Studying and Practicing Naturopathy in New York State
This post is mostly directed at any naturopathic doctors or practitioners of alternate medicine, but anyone can post information, experiences and opinions if they like.
I'm a pre-med undergraduate interested in studying naturopathic medicine and have looked at various schools that offer naturopathic degrees, but I'm worried that after I get my ND I won't be able to practice in my home state of New York. Currently, there are only 16 states and 5 Canadian provinces that offer a license for naturopathic doctors. Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges - Naturopathic Doctor Licensure Map
So what's the difference between practicing in a licensed state and practicing in a non-licensed state? I recently met with a naturopath who practices in Western New York and asked her about this. A licensed naturopath in a licensed state (ex. Washington) can be a primary physician, equivalent to a MD. He or she can also order labs, blood work, prescribe prescription-medications/supplements, perform physical examinations and in some cases, when properly trained, perform minor surgery. Insurance will also commonly cover naturopathic treatments. Meanwhile, in an unlicensed state, a naturopath can only advise patients and does not have access to the same medical resources as a licensed MD.
I would like to be able to practice in a licensed setting, however I really love New York state, especially the western/finger lakes region.
For those of you that live in a state or province that does not offer a naturopathic license, and you want access to naturopathic medicine, send a letter to your state legislators. Many states are in the process of passing the required legislature.
What I would like to know from anyone with an ND or practices alternative medicine, is where they practice, what their situations are like, and if they practiced in an unlicensed state how they handled their respective practices.
What schools did you get your ND or other degrees at?
Do you have an additional degree or license along with an ND?
What made you decide to study naturopathy/alternative medicine?
For those of you that are reading this just out of curiosity and aren't naturopaths:
Do you see a naturopath or recieve any alternative treatments?
Did you like it? Was it effective?
What was your impression of a naturopath and how was it different from your experiences with a MD?
I'd appreciate genuine honest answers and any comments I'm very interested in studying naturopathy and want to get as much information and advice as I can from a variety of people.
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