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

GSH Medical

GSH Medical

801 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 101
Toronto , Ontario M5N1E3

Vital Transitions Clinic

Vital Transitions Clinic

9901 Keele Street, Unit 109
Maple, Ontario L6A 3Y5

Spa Vitality Anti Aging Centre

Spa Vitality Anti Aging Centre

2400 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario L7P4N3

Signature Hormones by Dr. Arnold

Signature Hormones by Dr. Arnold

377 Church St. Suite 405
Markham, Ontario L6B 0T1

Markham Natural Health Centre

Markham Natural Health Centre

3160 Steeles Ave. East, Suite 204
Markham, Ontario L3R4G9

Heartful Wellness Centre

Heartful Wellness Centre

197 A 10th Street
Hanover, Ontario N4N1N8

Centre for Restorative Medicine

Centre for Restorative Medicine

555 Kingston Rd. W
Ajax, Ontario L1S 6M1

Integrated Functional Medicine

Integrated Functional Medicine

418 Upper Sherman Ave.
Hamilton, Ontario L8V 3V3

Somerset Health & Wellness Centre

Somerset Health & Wellness Centre

190 Somerset St. W, Suite 210
Ottawa, Ontario K2P0J4

Sloan Natural Health Center

Sloan Natural Health Center

101 Mary Street West, Suite 200
Whitby, Ontario L1N 2R4