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Naturopathic Medicine FAQ



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What is naturopathic medicine? 

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root causes of illness and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. These therapies are often referred to as “alternative” or “complementary” in reference to the conventional healthcare model. Naturopathic physicians integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies.

What education and training do naturopathic doctors have?

Dr. Kelly Simms has nine years of post-secondary education, including residency. Her undergraduate coursework included premedical prerequisites in biology, psychology, English, general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. She has a bachelor of science in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University where she graduated magna cum laude and earned her four year doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She completed a one year family practice residency in Brookfield, Wisconsin under the supervision of naturopathic doctors and conventional medical doctors.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine: One of the top naturopathic medical schools in the country located in Tempe, Arizona.

Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical CollegesA resource of all the four-year US Department of Education accredited institutions that grant a doctorate of naturopathic medicine degree

When would someone go to a naturopathic doctor?

Patients choose Dr. Simms for the following reasons:

    • – First choice for natural health and wellness
    • – Seeking an alternative to drugs or surgery
    • – Wellness and prevention
    • – Second opinions
    • – Supportive therapy during surgery, cancer treatment, or other treatments

Naturopathic physicians are unique in their healthcare philosophy and training. They are trained to look at all body systems when evaluating a person and his or her concerns. Their training involves laboratory diagnostics, physical examination and pharmacology, but treatment considerations include a wide range of natural therapeutics.

What is the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a specific system of medicine that uses diluted potencies of natural substances to stimulate the body to heal itself. Naturopathic physicians are trained in the use of homeopathy as a potential natural therapeutic treatment option.

Does Dr. Simms work with other health care professionals?

Quality health care involves teamwork and communication. Dr. Simms encourages collaboration between medical professionals. Dr. Simms will refer patients to other professionals when she feels their experience or training would be beneficial. Working with a naturopathic physician in conjunction with other medical professionals can be very beneficial for a patient.

Can I speak with Dr. Simms before I make an appointment?

Dr. Simms is happy to take calls via a scheduled 15 minute Prospective Patient Chat. This is an opportunity to explore your concerns and needs, whether it’s optimizing your health, addressing a specific concern or reducing your risk of chronic diseases. No recommendations are made until the initial visit.

Are naturopathic treatments well researched?

Naturopathic modalities such as nutrition,  herbal medicines and homeopathic medicines are well researched. In addition, many naturopathic recommendations are based on basic biochemical pathways of the body, thus inherently are well documented. A couple of monthly publications specific to naturopathic research are below:

Natural Medicine Journal

Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR)

What professional organizations exist for  Naturopathic Physicians?

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the national association for naturopathic physicians headquartered in Washington D.C. This is also a great way to search for an ND by location.