Frequently Asked Questions:
is Naturopathic Medicine?
Answer: Naturopathic medicine is a distinct healing science
and philosophy that blends traditional natural therapies with
current advances in the study of human health. The fundamental
philosophy of naturopathic medicine lead to the following goals:
to treat the underlying nature or cause of
disease, not to just treat symptoms which are viewed as the
body's communication with us.
to support the natural healing power of
to remove obstacles to the healing process
to focus on the prevention of disease
to foster the promotion of good health
using not only natural methods but methods that support and
enhance a patient’s overall health.
should I go to a naturopathic physician?
Answer: Patients see me for many reasons. Generally they have
a health problem which has not been resolved and/or they are seeking
a different more natural approach to their health issues. My goal is
to identify the cause of the patient's concern and to treat that
cause. I do not want to just suppress symptoms which can drive the
are Naturopathic Physicians trained?
Answer: A licensed naturopathic physician (ND or NMD) attends
a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school after
completing a minimum of 3 years undergraduate pre-medical studies. A
naturopathic physician is educated in all of the same basic sciences
as a M.D. but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to
therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing
wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the
naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of
training in clinical nutrition, oriental medicine, homeopathic
medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A
naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams prior
to being licensed in a jurisdiction that regulates the practice of
naturopathic medicine. A licensed ND/NMD belongs to a regulatory
body that oversees standards of practice, complaints and discipline.
Naturopathic physicians must maintain continuing education and carry
Where may Naturopathic doctor's practice?
Answer: Currently, 14 states, the District of Columbia, two
US territories and four Canadian provinces have licensing laws for
naturopathic doctors. In these regions, naturopathic doctors are
required to graduate from a four-year, residential naturopathic
medical school and pass and extensive postdoctoral board examination
(NPLEX) in order to receive a license. Licensed naturopathic
physicians must fulfill state-mandated continuing education
requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice
defined by their state's law. In many states without licensure,
there are naturopathic medical organizations working with
legislators to pass licensing laws. The states, territories
and Canadian provinces that currently have licensing laws for
naturopathic physicians are: Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia,
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Manitoba,
Montana, New Hampshire, Ontario, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Utah,
Vermont, and Washington. Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S.
diagnostic & treatment services do Naturopathic Physicians provide?
Naturopathic physicians conduct a comprehensive health history.
Physical examinations are performed as indicated. The use of
standard diagnostic instruments and laboratory tests are utilized to
assist in diagnosis making. Specialty examinations and functional
testing may also be used for further assessment. Core
naturopathic medical therapies include, nutritional medicine,
botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese
medicine, physical medicine, psychological counseling and
preventative medicine. However, many NMD.s provide a variety of
other treatments appropriate to their level of training like Heavy
Metal Detoxification, Intravenous therapy, Neural Therapy and Facial
Naturopathic Doctors prescribe medications?
Naturopathic physicians licensed in Arizona are authorized to
prescribe pharmaceutical prescriptions. Although NMD's prefer to use
more natural therapies, prescriptions will be made when necessary.
Naturopathic doctor's are also able to work with compounding
pharmacists to formulate bio-identical hormones and other compounded
types of conditions do Naturopathic Physicians address?
Answer: Most naturopathic physicians address health concerns
that cover all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric
care. Both acute and chronic conditions are routinely treated,
however, some naturopathic doctors may have a practice that only
focuses on certain conditions. Medical emergencies are referred to
the local hospital. Although NMD's do not perform major surgery,
they can offer pre and post surgical support to promote healing and
Naturopathic Physicians cooperate with other practitioners?
Answer: Naturopathic physicians cooperate with other health
care providers and recognize the opportunity co-treatment and open
communication can provide. They refer patients to other
practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate and in a
patient’s best interest. Dr. Jeni welcomes working with other
health care providers including medical doctors, chiropractors,
dentists, massage therapists etc. She believes that an integrated
approach to health care is often the most effective.
would be a typical office visit with Dr. Jeni?
Answer: In general, for long standing chronic conditions, the
first visit is scheduled for 90 minutes. In advance, you will be
asked to fill in a comprehensive intake form, which Dr. Jeni will
refer to during the visit. An initial consultation comprises a
thorough history taking which includes chief complaints, current
signs and symptoms, past medical history, family medical history,
diet & lifestyle and a physical examination. A Bio-impedance
Analysis will be performed during this first visit. Lab test or
other assessments required will be ordered as necessary. The second
visit is when Dr. Jeni reviews the collected data and a specific,
individualized treatment program is outlined. This visit is
scheduled for 30 minutes. Subsequent follow-up appointments are
scheduled as needed.
