Dr. Petley practices naturopathic medicine and has office hours by appointment only in the historic Old Post Office in the heart of Downtown Waterville, Maine.  Whether you are looking to address an acute cold, chronic disease or yearly checkup, Dr. Petley will use his expertise in naturopathic medicine as he works with you to create a healthier you ~ naturally!  To learn more about naturopathic medicine, click here.  To make an appointment, email nate@drpetley.com or call (207) 616-0049.

Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship

Herbal MedicineDr. Petley is now offering a 3-year herb apprenticeship in Waterville, Maine.  The program is suitable for those looking to gain a deeper respect for the power of herbs, those aspiring to become a practicing herbalist, those working in the health care field who would like to expand their knowledge of botanical medicine, and those looking to start an herbal product business.  Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship is divided into three years each lasting 10 months: Essential Herbalism, Applied Herbalism, and Clinical Herbalism.

Lecture Schedule

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To learn herbalism, one must follow the path of being an apprentice where the experienced practitioner passes information down to the student. Dr. Petley takes the naturopathic philosophy of doctor as teacher seriously in his clinic and classroom because it is through hands-on workshops that people fully experience all that herbalism has to offer.  Dr. Petley lectures on both naturopathic and botanical medicine and his classes can be found here. The education of his students ranges from beginner to advanced herbal levels, including medical professionals for continuing education credits.

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Through this site you can purchase herbal products, tools of the trade, Dr. Petley’s class notes and register for classes. Items in the store frequently change so be sure to check back for new and exciting offers!  Some items are unique and only available in limited quantity.

YouTube Videos with Dr. Petley

Dr. Petley periodically records lectures or snippets of lectures to make available online (click the links below).  He also posts videos announcing various classes and his herb apprenticeship program.  Many of these are also available on Facebook.  Stay tuned for additions!

Dr. Petley – An Introduction

Dr. Petley  – An Introduction (2)

Preventing the Cold & Flu

Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship Trailer

The Quest (Fun Movie Trailer)

Making Herbal Tea

Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship – Essential Herbalism 2017

Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship – Year 1 – 2017

The Amazing Dandelion Class Introduction 2016

Harvesting Horseradish



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Dr. Petley - Harvesting Horseradish

It's horseradish season! Here's a short video of me harvesting it from the garden.

I also wrote a blog about how to prepare fresh horseradish: ... See more


2 days ago
Naturopathic Treatment for the Flu | WABI TV5

For a detailed view on cold and flu prevention, go to www.drpetley.com, scroll down to YouTube Videos with Dr. Petley and click the link for Preventing the Cold & Flu. There is only so much ... See more

Naturopathic medicine is a unique and distinct sect of the health care Profession in that the goal is to work with nature to restore one’s health. It focus

2 days ago
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Obligatory selfie in the green room at channel 5 news just before the recording of the Healthy Living segment. Aired today but stay tuned for the reposting on my website www.drpetley.com! #drpetley

3 days ago
Cold and Flu

Here is my first video uploaded to YouTube! I'm looking forward to making a few more (and this is one step closer to offering some classes online).



Learn simple ways to prevent the common cold and flu.

5 days ago
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Last day to enjoy the Common Ground Fair! I'll be at the herb tent at 3:00 talking about Maine Medicinal Trees. It's rather frosty here this morning so bring layers to keep warm. ... See more

6 days ago
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Today marks Day 2 of the 40th Anniversary of the Common Ground Fair. It's a brisk morning but the sun is warming as it rises over the tree line. The morning fog is lifting but I can still see my ... See more

6 days ago
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Quite the lineup today with lectures by Maine Naturopathic Doctors at the Common Ground Fair!

1 week ago
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Getting wet at the #commongroundfair today? Dry off in the health and healing tent and chat with Maine Naturopathic Doctors! #MAND #drpetley

2 weeks ago
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This is how I spent my lunch break - making another graphic announcing Essential Herbalism - starting in February 2017. They're fun to make so expect more to come 😉

Students are enrolling and ... See more

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Save your seeds for they hold the promise of next year's garden. #drpetley

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