training and mentoring program for naturopathic doctors

Virtual Residency

Welcome to Virtual Residency (VR), a post-graduate training and mentoring program for naturopathic doctors. My name is Dr. Nancy Utter and I designed this program to provide the training and support that you need to become a successful doctor at a price you can afford. I want to help you succeed while practicing the medicine you love.

Treating patients is a mixture of science, soul and art. You learned the science in school, you have the soul and I want to teach you the art. Learn the art of uncovering the root causes of your patient’s health issues, the art of listening deeply so you can grab the clues you need to understand how to help them and the art of creating a treatment plan that works to achieve their health goals.

Naturopathic doctors are in demand

There has never been a better time to be a naturopathic doctor because what we do is in great demand by the public. Many people are seeking out healthcare practitioners who will look outside the box of conventional medicine to help them. This has created a niche that is uniquely designed for naturopathic doctors to fill. This is our time to shine! You hold in your hands the potential to become an amazing doctor and business owner. I want to support you to manifest that potential into reality!

training and mentoring program for naturopathic doctors

Mentoring at your fingertips

You can have the support you need when you are out in the real world of practice and business. A mentor to stand beside you and give you guidance in treating your patients and running a business. Training with an experienced doctor will accelerate your success rate with patients. I want to share with you everything that I have learned in 15 years of practice.

Train with an experienced doctor

My vision for VR has been driven by the severe lack of post-graduate, clinical training opportunities for naturopathic doctors. As a profession, we do not have a requirement for residency hours built into our professional training. Typically, naturopathic doctors graduate and then immediately step out into the real world of private practice without adequate real-world training. This deficiency of practical training increases the time it takes for doctors to get up to speed in practice and get good, consistent results with patients. Good results with patients translate into a thriving practice. The quicker that happens the faster your practice can become financially stable. I want to teach you to be a smarter, successful doctor, faster.

training and mentoring program for naturopathic doctors

Learn how to think

My goal is to teach you how to think in the real world with real patients based on the principles of naturopathic medicine. Learn how to use all of the clues of a patients past medical history, family health history, current health picture, bloodwork and other essential testing to get to the bottom of the problem. Then learn how to define the steps needed to invoke the healing process and support your patients to reclaim their health.

About Dr. Utter

I graduated from Bastyr University in 2003 and have been in private practice in Durango, Colorado for the past 15 years. I have been fortunate to have worked in several different clinical settings. You can find my website at

As a practitioner I am a generalist and I practice true naturopathic medicine. I work with people of all different ages, genders and conditions. Some of my specialties include thyroid health, hormone balancing, gastrointestinal health and mental health but I work with a huge variety of conditions. My patient care model is rooted in restoring function and the foundations of good health using nutrition, botanical medicines, homeopathy, supplements, physical medicine, and love. I like to combine the best of all medicines, traditional and modern, for the greatest good of my patients.

training and mentoring program for naturopathic doctors

Who benefits?

Virtual Residency is available for any naturopathic doctor who wants continued training and support in their practice. Whether you are a new graduate or are already in practice you will benefit from this program. All participants must be graduates of an accredited naturopathic medical school. You can fill out the application here: Virtual Residency Application

You will be notified within 10 days of submission if you have been accepted into Virtual Residency.

Program curriculum

Virtual Residency is a program that is designed to be practical, based on the real world practice of naturopathic medicine. You will learn practice skills that you can use immediately with the next person who walks through your clinic door. I also will provide backup when you need it.

training and mentoring program for naturopathic doctors
  • 1 hour monthly personal training time with Dr. Utter. This time is your private time with me to use any way you would like to. We can review your patient cases, work on your diagnostic process, discuss marketing techniques, address business questions or any area that you need help with. These sessions will be by phone, Skype or Zoom at your preference.
  • Two 1 ½ hour Grand Rounds – group case studies per month. These cases will be a combination of some of my most interesting cases and your real patient cases. The format for this will be a virtual classroom with a group of other doctors.
  • access to my practice model information including patient intake form, environmental health intake form, scheduling program, employee management tips, website development.
  • flexibility to add classes on special topics and speakers as requested by you and your colleagues.
  • Group Facebook page.

How much does it cost?

Virtual Residency is designed to be affordable for practitioners. The cost is $300.00 per month per practitioner which includes one hour of one-on-one time and two 1 ½ hour grand rounds classes per month and all the other benefits listed above. Program length is 6 months at a minimum. You can continue for as long as you like beyond the initial 6 month period.

Additional individual time with me is always available by appointment as you need it at a charge of $125.00 per hour.

If interested, please fill out the online Virtual Residency Application

You will be notified within 10 days of submission if you have been accepted into Virtual Residency.

For more information or questions please email Dr. Utter at I look forward to working with you!

Durango Natural Medicine

Animas Square - 117 CR 250    |   Durango, Colorado 81301 

970-247-0737    |   (970) 247-0697 (fax)