What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic doctors  attend a 4 year doctoral accredited program that is recognized by the U.S Department of Education.

The curriculum includes two years of basic science (Anatomy, Cadaver Lab, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, etc.) very similar curriculum to conventional medical school and two years of clinical education seeing patients under supervision of licensed Naturopathic doctors and other licensed medical professionals.

We are trained as primary care doctors that focus on preventative medicine and treating the underlying cause of disease using various evidence based modalities such as Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, and Homeopathy. 

To become licensed to practice we must pass part 1 of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX) which focuses on the basic sciences and after we graduate we must pass a three day exam which focuses on clinical diagnosis and treatment.

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The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease "

Clinical Nutrition
We believe that food is medicine! In school, we receive more than 155 hours of nutrition education in the classroom and more than 1200 hours of applying nutrition to clinical care with patients. Diet and evidence-based nutritional recommendations are always considered as part of treatment.
Lifestyle counseling
We receive over 150 classroom hours of behavioral medicine and lifestyle counseling education. This allows us to help and empower patients when it comes to making decisions about their health
Although pharmaceutical drugs are not our first choice when it comes to treatment, both medical and clinical pharmacology is a large part of our curriculum. We study therapeutic uses, mechanisms of action, and adverse side effects of commonly prescribed medications used in primary care. Our education and clinical training also focuses heavily on botanical interactions with drugs. We also focus on working with patients to address any nutrient depletions that can occur due to the long-term use of some pharmaceutical drugs. A common belief is that Naturopathic doctors do not believe in using pharmaceutical drugs but we do! Oftentimes they are necessary for a patient and we fully support this.
Botanical Medicine
Botanical medicine is the practice of using medicinal plants and extracts in a safe and effective manner for acute and chronic disease as well as for overall health and wellness. In addition to clinical hours, we receive over 130 hours of classroom instruction on safe dosing, drug interactions and toxicity, and side effects. Various pharmaceutical drugs are actually derived from plants! One example is aspirin being derived from Salix alba (common name: Willow bark)
Homeopathy is a natural, gentle, non-toxic modality that supports the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Homeopathic remedies consist of active ingredients derived from plants, animals, or minerals that are extremely diluted and are absorbed and found on the surface of the white pellets that remedies usually come as . Remedies are often prescribed specifically based on a patient's unique symptoms. Overall homeopathy use can be very safe and effective.