Fitness professionals looking for referrals from healthcare practitioners should include naturopathic physicians in their network of contacts. Many individuals who prefer a more holistic approach to health care are choosing to use naturopathic physicians either in combination with conventional medical professionals or on their own. Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating the whole person with natural means, such as nutrition, exercise, vitamins and herbal products. Licensing is required in certain states and territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
To learn more about naturopathy, see http://nccam.nih.gov/health/naturopathy/.