People often ask me what I do as a naturopathic medical doctor (NMD). As an NMD I am trained like a primary care doctor and more! During an initial visit, I spend one hour with my patient gathering their health history, discussing current concerns, evaluating pertinent blood work and compiling a comprehensive treatment plan that is individualized to them. Although I can prescribe pharmaceuticals, my goal is to treat using lifestyle, nutrition, supplements and herbs. Some examples of conditions I treat are hypothyroidism, menopause and anxiety. I also perform well woman exams, help patients with weight loss and perform minor surgery. I recently completed training for Botox and Dermal fillers and look forward to offering this in my practice in the near future.
The practice of naturopathic medicine comes from six principles of healing which I’ve compiled and summarized below:
1. The healing power of nature — The body has the innate ability to restore and maintain health. The doctor’s role is to enhance this process as well as identify and remove obstacles to health and healing.
2. Identify and treat the cause — Underlying causes of disease must be removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Naturopathic medicine considers physical, mental-emotional and spiritual causes.
3. First do no harm – Naturopathic physicians use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat while minimizing the risk of harmful side effects. Treatment should be complimentary to the body’s innate healing process and if possible, symptoms should not be suppressed.
4. Treat the whole person —The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease. This requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
5. The physician as teacher — Beyond an accurate diagnosis and appropriate prescription, the physician’s role is to educate and empower the patient to take responsibility for their own health.
6. Prevention – The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of lifestyle habits that foster good health.
Dr. Jennifer Elton treats patient with both acute and chronic conditions. Her practice supports the healing process with effective treatments ranging from natural support, such as botanicals, to pharmaceuticals when appropriate. Her training as a naturopathic doctor along with her extensive background in the yoga, fitness and spa industry makes her uniquely qualified to motivate patients through lifestyle modifications, nutrition counseling and detoxification. She is dedicated to supporting patients on their journey to optimal wellness. Dr. Elton graduated from National University of Naturopathic Medicine, the oldest accredited naturopathic college in North America and leader in natural medicine education and training. She is currently accepting new patients at West Valley Naturopathic Center in Goodyear, AZ.
Ignite Apothecary Practitioners
Natascha Marler, LMT, E-RYT, CNSF . . . Virgie Ponce, BSN, Registered Nurse, Aromatherapist . . . Jamie Rudolph, Esthetician, LE, CLT . . . Jennifer Elton, NMD . . . Carolan Dickinson, Psychic Medium, Angel Intuitive, Reiki Master Teacher, Author. Susan Leahey . . . Transition Coach . . . Lorilee Gillmore, E-RYT, Ayurvedic Specialist. For more information, or to learn how to schedule please visit Ignite Yoga’s website at http://www.igniteyogastudios.com/apothecarybar.html or call the studio at (623) 374-7812.