What is the training for a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors attend four-year post-graduate federally recognized and accredited medical schools and are trained in exactly the medical sciences as MDs; however, NDs also take an additional 25 or so classes in natural medicine, such as: clinical nutrition, homeopathy, exercise therapeutics, botanical (herbal) medicine, and many others. Naturopathic Doctors are the only primary care providers clinically trained in both natural and conventional approaches to medicine.

Are Naturopathic Doctors recognized by the State of California and the Federal Government?  

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are licensed and regulated by the State of California. There are approximately 700 licensed NDs in California. A Traditional Naturopath, who do not attend medical schools, cannot call themselves doctors or NDs in California.

To check to see if a Naturopathic Doctor is licensed in the State of California:

List of Naturopathic Doctors in California

As for the U.S. Government, a bit of integrative medicine history was made in January 2012 when the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) announced that licensed naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors would be included in 2012 in the IHS student loan repayment programs.

What is the process for becoming a patient?

A prospective patient can call the office, 916.446.2591, and schedule a FREE 15 minute confidential telephone conversation with one of the three doctors to ask about their health condition and how naturopathic medicine can be of help. However, if the patient is ready to schedule the appointment, without the 15 minute appt., he or she can call the office, and the staff will schedule the 60 or 90 minute new patient appointment and explain all the details. The patient will download patient intake forms from the website or the staff can mail the forms. The intake forms take about an hour to fill out, if done properly. To get best results from the medical appointments, it is critical that every question, and every signature be filled out with care, before the scheduled appointment begins.

How do naturopathic doctors, specifically Dr. Godby, diagnose and treat?

Dr. Godby, Dr. Ethelbah and Dr. Ray use a wide variety of tools to assess and diagnose the patient’s dis-ease, including, but not limited to: blood chemistry (using optimal ranges), urinalysis; urine: organic acids and neurotransmitters; saliva: hormones; stool: digestive issues and intestinal microbes; and hundred of other laboratory tests; physical exams, including female gyn exams; vitals (blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, ph, weight; etc.); symptoms; medical history; family history; lifestyle: nutrition, exercise, managing stress, relationships, environmental exposure, etc. The three doctors listen intently and intuitively, and seeks to build relationships of trust with every patient. They treat with: exercise, attitude adjustment, stress management, bio-identical hormones, nutritional supplements, hydrotherapy, intravenous (IV) therapy, a sense of humor, counseling, botanical tinctures, and any other treatment strategy that will help the patient move forward. The three doctors will refer patients to other practitioners when necessary.