Naturopathic Medicine is a form of medicine that combines the best of conventional medicine with the heart and history of traditional healing practices. People across the world practice Naturopathic medicine differently. Naturopathic physicians trained at accredited four year medical schools are trained with an expansive toolbox of medicinal modalities.
At the least invasive level, we are trained extensively in clinical nutrition, stress management, sleep restoration and teaching our patients about preventing illness and disease. As the interventions become more complex, we utilize herbal/botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulative techniques and physical therapies, pharmaceuticals, intravenous therapy and minor surgery.
Our training is thorough, rigorous and enables us to approach each patient with a fresh lens, open mind and ability to collaborate with each person. In addition to learning extensive treatment options, we are trained in methods of diagnosis, imaging and laboratory interpretation.
To me, it involves the careful process of accurately diagnosing, identifying the cause(s) inherent in that person, removing any obstacles to healing, and finally, giving the body, mind and spirit what it needs to make the way for healing to occur.
At the least invasive level, we are trained extensively in clinical nutrition, stress management, sleep restoration and teaching our patients about preventing illness and disease.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Primum Non Nocere
First Do No Harm
Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Healing Power of Nature
Treat the cause
Treat the whole person
Doctor as Teacher
Training & Credentials
Naturopathic medical schools are governed by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education which is recognized by the US Department of Education.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained as Primary care physicians, with over 4,100 hours of total instruction with 1,200 hours of hands on clinical training in an on campus Tier 4 patient-centered primary care home.
Naturopathic Doctors must take and pass two licensing exams before being considered eligible for licensure. NPLEX I and NPLEX II (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations) are administered by NABNE (North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners).
NPLEX I - Biomedical Science
NPLEX II - Core Clinical Science Examination
Elective Minor Surgery
Currently, 22 states offer licensure for Naturopathic Doctors. Each state that offers licensure thoroughly outlines the scope of practice and requires continuing education annually along with passing state and federal background checks.
Graduates can either go straight into practicing medicine, while others complete a 1-3 year CNME approved residency.
After graduating, I completed a 1 year CNME approved residency at my alma mater, the National University of Natural Medicine. This teaching and clinical practice residency focused on refining my primary care knowledge, while gathering further experience and expertise in Women's health, Endocrinology, Botanical Medicine and Oncology.