About Us and Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Todd Ferguson, ND
Medical Director and Naturopathic Doctor
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, fibromyalgia, chronic skin conditions, Lyme Disease, blood sugar disorders, heart health, thyroid dysfunction and environmental medicine.
Dr. Todd utilizes physiotherapy, clinical nutrition, diet modification, botanical medicine, sauna therapy, visceral manipulation and colonics. 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, Therese, and Cormac and playing sports, hunting, fishing, and is active in his Church.
Dr. Alli Svobodny, ND
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, physiotherapy, 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.
Dr. Threasa Andrys, ND
Dr. Threasa Andrys was raised in Pillager, Minnesota. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology with a pre-med focus while also working at Prairie Naturopathic Doctors as a Medical Assistant. After graduation, she moved to Seattle, Washington where she recieved her Doctorate Degree in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, the leading naturopathic medical school in the nation. She completed her residency at PRO Sports Club Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington where she focused on hormone imbalances, weight loss, fatigue, skin conditions, pain management, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Dr. Threasa also has interests in helping couples with conception and healthy pregnancy.
Dr. Threasa is passionate about cooking whole food meals for her family and enthusiastically shares her knowledge about the joys of cooking and living a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys running, hiking, playing basketball and other sports, and spending time with her husband Simon, daughter Octavia and her dogs Decker and Odie.
Dr. Molly Ferguson, ND, LM
Naturopathic Doctor and Midwife
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, Therese and Cormac and running, gardening, and is active in her Church.
Dr. Brianna Vick, ND
Dr. Brianna Vick is a Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from Bastyr University. Dr. Bri (pronounced like the cheese), enjoys working with people of all ages and with a wide array of health concerns & goals. She has interests in gastrointestinal health, oncology, pediatrics, geriatric medicine, hormone imbalances, mind-body medicine, as well as environmental medicine.
Dr. Bri primarily utilizes diet and nutrient therapy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and hydrotherapy and lifestyle modification. Dr. Bri also incorporates Ayurvedic medicine into her treatment recommendations. Her hands-on modalities of choice are Reflexology with guided meditation and trigger point therapy.
Dr. Bri grew up on a farm outside of Caledonia, MN (Bluff country) and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Dr. Bri enjoys cooking & medicine making, swimming, horseback riding, spending time with animals, kayaking, traveling and learning new languages; all with those she loves.
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.