a naturopathic primary care physician, I focus on promoting the overall
health of the patient and on uncovering the root cause of presenting
signs and symptoms. To this end, I generally prefer not to rely on
prescription medications which can significantly impact the patient’s
overall health. Here, my concerns go beyond the common (and often
inadequately explained) side effects of prescription medications. A
medicine which works precisely as designed will often have lasting, and
sometimes deleterious consequences. On the other hand, prescription
medication is often necessary and is a vital component of treatment.
same is true, of course, of herbal supplements and nutraceuticals,
either those prescribed or those available over the counter. Dietary
changes, as well, can have unexpected consequences. As a physician,
however, I have the specialized training and familiarity with the latest
research by which I am able to tailor a treatment plan to the
individual patient, one which may include any of the above, or any of
nutrition examines the relationship between what you eat and your
health. I may order metabolic/digestive laboratory analysis, perform
nutritional assessments, or have you take home and complete a diet
diary. From these evaluations, I may recommend that you alter your diet
and/or take certain nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals,
was developed in the 18th century, and its science has been verified
experimentally and clinically. Homeopathy uses dilute, potentized
remedies made from plant, animal, and mineral substances, and is based
on two fundamental principles: (1) The greater the dilution of a remedy,
the more powerful are its medicinal effects and (2) “like cures like,”
which means that a dilute, potentized substance will produce the same
symptoms as the disease when given to a healthy person.
use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization
and is the basis for modern pharmacology. Plants from around the world
are used for their specific healing effects. I use mainly capsules,
tablets, or syrups due to their palatability, but may also prescribe
teas or tinctures.
Medicine includes a variety of hands-on techniques and energy work to
ease pain or discomfort in the body. It also includes hydrotherapy,
which is the use of hot and cold water applied to a body part in order
to affect circulation and promote healing.
nutritional, environmental, and emotional factors affect health. I help
my patients make effective lifestyle choices through the use of basic
counseling techniques, psychotherapy, and/or biofeedback.
Sanskrit term ‘Ayurveda’ joins two words—‘Ayus,’ which means life and
‘Veda,’ which means knowledge—and can be defined as the ‘science of
life.’ Ayurveda considers a person’s constitution, genetics,
environment, and stresses, and has a unique set of materia medica (herbs
native to India/Tibet). Fundamentally, Ayurveda is a philosophy of
lifestyle and a set of methods by which to achieve optimum health.