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

Advanced Hormone Solutions

Advanced Hormone Solutions

122 East Ridgewood Ave.
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
800-775-4902 Ext. 333

Center for Nutrition & Preventive Medicine

Center for Nutrition & Preventive Medicine

177 N. Dean street, Suite 308
Englewood, New Jersey 07631
800-775-4902 Ext. 244

Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

24 Nautilus Dr. Suite 3
Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050
800-775-4902 Ext. 243

Natasha Fuksina M.D.

Natasha Fuksina M.D.

550 Bloomfield Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07107
800-775-4902 Ext. 172

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

804 West Park Ave.
Ocean, New Jersey 07712
800-775-4902 Ext. 351

Exuberan by Virtua

Exuberan by Virtua

106 Carnie Blvd.
Voorhees, New Jersey 08053
800-775-4902 Ext. 335

Optimal Wellness

Optimal Wellness

172 Franklin Ave, Suite 4A
Ridgewood , New Jersey 07450
800-775-4902 Ext. 601

Barbara Plucknett, M.D.

Barbara Plucknett, M.D.

30 2 Bridges Road, Suite 220
Fairfield , New Jersey 07004
800-775-4902 Ext. 399

Malo Age Management

Malo Age Management

201 NJ-17
Rutherford, New Jersey 07070
800-775-4902 Ext. 644

Healthy Aging Medical Centers

Healthy Aging Medical Centers

667 Eagle Rock Ave, Suite 2A
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
800-775-4902 Ext. 354

The Youth Fountain

The Youth Fountain

501 Iron Bridge Rd.
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
800-775-4902 Ext. 710

HealthBridge

HealthBridge

1000 Northern Blvd., Suite 230
Great Neck, New York 11021
800-775-4902 Ext. 346

Atlas Drug & Nutrition Center

Atlas Drug & Nutrition Center

8416 Kennedy Blvd
North Bergen, New Jersey 07047
800-775-4902 Ext. 324

Lionel Bissoon D.O.

Lionel Bissoon D.O.

10 West 74th Street Suite 1E
New York, New York 10023
800-775-4902 Ext. 160

Furnari Health Clinic

Furnari Health Clinic

321 A W. 24th St.
New York, New York 10011
800-775-4902 Ext. 168

Paukman BioAge Clinic

Paukman BioAge Clinic

200 Central Park South
New York, New York 10019
800-775-4902 Ext. 742