Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. They diagnose, prevent and treat acute and chronic illness, restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person’s inherent self-healing process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them. They utilize diet, lifestyle, botanicals to remove obstacles to health, support weakened body systems, and stimulate the self-healing mechanisms in the body.
Dr. Poulos graduated from an accredited naturopathic medical school, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and interned during her clinical training at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and Brampton Civic Hospital.
Accredited naturopathic medical schools are four-year, in-residence, hands-on medical programs where students are educated in the biomedical sciences as well as the latest advances in science, natural approaches to therapy, disease prevention and clinical techniques.
Additionally, students complete four years of training in disciplines such as clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and counseling. For at least the final two years of their medical program, naturopathic medical students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals. College accreditation is given by the United Department of Education and there are currently only 6 accredited schools in North America.
Yes, it is! The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. Sounds a lot like Naturopathic Medicine, doesn’t it!
You can get certified in “functional medicine” through the Institute of Functional (IFM) Medicine and many practitioners like MDs, DOs, DCs (chiropractors) continue their medical education by pursuing this separate designation. However, it’s not a board-certified designation which is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that there is no regulatory body that stipulates how a practitioner should practice.
Since Michigan is not a licensed state for naturopathic medicine, ND’s are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care. Although Dr. Poulos is trained as a primary care physician, she works as a Naturopathic Health Consultant in the State of Michigan.
No. Naturopathic doctors in the State of Michigan have yet to be recognized as healthcare professionals. Until the state licenses Naturopathic Doctors, it cannot be covered under insurance. Efforts by the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians are under way to license Naturopathic Physicians in the state of Michigan.
Since our office is located inside of Emcura Urgent Care, we are able to run labs and x-rays in-house. You may also take requisition form and go to any Quest Diagnostic Facility. Depending on your insurance, your lab work may be covered. Specialty labs (like food sensitivity testing) are not covered by insurance but can be covered out of pocket. We try our best to make sure that our out-of-pocket labs are as affordable as we can make them. If you have current labs from your primary care doctor or specialist please send them to email@example.com or bring them with you to the visit.