What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine combines the power of current medical science and understanding the use of "Traditional", alternative and non-toxic therapeutic options, giving patients a wider choice of treatments to achieve their personal wellness.
Naturopathic Medicine sees patients and disease from a different perspective than typical mainstream medicine. Instead of treating a symptom or a specific body part, Naturopathic Medicine considers the whole human. Naturopathic Medicine seeks to find and address the root cause of the problem rather than treating or masking symptoms of the problem.
In Washington State, Naturopathic Physicians have the same ability to treat patients as their MD counterparts, with the exception of not being able to prescribe narcotic pain medication.
Dr Kat is well versed and passionate about collaborating with MD's, OD's, Hospitals and any other members of her patient's healthcare teams to bring the patients the best, most cohesive care possible.
There can be some misinformation out there about the validity of Naturopathic Physicians. Sadly, as of right now there is not federal licensure of Naturopathic Doctors, so the scope of practice, education requirements and licensure varies by state.
A Licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) has not only graduated from a Post-Graduate level, 4 or 5 year accredited Naturopathic Medical School, but they have also passed a rigorous national level professional board exam, as well as additional tests related to the practice of primary care medicine in their chosen state.
Naturopathic medical school students study all the same sciences and patient care as MD students, with the addition of holistic and functional medicine. They are also required to complete at least a year of additional training in physical medicine, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine and counseling psychology.
Dr Kat graduated from Bastyr University in 2005 and is licensed by Washington State. In addition to having done post-doctorate education in the specialties of Restorative Medicine, Energy Medicine and Mental Health.
Dr Kat's Approach
Naturopathic Primary Care
Dr Kat brings an empathetic and compassionate presence to her medicine.
She has had countless patients who have been through years, sometimes even decades of working with other doctors and specialists while feeling unheard, misunderstood, and perhaps even worse, still not feeling any better.
Through her specialized background and understanding of functional laboratory medicine and biochemistry and her dedication to helping patients FEEL better, not just look like they should be better on paper, she has helped many patients regain not only their health, but the ability to enjoy their life again.
Dr Kat's approach is comprehensive and she takes the time to understand each person's personal history as well as family medical history to best support your specific health needs.
Her patient visits are 45 minutes long, and depending on each person's complexity, sometimes more than one is required to deeply understand your health picture and create the optimal treatment plan.
She has a wide variety of treatment options, including her specialty of Laser Medicine and Light therapy.
Whether you live near or far, in Washington State, or even a different country, Dr Kat can help you with your health.
Dr Kat has been called on to help figure out tough medical cases, particularly endocrine, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, to give second opinions and to consult on cases either by the patient themselves or the treating physician.
While she cannot prescribe pharmaceuticals to people living outside Washington State, she can offer personal recommendations of supplements, nutrition, and various other therapies that may help you. In addition to helping prepare you to speak to your local doctors to discuss treatment ideas and collaboration.
She is happy to help support you in your health and wellbeing.
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