As a licensed naturopathic doctor (ND), I was formally trained at the oldest 4-year naturopathic medical school in the country, the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). At this school the first two years are similar to a conventional medical school. Training focuses on the basic sciences. In the second 2 years, instead of focusing on pharmacology, the clinical training focuses on hydrotherapy, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle habits, with pharmacology as a last resort. Using this training, I integrate these therapies to address the root cause of the body’s disease.
I started my journey in naturopathic medicine when I was having bladder issues. I couldn’t pee, and constantly felt like I had a bladder infection. I went to specialists and had imaging--no answers. “You’re fine,” was what I heard time and time again. It wasn’t until seeing a naturopathic doctor, and the root cause was addressed that I actually felt relief. After this I dug deep into naturopathic medicine, and the more I learned, the more I wanted to know. That brought me to naturopathic medical school. After completing my education, I did a 1-year residency with my mentor, the late Dr. James Sensenig, in Hamden CT. Now, I’m back in the Badger State bringing personalized, naturopathic medicine to my fellow Wisconsinites.
Licensed naturopathic doctors are educated in basic sciences: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, embryology, microbiology, pathology, and clinical diagnosis, as well as modalities including pharmacology, minor surgery (think skin tag removal or wound care), gynecology, phlebotomy, IV therapy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, holistic counseling, hydrotherapy, environmental medicine, physical manipulation (Chiropractic). Licensed ND's have over 1500 hours of supervised clinical training.
Currently, naturopathic physicians are licensed in 22 states and 5 provinces. Wisconsin is not one of them. Dr. La Force holds a license in CT. In Wisconsin, Dr. La Force is not licensed to diagnose or treat any condition. Please see your current licensed healthcare provider before changing your current healthcare regime.
Please contact your state legislators if you would like to increase access to naturopathic medicine in Wisconsin by licensing naturopathic physicians.