusion services, vein disorder treatment and medical weight management.