Dr. Sterner is a native to San Diego since 1963; he graduated from Point Loma High School, received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and trained at UCLA Medical School and UCSD Medical in surgery. Dr. Sterner began his Medical practice in 1983 doing house calls in San Diego specializing in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Optimal Wellness through Weight Management. Dr. Sterner soon opened an office in Old Town and in 1997 was the first physician in San Diego to offer Medical Marijuana Evaluations. In early 2000 he learned how to inject Botox for reduction of fine lines in the forehead, frown and crow’s feet and Anti-Aging medicine evolved into his Alternative Health Clinic. Since 2005 Dr. Sterner has integrated the principles of Sally Fallon, the author of Nourishing Traditions and the co-founder of the Dr. Weston A Price Foundation into his Anti-Aging practice. This is a non-profit foundation committed to "restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism". Dr. Sterner attributes his success to a method of critical thinking called the Trivium Method which he recommends his patients learn in collaboration with the community at Tragedy and Hope .
Hours: Call for available appointments and walk-in hours.
Promotions: New patients receive a free I.D. card. Discounts available for Veterans, Medi-Cal, Medi-Care, SSI and low/fixed income.
At Alternative Care Clinics patients can be evaluated to see if medical marijuana can benefit their condition in a safe, confidential and professional environment. We also provide law enforcement and co-ops with reliable and consistent verification of patients. We are HIPAA compliant and protect patient privacy at all times. We are dedicated to providing our community of patients with resources, support and compassion. At ACC we are proud to say “we make a difference in California.”
The law in California states that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes. Marijuana can be used in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief. At Alternative Care Clinics we believe in serving our patients in a safe, comfortable, and professional environment. Patients can be evaluated by a reliable, qualified and compassionate California licensed physician to see if medical marijuana is right for them. Our goal is to provide patients with access to alternative therapies and accurate information regarding medical marijuana. Find Out More.
At Alternative Care Clinics we believe in serving the doctors and their patients in a safe, comfortable, and professional environment. Patients can be evaluated by a reliable, qualified and compassionate California licensed physician.
Each clinic is centrally located and all of the clinics are wheelchair accessible. The clinics encompass a holistic feel, balanced with a professional and comfortable environment. You will find ample parking conveniently located close to all of the clinics.
Fee for the Clinic
Please call us for the current evaluation rate. We accept cash or credit (VISA, MC and Discover). The physician’s fee for the clinic is valid for one year of service with the doctor. This means if you need a follow up appointment, there will be no extra charge to you for up to one year. Payment can be made in cash, credit or debit cards. Full payment is collected at the time of the visit.
Arriving at the Clinic
After arriving at the clinic, a well-trained and friendly clinic manager will greet you and have you start on your patient intake forms. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the paperwork. You will also receive a patient information packet filled with practical information about the laws concerning medical marijuana, as well as patient resources that you may find helpful. The packet is designed to educate patients and have you leaving the clinic as prepared as possible. After you complete the paperwork, you will consult with the physician about your medical history.
During an evaluation the physician evaluates a patient’s medical condition, reviews the patient’s medical records, discusses alternative treatment plans, and explains the effects and benefits of medical marijuana. You and the doctor will develop a plan for your use of cannabis. In some cases the physician may refer you to another doctor for an additional diagnosis or opinion. Please discuss your medical condition and address any medical questions you have with the physician.
Letter of Recommendation
If you qualify, you will be issued a letter of recommendation from the physician. This will be your proof that you are now a legal cannabis patient in California. You will be able to exercise all of the rights under Prop 215 and SB 420. As long as you act within the guidelines of the state law you will be able to consume, carry and grow cannabis legally in California. You will be able to legally integrate medical marijuana into your treatment plan. Your recommendation will be signed by the physician and embossed. We will give the patient their original letter of recommendation. If you lose your original we can supply you with a replacement for an additional service charge.
Please note that the physician has appointed ACC as the custodians of records and that ACC will have a copy of your paperwork. We value and protect the privacy of our patients and their records. We will not release your records to anyone, unless you come into our office and request a release of records.
We DO NOT report or turn in any lists to any agency state or federal agency. Patient’s records are strictly confidential. We strive to make this experience as comfortable and informative as possible for the patients.
We make a difference one patient at a time.
At an ACC clinic, patients can be evaluated to see if medical marijuana can benefit their condition in a safe, confidential and professional environment by a reliable, qualified and compassionate California licensed physician. We provide law enforcement and co-ops with reliable and consistent verification of patients. We are HIPAA compliant and protect patient privacy at all times. We are dedicated to providing our community of patients with resources, support and compassion. We have locations in San Diego, Long Beach, Palm Springs and Temecula to serve our community. At ACC we are proud to say “we make a difference in California."
9AM-9PM, OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
To coordinate the cooperative efforts of a group of qualified patients, caregivers, and physicians in the safe acquisition, distribution and cultivation of medical grade cannabis for use under California Proposition 215(HS11362.5) and California Senate Bill 420(HS 11362.5)
Developing a leading network of members to build a solid foundation for a full service natural wellness center.
CCWC is a strictly Not-For-Profit California mutual benefit cooperative corporation ,abiding by all laws and regulations set forth by the California state voters and the state attorney general. CCWC is run in strict compliance with CHSC 11362.775 & 11362.5(d)(e)., Prop 215/ SB420 and pays all required taxes.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you find the right medicine for your condition.
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: 9:00AM TO 11:00AM
HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL: 2:00PM TO 4:20PM
LAST CALL SPECIAL: 7:00PM TO 9:00PM
**Minimum $40 donation required with all specials.
FREE MEDS INCENTIVE PROGRAMS:
**Minimum $40 donation required**
SAN DIEGO FOOD BANK CANNED FOOD DRIVE:10 CAN maximum per visit.
4,435 pounds donated to date!!!
MEMBER REFERRAL PROGRAM.
SSI/VETERANS BENEFITS PROGRAM:
-Available to SSI,SDI,SSDI recipients and Disabled veterans
-Receive 15% off the 2,3 and 4 star menu
-Please bring your 1099 with proof of benefits or disabled veterans card to qualify
-Verifications will be completed on Mondays.
MJ Horticulture: $26.95, Cannabible Boxed Set: $26.95, Closet Cultivator: $16.95
Big Book of Buds: $22.95, Big Book of Buds 2: $22.95, Big Book of Buds 3: $22.95