Like MDs, Naturopaths are required to attend four years of medical school. Naturopathic students take coursework based on anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. Then, Instead of studying surgery, naturopatic curriculum diverges from conventional medical school and focuses on botanical medicine, nutrition, counseling, physical manipulation, hydrotherapy, exercise science, and environmental medicine and detoxification. At the end of the second year of medical school, naturopathic medical students must pass science board exams before completing their degree. Upon graduation, they must pass clinical board exams before they may apply for a state natuoropathic medical license.
Primary care physicians in the United States consist of family or general practice physicians, general internists, and general pediatricians. Naturopathic physicians are also licensed primary care providers, which means ALETRIS naturopaths can act as your family doctor.
Many patients first seek us out for our expertise in natural and alternative medicine. They are pleasantly surprised to learn that ALETRIS naturopaths can also serve as their family doctor, or primary care physician.
We treat our patients for any health concern that may arise, including yearly pap smears, illnesses, or a seasonal detoxification plan. ALETRIS patients love our unique emphasis on preventative medicine and our drug- and surgery-free approach to primary care.