Types of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctors and Practitioners

Differentiating designations for healthcare providers

Healthcare professionals can hold many different degrees and designations. Here’s a quick guide to help you determine what sort of education and training potential BHRT providers have:


M.D. = Medical Doctor

  • 4-year undergraduate degree concentrated on science coursework
  • 4 years of medical school
  • 3-6 years of internships and residencies
  • can select a specialty to develop expertise in areas such as cardiology, endocrinology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry or surgery
  • may not select a specialty and opt to serve as a primary-care physician

D.O. = Doctor of Osteopathy

  • 4-year undergraduate degree concentrated on science coursework
  • 4 years of medical school
  • 3-6 years of internships and residencies
  • can select a specialty, but most osteopathic doctors become primary-care physicians
  • extra training in the musculoskeletal system – muscles, bones, and nerves
  • approach tends to be more holistic than M.D.s

N.D. = Naturopathic Doctor

  • 4-year undergraduate degree
  • 4 years of a graduate program at an accredited naturopathic school; curriculum concentrates on nutrition, hydrotherapy, botanical and homeopathic medicine
  • considered a primary-care physician; can prescribe limited amounts of medications, order lab tests, perform routine medical exams, and refer patients to specialists
  • focuses on using natural and non-invasive therapies, and treating the person as a whole

D.C. = Doctorate of Chiropractic degree

  • 4-year undergraduate degree
  • 4 years of medical school
  • concentrates on the musculoskeletal system
  • provides pain relief by realigning bones and tissues

L.A.c. = Licensed Acupuncturist

  • 4-year undergraduate degree
  • typically 4 years of a graduate program concentrated on acupuncture, physiology, Chinese medical concepts, herbal pharmacology, nutrition and internal medicine
  • completes programs based on both western and eastern modalities of medicine

N.P. or R.N.P. = Nurse Practitioner or Registered Nurse Practitioner

  • 4-year undergraduate degree
  • completes a graduate program in nursing, such as an M.S.N. [Master of Science in Nursing]
  • can serve as a primary-care physician
  • may select a specialty

F.N.P.-C = Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

  • specializes in primary care, women’s health, pediatrics or geriatrics

F.A.C.O.G = Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology

N.C.M.P = National Certified Menopause Practitioner

  • extra training in issues related to menopause and perimenopause

F.A.C.E. = Fellow of the College of Endocrinology

  • board-certified with specialty training in endocrinology, the system that controls hormonal and adrenal function

Center for Nutrition & Preventive Medicine

Center for Nutrition & Preventive Medicine

177 N. Dean street, Suite 308
Englewood, New Jersey 07631

Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

24 Nautilus Dr. Suite 3
Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050

Natasha Fuksina M.D.

Natasha Fuksina M.D.

550 Bloomfield Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07107

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

804 West Park Ave.
Ocean, New Jersey 07712

Exuberan by Virtua

Exuberan by Virtua

106 Carnie Blvd.
Voorhees, New Jersey 08053

Optimal Wellness

Optimal Wellness

172 Franklin Ave, Suite 4A
Ridgewood , New Jersey 07450

Barbara Plucknett, M.D.

Barbara Plucknett, M.D.

30 2 Bridges Road, Suite 220
Fairfield , New Jersey 07004

Malo Age Management

Malo Age Management

201 NJ-17
Rutherford, New Jersey 07070

Healthy Aging Medical Centers

Healthy Aging Medical Centers

667 Eagle Rock Ave, Suite 2A
West Orange, New Jersey 07052

The Youth Fountain

The Youth Fountain

501 Iron Bridge Rd.
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

HealthBridge

HealthBridge

1000 Northern Blvd., Suite 230
Great Neck, New York 11021

Atlas Drug & Nutrition Center

Atlas Drug & Nutrition Center

8416 Kennedy Blvd
North Bergen, New Jersey 07047

Lionel Bissoon D.O.

Lionel Bissoon D.O.

10 West 74th Street Suite 1E
New York, New York 10023

Furnari Health Clinic

Furnari Health Clinic

321 A W. 24th St.
New York, New York 10011

Paukman BioAge Clinic

Paukman BioAge Clinic

200 Central Park South
New York, New York 10019

Mudit Arora, M.D.

Mudit Arora, M.D.

75 Lincoln Hwy, Suite 304
Iselin, New Jersey 08830