Naturopathic Medicine

First, Do No Harm


Naturopaths use therapies with the least amount of force necessary to restore balance and health in an individual.  Utilizing safe, non-toxic therapies minimizes unpleasant and potentially harmful side effects.

The Healing Power
of Nature

The body has the ability to heal itself!  Sometimes in today’s society we need to remove obstacles and give the body support to encourage that innate ability rather than overpower and dampen it with suppressive therapies.

Identify and Treat
the Cause

Symptoms are often the result of a deeper imbalance.  Sometimes treating the symptoms alone can worsen this imbalance.  Naturopaths seek to identify and correct this imbalance.  Identifying and treating the root cause of an illness is a process that requires time and commitment, but we firmly believe that it is the only road to total health!

Treat the Whole Person


Naturopaths look at physical, mental and emotional health.  All of these parts are intricately connected and must be balanced for health to be achieved.  In addition, we look at each individual individually.  All therapies are tailored just for you.

Doctor as Teacher


I will explain things to you in language that you understand.  I will empower you to take responsibility for your own health.  Docere, the origin of the word Doctor, means to teach or show in Latin.

Prevention is the
Best Cure

Optimizing health and preventing disease is a lot easier that treating disease.  Underlying imbalances, if not addressed, will lead to chronic disease over time.  Naturopaths are expert at identifying these imbalances.  The best cure for a disease is always to prevent getting it in the first place!

A Licensed Naturopathic Doctor
is different from a Naturopath!

Make sure you are working with a trained professional!

What's the difference?

Licensed Naturopathic Doctors have more than 1,200 hours of supervised clinical experience with more than 3,000 hours of classroom training. We pass national licensing exams and maintain a license with continuing education requirements.

Natural Therapies

Naturopathic medicine uses many different tools to support the pillars of health and encourage the body to return to health. The focus of naturopathic medicine is on: Healthy food absorbed and eliminated properly. Proper hydration. Restful sleep. Appropriate exercise. Stress management. Herbal and nutritional supplements. I use the following therapeutic approaches.

Lifestyle Changes

Our daily habits and activities are foundational to optimal health. Making lifestyle changes can be difficult but the payoff in terms of health benefits are huge. A health plan will often include recommendations to improve sleep, increase exercise, and remove obstacles to cure like tobacco use or poor stress management.

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Food As Medicine

Using food as medicine, identifying and removing food sensitivities, and the therapeutic use of nutritional supplements are often part of the individual health plan to promote health, correct deficiencies and address pathology.

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Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements are plants that have been dried into a tea or capsule or distilled into a tincture. These can be used therapeutically to support proper physiologic function and restore a body to health.

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Licensed Naturopathic Doctor Education

Four Year Graduate Level Medical Training

Licensed naturopaths complete a four year graduate level medical program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education which is recognized by the US Department of Education as a national accrediting body.  At school they receive over 4,300 hours of training in the basic medical sciences, conventional medicine, and cutting-edge natural therapeutics, including over 1,100 hours of direct patient contact.  After graduating with an Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, they must pass a medical licensing exam administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners.   Licensed naturopaths must complete continuing education requirements every year to maintain their license. (Jaie maintains a license in the state of Vermont.)

Areas of Training

In licensed states, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) practice as family practice primary care providers with the ability to diagnose and treat medical conditions, perform physical exams, and order laboratory testing. They are trained in nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine (herbs), homeopathy, physical medicine (hydrotherapy, manipulations, massage), minor surgery, IV therapy, and pharmaceuticals [scope varies state to state].  In unlicensed states, like Pennsylvania, NDs are not able to provide all of the services they were trained to provide.  NDs in unlicensed states act as health and wellness consultants and do not replace care with a primary care provider.

Protect Yourself

When you seek care from a naturopathic physician, always confirm that they have graduated from an accredited naturopathic medical college (a list can be found here). In states that do not have licensing laws for naturopathic physicians (such as Pennsylvania), any individual is able to call him or herself a naturopathic doctor, even if their education has been limited to online correspondence courses with no direct patient contact