What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors (ND)s are licensed naturopathic medical practitioners who are trained in the medical sciences plus natural therapies. All practicing and regulated NDs ahve completed an undergraduate degree prior to completing four years of naturopathic medical school, have passed NPLEX 1 and 2 (standardized North American Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams in the biomedical sciences and clinical modalities, respectively) and met the requirements to register with his/her state or provincial regulatory body.
During the last year of ND schooling, we completed a one-year clinical internship seeing patients under a licensed naturopathic doctor at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic or a satellite clinic located in the Greater Toronto Area (for graduates of CCNM). This exposed us to a variety of different conditions and people of different ethnicities and cultures.
Naturopathic doctors conduct medical histories and physical exams much like you would have done at your MDs office using standard medical equipment and diagnostics. We are also trained in interpreting laboratory tests (and can order them at an additional cost to you). The philosophy and treatment approach is where we differ. NDs can recommend treatments to help alleviate symptoms in the short-term but we are really working with you to help identify and treat the root cause, in the long term, via an individualized treatment approach.