What Is An ND?

In order to become a licensed naturopathic physician, one must complete undergraduate premedical course work and then attend a four year accredited naturopathic medical school. Following graduation, there is a three day long series of national accreditation exams that must be passed before a candidate is eligible for license, to practice naturopathic medicine. The successful completion of these exams enables the naturopathic physician to practice primary care medicine in accordance with the licensure laws of their particular state. In order to be fully licensed in a particular state a candidate must sit for, and pass, additional state exams. To maintain an active license, continuing education courses must be completed every year in accordance with Oregon's rigorous standards.  In states that license and regulate naturopathic practitioners, we are primary care physicians. The ability to navigate standard diagnostic assessment and pharmaceutical medication with natural therapeutics creates ideal outcomes for patients suffering with chronic conditions.   Whether the goal is optimizing and maintaining your health or addressing a worsening degenerative process, naturopathic physicians are the best suited doctors trained at understanding the complexity of human physiology.  

Accreditation

Following graduation, there is a three day long series of national accreditation exams that must be passed before a candidate is eligible for license, to practice naturopathic medicine. To maintain an active license, continuing education courses must be completed every year in accordance with Oregon's rigorous standards.


Education

In order to become a licensed naturopathic physician, one must complete undergraduate premedical course work and then attend a four year accredited naturopathic medical school. In states, such as Oregon, that license and regulate naturopathic practitioners, we are considered primary care physicians.

Philosophy

The philosophy of Naturopathic medicine is core to the therapeutic approach for treating illness and restoring health.  The guiding principle is to "Identify and Treat the Cause": 

We strive to identify and remove any obstacles to healing and causes of harm instead of merely suppressing symptoms of disease.

The Healing Power of Nature: We recognize an inherent self-healing process in an individual. Naturopathic physicians work to facilitate and maximize this inherent healing ability.

Identify and Treat the Cause: We strive to identify and remove any obstacles to healing and remove any causes of harm instead of merely suppressing symptoms of disease.

First Do No Harm: We begin with the least invasive and least harmful of treatments to gently stimulate healing.

Doctor as Teacher: We spend time with patients allowing them to understand the disease and healing process and how to become responsible for their own health.

Treat the Whole Person: Instead of piecing apart one’s illness by symptoms, we put the whole picture together and find a treatment plan for the whole person.

Prevention: We assess risk factors, susceptibility of disease, and make appropriate suggestions regarding lifestyle changes that can promote health and prevent disease. This is truly the cornerstone of naturopathic medicine.