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!)

“Western Medicine”

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Outdated/nonexistent nutrition & lifestyle knowledge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!”

“Alternative Medicine”

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!”

ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE?

Searching for the right doctor can often feel like stepping smack into the middle of a ‘conventional vs. natural’ battle royale.

You might lean one way or the other—but these are two extremes, at opposite ends of the spectrum.

And neither extreme offers the kind of care that you need.

Which is why you shouldn’t have to choose at all.

DR. SARA NORRIS EMBRACES BOTH
CONVENTIONAL *AND* NATURAL PARADIGMS.

And she’s got the chops to back it up.

2001

Leaves a prestigious internship at one of the top four accounting firms in the nation to pursue pre-med studies. Finds true love (science!).

2002

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)

2010

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.

2007

Works on a randomized-placebo, controlled study of breast cancer patients, in conjunction with local oncologists at Oregon’s most prestigious hospital.

2009

Receives the Americorps Educational Grant for her outreach work with Portland’s community clinics.

2010-2013

Volunteers at Charlotte Maxwell Clinic (Oakland, CA), providing complementary care for patients with cancer.

Also 2010-2013

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.

October 2013

Has a baby. It’s a boy!

December 2013

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.

2017

Gives up on New England; beelines back to Southern California. Has son #2.

2018

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.

BECAUSE THE BEST TREATMENT OPTIONS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF WHICH END OF THE SPECTRUM THEY COME FROM.

You deserve access to the natural, lifestyle-based treatments your MD didn’t study in school.

You deserve the option to stay on your antidepressant or birth control, if it’s working well for you.

You deserve to be fully informed about how to treat (and vaccinate) your children, so you can make the right decisions about their health.