FAQ

What is Naturopathic?

A revolution is taking place in health care. At the front of this revolution is naturopathic medicine, a system that focuses on promoting and maintaining health and wellness by the use of natural means and without the use of toxic therapies. Naturopathic doctors are trained specialists in a healing art, which uses non-invasive natural medicine. They are not medical doctors (M.D.s). Naturopathy is based on a belief in the body's natural ability to heal itself when given an appropriate internal and external healing environment. Naturopaths are not involved in the practice of medicine and do not use drugs or pharmaceuticals, nor do they perform abortions or surgery. They have traditionally been referred to as "drugless doctors." In reality, naturopathy deals with wellness and relief from conditions, which are the result of stress whether from mental, nutritional, environmental or physical factors.

 

What is a naturopathic doctor?

A naturopathic doctor (N.D.) is a primary health care practitioner who is trained in not just treating the symptoms, but also addressing the fundamental causes of one’s illness. As with a conventional medical doctor, a naturopathic doctor is a state licensed practitioner. A naturopathic doctor can either be a specialist or generalist, and is seen for achieving maximum health or diagnosing and treating chronic and acute conditions.

 

How is a naturopathic doctor educated?

A licensed naturopathic doctor attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in the same basic sciences as conventional medical doctors. In addition to the standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete training in clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, counseling, hydrotherapy, minor office procedures and pharmacology. A naturopathic doctor must pass rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed as a primary care general practice doctor, and must complete continuing education credits each year.

 

What should I expect at the first visit?

The initial visit is 60minutes long and includes a thorough medical history, a physical examination, and naturopathic medical assessment. Follow-up visits are usually 30 minutes long.

 

What services do we offer?

We provide medical care ranging from annual exams and well-child visits to treatment for acute conditions and ongoing chronic illnesses. We are focused on preventative medicine and strive to give the most complete care possible. We use a variety of laboratory testing facilities, and can collect most of the required samples in our office.

 

Do you accept insurance?

 

At this time we are accepting insurance from the following:  Regence, Premera, First Choice, United Health, BCBS,  Lifewise, Aetna and Cigna.

 

 

The Naturopathic philosophy advocates and promote better health through education and

non-invasive agents. Schedule an appointment online here .