Areas of Focus

Chronic and degenerative disease:  Naturopathic medicine truly excels when it comes to the treatment of chronic and degenerative diseases:  from acne, digestive disturbances or menstrual irregularities on one end of the spectrum to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and auto-immune disease on the other end of the spectrum.  We strive to determine the underlying cause of your ‘dis-ease’ taking into account all factors (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).  We then treat the underlying imbalance unique to that individual, not the disease.

Acute care:  The occasional cold or flu is not an indication of an imbalance but rather a natural response to an infecting agent and is indicative of a normal, healthy immune system.  Most conventional over the counter acute therapeutics are suppressive in nature, counteracting your body’s innate, self-regulating and healing responses.  We can provide you with the tools that help support your body’s natural healing mechanisms during acute illnesses.

Sensible and healthy weight management:  Fad diets may help you drop pounds in the short term but are not sustainable.  We will work with you to design an individualized diet and exercise plan that incorporates healthy, nutrient-dense foods that not only result in sensible and sustainable weight loss, but additionally support overall health.  We will carefully consider other health factors that may be limiting your ability to maintain a healthy weight, such as hormone imbalances, thyroid function, and blood sugar dysregulation.

Fertility, preconception and pregnancy health:   Whether you are having problems conceiving or would simply like to maximize the health of you and your partner prior to conception, naturopathic medicine can be extremely beneficial.   Balancing hormones and blood sugar levels, identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies, identifying toxic accumulations and enhancing the body’s detoxification pathways, and clearing underlying infections can improve the health of a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm, greatly improving the chance of conceiving.  Nutritional support and specific lifestyle changes, both during the pre-conception phase and during pregnancy, will help optimize the health of your newborn and minimize the potential for childhood allergies and asthma, auto-immune disease, behavioral disorders, and diabetes.  We will work with your OB/GYN and/or pediatrician to develop the best protocols for you and your family.

Integrative medical care:  Naturopathic medical care can play a vital supportive role in the treatment of many medical conditions.   Conventional allopathic treatment protocols for various diseases can result in a variety of short term and long term adverse side effects, both on the physical and emotional level.   Using a combination of patient-specific dietary protocols, vitamins and minerals, botanical medicines and homeopathy, we can support your immune system and enhance detoxification pathways during many allopathic treatment protocols and help reduce common side effects.  We can also address underlying imbalances that may have contributed to the development of your disease process in the first place.  Ultimately, treating the root cause of disease is important in reducing the risk of progression/recurrence of the disease and promoting lifelong wellness.

Functional lab testing:  Standard laboratory reference ranges are tailored to identifying obvious disease states.  We additionally compare laboratory values to “functional reference ranges” in order to identify suboptimal function at an early stage so that the underlying imbalance can be addressed prior to the onset of what is ultimately recognized as a disease.  We also utilize a number of “functional” laboratory test kits to get a better understanding of where the imbalance lies, including:  food allergy testing, GI health panels, salivary hormone panels, heavy metal testing and many others.

Wellness and prevention:  Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the necessary tools to live a healthy and productive life.  We can support you in designing a healthy diet tailored to your unique self; provide you with the tools to support your body’s innate healing mechanisms during acute illnesses; and show you how best to adapt to common life stressors.  We do not ascribe to the theory that you must take supplements for life.  Ultimately, it is more about “what you do” and “how you live your life” versus “what supplements you take”.