What are Naturopathic Doctors?
Naturopathic doctors are primary care providers that focus on prevention and healing in accordance to the body's own innate abilities. Naturopathic philosophy views disease as a processes, and that the restoration of vitality is also a process that is best achieved in accordance to the laws of nature. Naturopaths have a wide variety of therapeutic modalities at our disposal including botanical and pharmaceutical medicines, nutrition, counselling, homeopathy, physical medicine and others. We work with each patient on foundational health determinants to ensure what we hope to be lifelong wellness.
Naturopathic doctors (N.Ds) are graduates of naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) as recognized by the U.S Department of Education (The Association of Naturopathic Physicians, naturopathic.org). Naturopathic medical students must pass two sets of board licensing exams, including basic and clinical sciences called the Naturopathic Physician's Licensing Examinations (NPLEX I and II), through the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE, nabne.org).That is the short of it! The long of it is a life-changing four year post-graduate degree including a minimum of 1,200 hours of clinical training, which I have begun through the natruopathic medicine program at Bastyr University. Check out our national professional society, The American Association of Naturopathic Physician's (AANP) website at www.naturopathic.org, for more information and to locate a N.D near you.