Frequently Asked Questions

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary healthcare profession, that emphasizes prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.

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What is the difference between an unlicensed naturopath or Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD)?

A naturopath is not the same as a licensed naturopathic medical doctor.

Licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctors (or NMDs) attend accredited, 4-year, in-residence naturopathic medical schools. This education includes over 4,100 hours of class and clinical training, three observed clinical exams (OSCEs), and qualifications to take naturopathic physicians licensing examinations (NPLEX).

Naturopathic doctors can order diagnostic tests such as blood tests, X-rays, and MRIs, and in some states, prescribe prescription drugs or hormones and may perform minor surgery or office procedures. Licensed naturopathic doctors carry malpractice insurance and are committed to lifelong learning through continuing education.

The Idaho Naturopathic Medical Licensure Board oversees the standards of practice, complaints, and discipline for all licensed NMDs in the state of Idaho.

In Idaho, the terms “naturopath”, “naturopathic doctor,” and “ND” are unregulated and can be used by anyone with or without training. Their naturopathic education is not overseen by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. They do not take licensing examinations and are not licensed to practice naturopathic medicine.

Can Naturopathic Medical Doctors treat _____?

Naturopathic medical doctors are trained to treat patients in a whole-person approach, addressing both specific health conditions and the being as a whole. Many naturopathic medical doctors focus their practice on specific disease conditions or patient populations but do so keeping in mind the whole person.

Dr. Michael’s clinical strengths include pediatric and family medicine, ADHD, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, endocrine and hormones, mental health, and neurological conditions. He is also able to support patients with a broad range of other health conditions. To see if he would be a good fit for you, schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

Can you treat patients who live outside of Idaho?

Dr. Michael is licensed in Idaho and can treat patients all across Idaho via telemedicine. Currently, Dr. Michael is unable to consult with clients outside of Idaho. However, he will be working on making that possible in the coming months. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for when that opens up, please contact us or go to the Book an Appointment page where you can add yourself to the waiting list.

Do Naturopathic Medical Doctors prescribe pharmaceutical medications?

Yes. With the exception of controlled substances, NMDs in Idaho are licensed to prescribe many pharmaceutical medications to help treat a variety of conditions. However, pharmaceuticals are not the “go-to” for treatment. In his practice, Dr. Michael prioritizes natural, lower-risk, holistic treatment strategies to support the whole person, considering pharmaceuticals as a last resort when needed. He can, and will when needed, prescribe antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and other pharmaceuticals with the goal to support your health.

Do you accept insurance? What forms of payment do you take?

To provide the highest standards of care for you and your family, we do not bill insurance. However, we are happy to provide you with all necessary insurance documents for you to submit to your insurance provider. Your insurance plan will determine the extent of reimbursement for naturopathic medical services.

We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, HSA/FSA funds, and checks.