About Dr. Tricarico
Fascinated by the mind and moved by the human condition, I have been working in the mental health and social work fields since the early 1990’s. I had the opportunity to work with homeless youth, women in medical crisis, disabled adults, as well as the elderly, and I volunteered for both a rape and a suicide hotline. In 1995, my professional interests along with a love of the outdoors led me to Spring Lake Ranch, a therapeutic work community for people with psychiatric illness in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I led work crews and counseling sessions while living on this organic farm, and much of my inspiration to focus on holistic mental health came from my experiences there.
Some of the most potent medicine I witnessed included the connection to nature and natural rhythms of the seasons, the experience of participating in something larger than oneself and the sense of worth that came from contributing to one’s community. Amidst this incredibly holistic environment, however, the therapeutic options were largely limited to psychiatric medications. I gained a healthy respect for the life-saving capabilities of these drugs as well as a keen awareness of their limitations and the need for alternative approaches and real healing. It was at this point that I became passionate about the reform of our mental health care system and committed to providing holistic options to those experiencing mental or emotional concerns.
Naturopathic medical school offers comprehensive training in holistic medicine and was the ideal place for me to gain the tools for treating the whole body-mind system. Based on a philosophy of trust in nature and respect for the individual, naturopathic medicine offers an intricate understanding of physiology and how a person’s nutrition, digestion, environment, hormones, lifestyle and life experiences affect their thoughts and moods. After graduating from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005, I began Open Mind Medicine in Portland, Oregon. I am excited to offer real options for healing and recovery and am honored to join you on your path to wellness.
Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (High Honors, 2005)
Medical School Prerequisites from Southern Oregon University (1999)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on Minority Studies from The Ohio State University (Summa Cum Laude, 1994)