*REAL* HEALTHCARE SHOULDN’T ASK YOU TO CHOOSE SIDES.Natural and conventional medicine, playing nice together (for once).
You: A woman and/or parent, looking for a doctor who will…
- Listen to you (like, really)
- Answer all your questions without judgment or agenda
- Give you time to explain the whole story—without making you repeat it a hundred times to a bunch of specialists who don’t talk to each other
- Help you truly get better—not just put bandaids on your symptoms
- Take you seriously
- Understand (and care about) you as a person
- Help you (finally) find answers and effective treatment options
Finding this needle-in-the-haystack is hard enough—especially if you’re constantly, inexplicably, exhausted.
Or in pain. Or unable to focus. Or sifting through way too many options. (Hellooo, Los Angeles!)
Antibiotics & pharmaceuticals (that don’t always work)
Outdated/nonexistent nutrition & lifestyle knowledge
Lack of understanding/respect for women’s health issues
“Harumph! There’s no evidence to suggest that!”
Fancy supplements (that don’t always work)
Unrealistic/magical expectations around nutrition & lifestyle
Lack of clarity on how to actually get better
“Toxins are everywhere! You need a detox / juice cleanse / alkaline diet, ASAP!”
DR. SARA NORRIS EMBRACES BOTH
CONVENTIONAL *AND* NATURAL PARADIGMS.
And she’s got the chops to back it up.
Leaves a prestigious internship at one of the top four accounting firms in the nation to pursue pre-med studies. Finds true love (science!).
Chooses a naturopathic medical school, because why wouldn’t you want to learn about every possible treatment option? (See also: 22-year-old optimism + blissful ignorance re: state licensure laws and mainstream misconceptions)
Receives medical degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), in Portland, Oregon. Meets husband while sneaking into the law library to study.
Works on a randomized-placebo, controlled study of breast cancer patients, in conjunction with local oncologists at Oregon’s most prestigious hospital.
Receives the Americorps Educational Grant for her outreach work with Portland’s community clinics.
Volunteers at Charlotte Maxwell Clinic (Oakland, CA), providing complementary care for patients with cancer.
Works at an integrative medical practice in Oakland, California. Offers sliding scale and free clinic days to provide access to those who cannot afford naturopathic medicine.
Has a baby. It’s a boy!
Gets recruited for an attending physician position at Mountain View Natural Medicine Burlington, VT. Moves cross-country—to Vermont, in December, with a 6-week old baby. Gets to practices naturopathic family medicine in a state where NDs are covered by insurance.
Gives up on New England; beelines back to Southern California. Has son #2.
Establishes current practice at Paracelsus Natural Family Health Center (Pasadena).
2019 and beyond
Guest lecturer at USC Medical School. Working with universities and state legislature to make naturopathic treatment available to everyone.