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Dr. Leslie AxelrodLeslie Axelrod, ND, LAc
Emphasis: Family medicine; acupuncture; botanical/herbs; nutrition; pain management; rheumatology; gastrointestinal; women’s health, colorpuncture

Dr. Axelrod received her ND from Bastyr University (1987). She attended the New England School of Homeopathy and completed a year-long certificate training in Colorpuncture. She offers medical services including family medicine, women's health and rheumatology, acupuncture, homeopathy, pain management, nutrition and botanical medicine.

She is a professor of clinical sciences at SCNM and is on the staff at Maricopa Integrative Health System as a naturopathic physician and brings students to an outpatient facility.

Esti Bakty, NMD

Emphasis: Pain management, oncology and general family medicine

Dr. Esti Bakty, NMD, is a primary care physician with a special interest in family practice, pain management, naturopathic oncology, weight loss, fatigue, oncology, nutrition, arthritis, fibromyalgia, acupuncture, chronic pain, general wellness, and acute and chronic illnesses. She combines a blended approach to supporting the mental and physical well being of her patients.

Enthusiasm for minimizing her own pain with naturopathic medicine due to a severe car accident led Dr. Bakty to complete the four-year medical program at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. During that time her mother was diagnosed with cancer; she began treating her mother adjunctively with oncologists and under guidance of her mentor, which led to amazing results. Since completing her formal education, she has enriched her approach to treatment by working with patients and their families to educate and motivate them to participate more actively in their health.

Dr. Matthew BaralMatthew Baral, ND

Emphasis: Pediatrics
Therapies offered: Botanical/herbs; diet/nutrition; homeopathy; hydrotherapy; physical exams

Dr. Baral received his naturopathic medical degree from Bastyr University in 2000. He is chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate professor of Pediatrics at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), where he has supervised students on pediatric-specific shifts for the past nine years. He has been a Defeat Autism Now practitioner for six years. Dr. Baral also designed the first naturopathic pediatric residency program in naturopathic medicine and serves as its director.

His private practice focuses on primary pediatric care and autism. Dr. Baral serves as the medical director of the Hamilton Elementary School Clinic, a free pediatric clinic that provides care to the students of one of the poorest school districts in Phoenix. He has published the three latest research studies on the correlation between heavy metal toxicity, chelation, and autism. Dr. Baral co-authored the first two books on integrative pediatric medicine: Integrative Medicine for Children, by May Loo, MD and Integrative Pediatrics, by Timothy Culbert, MD. He serves as the pediatric contributing editor to the Natural Medicine Journal and the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, and is the founding and current president of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Nick BuratovichNick Buratovich, NMD

Emphasis: Physical medicine; acupuncture; adjustments/manipulation; migraines; infusion therapy; prolotherapy; smoking cessation; diet/nutrition; pain management; physical exams; arthritis; chronic disease; counseling; hydrotherapy

Dr. Buratovich received his BS from St. Mary’s College (1973) and his Naturopathic degree from National College of Natural Medicine (1983). Dr. Buratovich has maintained a Naturopathic family practice for over 20 years and focuses primarily on pain management and the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. His clinical focus is on you, the patient, with a foundation in naturopathic philosophy and principles. He uses manipulation, acupuncture and nutrition as his primary modalities along with botanical and homeopathic medicines to help restore health and well being. He has received additional training in cold laser therapy, infusion therapy and prolotherapy and is a certified practitioner in bio-cranial therapy.

Dr. Buratovich is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Physical Medicine at SCNM. He is also the secretary of Southwest College’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Nicole CainNicole Cain, ND

Emphasis: Homeopathy and mental health

Dr. Nicole Cain practices general family medicine, with a specialization in mental health issues. Dr. Cain emphasizes individualized patient care, and employs a variety of modalities in order to tailor treatment to the patient’s needs, but has advanced training and a focus in homeopathy. She also utilizes counseling, nutritional consulting, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy as needed.

She, is a board certified, licensed naturopathic medical doctor. She received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She also completed an accredited residency in naturopathic medicine at The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Family Practice Medicine. She has a graduate degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a MA in clinical psychology-counseling specialization; there she received advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. She received her B.A. in psychology from Luther College.

