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?
- 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!
- Contact your LegislatorsYour voice is important! Contact your legislators and tell them that you support naturopathic healthcare!
- Donate money to support the AzNMA
To make donations, please contact:
Executive Director of the AzNMA
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
- 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:
- 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:
- Questions about CME Requirements and Approvals
- Pharmacology Examination
- Preceptorship Program
- Medical Assistants
- Questions about the Law and Prescriptive Authority
- List of Licensed NDs in the state of Arizona
6501 E. Greenway Pkwy. Suite 103-404
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 921-3088 Tel
(888) 430-7530 Fax
How does Naturopathic Licensing Work?
Are Naturopathic Physicians licensed in other states?
Fifteen states and two territories license naturopathic physicians as primary care providers.
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- 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
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.
NORTH AMERICAN BOARD OF NATUROPATHIC EXAMINERS (NABNE)
Address: 9220 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite 119 Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (503) 778-7990
President: Michael Traub, ND
Executive Director: Christa Louise
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
200-668 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 5Y6
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.orgAlaska Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Scott Luper, ND
104 Kutter Road, #254
Fairbanks, AK 99577
Phone: (907) 451-7100
Email: email@example.comArizona Naturopathic Medical Association
Exective Director: Baron Glassgow
(mailing address only)
6501 E Greenway Pkwy #103-404
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (480) 921-3088
Arkansas Naturopathic Physician's Association, Inc.
President: Ann Arouh, ND
1602 S. Buchanan St.
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 280-3255
California Naturopathic Doctors Association
Executive Director: Kathy Konst
5601 W Slauson Avenue, #275
Culver City, CA 90230
District of Columbia Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Stephanie Becker, ND
900 19th Street NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 457-8282
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
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
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
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
Nebraska Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Randall Bradley, ND
7447 Franam Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Phone: (402) 391-6714
New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors
President: Tina Beaudoin, ND
304 Riverway Place
Bedford NH 03110
Phone: (603) 623-6800
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
North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Mike Smith, ND
301 W. Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Phone: (704) 708-4404
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
Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Michael Reece, ND
P.O. Box 847
Brownstown, PA 17508-0847
Phone: (717) 859-4222
Puerto Rico Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Efrain Rodriguez Malave, ND
PO Box 193659
Hato Rey, PR 00919-3659
Phone: (787) 751-4682
Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Contact: Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND
144 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: (401) 455-0546
South Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Stockton Jacobs, ND7 Logan Street, Unite E
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (540) 256-1045
South Dakota Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Lauri Aesoph, ND
717 South Duluth Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 339-9080
Utah Association of Naturopathic Physicians
President: Ulrich Knorr, ND
2188 S. Highland Drive, Suite 207
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Phone: (801) 474-3684
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