I have had the pleasure of not only working with, but being a patient of Dr. Tritt's. She is an awesome Naturopathic Doctor that also works at GraceFull Birth! I've learned a great deal about supplements, nutrition, IV therapy, and over wellness from picking her brain. I love her perspective and thought, I have to share this with all of you! So I had a short little interview with Dr. Tritt and here are some of the questions I asked her. Hopefully you get a better understanding of what an N.D. is and how they can benefit your overall well-being!
"My educational background is quite diverse. I started college as a fine arts major, then entered a dance program. Before I started the dance program, I was a certified personal trainer. Before graduating with a B.A in dance, I quit and decided medicine was my passion, but wasn't sure what track to take. Thinking I might want to be a veterinarian I became a veterinary technician, which is like a nurse. While I knew I wanted to be a holistic medical doctor, I continued to work as a veterinary technician learning medical skills and supporting myself through my undergrad. It wasn't until I was applying to medical schools that I discovered naturopathic medicinal schools as a choice." Dr. Tritt
Why did you become a N.D. ?
I grew up around holistic, "alternative" medicine and knew I always wanted to to practice as such. Before I discovered Naturopathic medicine, I thought I would have to get a conventional medical education and then learn alternative healing methods on my own. Instead, I got the education I dreamed of getting.
What is the difference between an N.D. and an M.D./D.O.?
Much like MD/DOs, in some states, NDs are considered Primary Care Providers and will have a similar scope. NDs follow the naturopathic principles, first of which is "Do not harm." Generally, NDs use natural modalities to heal before reaching for invasive methods, such as pharmaceuticals or surgery. These modalities may differ slightly between each naturopathic doctor and may include herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, diet, homeopathy, physical medicine, or hormones just to name a few.
What is your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part of my job is when my patients come back to me and report feeling better. Nothing makes my day brighter.
Common misconception about N.D.s?
We don't follow evidence based medicine. Most of the what we use has research to back it up or have has worked time and time again clinically.
What healing modalities do you use?
In my practice, I use a lot of botanical medicine, IV therapy, diet, and nutritional supplementation. These modalities are effective and can be tailored to each patients individual needs very well.
What can a potential new patient expect during their first visit?
Initial visits with me are long, but extensive. Usually they are 1-1.5 hours. During this time, I get a detailed history, diet/lifestyle overview and do an exam. During this time, I may prescribe some basic things and we will discuss pass labs or which labs are needed/recommended, after which we will follow-up to discuss and initiate a detailed treatment plan.
How is IV therapy beneficial for one’s overall health? And Who should be utilizing it?
In the modern society we live in, it seems impossible to stay 100% healthy. We are all fatigued and stressed from trying to keep up with life's demands. Given that we are stressed, most people have impaired digestion. This is where IV therapy is especially usefull for overall health. If digestion is not optimal, you are not absorbing all the nutrients you need. Nutrients (vitamins and minerals) given IV are 100% absorbed. A lot of fatigue, stress and other mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, are seen in nutrient deficiencies and in these cases IV therapy is very benefical.
With that said, IV therapy should be utilized for many different reasons, including complementary cancer care, autoimmune disease, chronic infections, detox, ect.
If you had one piece of advice to give a person regarding their health, what would it be?
Just one?? Eat your vegetables.
And there you have it folks! I hope you gained some new knowledge and insight from Dr. Tritt. If you have any additional questions, even if it is a specific questions regarding your health, feel free to reach out to her!