About Us and Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Todd Ferguson is a Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from Bastyr University. Dr. Todd sees people with a wide variety of health concerns and has interests in gastrointestinal health, chronic pain conditions, chronic skin conditions, Lymes Disease, blood sugar disorders, heart health and thyroid dysfunction.
Dr. Todd mostly utilizes clinical nutrition, diet modification, botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, and Laser Therapy. Prior to Naturopathic Medical school Dr. Todd grew up in Alexandria, MN and graduated from Concordia College with majors in Physics and Math.
Dr. Todd enjoys spending time with Molly and their children Lucia, Clare, Kilian, and Therese and playing sports, hunting, fishing, and is active in his Church.
Dr. Molly Ferguson is a Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from Bastyr University. Dr. Molly is also a licensed midwife with over 160 births delivered. Dr. Molly is currently ACCEPTING midwifery patients. Dr. Molly sees people with a wide variety of health concerns and has interests in women's health and children's health.
Dr. Molly mostly utilizes clinical nutrition, diet modification, botanical medicine, and laser therapy. Prior to Naturopathic Medical school Dr. Molly grew up in Ames, IA and graduated from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH with a biology major. Dr. Molly enjoys spending time with Todd and their children Lucia, Clare, Kilian, and Therese and running, gardening, and is active in her Church.
Dr. Alli Svobodny is a Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from Bastyr University. Dr. Alli sees people from all walks of life with a variety of health concerns. She has a special interest in mental health, hormone imbalances including adrenal and thyoid imbalances, digestive complaints and detoxification. She uses many tools to treat these conditions including diet and lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrient supplementation, HeartMath, breath training and craniosacral therapy.
Dr. Alli grew up in Moorhead, MN and graduated from Concordia College with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She spent many years living in Seattle and is proud to be bringing her passion for Natruopathic Medicine back to her hometown community. Dr. Alli enjoys going for walks with her husband, Ben and their children Stuart and Ruth, doing yoga, cooking and relaxing at the family lake cabin.
Naturopathic medicine has six basic principles that serve as a foundation for all naturopathic care.
Vital Natural Healthcare
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Nature)
We recognize your inherent healing ability. We identify and help you remove obstacles to recovery and support your healing ability.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
We identify and remove the underlying causes of your illness, rather than merely suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
We follow three principles to avoid harming you: Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects; Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms; Acknowledge and respect your healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat your illness.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
We educate you and encourage self-responsibility for health. We also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person
We treat you as an individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, we encourage you to pursue your personal spiritual path. We treat people and not diseases. We are committed to healing our community for your environment contributes to your health.
We emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness. We strive to create a healthy world in which we all may thrive
We are Naturopathic Doctors who attended four years of post-graduate medical training at an accredited naturopathic medical school where we were trained as primary care physicians integrating traditional healing methods with modern scientific medicine to be able to provide you with the best care.
The training involves four years of classes with two years of supervised clinical rotations toward becoming a primary care physician. The Naturopathic doctoral candidate averages 25-30 credits a quarter. The curriculum involves the standard classes of basic sciences, clinical diagnosis and treatment of most major medical schools. In addition, Naturopathic Doctors receive training in diet and nutrient therapies, botanical medicine, osseous and soft tissue manipulation, hydrotherapy, counseling, and homeopathy.
To be licensable, the Naturopathic doctor must pass a set of science boards taken after the second year and a set of clinical board exams taken after the fourth year. We are registered through the Minnesota Board of Medical practice.
Several states, such as Iowa, do not have a license available for Naturopathic doctors. This means that anyone can claim the title "Naturopath" and put N.D. behind their name regardless of whether they have attended a four year accredited medical school.
In Minnesota, Naturopathic Doctors who meet licensing requirements register with the MN Board of Medical Practice. This helps to ensure the title Naturopathic Doctor means the individual has met certain requirements such as having graduated from an accredited four year naturopathic medical school and passed board examinations. Registration also provides a scope of practice that includes making diagnosis, ordering labs, and prescribing botanical medicine, nutrient therapy, homeopathic medicines, glandulars and providing therapeutic procedures. Please contact your legislators about improving the scope of practice for Naturopathic Doctors to allow us to provide you with better care.