Optimal Health Center is a full service naturopathic clinic.
Naturopathic Primary Care
Our doctors function as the primary care providers (PCP) for the majority of our patients. Other patients come to Optimal Health Center for a specific concern. In either case, we provide care for a number of medical issues such as colds, flu, infections, minor injuries, hormone imbalance, aches, pains, and general medical advice.
We use standard diagnostic laboratory tests, such as blood and saliva panels, alongside medical imaging to better understand a patient’s condition. Additionally, we use a host of specialized tests, like food allergy, heavy metals, and micronutrient analysis, to address the root cause of any condition.
Our focus is on using non-pharmaceutical and least-invasive methodologies. However, with our integrative approach, we will prescribe pharmaceutical medications or recommend surgery when that is the best treatment for any given health condition. We work cooperatively with conventional medical practitioners and will provide referrals whenever appropriate.
Aligning with the core values of naturopathic medicine, Optimal Health Center prioritizes prevention as a top health goal. Keeping the body healthy reduces the chances that illness and disease will manifest.
Although maintaining balance and harmony in the body’s systems does take work, routine check-ups with your doctor, healthy eating, regular exercise, and other wholesome habits can lower your risk for many of the most common health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Frequent, honest, and thorough communication with your naturopathic doctor is an important part of stopping illness before it starts and achieving your health objectives.
We want to empower you to take responsibility for your health by helping you develop the skills, insights, and patterns that allow you to enjoy life to the full. Our doctors will spend quality time with you each time you come in, making the effort to understand your concerns and educate you about all your options. Optimal Health Center partners with you for the long term, helping you manage your health wisely to minimize chronic conditions and maximize your quality of life.
Treatment for Chronic Illness
Many patients come to Optimal Health Center after years of unsuccessful treatment for a chronic condition. They may feel like they have run out of options and usually feel hopeless or defeated. Others feel that adding natural therapies to their current treatment plan will boost their resilience or offset the side effects of medically necessary pharmaceuticals. Regardless of the situation, we offer advanced holistic approaches for ongoing medical care, customizing treatment options based on each patient’s symptoms, lifestyle, and preferences.
Whether you have chronic pain, hormone imbalance, high blood pressure, arthritis, or another long-term condition, we want to treat the root cause of your illness, not just manage the symptoms. We will utilize the most advanced medical techniques available, including coordinating care with your other health care providers when in your best interest. Our doctors are committed to finding a solution that works for you individually.
You may schedule an appointment by contacting our office. If you are visiting us for the first time, then we simply ask that you download, and complete, the new patient forms.
What are your fees?
The following chart lists our basic services and their associated costs. Services and treatments outside of these parameters will be priced on a case-by-case basis depending on the specific care needed.
First Office Visit
1-hour intake + treatment plan
Follow Up Visit
30-minute appointment + updated treatment plan
IV Myer's Cocktail
Add-on components available per unit
50-grams of Ascorbic Acid
Additional units of Vitamin-C available
Additional units for IV Infusion or Push
Glutathione, HCL, Amino Acid
Starting at $50 for first unit
Cost varies per additional unit
Menu can be provided upon request
Prices range from $20.00-$50.00
What is the payment timeline?
Payment is due in full at the time of service unless an alternative is agreed upon in advance. Patients are responsible for charges incurred for all treatment rendered, including services their insurer may determine to be unreasonable or not medically necessary.
What payment methods do you accept?
Optimal Health Center accepts all major US credit/debit cards, cash, and checks as payment. This includes any health savings account (HSA) card containing a Visa or MasterCard logo. Optimal Health Center cannot currently accept the Care Credit program as payment.
Will my insurance cover the cost of your treatments?
At this time in the state of California, naturopathic doctors cannot contract as an in-network provider within any insurance plan. However, if a patient’s insurance plan offers reimbursement for services provided by out-of-network providers like naturopathic doctors, the patient may submit a claim to that insurer to request reimbursement. As a courtesy, we can provide patients with a superbill after an appointment that they can submit to their insurer for reimbursement.
