Dr. Marchese explains if a naturopathic doctor can act as a primary care doctor and perform an annual well woman exam.
Well all naturopathic physicians are trained in medical school to perform annual well women’s exams so some women might not be aware that they can go to their naturopathic doctor and utilize them as their primary care physician to perform their annual well woman’s exam, and then if the Pap smear comes back abnormal the naturopath is already managing the care and will lead them down the road of antiviral oral therapies, the antiviral vaginal suppositories.
If a patient is not already seeing a naturopath and their conventional doctor gives them a call and says, “Your Pap smear is abnormal,” they can request a copy of the abnormal Pap smear lab report and bring that lab report to their naturopathic doctor for treatment and management of that Pap smear.
About Dr. Marianne Marchese, N.D., L.L.C.:
Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator. She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and specialized in neurological and orthopedic conditions while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Marchese received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon in 2002. She completed a two-year postgraduate residency in Integrative Medicine and Women's Health and completed a six-month post-graduate training in Environmental Medicine.