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Who is a Naturopathic Physician?

Naturopathic physicians (N.D.ís) are general practitioners trained as specialists in natural medicine. They are educated in the conventional medical sciences, but they are not orthodox medical doctors (M.D.ís). Naturopathic physicians facilitate the restoration of health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, exercise therapy, counseling, hydrotherapy, Chinese medicine, etc. They tailor these approaches to the needs of the individual patient. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic. Naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.

In practice, Naturopathic physicians perform physical exams, laboratory testing, gynecology exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, x-ray examinations and other diagnostic tests. They are the only primary care physicians clinically trained in the use of a wide variety of natural therapeutics. They combine and tailor these treatments to the needs of the individual, based on a cogent philosophy that acknowledges the patient as a participant.

The Naturopathic physician has a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) degree from a four-year graduate level Naturopathic medical college. In states where they are regulated, Naturopathic physicians must pass either a national or a state level board examination, and their actions are subject to review by a State Board of Examiners.

Dr. Donald Leathers associates true health with the balances of body, mind, and spirit. He encourages his patients to take an active role in their own healing process. To facilitate this process, he utilizes a variety of conventional and integrative treatment modalities, considering each individualís unique qualities.

Dr. Donald Leathers offers a free initial consult. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact him at Phoenix Rising Center.