Trained as a primary care physician, Dr. Maiella enjoys visits with the entire family, including infants, children, adults of all ages and pregnant/postpartum mothers.
Specialties include care for women and children, Lyme disease and autoimmune diseases. She has completed an additional two years of interning in Seattle with one of our nations leading experts in naturopathic oncology and hepatitis C. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Hampshire College, in Amherst Massachusetts. She teaches “Student Heal Thyself” and “Complementary and Alternative Health”.
At Dr. Maiella’s Vermont office, she is able to accept insurance and provides insurance covered primary care. Unfortunately, this is restricted to Vermont insurance only.
Dr. Maiella’s goal is to educate and empower patients, and become a health care ally during difficult medical decisions. In order to practice safe and effective medicine, she encourages all of the practitioners and doctors in your health care team to work together.
As a local of the Pioneer valley for many years, she is passionate about this special area of Massachusetts and aspires to build community through health care education. When she is not working, you can find her in her garden, or with her two young children, or probably a combination of both of them!
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Licensed Naturopathic Physicians have graduated from an accredited 4-year medical program, which meets national standards for physician status, through a national licensing board exam. After successful completion, a Naturopath is licensed as a primary care physician. Currently, there are 15 states, which license Naturopaths as primary care physicians. Unfortunately, Massachusetts is the only state in New England that does not allow a naturopathic doctor to practice as a primary care physician.
One of the greatest challenges of being a naturopathic doctor in an unlicensed state is that anybody can claim to be a naturopathic doctor after taking correspondence courses over the internet. This lack of standardization in Massachusetts may create serious health care problems and incongruity of naturopathic medicine.
• Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, Seattle WA www.bastyr.edu
• Bachelor of Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA
• American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, AANP.org, member
• Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic physicians, MSND.org, member
• International Lyme and Associated Disease Society, ILADS.org, member