Doctor • New York
About Dr. Kalika
Dr. Sanna Kalika, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician, who is currently training with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Upon graduation from New York University with a degree in psychology, she completed her medical training at Ross University followed by an Internal Medicine residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Since her graduation in 2003, she has been practicing in the NY and NJ area in a variety of medical settings. She has extensive experience treating patients with multiple acute and chronic conditions.
In the recent years, Dr. Kalika’s attention has been drawn to the question of why, despite all the advancements in medicine, technology, and pharmacology, more and more people are affected by chronic illnesses, and at an earlier age. Using the principles of functional medicine, Dr. Kalika works with her patients to determine how and why illness occurs for each individual and helps them to restore their health by addressing the root cause of the problem rather than symptoms alone.
Dr. Kalika believes that building an equal and trusting partnership with a patient is the most important step in the healing process and always acts with her patient’s best interest in mind.
When not at Parsley, Dr. Kalika enjoys traveling the world, exploring the city and all it has to offer, spending time on the dance floor with good friends, being outdoors exploring hidden bike trails with her husband and two boys or simply cuddling on the couch with them while watching a good movie.
Frequently asked questions
Can Parsley Health be my primary care physician?
We are considered a primary care practice, so we treat all conditions that a primary care doctor would. We are not specialists. However, if you need to see an OBGYN, cardiologist, or surgeon, for example, you will be referred appropriately. The costs associated with the services provided by specialists or any other healthcare provider outside of Parsley Health are not covered by your Parsley Health membership. Beyond visits, the primary mode of communication with our care team is messaging. We answer quickly during the week (within 24 - 48 hours) and always have a doctor on call to address urgent issues on weekends and holidays. We are often able to take care of acute issues without the need for a visit. A few points to remember about your Parsley Health membership: 1. We do not take insurance. However, we can provide paperwork for you to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance. You can also pay for your membership using FSA/HSA dollars. 2. We are not available for same-day emergency appointments. 3. If you have a medical emergency, we recommend that you visit urgent care or an ER.
Is Parsley Health covered by insurance?
We do not accept any form of insurance. Parsley Health is classified as a primary care practice, but insurance companies don’t recognize our membership model. After each medical visit, a lab manager can provide a superbill that you can submit to insurance for out-of-network reimbursement. Many members choose to pay for their plans using FSA/HSA dollars.
What is included with my plan?
What’s Included: Doctor’s visit(s) Health coaching visit(s) Online billing and scheduling Unlimited messaging with your care team through an online patient portal (Parsley Membership only) Prescriptions for medications and supplements (Parsley Membership only) In addition to our services, you’ll have access to: Our online supplement store at a discounted price Members-only events Exclusive access to and deals from our wellness partners - our favorite places to sweat, stretch, zen, and shop!
Do I need health insurance if I have a Parsley Health membership?
A Parsley Health membership does not replace health insurance. We advise all members to maintain a separate health insurance plan of their choosing. For blood work, insurance frequently offers full coverage. Please also note that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) includes a requirement that all U.S. citizens purchase health insurance. A Parsley Health membership does not meet this requirement.
Is testing included in my membership fee? What costs can I expect to see?
Your doctor will work with you to customize testing orders based on your health needs and personal preferences. Costs for blood work and specialty tests are not included in the membership price. Blood work is usually covered by insurance. Specialty tests range in cost from $100 - $350. These tests, however, are completely optional.
What types of diagnostic testing does Parsley Health perform?
We offer both standard blood work and in-depth specialty testing to help construct a comprehensive picture of your health and better inform treatment. A personalized testing plan will be recommended by your doctor. All tests, however, are optional. Some of our most frequently prescribed specialty tests assess allergies, cortisol, genetics, microbiome health, and toxic metal levels.