Welcome to Vitality NW

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Working Hours
Monday - Friday 09:00AM - 17:00PM
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

Natural Medicine Clinic specializing in Women’s Health, Men’s Health, & Children’s Health



Hawthorn: an herb for the ages

Picture the year 40 in 1st century AD. Caligula is in charge of the Roman empire, failing to invade Britain.  Germanic tribes are beginning to settle in eastern Europe. The codex is beginning to replace the scroll.  There is an average age of thirty-five, though people of that time could and did live into their sixties, provided that they survived infancy, childbirth, and war. Approximately around then, Dioscorides was born. While Hippocrates is considered the father of modern medicine, Dioscorides of the first century is considered by both western European and Islamic medicine to be the father of drugs. Though, of course drugs as we think of them now didn’t exist back then- what he really did was develop a system for cataloguing reactions and...

Do You Have Postpartum Depression?

This is the story I see most often. Mom comes in and she’s tired. She feels like any attempt to take care of herself is either blocked by a screaming child or would be implausible because of other life factors. Eating has been a struggle. When kiddo (or kiddos) are sleeping, laying down would be nice but falling asleep is hard plus there’s all of this work that should be caught up on. The thought is actually overwhelming so what gets done is not a nap or the work, but mostly the repeated thought that if she could somehow just do more, “things” would be better. That’s why the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale has a question asking whether you blame yourself for things going wrong, and...

7 ways that Pokemon Go is helping your health

Nerds, listen up. There’s a new app on the market and so far (out of a very limited sampling bias of my personal friends who are pretty much just as nerdy as I am) 10 out of 10 doctors recommend it. It’s called Pokemon Go- and the premise of the game is that you need to get outside and walk. Ok, the actual premise of the game is an augmented reality that encourages you to catch little pokemon pocket monsters and then make them cooler than everyone else’s pokemon, but to do that you have to walk A LOT. And people are totally doing it! I was so pleased to see people playing it when I took the kids out for our normal stroll. The game has...


Five reasons to see an IBCLC

Even for the experienced mother, breastfeeding can come as a challenge in the early postpartum period.  For the mother who wants to breastfeed, early support from a professional is a huge key to success. Number 1: Your baby is having trouble latching This is a common early problem.  It can occur for a number of reasons.  Improving the latch may be as simple as having an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) show you some basic techniques that facilitate an ideal latch.  If you don't see improvement with adjustments, further evaluation may be needed. Number 2: Your nipples are sore and/or damaged  Transient tenderness in the very early stages of breastfeeding is not necessarily an indicator of a problem.  However, if the pain becomes more than you can bear...


Now Accepting New Patients

At five years old, I told my parents that I wanted to be a doctor, and despite some detours (music, zoology, event and party planning), I never grew out of it. There is nothing else in the world I could possibly do but be a doctor. After an internship focused on family medicine, midwifery, and pediatrics, I dreamed of changing the status quo of primary care. I wanted to find a way to have longer appointments, less rush- a family friendly space that could truly make a difference in the lives of the people who come through the doors. Fortunately, I was given an opportunity to make that space a reality. Vitality Natural Medicine is now a real clinic, opening in the SW metro area...


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