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Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:04 pm | Updated: 10:48 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

When most people go to the doctor they expect to leave the office with a number of prescriptions to cure what ails them, but Dr. Courtney Cronin, a naturopathic doctor practicing in Maricopa, has a different approach to medicine.

"I don’t match up a disease with a medicine. I heal the whole body," Cronin said.

"Naturopathic doctors have great respect for the body’s ability to heal itself."

Some may have misgivings about seeing a naturopathic doctor because they are unfamiliar with the branch of medicine or the training naturopathic doctors go through.

"My training is the same as a medical doctor, but with extra training in natural medicine," Cronin said.

A visit to Cronin’s office is significantly different from a visit to a conventional medical doctor. Cronin is not inhibited by the insurance system and is, therefore, able to spend much more time with each patient.

"We discuss all aspects of a patient’s life, including work, eating habits, stress and exercise," Cronin said. "If one part of your life is not OK, it is extremely difficult to be well."

Cronin’s practice has been in Maricopa for one year, and has steadily grown since it opened.

"People are looking for alternatives to what their previous doctors have told them," Cronin said. "I’ve had a few pre-diabetic patients come in who were told to do nothing by their doctors. We took a proactive approach with their diet, supplements and exercise, and they are no longer prediabetic."

According to Cronin, some patients really do need prescriptions, and she has the ability to write them. She can also draw labs in her office.

However, Cronin does believe that over-medicating is a common problem, and said that it is the reason she was drawn to naturopathic medicine.

"I took an anatomy class in high school and immediately knew that I wanted to be a doctor," Cronin said. "Then I went through a couple of experiences where my family members were over-medicated, and I became discouraged until I found naturopathic medicine."

Some people discouraged Cronin from going down the career path of naturopathic medicine, but she believes there is a favorable shift occurring for naturopathic medicine.

The fact that Maricopa does not have a health food store has also drawn Maricopans to Cronin’s practice.

"I’ve had people stop by for multi-vitamins, fish oils and immune supports. There’s a good chance we have what people are looking for, and if we don’t we can order it," Cronin said.

To find out more about naturopathic medicine and Cronin’s practice, visit

www.dessertwellnesscenter.com

or call (520) 431-1080.

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