Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness. Focusing on prevention and using natural substances and therapies, Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) support and stimulate the body's ability to heal itself.

About Naturopathic Medicine

The prime goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness, rather than to simply treat or suppress symptoms. The patient is seen as a whole person and the ND takes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions into account when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.

Naturopathic Doctors receive a minimum of 3 years premedical studies at university, followed by four years at a recognized College of Naturopathic Medicine. The education encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

There are currently 6 recognized schools in North America:

  1. Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto)
  2. Boucher Institute(Vancouver)
  3. Bastyr University (Seattle)
  4. National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR)
  5. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Scottsdale, AZ)
  6. Bridgeport Naturopathic College (Bridgeport, CT)

Graduates must pass North American licensing exams in order to practice in regulated provinces. Naturopathic Medicine has very recently become regulated in Alberta, but the public must be aware that there continue to be people using the ND title or calling themselves Doctor of Natural Medicine, who do not have equal training. The government is highly motivated to deal with this situation.

Dr. Dave Richmond, Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond and Dr. David Vojtisek are all licensed by the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta.