A Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.)
Graduated from an accredited, rigorous four-five year program where students learn how to diagnose and treat with a variety of modalities, such as pharmaceuticals, nutrition, physical medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, IV therapy, and minor surgery, to not just treat the patient, but to search for the underlying cause. Our proficiency in drug/herb/nutrient interaction ensures you are getting optimal treatment.
A bachelor’s degree and pre-med requirements must be met before entering the program. We have two sets of board exams throughout the program to prove our competency in basic sciences, diagnostic procedures, treatment modalities, and emergency medicine. Additional requirements include shadowing ND’s, DC’s, MD’s, and DO’s, which only adds to our knowledge base, and ability to work with others.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
We help support the body by honoring and supporting our inherent self-healing process, while removing obstacles to cure.
Identify & Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
Our goal is to search, and remove, the underlying cause of illness.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocre)
The therapeutic order of healing allows us to formulate treatments specific to your needs by utilizing substances that minimize risk of harmful side effects and suppression of symptoms, all while respecting your healing process.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Naturopathic physicians educate and assist you throughout your journey, providing advice and contacts needed to help you reach your best potential.
Treat the Whole Person
Each patient deserves to be treated as a whole entity, with their own treatment plans, as we are a product of our physical, mental, genetic, social, and outside environment.
We assess risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease to further tailor our therapies to act as preventative medicine. In addition, ND’s are also trained to make appropriate interventions with other professionals with your best interest at heart.
A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) *must* have graduated from:
- National College of Natural Medicine (Portland, OR)
- Bastyr University (Kenmore, WA, & San Diego, CA)
- Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ)
- University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine(Bridgeport, CT)
- National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, Illinois)
- Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Why is this imporant?
Yes, our medicine is federally recognized, but unfortunately licensure is on a state-by-state basis. Without regulations, anyone can pass themselves off as a ND. In other words, if they did not go to one of the eight Naturopathic Medical Schools listed above, their education is different from what it means to gain the title of Naturopathic Doctor in the U.S.