All naturopathic doctors receive training that provides them the knowledge to practice as a general practitioner, this includes family medicine and primary care doctor. They have training in all standard examinations, immunizations, labs, charting, and ordering/ interpreting diagnostic procedures. Naturopathic doctors practice as a primary care doctor in licensed states that include primary care as part of their scope of practice. If you are unsure if this includes your state then you can check with your state association for naturopathic doctors/physicians. You will want to check with your insurance provider to ask if they credential Naturopathic Physicians as Primary Care Doctors.
Naturopathic doctors gain expertise in different areas through their clinical training. A few of the most common area of specialization include; oncology, pediatrics, gastrointestinal health, cardiac health, midwives (pregnancy and delivery), environmental medicine and endocrinology. There are also many doctors who have expertise in autoimmune health, nutrition, neurodivergent conditions, behavioral health, hormones, fertility, mental health, chronic disease management, aesthetic medicine, drug and alcohol addiction, TBI and concussions, trauma, IV therapy and chronic pain to name a few. Naturopathic Physicians treat most common illnesses and chronic health issues. If you are having trouble finding an ND to treat you in your area then please look on NDsearch. On the site you can search using both your area and key words related to your healthcare needs.