How are you currently using your ND?
I am practicing at an integrative clinic in Eastern Oregon. My focus is pretty broad at this point – Primary care and prevention, GI, neurological conditions, adjunctive cancer care, hormones, chronic pain, mental health.
What is unique about your clinic or the way you practice?
We are a federally qualified health center providing really unusual multidisciplinary care; we have MDs, PAs, chronic care management, counseling, psychiatry, and dental at multiple locations in Wallowa County. At our clinic location we provide alternative care – acupuncture, manual lymph drainage, massage, environmental medicine, primary care and of course preventive and natural medicine. We collaborate frequently on patient care – create treatment plans and herbal formulas together.
How is OANP valuable to you?
OANP helps me feel connected to the larger community. It is easy to feel separate practicing in a rural area and so important to remember what a heartfelt and powerful group we are.
Do you have a favorite patient experience?
So many of them – on the theme of working together and connection – I saw a new patient yesterday who will also be seeing one of our MD’s and our psychiatrist. I told him and his wife that we would all work together; they were so immensely grateful that we would communicate about his care.
Why do you practice naturopathic medicine?
I can’t imagine doing anything else. I actually get to help people. It’s beautiful work.
Who is/was the most influential person to you on your naturopathic journey?
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
Getting to the end of every day, it’s really hard work.
Do you have any words of wisdom for recent ND graduates?
Well I am a recent graduate so, the things that have been vital to me - staying connected with teachers and colleagues, finding people to practice with and talk through things with. Also, trusting what we know – the simple stuff really works; there is a reason for the therapeutic order.