What is naturopathic medicine?
Primary Care Physician
Every day our bodies communicate to us in a variety of different ways; aches, pains, nausea, headaches, weakness, gas, sleepiness, stiffness etc, are just a few examples. In medical jargon we refer to these expressions as signs and symptoms. These characteristics help us to understand just what exactly the underlying issue is that is causing your body to present in such a way. Through the course of your visit I will help you to better understand why your body is feeling the way it is and what we can be done to ensure you recover quickly and safely. As apart of our conversation, we will incorporate preventative measures to minimize the likelihood of you feeling that way again. All while promoting a lifestyle that strives towards optimizing your best self.
Dr. Jeff Thomas
Over the course of the last decade I have been devoted to all that lies within the realm of health and wellness.
The journey began with a deep-seated interest in food, not only as a source of nourishment for the physical body, but as a stage for addressing our spiritual maturation as well. From there I completed a degree program in Culinary Arts, in which I was introduced to the fundamentals of food preparation. You might say an insatiable appetite for knowledge was spurred during this time. Next, I pursued a more clinically-based focus on nutrition while attending the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. At the end my studies I was entrusted with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition. During my time in San Antonio, I became fascinated with the benefits of physical activity, over the course of the next 6 months I studied to become a certified personal trainer. Shortly before completing my undergrad in Texas, I heard about doctors working in struggling countries, helping the locals with medical concerns, primarily through a holistic approach using plant-based medicines. Within an instant, I knew this was where my path was leading me to. After another 5 years of rigorous study at the nation's leading academic medical institute in natural medicine, Bastyr University, I became a naturopathic physician.
With various degrees in Culinary Arts, Nutrition, and a Doctor of Natural Medicine degree from Bastyr University, my ongoing curiosity for the many paths to wellness have illuminated the multitude of ways available to reflect the numerous circumstances life bestows upon us, as well as the many ways such circumstances can challenge our efforts to achieve optimum wellness. Throughout the last 10 years, I have been a witness to the remarkable ability to use food not only as a source of nourishment, but as medicine as well. Through evidence-based scientific approaches, I will serve as your guide and confidant as we address the issues that obstruct your path to health and wellness.
Ultimately, it is my hope with each and every encounter you will be equipped, and enabled to successfully overcome whatever obstacle we may face together as we make daily strides towards achieving optimum health and wellness.
Dr. Safiya McCarter
Dr. Safiya McCarter is a Naturopathic Physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Washington. Her clinical interests include pediatrics and women’s health (preventative and screening examinations, contraception and menstrual disorders). Her clinical approach incorporates psychological and emotional health and forming a partnership with her patients.
Dr. McCarter received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2010 and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree in 2015 from Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. Her undergraduate education was completed at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Mathematics.
Dr. McCarter currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and holds professional membership in the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.