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Get to Know Our Valley’s Naturopathic Doctors

By Lauren Del Sarto

Curious about what naturopathic doctors do? October 7-13 is your time to discover as we celebrate the 6th annual Naturopathic Medicine Week sponsored by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

During the week, naturopathic clinics in our valley will offer open houses, special events and drawings, and encourage you to stop by, ask questions, and get to know the incredible – and effective – world of natural medicine.

Naturopathic medicine treats the whole person – body, mind and spirit – and addresses the causes behind illness rather than just treating symptoms. It considers nutrition, lifestyle, environment, genetics, and social factors affecting health, favoring the least invasive treatment approach first. A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) attends an accredited, four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as medical doctors. He or she also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to treatment with a strong emphasis on preventing disease and optimizing wellness.

Twenty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands currently license naturopathic doctors. In California, it is important to note that any natural health practitioner can call themselves a naturopath, but only naturopathic doctor licensure can guarantee the training and safety to which patients are entitled.

The top health needs for which patients most often seek naturopathic care are primary care, women’s health and aging, and digestive disorders. Other conditions commonly treated include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, allergies, asthma, infertility, Lyme disease, HIV, chronic pain and more. Your naturopathic doctor will always collaborate with your conventional medicine doctors and will refer patients as needed for diagnosis and treatment.

With their growing popularity, the AANP states that naturopathic physicians are poised to alleviate the shortage of primary care providers in the United States.

Six of our local doctors are featured here. Stop by to meet them during Naturopathic Medicine Week.

Live Well Clinic

Sonja Fung, ND, and Brian Myers, ND
78-900 Avenue 47, Suite 102, La Quinta (760) 771.5970

Sonja Fung, ND

Brian Meyers, ND

Live Well will hold daily activities including Meditation Monday, Blood Donation Tuesday, and an open house Wednesday, October 10, 5:30-7:30pm featuring $2,500 + in drawings including a 3-month Live Well Lifestyle membership; doctor discussions on the newest therapies; organic wines, healthy bites and more. livewellclinic.org

Optimal Health

Shannon Sinsheimer, ND, and Jessica Needle, ND
74-361 Highway 111, Suite 3, Palm Desert (760) 568.2598

Shannon Sinsheimer, ND

Jessica Needle, ND

Stop by for a tour and sign up for their special raffle offering a personalized detox program, including a one-hour appointment with Dr. Needle to customize an individualized plan, all detox supplies, powders, and supplements. ($500 value). optimalhealthpd.com

True You Medical

Nicole Ortiz, ND and Nina Campagna, ND
73375 El Paseo, Suite D, Palm Desert (760) 340.0013

Nicole Ortiz, ND

Nina Campagna, ND

Considering how “root cause medicine” allows you to rise to your best self, True You will hold a Root Down to Rise Celebration on Tuesday, October 9, from 5-7pm with $5 B-12 shots, complimentary chakra readings, and talks by the doctors, along with giveaways valued at over $1,000. trueyoumedical.com

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