News : Naturopathic Doctor Brings Extensive Training and Expertise to the Treatment Table

Aug 20, 2013

 From the Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch

By Heikki Herb Perry

PORTSMOUTH — While naturopathic medicine sometimes gets a bum rap, naturopathic doctors in reality receive very much the same training as medical doctors in their first two years of medical school.

What really separates the two professions is both the philosophy as well as the additional training naturopathic doctors get in their third and fourth years of medical school, which includes in-depth training about ancient medical practices such as botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and physical medicine along with specialized training in cardiology, gynecology, and other disciplines. Many naturopathic doctors — or NDs, for short — often pursue post-doctoral training allowing them to specialize in therapies that have proved their value over time.

Naturopathic physicians learn a lot in school. They have a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education, which requires four years of naturopathic medical education from one of six recognized schools in North America. Naturopathic and conventional physicians receive similar training in the basic sciences during the first two years of medical school. Both study modern physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, and are trained to diagnose disease. Upon completion of this education, naturopathic physicians are qualified to work as primary care physicians.

Dr. Angela Lambert of Ancient Traditions Natural Medicine in Portsmouth earned her bachelor’s degree in music education and music therapy from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and received training as a licensed massage therapist from the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, Wash.

Before entering the National College of Natural Medicine in Oregon to become an ND, Dr. Lambert had to fulfill the same prerequisites as medical doctors — or “allopaths,” as they are called. These courses included chemistry, physics, biology and organic chemistry.

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