Founded upon a holistic philosophy, naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective traditional therapies with the most current advances in modern medicine. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for the management of a broad range of health conditions affecting all people of all ages.
The practice of Naturopathic Medicine is founded on six very important principles.
- The Healing Power of Nature: Naturopathic Doctors believe that the natural state of the body is to be healthy. Our jobs are to help the patient identify and remove obstacles to healing and allow the body to heal itself.
- Identify and Treat the Causes: The Naturopath seeks to identify and remove underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- First Do No Harm: The Naturopathic Doctor implements this third rule with the following precepts. Utilize methods and medical substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms. Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual’s self-healing process.
- Doctor As Teacher: As Doctor’s we not only believe it is our job to help people improve their health, it is also our job to educate them so they can be responsible for their own health as well. Encouraging self-responsibility for one’s health is a major goal for the Naturopathic Doctor.
- Treat the Whole Person: This is achieved by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and spiritual factors.
- Prevention: Prevention involves assessing individual risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with the patients to prevent illness.
Naturopathic Medical Education
Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year postgraduate schools with admissions requirements comparable to those of conventional medical schools. The degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine requires four years of graduate level study in the medical sciences including: anatomy – cardiology – physiology – neurology – biochemistry – radiology – pathology – minor surgery microbiology – obstetrics – immunology – gynecology pharmacology – pediatrics – dermatology – lab diagnosis – clinical and physical diagnosis – and other clinical sciences.
Throughout the four years, there is training in naturopathic therapeutics, including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, acupuncture, hydrotherapy naturopathic manipulative therapy, and other therapies. Because the course work in natural therapeutics is added to a standard medical curriculum, naturopathic doctors receive significantly more hours of classroom education than the graduates of many leading medical schools, including Yale, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and Mayo medical schools. (Click here to see a comparison of naturopathic and conventional medical school curricula.) Clinical training takes place primarily in an outpatient setting at teaching clinics, urban and suburban medical clinics under the supervision of medical doctors, osteopathic doctors and other naturopathic physicians.
Dr. Kevin Passero – Center Director
Dr. Passero is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and graduated from one of only eight accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in North America. His mission is to bring cutting edge natural and holistic therapies to the Washington DC metro area and to educate people on the value of naturopathic medicine across the country. His practice focuses on an individualized approach to medicine. His goal is to help people uncover the answers as to why their body is in distress and find the solutions necessary to restore optimal health.
Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate naturopathic medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado.
Dr. Passero is not a medical doctor and naturopathy is not a medical specialty but a separate and distinct health care tradition. Dr. Passero graduated from an accredited four year graduate program as a naturopathic doctor and is currently licensed as a Naturopathic Physician in both the state of Oregon and the District of Colombia. The State of Maryland does not currently offer licensing for naturopathic doctors.
For this reason, certain services listed on this website are only available through his Washington DC office. Please call the main office for details.