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Understanding Naturopathic Primary Care Medicine

Practicing from an integrative systems perspective which incorporates mind, body, emotions, and spirit to support each person to break through to a new level of health.

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive system that aims to restore and optimize health by promoting the body’s own inherent ability to heal with the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors understand illness as a disruption in the equilibrium of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to restore the equilibrium of the individual by encouraging the primary principle, the healing power of nature. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to diagnose and treat patients with acute and chronic conditions and teach individuals how to prevent disease and achieve health.

As Naturopathic doctors, we encourage you to spend time in nature and feel the interconnectedness of all life. We are trained to utilize the least invasive therapies first and to avoid using interventions that could further disrupt health.

Naturopathic doctors understand that illness can be the result of numerous underlying causes such as chronic stress, dietary and lifestyle factors. Naturopathic doctors are trained to identify and treat the cause, discover which systems of the body are out of alignment and support the individual to restore health. While addressing your concerns, naturopathic doctors take time to educate you around nutrition, “food as medicine”, the results of functional tests, we get you moving, teach stress reduction and we take both the whole view of your health and the specifics to support you in attaining your health goals.

Naturopathic doctors are trained at accredited, four-year, post-graduate medical schools.

The naturopathic medical training is based on the six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine along with rigorous and comprehensive studies in basic medical sciences, physical diagnosis, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, and clinical medical sciences. There is extensive training in a variety of natural therapeutics that include clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, dietary, lifestyle, and fitness counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic bodywork, IV nutritional therapies, and physical medicine.

Naturopathic doctors are required to complete a two-year intensive clinical training and pass national basic science and clinical board exams to be licensed, plus the licensing exam of the state where the doctor will practice. Licensure allows naturopathic doctors to practice as independent doctors and authorizes them to diagnose, treat and prevent disease.

Over 30 years of Experience

“My passion is to empower and partner with you to help you achieve both happiness and your health goals.”

— Dr. Moira

Practicing from an integrative systems perspective which incorporates mind, body, emotions, and spirit to support each person to break through to a new level
of health.

I am licensed both as a Clinical Psychologist and a Naturopathic doctor.

I have practiced multiple forms of transformational psychology for over 30 years. During mid-life I returned to school to obtain a degree in Naturopathic Medicine to integrate a more holistic approach to healing. My journey has been to discover the essence of healing both within myself and as a facilitator for others. Currently, I practice from an integrative systems perspective and incorporate mind, body, emotions, and spirit to support each person to break through to a new level of health.

I received my degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore Washington. I had the opportunity to study with Tori Hudson, ND and completed a residency in Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon. During this time, I followed both conventional and naturopathic doctors and recognized that good medicine includes both the best of natural and conventional medicine. I founded an integrative medical practice in Seattle Washington, where I served as a primary care provider, focused on women’s health and functional endocrinology. I have spent considerable time working with individuals diagnosed with cancer and provide support during conventional care and in rebuilding their health. I offer a comprehensive approach for individuals struggling with emotional issues through integrating nutritional support, mind-body tools and providing medications when needed at the lowest effective doses. I am a board-certified diplomate-fellow in Psychopharmacology through the International College of Prescribing Psychologists and Prescribing Psychologists’ Register.

I received my doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego California. I founded a therapeutic community system for people with serious mental illness and changed the paradigm of healing for these individuals and their families. The community system has continued to evolve beyond where I left it many years ago. I am trained in many forms of Clinical Hypnotherapy, including transpersonal, NLP, Ericksonian and Medical hypnosis.

Teaching and the training of young professionals is a significant value of mine. I spent time as the Director of Clinical Training and was a part of the faculty of the American School of Professional Psychology in Point Richmond California. Most recently I was the inaugural vice president of Bastyr University in San Diego, California, which is a school of naturopathic medicine.

I look forward to the journey of expanding consciousness and changing the paradigm of health. The journey with you will be exhilarating as we create significant value in the world.

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