Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between an MD and an ND?
Office visits with MD's are often short and symptom-focused. An MD uses prescription medicine and/or surgery as primary tools, and side effects are frequently experienced from these treatments. An ND treats individuals rather than focusing on just symptoms. A wide range of safe, noninvasive treatments are employed, with the aim of restoring and maintaining health and vitality. Office visits tend to be longer, because an ND spends a substantial amount of time listening to each patient, searching for underlying causes, and developing a personalized treatment plan.
What kind of education do ND's receive?
An ND receives a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, requiring four years of post-graduate education and training. Coursework during the first two years is similar to that of MD's, including all of the basic and clinical sciences. During the last two years, the focus is on naturopathic treatment modalities and clinical training.
What's the difference between a homeopath and a naturopath?
A homeopath is a health professional that uses only homeopathy as a treatment modality. Naturopaths employ a wide range of therapies, including homeopathy.
Is naturopathic medicine safe?
Yes. Naturopathic therapies are noninvasive, with few if any side effects.
Can I use natural medicines if I'm taking prescription medicines?
Yes, you can. Care is taken to ensure that any natural medicines recommended will be compatible with your prescription medications. You may find that you require less of your current medications as you remain on your naturopathic treatment plan.
Are your services covered by insurance?
Dr. Brainerd is a provider for Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. A superbill will be provided for submission to other insurance companies.