What Makes a Naturopathic Doctor Visit Distinct?

Naturopathic doctors are different than conventional doctors, but what specific things that make them distinct?

Most naturopathic doctors spend between 1-2 hours with patients on initial visits, and 30-60 minutes on subsequent follow up visits. Beyond extended time, you can expect a discussion about your lifestyle, social setting, and support systems as well as a detailed review of your current health concern and your health history. A licensed naturopathic doctor will also review your prescription and supplement history, conduct a physical exam as needed, and order diagnostic tests when indicated.

These 11 licensed naturopathic doctors want you to know what makes naturopathic care exceptional, with differences you’ll see, starting at your first visit.

This appointment is all about you

“This is all about you! This is your time to talk, in detail, about your health history, how you are feeling not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well and establish your health goals. Your first visit will likely be an hour or more. You can think of your ND as your partner in gaining back your health.”

Ariana Zastrow, ND

HP2 Integrative Wellness

Dr. Ariana Zastrow received her Bachelors of Science in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She obtained her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University in San Diego, California. She has been practicing in California since 2016. Dr. Zastrow enjoys treating various health issues including but not limited to cardio metabolic disease, autoimmune conditions and gastrointestinal dysfunction. She has a special interest in treating women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, infertility and hormonal imbalances.

NDs are excellent health detectives

Naturopathic doctors are excellent health detectives that have the flexibility to think outside of the box for solutions to complicated health issues. We excel at addressing the root causes of the issues, not just the symptoms. This medicine may not always have immediate results and it requires patient
participation, but I prefer to see my patients take an active role in their health

Brian Myers, ND

Associate Naturopathic Doctor at Live Well Clinic in La Quinta, CA,

Dr. Myers is a primary care doctor at Live Well Clinic in La Quinta, CA where he has practiced since his residency in Fairbanks, AK.

The results of long-lasting health are well worth the effort

Be prepared to explore the root of whatever has brought you in. You may laugh, cry or have to dig in deep to uncover and address issues, but the results of long-lasting health will be well worth the effort.

JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, CAE

Executive Director – AANMC

JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, CAE is the Executive Director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges and the chair of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH). She also serves on the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) Education Committee. Weaving a passion for illness prevention into her professional life, Dr. Yanez’s career has spanned advocacy, academia, patient care and public health.

Time and attention to detail create a positive relationship

The most common thing that I hear patients say is that they were heard and I took time to start determining the cause of their issues. This time and attention creates a positive relationship that can then lead to the patient having a better response and healing outcome. If you are going to a naturopathic doctor for the first time realize that the more information you provide, the better the doctor can support you in unraveling your history. This partnership will lead you to better health.

Laura Enfield, ND, LAc

Dr. Laura Enfield is a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist and founder of Spring Tide Natural Health in San Mateo, CA. She specializes in creating individualized natural medical treatment plans for her patients so they can live their best life.

Those accustomed to conventional care may be in for a big surprise

If people have been regularly seeing a practitioner in the western medicine, conventional care system, they might be in for a big surprise. People should know that NDs spend a lot of time with patients, especially in that first visit, sometimes up to an hour and a half.  This is vital because asking questions and getting as much information from the patient as possible about all aspects of their lives, informs the entire clinical picture and allows the doctor to have good clinical acumen and treat in an individualized and comprehensive manner.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN

Vice Chair of the INM Board

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant, and television and radio host. Dr. Lucille lectures on a variety of natural health topics. Her appearances include national media programs and networks such as Dr. Oz and The Doctors. Dr. Lucille believes in the science, art and mystery of healing and has a heartfelt passion for the individual wellness of all people. Her private practice in Los Angeles, Healing from Within Healthcare, focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care.

You’ll connect the dots – lifestyle, diet, stressors

At your first ND visit you should expect what you expect at any medical visit as far as history and physical exam.  What you should also expect is the doctor’s attention to the details – your lifestyle, diet, stressors – connecting the dots to your whole health picture!

Mona Fahoum, ND

Meridian Medicine, physician/owner

Bastyr Center for Natural Health, Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Mona Fahoum has practiced Naturopathic primary care for women and their families for fifteen years in Seattle.  Additionally, she is the Director of Clinical Services at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic for Bastyr University.  She is past president for the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and serves as a delegate for her national association.

