Dr. VICKIE MODICA
My goal is simple: to help you prevent and reverse chronic disease and to increase your overall health - safely and effectively.
As a licensed Naturopathic physician I provide a bridge between Natural and Conventional medicines by emphasizing gentle, effective traditional treatments while leaning on the advances of modern, conventional medicine.
My passion is providing safe, gentle, and effective remedies to prevent, manage, and even reverse chronic illness. Chronic illness can be a slippery slope of medications, surgeries, and medical procedures, leading to a loss of hope and quality of life. My job is to get you off that slippery slope, give you back your hope, provide your body the tools to heal, and help you live better!
My overarching goal is to provide a safe healing space for anyone seeking holistic health consultations. If you've felt that your needs or wants have been underserved or even discriminated against by the health system and one-size-fits-all medicine, I'm likely to be a great fit. In addition, I am an advocate for HAES®, the Health At Every Size approach, which promotes respect for the diversity of body shapes and sizes. I will help you promote your health and quality of life without obsessing over the scale.
I am from Ann Arbor, MI and have lived coast to coast in Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle. I did my undergraduate education at the University of Michigan earning a high honors degree in Cellular and Molecular biology. I later attended Bastyr University in Seattle, a Naturopathic Medical School and the world's leading accredited university in the natural health sciences. I worked in the Seattle area as a primary care physician specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer working alongside and training with Naturopathic and Conventional oncologists. I hold a medical license in Washington State and am looking forward to obtaining one in Michigan as soon as they are available!
You Can Live Anywhere and Still Receive the Care You Deserve
I know you're busy and it's not always easy to get to an office. The truth is, you don't always need to. In order to make sure anyone, anywhere can receive safe, effective Naturopathic care I provide naturopathic consulting services by phone and/or computer via video-conference. You can have a consult at home, at work, or from your hotel if you're out of town! I will meet you in person when convenient for both of us. I keep office space in both the Seattle, WA and Ann Arbor, MI areas. Certain restrictions apply. Have questions? Let's chat about it!
Naturopathic physicians (NDs) are unique in that they are trained in both conventional and natural medicines. They are the archetype of Integrative and Functional medicines combining the scientific rigor of modern medicine with the safety and gentleness of natural medicine.
What does this mean for you?
Naturopaths seek diligently to uncover the cause of your illness and get rid of it. Treating the underlying cause stands in contrast to the "pill for ailment" approach of conventional medicine that serves to cover or suppress symptoms rather than cure them. While suppression can be helpful short-term (for emergencies and symptom relief), long-term symptom suppression alone does not serve the greater cause of your health and quality of life. Pills rarely cure! Rather, they put you on a slippery slope leading to even more medications and invasive medicine.
One of the foundational tenants of Naturopathy is that your body has an amazing ability to heal and it is our job to harness that ability by:
addressing the cause(s) of your illness - by listening to you, and through detailed health history and functional lab testing.
give your body the tools to heal - nutrition, herbs, water, stress management
continued support to help you avoid the dangerous pitfalls of modern lifestyle.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) defines Naturopathic Medicine as follows: "Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods."
Naturopathic Physicians (NDs) attend four-year graduate school programs that have professional and institutional accreditation, as you would expect from any professional degree program and school (eg: law, medicine). The academic programs are accredited by the Council for Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). The CNME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, which classifies the ND degree as a Doctorate-Professional degree, on par with MD and DO. The schools are accredited by the governing bodies in their geographic region. For instance, I went to Bastyr University, it is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) as is the University of Washington.
We are required to take Board Certification:a basic science and clinical board exams to be eligible to apply for a license in a state that licenses NDs. These board exams are overseen by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).
Science/Medical Education: Naturopathic medicine programs are similar to conventional medical school in that the same basic and clinical sciences are studied as the foundation for diagnosis and treatment ( Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Lab Sciences, Pharmacology...). In addition, NDs are highly trained in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, counseling, and physical medicine, just to name a few.
We receive rigorous, supervised clinical training in Naturopathic teaching clinics, hospitals, and private clinics. ND students must complete 1200 hours of clinical training.
There are 5 accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in the US and 2 in Canada. These schools have met the rigorous U.S. federal educational standards. There are many other "naturopathic" schools and institutions in the US that are NOT accredited (see the next paragraph) and these graduates also call themselves Naturopaths. Knowing what school your ND went to will help you feel confident in their education. Here are the 7 accredited schools:
Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and San Diego, CA
National University of Naturopathic Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Phoenix, AZ
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
National University of Health Sciences, Chicago, IL
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, ON
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, New Westminster, BC
Choosing a Naturopath
Unfortunately, the confusing situation exists for consumers that many people market themselves as Naturopaths. There are some of us with medical degrees and there are some that get degrees/certificates from unaccredited and/or correspondence schools and there are some that simply just use the term without formal education. While, I'm sure they are good people that want to help, this confusion undoubtedly slows licensure efforts in many states because of the poor reputation the latter group earns and because legislators don't always understand the difference between us. In states where NDs are licensed you are protected; these states dictate that only licensable practitioners can use the title "Naturopath".
What you can do: Check that any Naturopath you want to work with has a license in any of the states offering licensure. If they don't offer their license information ask for it and make sure they went to one of the accredited medical schools listed above. If they do not meet these criteria, find someone that does. Contact me for assistance. I believe strongly that anyone that wants quality Naturopathic care should get it and I will help you find a practitioner close to you