Meet Dr. Jennifer
Dr. Jennifer is a Naturopathic Doctor from Compassionate Care Medical Professionals who focuses on whole health and promoting balance in the body. Jennifer has a passion for medicine and being a health detective and has spent many years expanding her knowledge base of holistic medicine practices as well as traditional approaches. Jennifer loves research and focuses on evidence-based medicine for her treatment suggestions; what she enjoys most is spending one on one time with her patients. Helping patients improve their quality of life is her passion. Prior to becoming a doctor, Jennifer was a massage therapist and Reiki master for over a decade, giving her hands-on experience with physical and energy medicine. She still incorporates these skills into her practice today, helping her patients heal and thrive on every level.
Dr. Jennifer has influenced many lives and loves spreading compassion to family, friends, clients, patients and even strangers. She is a positive light for others and truly listens to her patients. Jennifer takes pride in guiding others towards a better understanding of their body and meets each patient where they are on their unique health journey.
What to Expect
Scheduling an appointment for naturopathic medicine couldn’t be easier. Call us at 888-316-9085 EXT 5. Your appointment will be scheduled via telemedicine, offering you peace of mind and convenience. You’ll receive a unique email with the link once your appointment is confirmed and a text the day of. Phone visits are also available.
Meet Our Dr. Jennifer
Your first visit with Dr. Jennifer will be unlike a traditional physician’s appointment. You will still discuss health history and be asked about major medical concerns. However, you will also be asked to answer detailed and extremely specific questions about your health concerns, your personal history of those concerns and your health goals. Your discussions will also include a review of any prescription or OTC medications you may be taking, lifestyle and social settings and physical activities. You can expect this first appointment to be 1-2 hours as you and Dr. Jennifer connect and begin your personal path to wellness.
Empowering Your Health
As an active participant in your wellness journey, you and the doctor will discuss the next steps to help facilitate your goals including appropriate diagnostic tests, supplements and or health/lifestyle changes. Dr. Jennifer will use her knowledge of evidence-based medicine, traditional (Western) medicine and energy healing to help create a health plan tailored specifically to you, your health, and your goals.
You and Dr. Jennifer will decide the best time and frequency for your follow up treatments depending on your health, schedule and needs.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
According to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC), Naturopathy is defined as: “a distinct health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science.” Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and chronic conditions, while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind and spirit.”
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) treat the whole person – meaning mind, body, and spirit. Naturopathic medicine also aims to heal the root causes of an illness, – not just prevent symptoms. An examination of your physical body, lifestyle habits, and dietary intake will offer clues to the ND regarding your condition. Naturopathic practitioners then combine traditional health practices with alternative and holistic treatment options. Some naturopathic services and recommendations may include: Dietary and lifestyle changes, stress reduction, herbs and other dietary supplements, homeopathy, manipulative therapies, exercise therapy, practitioner-guided detoxification, as well as psychotherapy and counseling.
The naturopathic doctor is committed to discovering and implementing the least invasive and most effective therapies to heal and maintain optimal health.
Naturopathic Medicine Principals
Naturopathic Doctor’s base their practice on 6 timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.
1. The Healing Power of Nature
Our bodies have such a powerful, innate instinct for self-healing. By identifying and removing the barriers to this self-healing – such as poor diet or unhealthy habit – Naturopathic doctors can help nurture this process.
2. Identify and Treat the Causes
Naturopathic doctors understand symptoms return if the root illness is not addressed. Rather than cover up symptoms, Naturopathic doctors seek to find, treat, and eliminate the cause of these symptoms.
3. First Do No Harm
Naturopathic doctors follow three precepts to ensure their patient’s safety:
- Use low-risk procedures and healing compounds – such as dietary supplements, herbal extracts, and homeopathy – with few or no side effects.
- When possible, do not suppress symptoms, which are the body’s efforts to self-heal.
- Customize each diagnosis with a treatment plan. We all heal in different ways, and Naturopathic doctors respect our differences.
4. Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic medicine believes that doctors must be educators, as well as physicians. Naturopathic doctors teach their patients how better to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally.
5. Treat the Whole Person
We each have a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual, and spiritual makeup. Naturopathic doctors know that all these factors affect our health and use this knowledge in their treatment.
Proactive medicine saves money, pain, and lives. Naturopathic doctors evaluate risk factors, heredity, and vulnerability to disease. By getting treatment for greater wellness, we’re less likely to need treatment for future illness.
What is the Education of a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor?
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, a naturopathic medical student in the United States attends a four-year, professional, in-residence doctoral program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). The CNME is recognized as an accrediting body by the U.S. Department of Education, and it is the only accrediting body for naturopathic medical programs in the U.S. that qualify graduates for licensure.
Students from accredited naturopathic medical schools complete a more than 4,100 contact hours of instruction, including at least 1,200 hours of supervised, hands-on clinical training. The schools’ evidence-informed curricula consists of biomedical sciences, similar to conventional medical school, as well as clinical medicine, homeopathy, botanical medicine, lifestyle management, nutrition, pharmacology, radiology, physical medicine. Additionally, the curriculum includes specialized classes in such areas as pediatrics, fibromyalgia, oncology, and sports medicine.
In order to become licensed, naturopathic medical graduates must also pass the two-part national board exam, Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX), which consists of biomedical science and clinical medicine portions. NDs are regulated in 22 states and 5 provinces, as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.