Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 AzNMABy joining the AzNMA you support representation at the state legislature to ensure the strength of our licensing law & to promote naturopathic health care reform.
    Join AzNMA Today!
  2. Contact your LegislatorsYour voice is important! Contact your legislators and tell them that you support naturopathic healthcare!
  3. Donate money to support the AzNMA

    To make donations, please contact:
    Baron Glassgow
    Executive Director of the AzNMA
    (480) 921-3088
    director@aznma.org

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
director@aznma.org

 

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: info@aanp.com
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: dir@cnme.org

NORTH AMERICAN BOARD OF NATUROPATHIC EXAMINERS (NABNE)
Address: 9220 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite 119 Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (503) 778-7990
E-Mail: info@nabne.org
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: dacarter@bellsouth.netAlaska Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Scott Luper, ND
104 Kutter Road, #254
Fairbanks, AK 99577
Phone: (907) 451-7100
Email: aknaturopath@hotmail.comArizona Naturopathic Medical Association
Exective Director: Baron Glassgow
(mailing address only)
6501 E Greenway Pkwy #103-404
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (480) 921-3088
Email: director@aznma.org

Arkansas Naturopathic Physician's Association, Inc.
President: Ann Arouh, ND
1602 S. Buchanan St.
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 280-3255
Email: arouh1@yahoo.com

California Naturopathic Doctors Association
Executive Director: Kathy Konst
5601 W Slauson Avenue, #275
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: 310-670-8100
Email: executive@calnd.org

Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Dr. Deirdre Koloski
1111 Washington Ave., Suite 117
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (970) 667-7071
Email: SageHolistic@frii.com

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: info@cnpaonline.org

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: drsjbecker@aol.com

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: ganp@drmeaganharris.com

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: admin@hawaiind.org

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: info@ilanp.org

Kansas Association Naturopathic Physicians
President: Mehdi Khosh, ND
4824 Quail Crest Place
Lawrence, KS 66049
Phone: (785) 749-2255
Email: info@naturalmedicalcare.com

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: stporter@juno.com

Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors
President: Richard Maurer, ND
PO Box 3924
Portland, ME 04104
Phone: (207) 781-4447
Email: drmaurer@usa.net

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: dktrcar@msn.com

Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Michele Loewe, ND
Michigan ANP
PO Box 1656
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone: (734) 930-9883
Email: paintng@earthlink.net

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: lvilensky@mnanp.org

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: rbourgon@billingsclinic.org

Nebraska Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Randall Bradley, ND
7447 Franam Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Phone: (402) 391-6714
Email: drbrad2000@aol.com

New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors
President: Tina Beaudoin, ND
304 Riverway Place
Bedford NH 03110
Phone: (603) 623-6800
Email: drtinab@gmail.com

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: staubernd@cybermesa.com

New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Donielle Wilson, ND
303 Park Avenue South, #1175
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (800) 846-6778
Email: president@nyanp.org

North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Mike Smith, ND
301 W. Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Phone: (704) 708-4404
Email: ncanp@aol.com

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: docerin@optionsnaturopathic.com

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: info@oanp.org

Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Michael Reece, ND
P.O. Box 847
Brownstown, PA 17508-0847
Phone: (717) 859-4222
Email: panp@frontiernet.net

Puerto Rico Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Efrain Rodriguez Malave, ND
PO Box 193659
Hato Rey, PR 00919-3659
Phone: (787) 751-4682
Email: eframnre@caribe.net

Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Contact: Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND
144 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: (401) 455-0546
Email: sfrodermann@hotmail.com

South Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Stockton Jacobs, ND7 Logan Street, Unite E
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (540) 256-1045
Email: Stock.ND@gmail.com

South Dakota Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Lauri Aesoph, ND
717 South Duluth Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 339-9080
Email: aesoph@worldnet.att.net

Texas Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Jeanne Galloway, ND
P.O. Box 302523
Austin, TX 78703
Phone: (512) 695-2342
Email: uli@xmission.com

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: uli@xmission.com

Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Lorilee Schoenbeck, ND
PO Box 1915
Burlington, VT 05402-1915
Phone: (802) 860-3366
Email: LL@DrLorilee.com

Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Theresa Collier, ND
P.O. Box 5761
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 744-4927
Email: bewell@cavtel.net

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: executive@wanp.org

Wisconsin Naturopathic Physicians Association
President: Jill Evenson, ND
PO Box 2623
Madison Wisconsin, 53703
Phone: (800) 980-9672
Email: drjillevenson@charter.net

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