Cathy Pence, ND, CNHP Certified Natural Health Professional
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." Thomas Edison
Naturopathy is a distinct holistic approach to health based on the understanding that health and disease are products of the total of an individual's genetic, environmental, physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual makeup and experience. Naturopathic medicine is as much a philosophy of life as it is a science. Naturopaths respect the importance of the harmonious operation of all aspects of each of us as being essential to health and treat the whole you by considering all of these factors. The emphasis is on building health by creating a healthier environment, inside and out, in which to live rather than only on fighting disease.Naturopaths are uniquely trained to specialize in natural medicine. They use the least invasive, most physiologically supportive methods possible. They are educated in non-conventional methods of treatment and prefer to treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, exercise therapy, counseling and hydrotherapy. Naturopathic doctors perform physical examinations along with nutritional and dietary assessments. They cooperate with all other branches of the medical sciences, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.Naturopaths believe that nature heals by the response of the life force (vis medicatrix naturae) if we can identify and remove the obstacles to health or recovery. Proper nutrition through foods, herbal preparations and supplements is an essential part of the recovery or prevention process. Nutrition is, after all, biochemistry and the one way in which we can most positively affect our own outcome and, therefore, experience of our life. Proper lifestyle such as relaxation, exercise, quality sleep, interests and pursuits outside work life is an important and often neglected part of anyone’s life.Naturopathic doctors are teachers, coaches. We listen, rare in health care these days. We create a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship which takes time which most MDs don’t have. We are catalysts for healthful change, motivating you to do what is necessary, encouraging you to take control of your health.I look forward to helping you become whole, Body, Soul and Spirit.