Please note: It is the patient’s responsibility to know his or her plan benefits. Optimal Health Center cannot be responsible for determining or assisting a patient with collecting insurance benefits.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The New Patient Appointment usually takes 60 minutes, during which time your doctor will capture your complete medical history with a comprehensive medical intake and identify patterns in your health. She will perform all physical exams and schedule any necessary diagnostic testing or imaging at this time.
At the conclusion of this visit, you will receive an individualized treatment plan. Your doctor will also recommend timeframes for return visits, usually about every four to six weeks depending on your condition.
Before you arrive for your New Patient Appointment, please complete the New Patient Paperwork and bring it with you. This will help your doctor tailor the treatment plan to your specific situation and save you time filling out forms at the office.
Would you describe your treatment plans?
Most treatment plans involve supplementation, dietary changes, and lifestyle adjustments. The goal, however, is to create a plan in partnership with you, the patient, so it can be one that you will commit to and truly follow. Our doctors believe in meeting patients where they are at currently, suggesting changes only at a speed and intensity that the patients feel is doable.
Treatment plans are also adjustable, meaning they can adapt to whatever circumstances may arise in your life. For example, if you are making progress quicker than anticipated, your doctor will reevaluate the plan, cutting back on certain supplements or putting more time between check-ups.
It is important to remember throughout the treatment plan that the end goal is rebuilding your body back to health by supporting its own natural processes. At times, this approach can take longer than pharmaceutical intervention, but the effects are longer lasting and address the root health problem. We encourage you to be patient with your body as you heal, rejuvenate, and journey down a path of lasting wellness.
Dr. Shannon Sinsheimer, ND
Medical Director & Naturopathic Doctor
Shannon Sinsheimer, ND, is a state-licensed naturopathic doctor and Medical Director of Optimal Health Center in Palm Desert, California. Doctor Sinsheimer earned her medical doctorate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon, the oldest accredited naturopathic medical college in North America.
During her education and training at NCNM, Doctor Sinsheimer completed advanced coursework and clinical training at the Homeopathic Medical College in Mumbai, India.
At Oregon Health and Science University’s Mind Research Center (ORCCAMIND), Doctor Sinsheimer assisted in clinical trials regarding the efficacy of naturopathic treatment protocol for patients diagnosed with neurological conditions. She also completed a one-year internship at the Center for Natural Medicine specializing in cardio-pulmonary wellness and endocrine disorders.
Doctor Sinsheimer served as a production coordinator for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) documentary series, Discoveries in Alternative Medicine: Naturopathic Physicians, presented by the American Health Journal. In an interview for the series, Doctor Sinsheimer discussed naturopathic treatment for chronic illness.
As a member of the Board of Directors for the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA), Doctor Sinsheimer has worked extensively with members of the California Legislature, the office of the Governor of California, and the staff of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to increase the public’s access to naturopathic health care.
In her own practice, Doctor Sinsheimer focuses her treatment plans on creating a path toward optimal wellness for each patient. Working with patients of all ages, she treats a wide range of cond
Dr. Jessica Needle ND
Jessica Needle is a state-licensed naturopathic doctor at Optimal Health Center. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.Doctor Needle's longstanding interest in human body stems from her participation in athletics as a youth and her work as a personal trainer and yoga instructor. Prior to becoming a naturopath, she gained extensive experience with patients during her work in a chiropractic office performing massage and adjunct physical therapy.
While studying naturopathic medicine, Doctor Needle became interested in the effects of food on health when she rid herself of back pain by changing her diet. This led to a post-graduate internship at TrueNorth Health Center, a medically supervised fasting facility in Santa Rosa, California. There, Doctor Needle learned to guide patients through water and juice fasts to help reverse high blood pressure, inflammatory conditions, and metabolic imbalances.
Doctor Needle's other work included primary care at Sedona Wellness Retreat where she furthered her skills in nutrition and detoxification while treating patients with cancer and chronic illnesses. She is experienced in using natural methods to help people reduce or eliminate the need for medication.
As a long-time instructor of classes at the recreational, vocational, and undergraduate levels, Doctor Needle values the concept of docere, meaning "doctor as teacher." She works to address the fundamentals of diet, exercise, sleep, and stress reduction to meet each individual patient's needs.
Doctor Needle is accepting new patients. Please contact Optimal Health Center to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.
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74-361 Highway 111, Suite 3
Palm Desert, California 92260
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.