What can I expect from a virtual consultation with Dr. Dunlap?
During this consult, Dr. Dunlap can provide you with information about your work-up, diagnosis, and treatment to-date, and educate you regarding possible next steps that you can discuss with your medical providers. Dr. Dunlap cannot order labs or imaging, diagnose your condition, prescribe particular treatments, or in other ways act as your physician via these consults. These consults should be considered educational in nature only, and do not substitute for proper medical care. Anything discussed during these consults should first be reviewed by your medical team and implemented only if deemed safe and appropriate.
How much do virtual educational consultations cost and does insurance cover them?
For more information about the cost of consultations, please visit Schedule a Virtual Consultation. Insurance does not cover the cost of virtual consultations. For Oregon residents, if you become a patient of Dr. Dunlap’s at A Woman's Time, all major forms of insurance are accepted (with the exception of medicare and medicaid). Dr. Dunlap is currently building her practice in Portland, Maine where insurance coverage is to be determined.
What is Dr. Dunlap’s cancellation policy?
For virtual consultations, all payment is collected at the time of scheduling. After making your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with a link that you can use to cancel or reschedule your appointment at your convenience. You will receive an email 24 & 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment with detailed instructions on how to connect with Dr. Dunlap via a HIPAA compliant platform. You will have up to 24 hours prior to your appointment to cancel or reschedule your appointment, after which, refunds will not be available.
How do I become Dr. Dunlap’s patient?
Dr. Dunlap is currently building a practice in Portland, Maine where she will be able to work with anyone (in-state or out-of-state) willing to travel for their 1st patient appointment in order to establish care. After the initial visit, she can continue to work with patients locally, or for those out-of-state, virtually. Stay tuned for more information on establishing care in Maine.
Can Dr. Dunlap order labs?
Yes and no. If you become a patient by establishing in-person, Dr. Dunlap can order blood tests/labs, imaging, diagnose, and prescribe natural and pharmaceutical medications (when necessary) similar to any doctor.
Dr. Dunlap does not however, offer these services for virtual consultations.
Can Dr. Dunlap act as my physician?
Yes! This requires that you establish care with her. See In-Person Visits for more information.
Are all supplements created equal?
It is important to keep in mind that not all products hold the same equality standards, no matter what the packaging or label may claim. Those of us in the health industry know that there is a huge variation in what is made available to consumers.
Although The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires companies to verify their products are safe and properly labeled, it does not have a strict approval process in place. This does not mean that all supplements are bad or ineffective because there aren’t stringent FDA requirements.
Licensed practitioners who use nutritional and botanical therapies from premium suppliers and manufacturers can attest to the quality assurance practices we trust and rely on. Such practices include scientifically validated laboratory testing, ongoing third party verification of quality, purity, and accurate labeling, raw and finished product testing for heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, and common allergens.
Dr. Dunlap believes that dietary and herbal supplements (although not a replacement for healthy lifestyle and diet) can be an integral part of a good health regimen, but they must be correctly prescribed and of the highest quality and purity in order to serve their purpose. She adheres to stringent quality standards when selecting supplements for sale.
How can I purchase good quality supplements that are vetted by Dr. Dunlap?
If you become a patient, she will make very specific recommendations as part of your treatment plan. You can also shop her favorites by visiting her online medicinary here.
Are all Naturopathic Doctors created equal?
As a patient, you should know that the terms “naturopathic doctor”, “naturopathic physician” and “naturopath” are often used interchangeably by medical practitioners in other disciplines and the public, even though unlicensed naturopaths do not have the same training or privileges. Knowing the difference between licensed naturopathic doctors and unlicensed naturopaths can help you make informed decisions about which type of provider can best help you.
Dr. Dunlap is a licensed naturopathic doctor, also referred to as a naturopathic physician. Naturopathic doctors are regulated at the state level to practice naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medical students attend accredited, four-year, in-residence, naturopathic medical schools where they study biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. Their medical education incorporates the latest advances in science and natural approaches to illness prevention and management. Students complete a minimum of 4,100 hours of class and clinical training, including over 1,200 hours of hands-on, supervised, clinical training.
