Each Naturopathic Physician has a unique practice philosophy. My practice incorporates a wide range of therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, counseling, therapeutic supplements and nutrition. I do laboratory testing when appropriate. I rely on my intuition to direct my practice and can often discern what would help my patients most by spending an hour hearing their story.
Mind/Body medicine is a big part of my practice and what I consider to be a great strength of mine. I view illness as a key to transformation and help patients through a healing process of self discovery and growth.
As for my own path to naturopathic medicine, my undergraduate work was in North Carolina – Chapel Hill where I graduated with honors in Biology. I had always known I would go into healthcare and, once time came to choose the flavor of my medicine, I gravitated towards a slower, more holistic approach. I am from Ukraine originally, and a medicine closer to the earth makes sense to me.
I received my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. I am also a licensed Acupuncturist, with training in the Traditional Chinese Medicine model.
To me, natural medicine is more than the use of ‘natural’ products. It is about nourishing and stimulating the body, mind, and spirit in order to bring about healing. It is about drawing on the knowledge of generations of healers. This medicine of the people is strong and wise, and a new generation of medicine men and women are making it relevant to modern life.