Emotional Support Animal Specialist

New Leaf Wellness Center

Wellness Center located in Culver City, CA

Animals are naturally empathetic, and a pet can be a tremendous healer. If yours provides you with relief from mental disabilities, contact New Leaf Wellness and Morton Barke, MD, to qualify your pet as an emotional support animal. Call the office located in Culver City, California, to have your pet qualified to accompany you in most areas pets are usually not allowed.

Emotional Support Animal

What is an emotional support animal?

An ESA, or emotional support animal, provides therapeutic support to its owner. Dogs are not the only animals that qualify — any animal can.

Emotional support animals do not have to have specific training and are not protected by the American with Disabilities Act which means they don’t have the same rights as service dogs. But ESAs are allowed to live in pet-free housing and fly in the main cabin of an airplane.


What conditions qualify me for an emotional support animal approval letter?

Not everyone qualifies for an emotional support animal letter of approval. You must have one or more of the following:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Personality disorders

You can have multiple medical conditions and a medical support animal to support each of these needs. It’s possible to have multiple animals on the same emotional support animal letter. But be aware that some airlines and housing units require a separate letter for each animal.


What should I expect during an evaluation for an emotional support animal?

During the evaluation, you fill out paperwork regarding your medical history and sign a general consent form. Dr. Barke evaluates you and your medical history to determine whether you qualify for an emotional support animal.

If you are eligible, the fee for the evaluation and letter of approval is $100.


How do I schedule an emotional support animal evaluation?

You can use the online scheduler or call for an appointment. We also accept walk-ins as late as 20 minutes before closing. Bring any of your medical records for review. These aren’t required, but do help with the process.


Does the ESA letter work with any airline or housing unit?

Some airlines and facilities require additional forms and modified letters. We can provide those at an additional charge of $10 per form. Airlines that require this include, but may not be limited to:

  • American Airlines
  • Jet Blue
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Delta
  • United Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines

You’ll also need a modified letter or form for international flights.

To learn how to qualify your supportive pet as an ESA, call the office, book an appointment online, or just come on in.