Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Naturopathic Medicine?

A: Naturopathic medicine (or naturopathy) is a distinct medical profession that utilizes a wide variety of treatment approaches, most of which were established in Europe. Please visit the page About Naturopathic Medicine for a full description.


Q: What is the deal with Homeopathy?

A: Naturopathic medicine is a distinct profession that includes many treatment approaches, including homeopathy. Homeopathic medicine was created in Germany and is currently one of the most widely used forms of medicine worldwide. In general, homeopathic remedies are various dilutions of natural substances, which at much higher doses would cause symptoms of illness in healthy people. The exact mechanisms are not understood. Many people report having significant improvements in their health after homeopathic treatments, however many believe these effects may be the result of the placebo effect. Read more about homeopathy here.
Training in homeopathy is required in all accredited naturopathic medicine degree programs. Like in all health professions, naturopathic physicians often gravitate toward using some clinical approaches more than others. Dr. Nielsen does not practice homeopathic medicine because she hasn’t seen it to be effective in her practice. This does not mean that homeopathy may not be an effective treatment when used by another physician.


Q: I'm skeptical. Is Naturopathic Medicine effective?

A: There are many systems of medicine, including naturopathic medicine, conventional ‘western’ medicine, and many forms of traditional medicine currently and historically practiced. Within each system are treatment approaches that are more effective than others, depending on many factors, including the patient’s individual response and the provider’s experience using that treatment.
There is a growing body of evidence that many treatments in naturopathic medicine and other systems are indeed effective, often validating the historical use. Feel free to contact Dr. Nielsen with additional questions using the form in the Contact page.


Q: What kind of education and training have you had?

A: After receiving an undergraduate degree in biology and completing the pre-med requirements at the George Washington University, Dr. Nielsen attended Bastyr University in Washington State to study naturopathic medicine. Bastyr University is accredited by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. To receive a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, students have to complete an intensive 4-year program including basic science, clinical science, and diagnostic medical training, as well as over 1200 hours of patient contacts in accredited teaching clinics and over 100 hours of private practice experience. Click here to learn more about the training Dr. Nielsen received at Bastyr.
In order to get a license to practice naturopathic medicine, Dr. Nielsen had to complete all parts of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination. Dr. Nielsen also completed a residency in naturopathic family medicine at the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine, part of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Residency Program.
Per Vermont requirements for naturopathic medicine licensing, Dr. Nielsen completes a minimum of 30 hours of continuing medical education every two years.


Natural Medicine Information

Q: How do I find out about upcoming Wellstone Medicine events?

A: Sign up for the Nielsen Health e-mail list, and connect through Dr. Nielsen’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.


Q: How can I submit a topic for Dr. Nielsen to write or speak about?

A: Ask Dr. Nielsen your health-related questions or submit a topic you’d like to learn more about by using the form in the Contact page.


Q: Is Dr. Nielsen available for speaking engagements with my organization?

A: Yes, she welcomes opportunities to give presentations to organizations, businesses, and other groups. Dr. Nielsen also has extensive experience with live radio. Please describe the proposed event (including the date, location, nature of the group, and preferred topic(s) if possible) using the Contact Form or by calling Wellstone Medicine at (802) 735-5989. Past presentation topics have included, but are not limited to:


  • Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine
  • Weight Loss and Body Composition
  • Stress Management
  • Understanding Your Lab Tests
  • Vitamin D
  • Health Goal Setting


Q: I teach a class and would like Dr. Nielsen to give a guest lecture. Does she do that?

A: Absolutely. Dr. Nielsen has given guest lectures in the past and welcomes the opportunity to do so at any education level. Please use the Contact Form or call Wellstone Medicine at (802) 735-5989, including the desired topic of the lecture.


Q: Is Dr. Nielsen available to an article for my publication?

A: Yes, she is pleased to consider writing proposals. Please describe the proposal (including the publication, intended audience, and preferred topic(s) if possible) by using the Contact Form or by calling Wellstone Medicine at (802) 735-5989. Past articles for the general public have included, but are not limited to, this website’s Blog posts and articles listed under Resources. Past articles written for healthcare professionals available by request.



Private Practice

Q: How can I schedule an appointment?

A: Dr. Nielsen is currently not seeing patients. To find a naturopathic physician, please visit:


Q: What kind of health problems did you treat?

A: Dr. Nielsen’s clinical interests include a wide variety of health concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Women’s health:
    • Preventative health (annual exams)
    • PMS and other menstrual cycle concerns
    • Menopausal symptoms
    • Breast pain
    • Optimizing fertility
  • Chronic concerns:
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Pre-diabetes and high blood sugar
    • Overweight and obesity
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Sleep disorders
    • Digestion problems
    • Autoimmune conditions