Acute and minor concerns can usually be diagnosed and treated in one
visit with follow up visits scheduled as needed.
Insurance cover Naturopathic care and what are the fees?
Answer: Health insurance coverage varies with each insurance
company, the patients plan within the company and the naturopathic
physician’s affiliation with that company. Fortunately, insurance
companies are beginning to realize the savings to health care costs
possible with naturopathic medicine, so please inquire with your
insurance company about any coverage they might provide. Standard
lab tests ordered by a naturopathic doctor in Arizona are usually
paid for by an individual's health insurance. Dr Jeni does not
process insurance claims, but at your request, she can provide the
necessary paperwork for you to submit your expenses to your
insurance provider. At this time, Dr Jeni is pleased to
announce her affiliation with United Healthcare's Complementary Care
Network and offers a 20% discount on office visits to participants.
For fees, please contact the office for a fee schedule so that you
are familiar with the costs of the individual tests and services.
there a difference between the N.D. and the N.M.D. degree?
Answer: Universities and colleges may choose to call the
naturopathic degree they confer either the “Doctor of Naturopathy”
or the “Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine” degree. These are two
different names for the same degree. By either name, the degree is
usually abbreviated “N.D.,” but an institution that refers to its
naturopathic credential as the “Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine”
degree may abbreviate it either “N.D.” or “N.M.D.” Presently, all
colleges and universities with accredited or candidate naturopathic
medicine programs confer the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree
or, in Canada, the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine diploma. In all
states and provinces that regulate naturopathic medicine, except
Arizona, naturopathic physicians use the N.D. initials after their
names. In Arizona, they may use either the N.D. or N.M.D. initials;
the different sets of initials do not indicate a difference in scope
of practice, but only a preference by the individual physicians.
is the difference between a naturopath and a naturopathic physician?
naturopath is a term that has been used to sometimes inaccurately
refer to a naturopathic physician. In modern times, the term
naturopath refers to non-medically trained natural health providers
from correspondence/long distance education programs, short term
naturopathy schools, and grandfathered in practitioners of varied
backgrounds. Typically, naturopaths practice in unlicensed,
unregulated jurisdictions and do not have the same training or
privileges as that of a naturopathic physician. A licensed
naturopathic physician (ND or NMD) attends a four-year graduate
level naturopathic medical school after completing a minimum of 3
years undergraduate pre-medical studies. A naturopathic physician is
educated in all of the same basic sciences as a M.D. but also
studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong
emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition
to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is
required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition,
oriental medicine, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine,
psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous
professional board exams prior to being licensed in a jurisdiction
that regulates the practice of naturopathic medicine. A licensed
ND/NMD belongs to a regulatory body that oversees standards of
practice, complaints and discipline. Naturopathic physicians must
maintain continuing education and carry malpractice insurance.
is the difference between a naturopathic doctor and a homeopath?
Naturopathic doctors are generalists in alternative medicine. They
receive at least 3-years pre-medical training at university, then
4-years at an accredited naturopathic medical college. They are
primary care physicians with the ability to order lab tests and
prescribe pharmaceuticals in Arizona. They can choose from a variety
of therapies, including homeopath, according to each patient's need.
Homeopaths are considered specialists in alternative medicine. They
receive extensive training in homeopathy and would only prescribe a
homeopathic medicine to treat their patient.
Homeopaths and naturopathic doctors are licensed as health care
practitioners in Arizona.
you describe what homeopathy is in more detail?
Homeopathy is a highly systematic, scientific method of therapy that
respects the wisdom of the body. It is a method based on the
implementation of a pharmacological law called Similars. A German
doctor, Samuel Hahnemann first pronounced this law, in 1796. He
described it in this manner:
"Any substance which, when given in a strong dose, produces specific
symptoms in a healthy person, is likely, if given in a homeopathic
[i.e., infinitely small] dose, to cause those same symptoms to
disappear in a sick person."
Homeopathic medicine will not result in toxic or allergic side
effects. Homeopathy stimulates the body's natural healing
mechanisms. Proper nutrition, rest and exercise will enhance its