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dr.-paul-stalloneNaturopathic medicine has gained more and more popularity and acceptance over the last few decades as people look for natural and holistic alternatives to the drug- and surgery-centered health solutions that dominate conventional medicine. To serve the growing interest in natural medicine, naturopathic doctors offer a choice of treatments aimed at preserving the good health of people of all ages and preventing disease, as well as alleviating a wide range of medical conditions. But how and where does a naturopathic doctor learn the science and art of natural healing?

As in conventional medicine, anyone wishing to become a naturopathic doctor must follow a long regimen of education and training to gain the knowledge and skills required to professionally minister to their patients’ health needs. To earn the right to be called a naturopathic medical doctor, a person must undergo a four-year course of graduate study at an accredited naturopathic medical school, which is analogous to the four years of medical school attended by conventional physicians. Only six schools in the entire United States are accredited to confer the degree of doctor of naturopathic medicine, which is abbreviated ND in most states but is also designated NMD in Arizona.

Like a regular MD, an aspiring naturopath gets hands-on clinical training after graduation through a period of internship and residency, during which he or she works under the supervision of a practicing naturopathic doctor. After passing a qualifying examination administered by a state board, an NMD is finally licensed to practice.

Even after years in practice, a good naturopathic physician regularly pursues continuing education opportunities in order to stay current on the latest developments in the field of naturopathy. A naturopathic doctor is also answerable throughout his or her career to the state agency that grants licenses and ensures continuing professional conduct and competency. In the state of Arizona, a naturopath’s license must be renewed every year by the Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board, and may not be renewed in cases of professional negligence or misconduct.

Paul Stallone, NMD, has been a naturopathic medicine general practitioner since 2001. Dr. Stallone founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center in Scottsdale nearly a decade ago to serve the alternative medicine needs of the Valley of the Sun community. Dr. Stallone graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix before beginning four years of study at the fully accredited Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Following his graduation from Southwest College and a period of internship and residency, Dr. Stallone started his first naturopathic medical practice. Dr. Stallone also participates in continuing medical education (CME) activities throughout the year to keep his professional knowledge current in a wide range of subjects important in natural medicine.

If you’re looking for a health practitioner who emphasizes a natural approach to wellness with an emphasis on disease prevention and holistic care, make an appointment to see Dr. Stallone at the Arizona Integrative Medical Center. Call today at to find out more about what the innovative field of naturopathic medicine has to offer you and your family.

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