Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Naturopathic Medicine?
    Public Vision Statement
    Feel GREAT Again™THE VISION OF THE AzNMA is to empower you to achieve optimal health by connecting you with a licensed Naturopathic Physician who specializes in natural treatments in addition to conventional medicine.Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care profession emphasizing:

    • prevention and treatment of disease
    • maintenance of optimal health
    • promotion of the individual's inherent self-healing process

    Naturopathic medicine accomplishes health care using holistic diagnosis in conjunction with the following therapies:

    • clinical nutrition
    • botanical medicine
    • homeopathic medicine
    • physical medicine
    • lifestyle counseling
    • pharmaceutical medicine
    • minor surgery

    How are Naturopathic Physicians trained?
    All modern licensed Naturopathic Physicians have Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degrees from federally recognized medical schools. Their education includes:

    • the same premedical undergraduate coursework required by other schools of medicine
    • a competitive application and admission process
    • graduation from a four-year, federally recognized, naturopathic medical school
    • two full years of supervised clinical internship
    • optional residency programs

    Naturopathic medical students study the same basic and clinical sciences as do other medical students, and in addition, a full spectrum of natural medicines and therapies.

    How do Naturopathic Physicians diagnose and treat people?
    As primary care providers, naturopathic physicians use:

    • standard medical diagnostic techniques such as extensive health history, physical examination, blood tests, radiology, and other standard laboratory procedures.
    • holistic interpretation in order to find the underlying cause of the disease process.
    • natural medicines and therapies as the first line of treatment, and rational use of drugs and surgery

    With advanced board certifications, some naturopathic physicians also practice as certified specialists.

  • How Can I Support Naturopathic Medicine?
    1. Become a member of the AzNMA

      By joining the AzNMA you support representation at the state legislature to insure the strength of our licensing law & to promote naturopathic health care reform.
      Join AzNMA Today!

    2. Contact your Legislators

      Your voice is important! Contact your legislators and tell them that you support naturopathic health care!

    3. Donate money to support the AzNMA

      To make donations, please contact:
      Baron Glassgow
      Executive Director of the AzNMA
      (480) 921-3088
      [email protected]

  • What is the Scope of Practice in Arizona?

    Naturopathic Physicians are licensed primary care providers who are specialists in holistic diagnosis and natural therapeutics. These physicians are trained to seek out the least invasive intervention required to effect a cure. Often, this is possible with diet counseling and lifestyle modification. Sometimes this requires the use of medication, physical therapeutics, or minor surgery. They are always looking for the underlying cause of the illness and do not just focus on the most apparent symptoms. Naturopathic physicians refer to specialists as needed, either within the profession or to allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) colleagues.Licensed Naturopathic Physicians receive extensive didactic and clinical training in the following modalities:

    • Clinical Nutrition
    • Dietary Supplementation
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Naturopathic Manipulative Medicine
    • Acupuncture
    • Botanical (Herbal) Medicines
    • Homeopathic Medicines
    • Pharmaceutical (Conventional) Medicines
    • Minor Surgery
  • Do I Contact the Naturopathic Medical Board (NPMB) or AzNMA?

    CONTACT THE AZNMA WHEN YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THESE SERVICES:Services for the Public:

    • Doctor Referrals & Resources
    • Public Memberships and Relations
    • Informative Resources about Naturopathic Medicine
    • Health Fairs and Events

    Services for Naturopathic Doctors:

    • Lobbying
    • CME Opportunities
    • Addressing Legislative Issues
    • Malpractice Insurance and Risk Avoidance Support for NDs
    • Semi-Annual State Convention for NDs
    • Purchasing Pharmacology Module Audio CDs
    • Relationships with Professional Associations
    • Membership Issues

    Contact NPMB when you are interested in these services:

    License Administration:

    • Questions about CME Requirements and Approvals
    • Certification
    • Pharmacology Examination
    • Proctoring
    • Complaints
    • Investigation
    • Compliance
    • Jurisprudence

    Licensing Issues:

    • Certification
    • Preceptorship Program
    • Medical Assistants
    • Questions about the Law and Prescriptive Authority
    • List of Licensed NDs in the state of Arizona

    AzNMA
    6501 E. Greenway Pkwy. Suite 103-404
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    (480) 921-3088 Tel
    (888) 430-7530 Fax

    Email Us:

    Baron Glassgow
    Executive Director
    [email protected]

     

  • How does Naturopathic Licensing Work?
    Are Naturopathic Physicians licensed in other states?

    Fifteen states and two territories license naturopathic physicians as primary care providers.

