Naturopathic Medical Doctor’s (N.M.D) attend medical school from an accredited Naturopathic National University in the U.S. or Canada. In the state of Arizona, N.M.D.’s have a wide scope of practice. They are trained as primary care physicians (PCP) or general family physicians. N.M.D’s may provide IV therapy, perform minor surgery, as well as examinations including female pelvic examinations. They can order necessary lab work as well as diagnostic imaging and can prescribe medications. N.M.D’s also work collaboratively with other Physicians and Health care practitioners in the community.
Naturopathic Medical Physicians in Arizona are licensed to approach medicine from a a variety of perspectives not only including the natural/holistic way, but also from an allopathic or traditional way. Dr. Freeze describes her practice as an “integrative” approach to medicine. Her passion is Naturopathic Medicine, however, from time to time allopathic treatment may be necessary such as with the use of pharmacological medications.
Clinic: Our clinic is located in the beautiful Estrella mountains of Arizona, allowing us to provide tranquility and a nurturing ambience to our patients during their time with us.
Meet Dr. Karen Freeze
Dr. Karen Freeze is an Arizona – based Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) whose specialty lies in treating autoimmune and thyroid disorders. She also focuses on helping women with hormonal imbalances and has been quite successful in assisting women with infertility issues. She uses an “integrative” medical approach when formulating treatment plans for her patients.
Dr. Freeze graduated in 2003 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM); located in Portland, Oregon, the first Naturopathic Medical School to be established. She then went on to open her first clinic in 2004 in Avondale, AZ and then opened her second and present clinic in 2012 in Goodyear, AZ. She has been practicing actively since graduating.
Dr. Freeze grew up in Canada until the age of 18 and then moved to Hawaii where she attended the University of Hawaii and graduated with both a B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology. She then planned on a career in traditional/allopathic medicine. During her studies in Hawaii, Dr. Freeze became quite ill with a debilitating autoimmune health condition. She suffered from chronic fatigue (needing 15 hours of sleep each day), recurrent lung infections, severe hair loss, anemia and chronic hives. The Traditional medical approach was not working which left Dr. Freeze frustrated and sicker than ever. Dr. Freeze began her search for other types of medicine to help gain back her health and sort through the confusion. Fortunately, Dr. Freeze was recommended she see a Naturopathic Doctor in Hawaii, who for the first time, offered hope! The naturopathic treatment approach to her ailments were able to dramatically improve her health. Dr. Freeze was astonished at the “power” of this type of medicine. She then switched her career path from “Traditional Allopathic Medical Doctor” to becoming a Naturopathic Medical Doctor. Once a licensed Naturopathic Medical Physician, Dr. Freeze has literally treated thousands of patients since graduating from medical school in 2003. From her many patient interactions, she has learned much and developed a unique style all to her own. But mostly… she is compassionate and listens. Why? Because Dr. Freeze has been a patient too and it can often be confusing to sort out all the confusion when it comes to health issues.
More about Dr. Freeze… resides in Goodyear, Arizona with her husband Bruce, their three children, and their four dogs.