You need to be a partner in your own health

In addition to recommending dietary supplements and medications when necessary, or using physical adjustments when indicated, a naturopathic approach can treat the underlying cause(s) of disease. But to get the maximum benefit from your naturopathic visit, you need to ask yourself if you’re willing to be a true partner in your own health by putting in the work that may be required to help you feel your best.

John Neustadt, ND

Founder & President NBI

Nutritional Biochemistry, Inc.

Dr. John Neustadt is an entrepreneur and clinician who has founded multiple healthcare companies, was voted Best Doctor among all physicians in his area and was recognized by Elsevier, the world’s largest medical publisher, as one of the Top Ten Cited Authors in the world for one of his research articles.

NDs are team players


In California, NDs have a relatively broad scope of practice. Many NDs work in group settings where they might specialize in different areas including oncology, women’s medicine, sports/regenerative medicine, infectious disease, as well as general medicine.

Where the scope of practice allows, licensed naturopathic doctors might be equipped with state of the art IV suites in order to offer IV medicine to patients. Some clinics also participate in residency programs helping train the next generation of licensed naturopathic doctors

Jamie Brinkley, ND

Revolutions Naturopathic

Dr. Brinkley received her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley, she then went on to complete her doctorate at Bastyr University in Seattle. Through additional training in midwifery she has gained tremendous experience in women’s medicine from puberty to menopause. This includes breastfeeding concerns, emotional changes, and physical issues during and following pregnancy.

Your visit is not your diagnosis

The most important thing to know at your first ND visit is that you are not your diagnosis. You are a whole person and each of your life experiences, daily habits, nutritional choices, beliefs about yourself and the world, have all contributed to your current expression of discomfort or dis-ease.

Therefore, the path towards healing will be an exploration of what no longer fits and supporting the parts of you in need of strength, healing and repair. You will be an active participant in your healing journey with your body’s wisdom guiding the way towards wellness and vitality.

Emily Telfair, ND

HeartSpace Natural Medicine

Dr. Emily Telfair is founder of HeartSpace Natural Medicine in Baltimore, MD where she delivers personalized and prevention-focused natural health care with love, wisdom and deep respect for the healing capacity of the individual. She specializes in working with those who have experienced trauma using craniosacral therapy, homeopathy and spiritual counseling.

Not all problems will be solved in just one visit

You will be asked to make changes and do new things to improve your health. Be ready to take responsibility, commit to yourself and doing what it takes in order to achieve health success. Not all health concerns will be necessarily resolved in just one visit. Expect some follow up visits and an ongoing care plan.

Overall, we expect you to be open, honest, committed, and ready to partner with us on behalf of your health. In turn, we offer the same back. We are doctors who are highly dedicated to your well-being. Are you ready? We are!

Sarah Murphy, ND

Founder of Zuma Wellness

Dr. Sarah Murphy is a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist and founder of Zuma Wellness in Malibu, California. She specializes in creating deeply individualized natural medical treatment plans for people so that they can live their best lives. “I love working with my patients and teaching them a whole lifestyle approach to health. I love this medicine and I love how it can support you.”

An imbalance in one part affects the body as a whole

Naturopathic doctors are known as the “Doctors that listen.”  Your naturopathic doctor will spend more time with you at your initial visit then conventional doctors do.  They won’t just address your presenting concern; they will also do a comprehensive whole-person assessment, because naturopathic doctors recognize that an imbalance in one part of the body affects you as a whole.

Naturopathic doctors also recognize that disease manifests differently in every single person, and thus there is no one-size fits all when it comes to naturopathic treatment plans.  Your treatment plan will be custom made just for you, as we are treating you as a whole person, not as a diagnosis!

Rachel Rozelle, ND

Orian Wellness

Dr. Rachel Rozelle is a naturopathic doctor licensed in the state of CA.  She graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she then went on to complete a one-year general residency in family medicine.  She currently practices in Carlsbad, CA where she specializes in pediatric and family medicine.


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Deb Hubers

Debra Hubers is a serial entrepreneur and has started seven businesses; ranging from an advanced genomics to an employer health care purchasing cooperative. Deb has over 35 years of experience in healthcare finance, education, technology, and pharmacogenomics.

