Frequently Asked Questions

A Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) is a practitioner trained to be a primary care general practitioner and expert in natural medicine.

Doctors of Naturopathy attend an accredited four-year naturopathic medical school where they are trained in both basic and clinical sciences including: anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory and x-ray diagnosis and pharmacology. In addition, they are trained in homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, counseling, massage, craniosacral therapy, and spinal manipulation.

Naturopathy combines natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of medicine, covering all aspects of family health.

Both are graduates of accredited medical schools and are required to pass board exams to be licensed to practice medicine. Jennifer Phillips has passed board exams and has achieved licensure in both Vermont and Washington State. New Jersey currently does not license Doctors of Naturopathy, so Jennifer Phillips does not practice medicine as primary care provider here. Her current practice focuses on education, uncovering causes of illness, and nutrition counseling for optimal health.


Emphasis on prevention and self care, personalized health care, and consideration of underlying cause, not just symptoms


Licensed Doctors of Naturopathy are those who have passed licensing board exams after graduating from a 4-year Naturopathic Medicine Program at one of seven accredited universities in North America: Bastyr University (Seattle, WA & San Diego, CA), National University of Natural Medicine (Portland, OR), Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tucson, AZ), University of Connecticut (Bridgeport, CT), National University of Health Sciences (Lombard, IL), Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, (New Westminster, British Columbia) and The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, Ontario) These ND’s are eligible for licensure in one of twenty-two states in the US that recognize and license Doctors of Naturopathy.

Dr. Phillips is not a licensed provider in New Jersey, so she cannot bill insurance. Many of her patients have attempted to submit their bill to their insurance company. She applauds this and is happy to help. Some employers offer a flexible spending account. This can and should be used to pay for her services. It is an unfortunate reality that most of us pay large dollars for “health insurance” but have to pay out of pocket for alternative health care. It is important for everyone to consider options that are not covered by insurance because this may save thousands of dollars in future health care costs.

Fees for your initial and follow-up appointments vary depending on the office you visit.

All fees apply to telephone consultations and the customer’s credit card will be charged accordingly at the end of the conversation.

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Merchantville, NJ 08109

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