What is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?
Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care physicians and are currently licensed in 18 states. In licensed states, they can diagnose and treat many medical conditions. They can draw blood, run labs, request medical records, and perform physical and screening exams.
After completing their pre-med requirements and receiving a bachelor’s degree, they go through a vigorous 4 to 6 year graduate program through an accredited school with over 1200 hours of training. The first 2 years are similar to allopathic or conventional medical schools in that it focuses on the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology). The next 2 years focuses more on the clinical training aspect and treatment modalities, where we typically differ from allopathic medicine. Our treatment plans integrate both modern day science and research with more traditional natural medical approaches.
Naturopathic doctors work in private practices, hospitals, clinics and community health centers. NDs practice throughout the United States and Canada. Qualified naturopathic physicians undergo rigorous training and graduate from a 4 year accredited Naturopathic Medical school before they become licensed health-care practitioners.
In unlicensed states, where naturopathic medicine isn’t regulated by the state, anyone can claim to be a naturopathic doctor (and some might even in licensed state who aren’t obeying the state laws). They might of received an online degree or went to an unaccredited school.
However, to have a fully qualified naturopathic physician in North America, you should check if they have gone to one of the 7 accredited schools in North America, as listed by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC).
Dr. Helene Pulnik ND is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in California and Connecticut.
She graduated from one of the 7 accredited Naturopathic Medical schools in the U.S, the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Bridgeport, Ct.
Is Homeopathy the Same Thing as Naturopathy/Naturopathic Medicine?
The answer is NO.
Dr. Helene does not practice homeopathy. Homeopathy focuses on energetics.
Naturopathic Medicine is comprehensive natural care based on scientific evidence.
Do You See and Treat Children?
Dr. Pulnik primarily works with adults, and only sees children over the age of 12 on a a case by case basis.
Do You Accept Insurance?
No, Dr. Helene Pulnik does not participate with any insurance company, including Medicare and Medicaid. The benefit of this is that we are not limited or restricted by the insurance company’s criteria, specifically time restrictions. Rather than only spending 5-10 minutes with a patient to assess and address their concerns, we tend to spend 45-90 minutes with a client to allow for comprehensive personalized care. We take the time to get to know you so we can help you optimize your health. This is a wellness program to help you feel your best. It is expert support from a doctor, nutrition plans, accountability structures, and coaching on how to live your best life!