My Education, Degrees, and Career

Dr. Abernathy’s Professional Affiliations

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is a national organization of NDs who are graduates of accredited 4-year naturopathic medical schools.

North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians is a state organization of NDs who are graduates of accredited 4-year naturopathic medical schools. North Carolina does not currently require state licensing for naturopathic physicians; however, N.C.A.N.P. is actively working on licensing legislation. Fourteen other states currently have licensing.

Dr. Abernathy’s Credentials


Medical School

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) Degree, 1999
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This four-year course of study consisted of over 4,200 hours of classroom and hands-on clinical experience. The curriculum includes the same basic sciences as conventional medical schools, but also covers holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.

1st Year: The first year is very similar to conventional medical school, with the study of the basic medical sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology and physiology.

2nd & 3rd Years: The second and third years continue with the study of medical science, and add the scientific study of natural treatments in nutrition, botanical (herbal) medicine and homeopathy.

4th Year: The last full year is spent seeing patients in the clinic, supervised by licensed Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.s), while continuing with in-depth classroom studies.

Confirmation: To confirm my N.D. degree, please call (416) 498-1255 or visit (maiden name: McLaughlin).
Undergraduate School

Degree: Bachelor of Arts.
University of North Carolina, 1988.

Double Major in Psychology and English Literature.

Honors program. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Confirmation: (704) 547-2000 (maiden name: McLaughlin).
Career History

1999-2000: Private practice in Wilmington, NC.

2000-2001: Worked as a consulting staff physician and lecturer for Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory (now Genova Diagnostics) in Asheville, NC. I advised MDs and NDs on the proper use and interpretation of diagnostic tests, as well as appropriate natural treatment based on test results.

2003: Published a chapter on Urinary Tract Infections as a contributing writer in The Anti-Pain Plan.

2001-Present: Private practice in my hometown of Charlotte, NC.