About OpenMind Medicine
The goal of naturopathic medicine is to support the wisdom of the body and mind and facilitate an individual’s inherent ability to heal. Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are licensed primary care physicians who have attended a four-year, postgraduate-level naturopathic medical school and are clinically trained in the art and science of natural therapies. In addition to conventional diagnosis, laboratory testing and pharmaceutical medications, the scope of naturopathic medicine includes nutrition, counseling, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical therapies, and mind-body approaches. Naturopathic training does encompass the same basic bio-medical sciences as conventional medical training, but the approach to health and disease differs considerably. It is the philosophy of naturopathy that clearly differentiates this medicine and directs how we approach each patient.
The Healing Power of Nature Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Honor and support the body’s inherent wisdom to heal.
First Do No Harm Primum Non Nocere
Utilize the safest, most natural, and least invasive therapies first.
Find the Cause Tolle Causam
Address the underlying cause of illness rather than only treating symptoms.
Treat the Whole Person Tolle Totum
The mind and body are inherently linked. Physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual factors are all important components of health.
Prevention Prevention is the Best Medicine
Be proactive in the care of patients. Focus on promoting wellness and preventing disease.
Doctor as Teacher Docere
The original meaning of the word “doctor” is teacher. Educate patients so that they are empowered to take responsibility for their own health.
Holistic Mental Health
The health of the mind and body are intricately linked. Just as our thoughts can strongly influence our physical health, our individual physiology affects our mental and emotional well-being. The foods we eat, our digestive health, the toxins in our environments, our hormones, lifestyles, experiences, beliefs and attitudes all play important roles in our physiology and biochemical make-up. As a philosophy, holistic mental health recognizes this beautiful web of interdependency.
Holistic approaches can be used in conjunction with psychiatric medication, but unlike pharmaceuticals, holistic mental health treatments usually have the “side effect” of improved physical health and a richer emotional experience. Rather than suppressing or covering up symptoms with a drug, the goal of treatment is to address underlying causes and work towards integration and balance.
I treat a broad range of conditions that may ultimately play a role in someone’s mental or emotional well-being. People, however, most often see me for the following concerns:
- Personal Growth & Self-Awareness
- Nervousness / Anxiety
- Stress & Overwhelm
- Weight Loss / Nutrition Management
- Mood Swings / Bipolar Disorder
- Psychosis / Schizophrenia
- Attention & Behavior Issues
- Brain Health & Memory Problems
- Addiction / Eating Disorders
- General Health & Wellness