How to find the right naturopathic doctor in Portland metro

Back to Blog   Posted:   February 18, 2016 by Wellpdx

As home to the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America, Portland is blessed with a plethora of naturopathic doctors. In fact, there are so many naturopaths in Portland metro that it can be difficult to select just one! Read these FAQs to learn more about naturopathic medicine and how to select the right naturopath. Then visit the Wellpdx home page to start your search. Use the advanced search tool at the bottom of the page to search by insurance, location, specialty or technique. Browse matched profiles to learn about each practitioner’s experience and approach then contact them right through the same page. 

What is a naturopath?

A naturopath is a doctor who is trained in a more holistic style of medicine than an allopathic medical doctor (MD). Naturopathic doctors study at specialized schools where they learn the same material as MDs in addition to homeopathy and herbalism. Just like MDs, naturopathic doctors can prescribe medication and perform minor surgeries. Naturopathic doctors are recognized as primary care providers and can serve you through all of life’s stages.

Why would I see a naturopathic doctor?

Naturopathic doctors are recognized as primary care doctors in the state of Oregon, meaning you can see a naturopath for any of the same reasons you would see your current primary care physician. Many folks choose to have a naturopath as their primary care doctor because they want a preventative care model with a more natural approach.

How can I find the right naturopath in Portland metro?

Focus on finding a naturopathic doctor that specializes in your issue. This could be a general specialization such as men’s health and pediatrics, or something more specific like naturopathic midwifery or homeopathy. You may also take location and insurance into consideration when selecting the naturopathic doctor that is best for you.

Will my health insurance cover naturopathic medicine?

If you are curious whether your health insurance covers naturopathic medicine call your insurance to find out. Wellpdx allows you to search by health insurance and naturopathic doctors may offer complimentary insurance verification calls where they can confirm your coverage.

Are there different specialties within naturopathic medicine?

Just like allopathic medicine, naturopaths are first trained as general practitioners and then many go on to specialize in areas they are passionate about. Some examples of specialties are hormone management, environmental medicine, and naturopathic midwifery. You may search by specialty or technique from the advanced search tool on the main page or you can read about different specialty issues and techniques on each provider’s profile.  

I’ve seen a naturopathic doctor before and I didn’t have a great experience, should I try it again?

Yes! Every naturopath is different in experience, manner, and expertise. Spend some time reading naturopath profiles on Wellpdx and contact the few that interest you. Some naturopaths may offer a complimentary phone call so you can get a better feel for what they offer. Be sure to share your previous negative experiences so they know how to help build a better relationship this time.


If you are interested in a more natural and preventative approach to your healthcare, a naturopathic doctor is a great ally.