Ms. Hubers has dedicated her career to measuring and improving healthcare outcomes. Her expertise is leveraging technology to deliver personalized, preventative medicine. Ms. Hubers co-founded La Vita Compounding Pharmacy in 2007. Collaborating with her business partner, physicians and strategic partners, Deb has grown La Vita to be one of the most respected and sought-after personalized medicine providers on the west coast. She is also Co-Founder of EpigeneticsRx, a leading provider of precise, personalized, prevention which positively impacts genetic expression.

Alex Keller, ND

Dr. Alex Keller, ND, AFMCP is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences and Psychology. Although originally intending to attend conventional medical school, following a three-month volunteer internship at a rural Kenyan hospital where he observed how doctors used local food to treat patients, he shifted his career goals and pursued a degree in naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

After one year of practicing with the esteemed Dr. Chris Pickrell, ND, RH in a community acupuncture setting, in 2015 he and his wife Dr. Jenn Keller, ND moved to rural Ottawa, Canada where they started an organic farm and retreat center. In the same year, Alex and his athletic therapist sister Jess Keller combined their practices to form Keller Active Health, an integrative physical therapy clinic.

Ever curious and passionate about the education of evidence-based natural medicine, in 2017, Dr. Keller joined a fledgling Ottawa-based health tech startup named Fullscript. He serves as its Medical Director and oversees the development of medical education content for practitioners across North America.

Prior to medicine, Alex worked in the renewable energy sector, where he developed a deep passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. This connection between medicine and agriculture now drives Alex to focus much of his energy on bringing awareness to the quality and sourcing standards in the supplement and organic agriculture supply chains.

Today, he splits his professional time practicing as a clinician, working for Fullscript, and expanding the farming operation while chasing his kids with Jenn and occasionally running ultra-marathon trail races. He is also currently completing an Executive MBA through the Quantic School of Business & Technology with a focus on supply chain innovation.

Pamela Snider, ND

Pamela Snider, ND, is Executive and Senior Editor for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project, producing a first of its kind international textbook of Naturopathic medicine through a series of international retreats and symposia. A nationally recognized integrative health and policy leader, she is active in both national and regional integrative health initiatives. Dr. Snider serves on the Board of Directors, was founding Executive Director and co-founder of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health (ACIH/ACCAHCa consortium of the councils of schools, accrediting agencies and certifying bodies of the licensed, traditional and emerging integrative health professions, and is currently Vice Chair and co-founder of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC).  Dr. Snider served as a founding Board Member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine from 2014-2016. Her public policy work includes completing a two year appointment to the DHHS Center For Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC); serving as a Steering Committee Member for  the HRSA funded American College of Preventive Medicine NCCIM Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Residency program, co-directing in USPHS Region X the Building Bridges Between Provider Communities Group, an exploration of interdisciplinary collaboration and common ground between public health and CAM; serving for 22 years on Washington State’s Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program Advisory Committee (HPLRSP); providing technical assistance to and developing key language for the enabling legislation for NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCIH/NCCAM); and staffing Joseph Pizzorno ND during his appointment as Commissioner on the White House Commission on CAM Policy.

From 1994-2003, Dr. Snider served as Associate Dean for Public and Professional Affairs and Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, dividing her work between academic and public affairs activities, including chairing the Naturopathic Medicine Program Curriculum Review Committee.  Dr. Snider has been teaching, publishing and lecturing widely on Naturopathic philosophy, theory integrative health, public policy, and other topics for over 30 years. Currently, an Associate Professor at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR, Dr. Snider also continues at Bastyr University in her 22nd year as a faculty member teaching naturopathic medicine history, clinical theory, and global context. Among her Naturopathic medicine professional roles she serves on the Institute for Natural Medicine’s Leadership Council.  In 1989, she co-led the naturopathic profession with Dr. Jared Zeff, in developing a unifying definition of naturopathic medicine and its principles of practice adopted unanimously by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) House of Delegates. She was a co-investigator in the 2004 NIH NCCAM research study, the North American Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda and CAM Advisor in NIHCCAM’s Financing Integrative Health Care (University of Washington).  Her areas of experience include healthcare education; naturopathic and interdisciplinary clinical theory, curriculum development; clinical practice; government and legislative affairs, public policy, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community organizing.  Dr. Snider has received the Ontario Naturopathic Physician of the Year Award, the Physician of the Year Award from the AANP, the President’s Outstanding Vision Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award at Bastyr University, AANP’s President’s Award, an honorary Doctorate of Naturopathic Philosophy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), the William A Mitchell Vis Award from the AANP and The Gathering – NMSA’s Beacon Award. She received her ND degree in 1982 from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences and is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Washington. She lives with her husband and children at their homestead in North Bend Washington, in the beautiful mountain to sea landscape and home of The Revival – Restore the Vis, an annual student-led community gathering.

