Naturopathic Medicine in Atlanta
A Naturopathic Doctor combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
Naturopathic doctors treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Naturopathic doctors are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the preference of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.
Your First Visit
A naturopathic physician will take time with you. During your first appointment your doctor will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss the reasons for your visit. He or she may perform an examination and order diagnostic tests.
Naturopathic physicians keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments. The naturopathic physician will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to other health-care practitioners.
A first visit with a patient may last one to two hours, with follow-up visits ranging from 30 to 60 minutes, although this varies depending on the physicisn. Naturopathic doctors need sufficient time to ask questions and understand the patient’s health goals. They also need time to gather information, do an appropriate examination and teach the patient about managing his or her condition.
A naturopathic doctor may use diagnostic tests to fully understand the patient’s health status. Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s root problem, naturopathic doctors speak and understand the language of conventional medicine. They can diagnose, yet they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, naturopathic doctors work to head it off before it happens.
Sonza Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, ND, NWC
Dr. Sonza Curtis is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and certified Physician's Assistant. Dr. Curtis has an extensive background in traditional medicine, including otolaryngology surgery, plastic surgery, pain management, family practice, clinical medical research, community health and integrative medicine.
Dr. Curtis chose to focus on Naturopathy because she believes that finding the underlying cause of an ailment should be the first step in treatment, rather than masking symptoms with pharmaceuticals. She believes that many elements influence a person's overall health. In order to understand what they are, she evaluates a person's mind, body and spirit. By treating each of these systems, she is able to help patients achieve long lasting, optimal health.
Dr. Curtis is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.