Frequently Asked Questions

Common things my patient’s ask about

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are primary care providers in states that offer licensure  (link to website is; and trained with an emphasis on holistic assessment and treatment.

How are Naturopathic Doctors trained?
Naturopathic Doctors receive 4-5 years of rigorous medical training at accredited Naturopathic Medical schools (link to list is ), including a 1500-hour comprehensive clinical internship and substantial precept requirements.  ND’s are extensively trained in modern diagnostic techniques, and have a thorough understanding of western medical interventions and pharmacology.  They learn the same physical exams and medical history taking skills as primary care MDs, order and interpret the same lab and imaging studies, and are even trained and licensed to prescribe pharmaceuticals in licensed states. It is also required that ND’s pass rigorous national board exams before receiving a license from a licensed state.

Will you work with my other healthcare provider/s?
Of course.  Often the best patient care is achieved through collaboration.  We often work with conventional as well as other alternative providers to offer support in a way that complements a patient’s treatment plan.  We are also happy to accept referrals from other providers and are more than willing to communicate with them about any treatments patients receive at Be Well Family Medicine.  Referrals to other providers (conventional and alternative) are offered when appropriate as well.

What if I’m already on prescription drugs?
This is very common.  Sometimes drugs are necessary!  Almost all of the treatments offered at Be Well Family Medicine can be safely used with your medications, and we review this on an individual basis just to make sure.  Depending on your case, it is likely that we will be able to help reduce your need for pharmaceutical medications as your health is restored.
What conditions do you treat?
Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care practitioners and specialists in providing alternative treatments for any range of conditions.  We treat a broad scope of conditions from earaches and sore throats to chronic diseases. Dr. Letellier Smith has special interest in gastrointestinal, endocrine, autoimmune, neurological, and women’s health conditions, and is open to treating just about any condition.  In the case where she feels another provider would be more appropriate, she’s happy to provide a referral.
What type of treatments do you use?
What symptoms/conditions do you address?
  • digestive complaints
  • abdominal pain
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • hormonal imbalance
  • menstrual cramps
  • female issues
  • menopause
  • hormone therapy
  • sinus conditions
  • hypo/hyperthyroid
  • headaches
  • insomnia, sleep issues
  • back, neck, joint
  • stiffness/pain
  • head injuries
  • Auto-immune Disease