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Naturopathic Medicine

naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic Healing Principles

First Do No Harm

Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.

Identify and Treat the Causes

Look beyond symptoms to the underlying cause.

The Healing Power of Nature

Trust in the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.

Doctor as Teacher

Educate patients in the steps to achieve and maintain health.

Treat the Whole Person

View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions.


Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

Naturopathic Approach To Healing

“The Therapeutic Order was first developed by naturopathic physicians, Drs. Jared Zeff and Pamela Snider. Naturopathic physicians use it in prioritizing, individualizing and guiding treatment for their patients.

The therapeutic order works from least to most invasive interventions, from the inside out, from more general strategies, to more symptomatic, specific and targeted therapies. It includes seven steps that should be applied from the bottom up, increasing in intervention as needed to restore health. Central to the therapeutic order is that the order is not rigid, and is adapted to each patient.”

Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities:

holistic therapy

Taken directly from the AANC and AANP website.

History of Naturopathic Medicine

The origin of naturopathic medicine as an organized profession in North America dates to European doctors in the 1600s and 1700s who incorporated herbal medicine and traditional therapies and ultimately their legacy made its way here. Modern-day naturopathic medicine also emphatically embraces multicultural holistic practices that are integral to so many countries and cultures across the globe. Additionally, ND programs work hand-in-hand with leading research institutions to grow the body of evidence supporting natural therapies.

The term ‘naturopathy’ was formally codified in North America and attributed to Dr. Benedict Lust. Dr. Lust founded the American School of Naturopathy in New York in 1902. By the 1920s naturopathic practice acts were increasing across North America. However after WWII, demand for naturopathic education was on the decline as surgical and pharmaceutical therapies grew in stature and demand.

In the 1970s, a resurgence in naturopathic healing resulted in rapid growth and maturation of the naturopathic profession to where it is today. Public demand has continued to grow for the many natural therapies and root cause-based approaches core to naturopathic practice. Access to naturopathic doctors has been expanded through increased insurance coverage and legislative recognition. The profession is poised to continue to grow and provide evidence-informed natural therapies to the masses.

Core to the maturation of the profession are solid educational standards which include the AANMC Clinical Competencies of the Graduating Naturopathic Student, regional and programmatic accreditation that is recognized by the United States Department of Education and consistent regulatory requirements for licensure. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is the only accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education for naturopathic programs. Graduates of CNME accredited naturopathic medical institutions are eligible to sit for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX), the passage of which is required for licensure.




long-term success

Alexis Nelson
Alexis Nelson
Life changing! If you have thought you wanted to venture down this path do it! I’ve been working with Dr. Nicole for 2 years and it really has changed my life in how I feel, control I have over my body, and the feeling of doing what’s right for me and my health. 100% targeted at my needs. I’ve struggled with so many things from anxiety, hormones, immune, allergies, sleep, mood; everything you can think of and she has helped me find a solution for all of it. I’m so grateful I found her, completely changed my health and how I view healthcare. She is the nicest, most knowledgeable, prepared, solution oriented person I’ve ever met. Talks you through all the herbs or supplements you may need so you don’t feel overwhelmed or lost. She does it all! Easy to get a hold of if I have a question and answers every single one of them! So grateful! Best decision ever! Life changing!
Michele Sylvia
Michele Sylvia
I could not recommend Dr. Shusterman more! I came to her after years of trying to communicate my health needs to other doctors who didn’t listen, threw band-aid meds at me, and sent me on my way as I continued to get worse. I’ve had astounding changes since working with Dr. Shusterman- from having thyroid nodules shrink, having less pain with my period, and improved anxiety. The hardest part was getting me on board with her recommendations and trusting her! I’d lost a lot of trust in doctors, so it took me a while to gain her trust and start fully using her recommendations. But once I did- Wow! She is incredibly knowledgable, caring, and takes the time to answer all of my questions thoroughly. I’m so grateful I found her!
Kia Fanai
Kia Fanai
Highly highly recommend! I’m a postpartum mommy and I felt awful after giving birth (Postpartum Depletion) mood issues as well (anxiety,depression symptoms) this is only my 2nd month working with her following her protocol and all my symptoms are lifting. I can’t praise her enough! She is the best choice for the health of you and your family. Especially postpartum mommies! XOXO
Corrine Hudson
Corrine Hudson
Dr Nicole not only took her time to get to know my issues but she also believed me! (wow! how refreshing is that? as a woman, this has been a struggle to be heard and believed by other MDs) This is so important because the tincture and other homeopathic prescriptions and many more that she prescribed targeted and improved my conditions tremendously. It is also refreshing to visit a doctor who is actually excited to review test results with you in details and explain everything line-by-line. My sleep is better, my gut is better (I have lost weight that I have been trying to lose as a side effect) and my frozen shoulder is better! I highly recommend her!
Liliya lakmanchuk
Liliya lakmanchuk
Dr Shusterman very thoughtful &professional . I have pleasant experience. Thank you
My oh my, since our first visit Nicole has been a pleasure to partner with. Two of my favorite qualities about her thus far are that she listens so attentively and explains things SO well. Okay, a third is that she’s so sweet! I was a bit overwhelmed thinking that our conversations would “go over my head”, they don’t! We went over my micro nutrient test, line by line and she answered all of my questions. We’ve worked together for about 6 months but she’s stuck with me for life! I love the results I’m getting and am eager to continue healing!
Nicole Vaughan
Nicole Vaughan
Nicole is knowledgeable, very friendly, and a great listener and adviser. I came to her with many issues that had bothered me for months and left immediately feeling better knowing the steps I needed to take to get back to 100%. The tinctures she made me right there in the office were immediately helpful, and all of the other homeopathic treatments and supplements I purchased through her have been helping me tremendously. I definitely plan to continue visiting Nicole for my health needs, and would strongly encourage others to try natural medicine with her as well. You will feel more in tune with your own body, and develop a better understanding of how to heal yourself.
Christina Fennell
Christina Fennell
Dr. Shusterman is unlike any doctor I’ve visited. She is extremely caring, kind, and actually listens! I have been dismissed and told that the things I’m feeling is “normal” by other doctors, but Dr. Shusterman actually takes the time to listen and addresses every single symptom you are feeling to get to the root cause of it, and to help alleviate it. She helped me with weight loss, severe stomach pain, and weaning off of my antidepressants and anxiety medications because that’s what I asked for. It wasn’t easy, but she made customized blends of herbal oils that helped ease the uncomfortable journey of getting off of those medications. I greatly recommend her service and am grateful I found her to help me in my time of need.

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Disclaimer: The state of Texas does not currently license Naturopathic Doctors. Thus, Dr. Nicole Shusterman, ND maintains an active naturopathic medical license in the state of Kansas, and acts in Texas as a naturopathic wellness consultant, not as a physician. The recommendations Dr. Shusterman provides are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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