She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), she sits on the board of Fountainhead Naturopathic Medical Center of Santa Cruz, CA, the board of Homeopathic Medicine for Mental Health (HMMH), and she is a medical consultant for the company Orb Health. She works to move her patients toward total health restoration, while empowering them to also engage in preventative self-care. In her spare time she enjoys vegan baking, singing with her church, and spending time with her loved ones.

Dr. Matt CavaiolaMatt Cavaiola, ND, LAc

Emphasis: Acupuncture, chronic disease

Dr. Matthew Cavaiola is both a licensed naturopathic physician (NMD) and acupuncturist (L.Ac) in the state of Arizona.  He is a graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (2008) where he received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine and of the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (2009) where he obtained his master’s degree in acupuncture.  Dr. Cavaiola also received a master’s degree in human nutrition (2004) and a bachelor’s degree in biology (2000) from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Cavaiola is a general practitioner in the state of Arizona and has been in private practice in the Phoenix metro area since graduating in 2008.  Dr. Cavaiola treats a wide variety of acute and chronic diseases associated with the aging process in his practice, and is passionate about treating men’s health conditions.  Dr. Cavaiola uses many naturopathic modalities in his clinical practice including clinical nutrition, acupuncture, intravenous and injectable vitamin therapy, prolotherapy, hormone replacement therapy and is one of a handful of naturopathic physicians in the Phoenix metro area who offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for his patients. 

He currently is an supervising physician overseeing monthly men’s wellness screenings and a general medicine rotation at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center.  Dr. Cavaiola is also an adjunct faculty member at Rio Salado College where he teaches anatomy and physiology and introduction to nutrition.

Dr. Cavaiola is a published author in the Journal of Nutrition and the Naturopathic Doctors News and Review (NDNR), he enjoys lecturing on a variety of topics, especially nutrition and conditions associated with the aging process and is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).  Dr. Cavaiola’s passion for naturopathic medicine comes from both an upbringing where he was taught to pursue a natural way of life and through personal health struggles that he overcame and continues to enjoy learning about each day.   

Dr. Yong DengYong Deng, OMD, LAc

Emphasis: Acupuncture and oriental medicine including Chinese botanical medicines. Pain syndromes; arthritis; cancer; infertility, allergy; men’s health; women’s health including PMS, menopausal syndrome, fibroids; GI problems including IBS; chronic fatigue; migraine; hypertension; depression; children’s conditions.

Dr. Deng is an international well-known expert in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. He was an MD graduate, former faculty and physician of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. He has been teaching and practicing at medical schools in China and the United States for over 26 years with a concentration in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Due to his extensive knowledge, Dr. Deng was invited to SCNM in 1996 and currently serves as the chair and professor within the Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Dr. Deng is a licensed acupuncturist in Arizona and works with MDs in hospitals and several Fertility Treatment Centers within the Phoenix area. He is a member of the State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners and has published over 30 papers and several books including the Encyclopedia of Chinese and U.S. Patent Herbal Medicines. In addition to supervision of student rotations, Dr. Deng also has his private practice at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Scottsdale and his office in Chandler.

Dr. John DyeJohn M. Dye, ND

Emphasis: Mind/body; psychological; biofeedback; neurofeedback; counseling; anti-aging; botanicals/herbs; chronic disease; diabetes; endocrinology; hypnosis; kinesiology; men’s health

Dr. Dye is a graduate of National College of Natural Medicine (1979), where he completed a residency in family practice. He offers a broad-scope practice with expertise in the areas of mood and cognitive enhancement, longevity medicine, diabetes care, and hormone replacement therapy. Dr Dye is the medical coordinator for the clinic’s biofeedback department, and has developed neurofeedback services to address brain disorders.

Dr Dye’s focus includes mind-body healing methods for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and other psychological disorders. Dr. Dye is chair of the Mind/Body Medicine Department at SCNM and teaches endocrinology, biofeedback, and mind-body medicine courses. He is an attending physician and department chair of Mind-Body Medicine.

Dr. Dayna EpsteinDanya Epstein, ND

Emphasis: Mind/Body, hypnosis, dermatology, rheumatology, internal medicine, endocrinology, and women’s health.