Susan Haeger

Susan Haeger is Founder/Principal of Transformative Health Solutions Inc. She has applied her twenty plus years in executive leadership to help shape and drive adoption of progressive health policy for whole person healthcare. She was a section contributor to the 2021 INM/AANP published professional white paper, Naturopathic Physicians as Whole Health Specialists: The Future is Whole Person Health Care that provides supporting evidence for the profession’s significant and unique contributions to preventive, whole person care and models of integrative clinical practice.

Bruce Barlean

Bruce Barlean is an owner and founder of Barlean’s, a global dietary supplement manufacturer located in the Pacific Northwest in Ferndale, WA. Bruce has been actively involved in the Natural Products industry since 1989 and is passionate about making a difference in the world and positively impacting the lives of others.

Bruce believes that people can make a difference in the world through ordinary purchases. He is committed to improving the quality of life for every person on the planet by making the best products and by using the profits to support outreach programs. Bruce summarizes it simply, “We make good stuff to do good stuff”.

In the late 1980’s Bruce became passionate about how health could be dramatically improved with Flax Oil Supplementation. Bruce along with his entrepreneurial parents saw the potential to improve the lives of many people and in 1989 they began selling Flax Oil under the Barlean’s name. From 1989 – 2000 the business grew an average of 40% year over year. While most companies saw a decline in business in the 2001 recession, Barlean’s continued to grow and soon became America’s #1 selling flaxseed oil and continues to be to the present. The brand has since expanded to include additional oils, green food concentrates and other premium supplements. Bruce continues to drive innovation and over the years his products and company have won countless awards including: Eight consecutive Vity Awards for #1 EFA, Six consecutive Vity Awards for #1 Greens Food Supplement, Natural Choice Award for Best Specialty Supplement, Best Product of the Year, Best New Product, Gold Medal Taster’s Choice Award, Gold Medal American Masters of Taste Award, #1 Health Food Store Brand for Consumer Satisfaction by Consumer Lab, and Manufacturer of the Year.

In 2013 as the company was on the eve of celebrating the 25th year in business Bruce and his parents decided to take their desire to help people to a new level that they call Pathway to a Better Life – which is now seen in the Barlean’s logo. Bruce and his parents had always been generous in their giving and support of charities, but as part of the Pathway to a Better Life they decided to increased partnership with charitable organizations such as: Vitamin Angels, Compassion International, KidsTown International, Autism Hope Alliance, Engedi Refuge, Project 92, and others. And because so many people are unable to meet basic nutritional needs, Bruce created a comprehensive Omega-3 and multivitamin formula that he distributes free-of-charge to local food banks. In addition, Bruce decided the company would supply food banks with organic coconut oil to provide people with a health alternative to standard cooking oils.

Always generous with his time Bruce has served as a youth leader for his local church for several years and continues to mentor youth. He has been on several not for profit boards including; Whatcom County Pregnancy Center (2003-2006), Natural Products Association (dates?), and the Institute for Natural Medicine Leadership Council (presently).

The Barlean family have been avid supporters of Bastyr University since the 1990’s and in 2013 were given Bastyr’s most prestigious honor, the Mission Award, which recognizes their leadership over time in improving the health and well-being of the human community.

Bruce currently resides in Ferndale, WA with his wife Lisa and their two dogs: Heinz & Shadow. When he’s not helping others he can be found fishing (catch & release).

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Michelle Simon, PHD, ND

President & CEO

As president and CEO of INM, Dr. Simon brings her passion for working with organizations dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of healthcare. This desire stems from her years of practice as a licensed naturopathic physician. In addition to holding a Naturopathic Doctorate from Bastyr University she also holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She has served on boards for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the Naturopathic Physicians Research Institute (NPRI), and several advisory boards. Dr. Simon served nine years on the Washington State Health Technology Clinical Committee, as Ambassador to the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and was recognized as 2018 AANP Physician of the Year. Dr. Simon shares with her husband a passion for adventure travel, preferably by boat or motorcycle. She also enjoys teaching a women’s off-road motorcycling class.