    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • Hawaii
    • Idaho
    • Kansas
    • Maine
    • Minnesota
    • Montana
    • New Hampshire
    • Oregon
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Washington
    • United States Territories: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
    What are the requirements for licensure in those states which license Naturopathic Physicians?
    • Graduation from an accredited four-year postgraduate naturopathic medical school.
    • Passage of a comprehensive nationally standardized exam called the Naturopathic Physician's Licensing Exam (NPLEX), given by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners.
    • Adherence to codes of conduct and ethics inherent in any professional licensure.
    • Why do consumers want licensed Naturopathic Physicians?
    • Licensing allows consumers to select from a broader range of responsible health care professionals.
    • Licensing assures consumers that naturopathic physicians have met rigorous nationally standardized educational standards.
    • Naturopathic medicine is cost-effective, scientifically sound, family friendly, less painful, and often more appropriate than conventional hospital medicine.
  • What Organizations Deal With Naturopathic Medicine?
    AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL COLLEGESAMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS (AANP)
    Address: 4435 Wisconsin Ave. NW Ste 403, Washington, DC 20016
    Phone: 866.538.2267
    E-Mail: [email protected]
    President: Michael Cronin, N.D.CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS

    COUNCIL ON NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL EDUCATION, INC. (CNME)
    Recognized by United States Department of Education as a specialized accrediting agency for schools, colleges, and universities that grant degrees of doctor of naturopathic medicine and doctor of naturopathy.
    E-Mail: [email protected]

    NORTH AMERICAN BOARD OF NATUROPATHIC EXAMINERS (NABNE)
    Address: 9220 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite 119 Portland, OR 97219
    Phone: (503) 778-7990
    E-Mail: [email protected]
    President: Michael Traub, ND
    Executive Director: Christa Louise

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  • What Naturopathic Medical Schools Are There?
    AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL COLLEGESBASTYR UNIVERSITY
    Naturopathic Medicine Program
    14500 Juanita Drive, N.E.
    Kenmore, Washington 98028-4966
    Phone: (425) 823-1300BOUCHER INSTITUTE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
    Candidate Programs
    200-668 Carnarvon Street
    New Westminster, BC V3M 5Y6
    Canada
    Phone: (604) 777-9981

    COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
    60 Lafayette Street
    Bridgeport, Connecticut 06601
    Phone: (203) 576-4109

    NATIONAL COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
    049 S.W. Porter
    Portland, Oregon 97201
    Naturopathic Medicine Program
    Phone: (503) 499-4343

    NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
    Illinois Campus:
    200 E. Roosevelt
    Lombard, IL 60148
    Phone: (800) 826-6285

    SOUTHWEST COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
    College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences
    2140 E. Broadway Road
    Tempe, Arizona 85282
    Phone: (480) 858-9100
    President: Dr. Paul Mittman, CEO
    President Phone: (480) 858-9100

    THE CANADIAN COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
    1255 Sheppard Avenue East
    North York, Ontario M2K 1E2
    Canada
    Phone: (416) 498-1255

  • What is the Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board?

    Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (NPMB)NPMB is the governing board of licensure and regulation of naturopathic medicine for the state of Arizona. Visit the NPMB Website for more information regarding their rules and regulations

  • What Other State Organizations Are There?
    Alabama Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Deborah Carter, ND
    The Shoals Natural Health Care Center
    503 State Street, Ste: 3
    Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
    Phone: (256) 386-9804
    Email: [email protected]Alaska Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Scott Luper, ND
    104 Kutter Road, #254
    Fairbanks, AK 99577
    Phone: (907) 451-7100
    Email: [email protected]Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association
    Exective Director: Baron Glassgow
    (mailing address only)
    6501 E Greenway Pkwy #103-404
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    Phone: (480) 921-3088
    Email: [email protected]

    Arkansas Naturopathic Physician's Association, Inc.
    President: Ann Arouh, ND
    1602 S. Buchanan St.
    Little Rock, AR 72204
    Phone: (501) 280-3255
    Email: [email protected]

    California Naturopathic Doctors Association
    Executive Director: Kathy Konst
    5601 W Slauson Avenue, #275
    Culver City, CA 90230
    Phone: 310-670-8100
    Email: [email protected]

    Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Dr. Deirdre Koloski
    1111 Washington Ave., Suite 117
    Golden, CO 80401
    Phone: (970) 667-7071
    Email: [email protected]

    Connecticut Naturopathic Association
    President: Ann Aresco, ND
    c/o Kensington Naturopathic Medical Clinic
    355 New Britain Road
    Kensington, CT 06037
    Phone: (806) 829-0707
    Email: [email protected]

    District of Columbia Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Stephanie Becker, ND
    900 19th Street NW, Suite 250
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: (202) 457-8282
    Email: [email protected]

    Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association, Inc.
    President: Michelle Clark, ND
    537 Fore Drive
    Bradenton, FL 34208
    Phone: (941) 747-0627

    Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Meagan Nicole Harris, N.D.
    c/o Ascent to Health
    4340 Georgetown Square, Suite 612
    Phone: (770) 374-7600
    Email: [email protected]

    Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: David Kern, ND, LAc
    PO Box 941
    Kihei, HI 96753
    Phone: (808) 874-5660
    Fax: (808) 874-5661
    email: [email protected]

