In states that license naturopathic doctors, a naturopathic doctor can serve as a primary care physician. Unfortunately, the state of Tennessee along with all southern states do not license naturopathic doctors and therefore cannot practice within the full scope of their training. Additionally, since Tennessee does not license NDs, anyone can use the title naturopathic doctor. A majority of the people calling themselves a naturopathic doctor in Tennessee have only undergone 1-2 years of online training, which only requires a GED and offers no medical training. Naturopathic doctors graduate from 4 year graduate level accredited naturopathic medical schools. Should Tennessee start licensing naturopathic doctors, only those that graduated from an accredited program would be able to obtain a license and use the title naturopathic doctor. Dr. Sullivan is the only ND in the region that graduated from an accredited naturopathic medical school, and to date, there are only 4 licensable NDs in the entire state of TN.
Since TN does not license NDs, Dr. Sullivan is unable to serve as your physician and cannot order labs or imaging, prescribe drugs, or diagnose you with a condition during a visit. She can however serve as a consultant and offer nutritional advice, review labs and medical records, recommend tests and treatments to discuss with your doctor, and offer you insight into the root cause of your particular health complaints. Dr. Sullivan works with people of all ages, from newborn to seniors. Below are some of the conditions she works with and services she provides:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Viral illnesses(such as herpes, EBV, shingles, etc)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Breast implant illness
Women's Health and Hormone Imbalances (PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, menstrual irregularities, chronic vaginitis)
Chronic pain treatment
Skin conditions (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, acne)
Gastrointestinal issues (e.g. GERD, IBS, SIBO, Crohn's)
Respiratory issues (chronic sinusitis, asthma, allergies)
Fertility care and Infertility
Baby's first year consultations
Vaccine counseling (questions about vaccine options)
This list is not exhaustive. If you do not see your particular issue listed, please contact Dr. Sullivan to discuss your particular concerns and to determine if naturopathic care would be the right fit for your needs.