Dr. Danya Epstein graduated with highest honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2009. She completed her residency in general medicine at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in 2011. Dr. Epstein received her bachelor's from Princeton University in French and creative writing. She is currently clinical faculty at SCNM where she oversees student teaching shifts and sees patients in private practice.

She has a particular clinical interest in mind-body medicine—including hypnosis, guided imagery, biofeedback, and stress management. Her other areas of focus include dermatology, rheumatology, internal medicine, endocrinology, and women’s health. She has been published in Naturopathic Doctors News and Review and the Seattle P-I. Dr. Epstein is fluent in French, proficient in Spanish and Italian. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

Barbara Ezrre, ND

Emphasis: Women’s medicine, pediatrics, homeopathy, nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, weight loss, diabetes prevention and management, women’s health, chronic fatigue, digestive issues, anxiety and depression, menopause, and thyroid disorders

Dr. Ezrre graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 2001 and received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine with honors in 2006 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She subsequently completed a residency in family practice at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center.  She is adjunct faculty in the Community Medicine Department where she supervises naturopathic medical students while providing medical care at the Sojourner Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.  She has been involved in curriculum development for the clinical practice and general medicine courses and has taught multiple didactic courses preparing students for clinical training. This prompted her to co-author a book with fellow colleague, Dr. Oddveig Myhre, NMD, “The Pocket Reference for Naturopathic Clinicians,” a one-of-a-kind book that integrates diagnostic and therapeutic information into one resource for naturopathic medical students and physicians. 

Dr. Ezrre is an Arizona native and a fluent Spanish speaker. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, travelling and spending time with her husband and young children.

Dr. Patricia GainesPatricia Gaines, ND

Emphasis: Botanical/herbs; acute and chronic disease; homeopathy; women's health; diet/nutrition and natural supplementation; endocrinology; gastrointestinal; dermatology; cardiovascular health

Dr. Patricia Gaines received her naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr University. She continued her training at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine completing a two-year family practice residency with an emphasis on botanical medicine, homeopathy and women’s health. Dr. Gaines is currently the chair of the Botanical Medicine Department at SCNM as well as assistant professor and clinical supervisor at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center.

Dr. Gaines developed and supervised a naturopathic rotation at Sojourner Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children from 2003-2007. Her passion lies in understanding patients from a constitutional perspective and teaching students to formulate based on the individual needs of each patient. Dr. Gaines treats acute and chronic disease using botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

Dr. Anesia GrovesAnesia Groves, NMD 

Emphasis: Mind/body medicine and counseling

Dr. Groves completed her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree in 2005 at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she also completed a residency in family practice.  She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a master’s degree in counseling in 2013 at Arizona State University.  She has studied, practiced, and taught in the healing arts since 1997.  Her special focus in mind-body medicine draws on her extensive training in bodywork, energetic medicine, naturopathic approaches to mental health, and counseling.  She uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), guided imagery, hypnosis, cognitive-behavioral techniques, creative/expressive arts techniques, and other therapies to address common concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress as an underlying factor in illness in general.  In her spare time she enjoys writing, choral singing, photography, and the outdoors.

Dr. Tursha Hamilton
Patty Halter, LAc

Patty Halter graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in1995 and is currently a licensed massage therapist, a Reiki master, an instructor and an Arizona certified caregiver . 

During her massage therapy career, Patty has been a massage provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and other accounts, taught massage therapy and aromatherapy classes, provided in-home care giving services to private clients, and has provided massage therapy to collegiate and professional athletes and their staff including San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.

Though Patty specializes in deep tissue, "corrective," pain-eliminating and results-producing massage therapy, she also offers other bodywork including soothing and therapeutic, Swedish massage and pregnancy massage.

Clients seek Patty’s services for low back tightness, sciatica, neck tightness and stiffness, frozen shoulder, headaches, carpet tunnel, hand numbness, knee problems, osteoarthritis, sore feet and leg problems. 

Dr. Tursha HamiltonTurshá Hamilton, ND

Emphasis: Hydrotherapy, acupuncture, acute and chronic disease, anti-aging, botanical/herbs, dermatology, diabetes and pre-diabetes, diet/nutrition and natural supplementation, endocrinology, gastrointestinal disorders, IV therapy, men’s health, mind/body, weight loss, women’s health

Dr. Turshá Hamilton is a highly-trained naturopathic physician who provides a high level of individualized care to her patients. Dr. Hamilton is trained as a family care physician and treats both acute and chronic conditions, but has a passion for treating diabetes, obesity, and GI complaints.

