Naturopathic doctors have a minimum of 8 years of advanced education and training, consisting of a four-year undergraduate degree and four years of intensive naturopathic medical training.
Dr. Kimberley obtained her “Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine” from the “Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine” in British Columbia. It is one of only seven accredited schools in North America to offer this intensive program and doctoral certification.
Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians with a scope of practice including the capacity to perform full physical exams, blood draws, diagnostic and functional medical testing, and injections. In British Columbia, Dr. Kimberley is also certified to prescribe pharmaceuticals.
Naturopathic doctors spend a total of 6000 hours in training during the four-year post-graduate program; Over 4500 hours are spent in the classroom in addition to 1500 hours dedicated to clinical experience and direct patient care. Rigorous, standardized licensing examinations (NPLEX) must be successfully completed after both second and fourth year of training to become licensed to practice naturopathic medicine.
The core medical training of a naturopathic doctor is very similar to that of a conventional medical doctor, consisting of:
- Medical science
- Conventional medical treatments
- Emergency medical protocols
- Minor surgery
Additionally, naturopathic doctors are thoroughly trained in:
- Clinical nutrition
- Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture
- Botanical medicine
- Physical medicine
- Counseling and mind-body therapies