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Rachelle S. Bradley, N.D.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
State Licensed Naturopathic Physician
State Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
State Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist

DR. RACHELLE S. BRADLEY
Rachelle S. Bradley, ND, CCH received an undergraduate premedical degree in human biology and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. In 1982 she completed a post-graduate residency program in homeopathy at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Bradley is currently licensed as a naturopathic physician in the State of Washington. In Nebraska, She is licensed as a mental health practitioner and a medical nutrition therapist. Dr. Bradley has a specialty in homeopathy.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL EDUCATION
The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is the federally recognized accrediting agency for naturopathic education. CNME accredited naturopathic medical colleges require the same premedical prerequisites as other types of medical schools and provide four years of graduate level medical training. The programs include intensive training in the basic, clinical and diagnostic sciences and naturopathic therapeutics, as well as two years of supervised clinical internship. Graduates receive an N.D. and after passing a rigorous national board examination they become licensed naturopathic physicians. There are now naturopathic licensure laws in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Kansas, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington, as well as Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Naturopaths also practice in other states under other laws (i.e., as licensed acupuncturists or chiropractors) or without official government sanction (i.e., as nutritionists or natural health consultants). However, without standards in the states without licensing laws, individuals with little or no formal education may also proclaim themselves naturopathic doctors with diploma mill "degrees" or purchased certificates.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
Naturopathic medicine has been a distinct natural health care profession for one hundred years. It is based on the timeless philosophy of Vis Medicatrix Naturae, "the healing power of nature." This means that all true healing is the result of the body/mindís natural ability to heal itself. Naturopathic physicians help to remove the obstacles to cure and employ natural therapies that strengthen and stimulate the body/mindís own healing processes. They treat the whole person (i.e. physically mentally and socially) with natural health care tailored to meet the individualís personal needs. Naturopathic physicians use a variety of natural therapies, including:
    Counseling (diet, lifestyle & psychological)
    Clinical Nutrition
    Homeopathy
    Botanical Medicines (herbs)
    Physical medicine
    Acupuncture
    Functional Medicine
    Bio-identical Hormone Therapy

In the states where naturopathic doctors are licensed to practice medicine they provide the standard services of primary care. For example, in Washington state, naturopathic physicians are covered by health insurance and are licensed to prescribe most pharmaceuticals, do minor surgery, give IVs, provide preventive care, and diagnose disease using the full range of diagnostic laboratory tests and clinical exams. Most do a general family practice, including offering gynecology and pediatrics; but some doctors specialize in different clinical areas, such as oncology, cardiology, chronic disease, anti-aging medicine, research, etc. Naturopathic physicians function as part of the larger medical community and collaborate with both alternative and conventional specialists whenever indicated.

HOMEOPATHY
Homeopathy is one distinct and powerful type of natural therapy used by naturopathic physicians. Homeopathy has its own specially prepared natural remedies and rules of practice. These remedies are made by homeopathic pharmacies according to FDA regulations. A special dilution process makes homeopathic remedies very safe while greatly enhancing their effectiveness. Homeopathic remedies are not the same as herbal or nutritional supplements. A variety of different types of practitioners (i.e. N.D.s, M.D.s, D.C.s, etc.) may use some homeopathy. However, a practitioner would be called a homeopath only if it was his or her specialty. Dr. Bradley is both a naturopathic physician and a homeopath. Most patients Dr. Bradley sees receive homeopathy as their main treatment modality. 

COUNSELING
With licensing in Nebraska as a mental health practitioner, counseling is a growing area within Dr. Bradley's practice. Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is the counseling modality that is most commonly used. The emphasis in SFBT is on creating change in the quickest most effective manner, thus the term "brief." It is not a focus on past problems but on solutions that will work for the client now in their life. Each counseling client is treated as an individual with the focus on what goals he or she is interesting in achieving. Besides SFBT, she will bring to the session whatever counseling tools will help to achieve the changes that will move the client closer to a fulfilling life. At this time Dr. Bradley does not offer couples counseling or counseling with young children. 

SCOPE OF PRACTICE
In a growing number of states naturopathic physicians are licensed as general practitioners. In these states they provide preventive care, diagnose disease using the standard laboratory tests and medical exams, and treat the whole family using natural therapies. They function as part of the larger medical community and refer to the appropriate specialists whenever indicated. Naturopathic physicians successfully treat people who have acute problems like minor injuries and infections, but their greatest strength is the treatment of people with chronic diseases. Dr. Bradley specializes in the treatment of people with chronic health problems but does not offer diagnostic or primary care services. 

In Nebraska naturopaths are not currently licensed because of the political environment. This means Dr. Bradley may not function as a physician, diagnosis, or replace the necessary services of a licensed primary care provider. Fortunately, many people are still able to recover their health despite these limitations.

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