What's the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor, herbalist, natural therapist, homeopath, a doctor of natural medicine and a health counselor?
Naturopathic Doctor is a trained and licensed professional that graduated a four year Naturopathic Medical school and licensed by the Board of Naturopathic Medicine in one or more of the states of United States. There are only three fully accredited Naturopathic Medical schools in this country: SCNM, NCNM, and Bastyr University.
After completing a vigorous training program that includes all basic medical sciences, medical training, and clinical experience, many Naturopathic Doctors work as a Primary Care physicians or choose to specialize in many areas of medicine: Women’s Health, Pain management, Rheumatology, Urology, Endocrinology, and many others. The other practitioners like natural therapist, a health counselor, a doctor of natural medicine, and others, do not go through the same medical training and licensing process and do not have a degree of a Naturopathic Doctor.
Are Naturopathic Doctors covered by Medical Insurance?
Many Medical Insurance Companies cover naturopathic services. You will need to call your medical insurance company directly and ask about the coverage. In our office we do not submit claims with naturopathic services to Medical Insurance Companies but we provide patients with a detailed receipt explaining our services, which they can submit on their own.