Her focus is to employ the most natural and holistic therapies available to stimulate the body's internal healing while fostering new habits and traditions that will produce and maintain the most optimal health possible.

Dr. Hamilton graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, where she focused on diabetes care and medical nutrition. Prior to medical school, Dr. Hamilton studied biology pre-med at Xavier University of Louisiana and cellular biology/exercise physiology at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Hamilton is the author of “Practically Healthy: Step-by-Step Guide to Better Health and Practically Healthy: Roadmap to Success” - two books geared toward the improved health of the everyday person. She is also the long time co-host of the "Family Health Talk" (formerly “Men’s Health Talk”) radio broadcast that has aired weekly since 2009. She has been featured on various radio and TV broadcasts nationwide and has written articles for professional and lay publications. MHT radio show airs every Thursday 10am - 11am (Phoenix), KXXT 1010AM or it can be heard/seen at www.FamilyValuesRadio.net

Dr. Jan HighfieldJan Highfield, ND

Emphasis: Environmental medicine, family practice, community medicine.

Dr. Highfield is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she completed a one year residency with a focus in family practice.

She is professor and department chair of Community Medicine at SCNM and SCNM’s nine extended-site clinics. She has trained student doctors at these community medicine sites, treating underserved families and addiction recovery patients, since 2002.

Dr. Highfield is a supervisory physician at SCNM Medical Center and is medical director and supervising physician at Hamilton Elementary School Clinic, an extended site in Phoenix.
She has been primary investigator on studies with the Southwest College Research Institute. She completed post-graduate training in environmental medicine, IV therapy and certification in chelation therapy.

She maintains a private practice at SCNM Medical Center and specializes in therapeutic modalities including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and tissue cleansing in the treatment of endocrine and GI disorders, chronic fatigue and environmental illness.

Kalli Keddie

Emphasis: Colon hydrotherapy

Kalli have been a certified colon hydrotherapist since 2007 and has worked in naturopathic clinics in Waukesha, Wisconsin and Sydney, Australia. She earned her bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences from National University of Health Sciences. She has many diplomas and certificates in natural health from personal study which led her to her dream of becoming a naturopathic doctor.

She started school at SCNM in the fall of 2012. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, running, hiking and enjoying the sunshine.

Dr. Vance InouyeVance Inouye, NMD

Emphasis: Physical medicine: manipulation, shiatsu (Asian therapeutic deep tissue massage), prolotherapy, trigger point injections, motor vehicle accident injuries, sports medicine; anti-aging medicine: health optimization, male hormone replacement, metabolic syndrome, weight loss; mood disorders: targeted amino acid therapy; minor surgery.

Dr. Inouye received his naturopathic medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1997 and completed the acupuncture certification program at SCNM in 1998. Additional degrees: bachelor's degree in Business Administration, associat's degree in biomedical electronics.

He has practiced privately specializing in pain management, anti-aging, weight loss and metabolic syndromes for the past 15 years. During these years he has gained extensive experience teaching as an adjunct faculty member at various institutions of higher education. Due to Dr. Inouye’s experience in both the naturopathic and conventional medical fields, Dr. Inouye takes the integrative approach in treating his patients; believing in using the best of both medical worlds in the diagnosis and treatment of any condition. Dr. Inouye’s approach to patient care is to interact and coach his patients to achieve their health needs and desires. His goal is to come to a mutually agreeable treatment plan through collaboration with his patients.

Dr. MIchael JacobsonMichael Jacobson, DC

Emphasis: Adjustments/manipulation

Dr. Jacobson has been teaching at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2001 and soon after relocated to Arizona. He presently runs two chiropractic offices in the Phoenix Metro.

Dr. Jacobson is a member and district delegate for the Arizona Association of Chiropractic. He has taught part time at the Arizona School of Massage Therapy.

Dr. Jordan KopcioJordan Kopcio, DC, NMD

Dr. Jordan Kopcio received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ and his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.  He received his Master of Science degree in Anatomy and Physiology from Northern Illinois University and his undergraduate degree in Biology from Rockford College.  His post graduate work had been in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.  He is licensed in AZ for Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, and Acupuncture.