    Idaho Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Jeremiah Stevens, ND
    c/o Lake City Naturopathic Care Inc.
    1802 North 15th Street
    Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
    Phone: (208) 651-7491

    Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Lise Alschuler, ND
    MRMC-CTCA
    2520 Elisha Ave
    Zion, IL 60099
    Phone: (847) 872-6364
    Email: [email protected]

    Kansas Association Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Mehdi Khosh, ND
    4824 Quail Crest Place
    Lawrence, KS 66049
    Phone: (785) 749-2255
    Email: [email protected]

    Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Stephany Porter, ND
    c/o The Bodhi Clinic
    701 Morris Tongue Drive
    Millersville, MD 21108
    Phone: (410) 923-8888
    Email: [email protected]

    Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors
    President: Richard Maurer, ND
    PO Box 3924
    Portland, ME 04104
    Phone: (207) 781-4447
    Email: [email protected]

    Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors
    President: Carol Rainville, ND
    c/o Inside Out Health and Wellness
    162 Main Street
    Wenham, MA 01984
    Phone: (617) 699-0812
    Email: [email protected]

    Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Michele Loewe, ND
    Michigan ANP
    PO Box 1656
    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
    Phone: (734) 930-9883
    Email: [email protected]

    Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Leslie Vilensky, ND
    c/o Minnesota Valley Naturopathic Clinic
    702 Columbus Avenue South
    New Prague, MN 56071
    Phone: (952) 758-5988
    Email: [email protected]

    Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    Executive Director: Gail A. Brockbank
    c/o Premier Planning
    PO Box 217
    Helena, MT 59624
    Phone: (406) 442-4141
    Email: [email protected]

    Nebraska Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Randall Bradley, ND
    7447 Franam Street
    Omaha, NE 68114
    Phone: (402) 391-6714
    Email: [email protected]

    New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors
    President: Tina Beaudoin, ND
    304 Riverway Place
    Bedford NH 03110
    Phone: (603) 623-6800
    Email: [email protected]

    New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Jack Larmer, ND
    34 Bussell Court
    Dumont, NJ 07628
    Phone: (201) 385-7106

    New Mexico Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Catherine Stauber, ND, DHANP
    P.O. Box 31552
    Santa Fe, NM 87594
    Phone: (505) 454-9525
    Email: [email protected]

    New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Donielle Wilson, ND
    303 Park Avenue South, #1175
    New York, NY 10010
    Phone: (800) 846-6778
    Email: [email protected]

    North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Mike Smith, ND
    301 W. Weaver Street
    Carrboro, NC 27510
    Phone: (704) 708-4404
    Email: [email protected]

    Ohio Chapter of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Erin Holston, ND
    2460 Fairmont Blvd., Suite 219
    Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
    Phone: (216) 707-9137
    Email: [email protected]

    Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    Executive Director: Laura Culberson Farr
    P.O. Box 5876
    Portland, OR 97228
    Phone: (503) 262-8586 / (877) 500-6277
    Email: [email protected]

    Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Michael Reece, ND
    P.O. Box 847
    Brownstown, PA 17508-0847
    Phone: (717) 859-4222
    Email: [email protected]

    Puerto Rico Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Efrain Rodriguez Malave, ND
    PO Box 193659
    Hato Rey, PR 00919-3659
    Phone: (787) 751-4682
    Email: [email protected]

    Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    Contact: Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND
    144 Waterman St.
    Providence, RI 02906
    Phone: (401) 455-0546
    Email: [email protected]

    South Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Stockton Jacobs, ND7 Logan Street, Unite E
    Charleston, SC 29401
    Phone: (540) 256-1045
    Email: [email protected]

    South Dakota Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Lauri Aesoph, ND
    717 South Duluth Avenue
    Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    Phone: (605) 339-9080
    Email: [email protected]

    Texas Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Jeanne Galloway, ND
    P.O. Box 302523
    Austin, TX 78703
    Phone: (512) 695-2342
    Email: [email protected]

    Utah Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Ulrich Knorr, ND
    2188 S. Highland Drive, Suite 207
    Salt Lake City, UT 84106
    Phone: (801) 474-3684
    Email: [email protected]

    Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Lorilee Schoenbeck, ND
    PO Box 1915
    Burlington, VT 05402-1915
    Phone: (802) 860-3366
    Email: [email protected]

    Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    President: Theresa Collier, ND
    P.O. Box 5761
    Midlothian, VA 23112
    Phone: (804) 744-4927
    Email: [email protected]

    Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    Association Manager: Shawnee Keck
    9500 Roosevelt Way, NE, Suite 300C
    Seattle, Washington 98115
    Phone: (206) 547-2130 / (877) 788-8882
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Wisconsin Naturopathic Physicians Association
    President: Jill Evenson, ND
    PO Box 2623
    Madison Wisconsin, 53703
    Phone: (800) 980-9672
    Email: [email protected]