Naturopathic doctors can order diagnostic tests such as blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, and, in some states, prescribe prescription drugs and hormones and perform minor surgery. According to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) 2015 survey of alumni, 50 percent of naturopathic doctors practicing full-time self-report as primary care physicians, while 28 percent report working as natural health specialists. In addition, like conventional medical doctors (MDs), a growing number of naturopathic doctors choose to focus their practices in specialty areas. Specialty associations currently exist for Endocrinology, Environmental Medicine, Gastroenterology, Intravenous Therapies, Pediatrics, Primary Care Medicine, and Oncology.
A naturopathic doctor must pass rigorous professional board exams prior to being licensed in a state that regulates the practice of naturopathic medicine. State mandated regulatory bodies oversee standards of practice, complaints, and discipline for all licensed jurisdictions. Licensed naturopathic doctors also carry malpractice insurance and maintain a commitment to lifelong learning through continuing education. These requirements are safeguards to ensure patients’ rights to quality naturopathic care.
The most important criteria in selecting a naturopathic doctor are that the doctor 1) has a naturopathic medical degree earned from an accredited, four-year, in-residence, naturopathic medical college and 2) has passed rigorous board exams as part of a licensure or certification process.
There are currently seven accredited naturopathic medical programs in North America. They are: Bastyr University, National University of Natural Medicine, National University of Health Sciences, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport—College of Naturopathic Medicine, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
Twenty-three states and U.S. territories permit access to safe, effective, and affordable licensed or certified naturopathic doctors. These include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. For a map of regulated states and states seeking licensure, click here.
The exam required to qualify for naturopathic doctor licensure is administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). The Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) is a two-part examination. Only students and graduates from accredited or candidate naturopathic programs are eligible to sit for the NPLEX.
In some states with laws regulating naturopathic doctors, the use of the term “naturopath” or “naturopathic physician” by anyone other than a licensed naturopathic doctor is prohibited. However, not all states regulate naturopathic doctors and not all states that do protect the term “naturopath.”
Therefore, unlicensed naturopaths can have varied levels of education and experience, often from a purely online or correspondence format. Such education is not accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and does not qualify students to take the NPLEX examination or apply for licensure in any regulated jurisdiction in North America.
Where did Dr. Dunlap receive her naturopathic medical training?
She earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR. Before NUNM, she got her B.A. from Smith College with an emphasis in Medical Anthropology and International Relations. After receiving her degrees as a board-certified naturopathic doctor and medical researcher, she completed a 2-year accredited women’s health residency with rotations in gynecology, general endocrinology, and reproductive endocrinology. On the research side of things, she completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship, followed by a research and adjunctive faculty placement at the School of Research & Graduate Studies at Helfgott Research Institute and NUNM.
NUNM is an accredited naturopathic medical school which is a four-year, in-residence, hands-on medical program consisting of a minimum of 4,100 hours of class and clinical training. During naturopathic medical school, she was educated in the biomedical sciences as well as the latest advances in science in combination with natural approaches to therapy. She studied disease prevention and clinical techniques.
What is the difference between how MDs, DOs, and Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained?
The general educational structure for naturopathic doctors is comparable to that of conventional medical doctors (MDs) and osteopathic doctors (DOs). In all three medical programs, the first year emphasizes biomedical sciences such as anatomy and biochemistry. Second year classes focus on the diagnostic sciences, including areas such as evidence-based medicine and physiological assessment. All programs progressively increase students’ problem-based learning and integrated coursework, enabling students to learn how different concepts affect one another.
The following accrediting institutions provide accreditation services for naturopathic medical schools:
College accreditation is issued by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). All AANMC member schools have been accredited or are in candidate status for accreditation by an ED-approved regional accrediting agency.
Programmatic accreditation is issued by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). All AANMC member schools have also been accredited—or are candidates for accreditation—by the CNME, the recognized accrediting body for naturopathic medical programs in North America.
The exam required to qualify for naturopathic doctor licensure is administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). The Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) is a two-part examination. Only students and graduates from accredited or candidate naturopathic programs are eligible to sit for the NPLEX. Passing the NPLEX is required before a doctor of naturopathic medicine can be licensed by a state.
Licensure and certification are the highest forms of regulation. They are designed to protect the public by ensuring that certain minimum competency requirements are met. They also set standards for the profession.
Currently 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands offer licensure or certification for naturopathic doctors. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians maintains a list of states and territories that license or certify naturopathic doctors.