Licensed naturopathic doctors attend four-year, graduate level programs at institutions recognized by the US Department of Education. There are currently five such schools in the United States (I attended the Natural University of Natural Medicine). Naturopathic medical
schools provide the same foundational coursework in basic medical sciences as conventional medical schools; we learn anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and pathology to understand the human body in health and disease. The final 2 years of the program involve more in-depth study of specialty areas with applied clinical education. The focus throughout is on natural and holistic therapies and preventative health, though we also learn about conventional medical treatments and pharmacology so we that can work collaboratively and refer appropriately when needed.
Please note: I am not a medical doctor nor do I claim to diagnose or treat medical conditions. You will need to continue seeing your medical doctor(s) for evaluation and treatment and keep them apprised of any supplements you are taking. I am knowledgeable about common interactions that may occur between prescription medications and herbs or nutrients and can recommend a plan that will enhance your current regime. The services I offer are educational in nature and are intended to improve your health on a foundational level.
Naturopathic doctors are currently licensed in 22 states and the District of Columbia. They must pass comprehensive board exams and pursue annual continuing education in order to fulfill licensing requirements. At this time there is no established licensure process in South Carolina, therefore I maintain my license in the state of Vermont (license number 099.0062308). There are many practitioners of natural healing methods who call themselves naturopaths but who have no medical or clinical training. Licensure in regulated states helps the public differentiate between practitioners so they may make an informed decision for their health care needs.