Dr Ozawa Profile
Dr. Ozawa treats his patients on scientific knowledge and clinical experience. The goal is to minimize the use of prescription drugs to reduce strain on the body and to avoid side effects. It's an entire holistic approach to treat physical symptoms as well as mental well being. He integrates body and mind by lifestyle consultation, craniosacral therapy, and nutrition for patients with pain and other physical symptoms. By being bilingual (He is also fluent in both Japanese and English) a larger base of patients can come in with the ability to communicate 100% efficiently.
Dr. Ozawa accolades include: graduated Bastyr University, the leading Naturopathic school in the world, training in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, I.V. Drip, extensive training and experience in Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Lymph Drainage. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, his goal is to focus on the symptoms AND cause of the disease. Currently his abilities are being used by successfully treating patients with hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal disorders, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal issues, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, and psychological disorders.
The overall focus of Dr. Ozawa's practice is on preventative medicine, lifestyle improvements and patient education - he can help you take back your power of health by encouraging the inherent self healing power of you, the individual.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
A naturopathic doctor (ND) is a licensed physician who has graduated from an accredited four-year, post-graduate, residential naturopathic medical school, and has been board certified. The training consists of comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, etc, as well as detailed study of a wide variety of natural therapies. NDs are authorized to practice as doctors in 15 American states, Puerto Rico, and 5 Canadian states.
The aim of the ND is not only to control symptoms of disease, but to address and treat the true causes of disease. NDs try to avoid the use of prescription drugs whenever possible, in order to minimize harmful side-effects and the unnecessary strain that drugs can place on the body. They prefer instead, to focus on overall health through preventative medicine, improvement of lifestyle, and by addressing both the physical symptoms as well as mental well-being. Moreover, the ND places great importance on patient education, encouraging patients to take control of their own health. The primary goal of the ND is to recognize and encourage the inherent self-healing power of the individual.
Naturopathic doctors are guided by six principles:
- Do No Harm
- The Healing Power of Nature
- Find the Cause
- Treat the Whole Person
- Preventive Medicine
- Doctor as Teacher
This set of principles, emphasized throughout a naturopathic doctor's training, outlines the philosophy guiding the naturopathic approach to health and healing, and forms the foundation of this distinct health care practice.
Naturopathic doctors use a variety of natural and non-invasive therapies, including clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, and counseling. Naturopathic treatments are effective in treating a wide variety of conditions without the need for additional intervention. Naturopathic doctors are also able to function within an integrated framework, and naturopathic therapies can be used to complement treatments used by conventionally trained medical doctors. The result is a patient-centered approach that strives to provide the most appropriate treatment for an individual's needs.
In the United States, the naturopathic medical profession's infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, peer review, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.
What Are the Office Visits Like?
Dr. Ozawa will take time with you. During your first appointment, he will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, life style, and discuss why you're there. Dr. Ozawa may perform an examination and order diagnostic tests. Dr. Ozawa keeps himself up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments. Dr. Ozawa will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary Dr. Ozawa will refer you to other health-care practitioners.
A first visit with a patient may last one to two hours and follow-up visits range from 30 to 60 minutes, although this varies depending on the condition. Dr. Ozawa needs sufficient time to ask questions and understand the patient's health goals. Dr. Ozawa also does an appropriate examination and teach his patients about managing their condition and improving their health. Dr. Ozawa may also use diagnostic tests to fully understand their patient's health status. Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient's root problem, Dr. Ozawa speaks and understands the language of conventional medicine. Dr. Ozawa can diagnose the way MDs do—yet, they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, Dr. Ozawa works to head it off before it happens.