Frequently Asked Questions
What education does a Naturopathic Doctor have?
Naturopathic Doctors have an undergraduate degree and study 4 years at a Naturopathic Medical School. Our training includes extensive coursework in the sciences and clinical training. I am a graduate of Bastyr University, one of the top naturopathic schools in the country. Naturopaths have passed the state board exams and are licensed family doctors in the state of Washington.
What should I expect at my first visit?
We will discuss your main health concerns and goals, order lab tests if needed, do a kinesiology (or muscle testing) evaluation and then put together an individualized treatment plan. The first appointment is 90 minutes, and subsequent visits are commonly 60 minutes.
What do Naturopathic treatments include? Can a Naturopathic Doctor prescribe medications?
For most patients, I suggest nutritional supplements. These include homeopathic remedies, vitamins, minerals and herbal combinations. In addition, lifestyle modifications, such as exercise or meditative techniques, enhance the nutritional supplementation. Naturopathic doctors can write prescriptions for antibiotics and many hormones such as thyroid, estrogen and progesterone.
Can I see a Naturopathic Doctor and still take my prescriptions?
Yes, we are trained to understand pharmaceuticals and do recommend supplements that are safe to take in combination with medications. Naturopathic medicine can help manage any side effects and enhance the effectiveness of your current prescriptions.
What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and a Naturopath? Naturopathic Doctors have a Bachelor's degree and have completed 4 years of Naturopathic Medical School from an accredited university. We also have passed two sets of National Board Exams; Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences. We are Board Certified, licensed by the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine in the State of California to diagnose and treat disease. This sets us as Naturopathic Doctors apart from Naturopaths.
What is the difference between a Naturopath Doctor and a Homeopath?
Naturopaths have a variety of treatment methods available for treatment of illness. Naturopaths are trained in homeopathic medicine, and other treatment methods, including nutrition, herbs, vitamins, and physical medicine.
Homeopaths use homeopathic remedies as the primary treatment for illness. Many types of practitioners incorporate homeopathy into their practice, such as, naturopaths, medical doctors, and osteopathic doctors. Someone who identifies themselves as a homeopath alone does not necessarily have a medical background.