Dr. Kopcio’s treatment philosophy is based on getting to the root of the problem and not just finding ways to cover it up or treat the symptoms.  Each treatment plan is unique to the patient and their particular problem.  Each plan may also utilize a variety of therapies, such as acupuncture, manipulation, nutrition, physical therapy, injections, IV, or laser to achieve the final result.  His goal is to reduce pain and discomfort using conservative and drug free protocols.

Dr. Kopcio treats patients of all ages with various diagnoses.  Treatment plans address symptoms of pain, radiculopathy, neuropathy, weakness, along with any spinal abnormalities.  Dr. Kopcio treats patients in all phases of their journey to health as well as pre and postsurgical. 

Dr. Kopcio uses many different therapy modalities to help people get out of pain.  He utilizes Manipulation, Activator and Diversified techniques, Arthro-stim, Acupuncture, Nutrition, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He is certified in Prolotherapy and trigger point injections as well.  Ergonomics, posture, exercise, and stretching are also used to assist the treatment.

Before becoming a Naturopath and Chiropractor, Dr. Kopcio has also worked in other aspects of healthcare.  He was a Graduate Assistant in the Anatomy and Physiology program teaching pre-nursing and pre-physical therapy students as well as cadaver dissection.  He was also a surgical technologist and has had firsthand experience assisting in orthopedic surgeries.


Paul KraussPaul Krauss, MA, LPC

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Paul has successfully helped individuals and families overcome stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment issues, substance abuse, isolation, grief, work and career transitions and much more. Paul emphasizes understanding each person and family as unique and works to not only relieve suffering but to help them foster positive connections in their lives. He emphasizes teaching people valuable tools and skills that they can use in their lives, outside of counseling.

He has expertise in general mental health counseling, trauma counseling, family counseling, male issues, substance abuse, career counseling, and general life consultations. He is a veteran counselor; throughout his career he has worked with diverse cultural groups and with individuals across the socioeconomic spectrum.

He has specialized training in helping individuals and families overcome the effects of trauma-- he is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy) Level-II trained by EMDR-HAP. He has specialized training in career counseling from working at Loyola University Chicago's Career Development Center. He is nationally certified by Dr. Robert Meyers and Associates as both an ACRA counselor and trainer. ACRA (Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach) has yielded incredible recovery rates, through empirical research, in helping adolescents, young adults, and families overcome substance abuse and the effects of past substance use.

Paul received his masters in Clinical Psychology; Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2007. Paul is licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Dr. Laura LambertLaura Lambert Rampe, ND

Dr. Laura Lambert is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor in the state of Arizona. She is licensed as a general family practitioner, and focuses her practice on both women’s health and environmental medicine. Specific areas of interest include: fatigue, fibromyalgia, fertility, fibroids, hormonal imbalances, gastro-intestinal distress and IBS, energy/endurance, sleep disturbances, menopausal symptoms, and acute illness. She is aware that in today’s high paced society, many people work under high stress situations that are depleting to our body, often leading to sub-optimal health or even illness.

To address this, along with taking a thorough case history, Dr. Lambert will often utilize specialty testing such as IgG Food Allergy testing, Neurotransmitter testing, and Adrenal Function testing. These tests provide individualized information for each patient, in which specific therapies can then be used to help the body to heal. Individualized treatment therapies often involve one or more of the following: homeopathy, botanical medicine, acupuncture, nutritional support, and hormonal support. In addition to seeing patients Dr. Lambert enjoys teaching and volunteering.

She is currently adjunct faculty at SCNM and several area other schools. She spends time in Rocky Point, Mexico volunteering with Naturopathic Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Lambert graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to medical school, Dr. Lambert received her bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Dr. Steven MesserStephen Messer, ND, DHANP

Emphasis: Homeopathy for acute disease, serious chronic disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis; Nutritional and Hormonal therapy.

Dr. Messer has been in continuous practice since graduating from National College of Natural Medicine in 1979, and is considered one of the premier homeopathic physicians, educators, and authors in the country. Because of his reputation, in addition to his local patients, he often treats patients who travel to Arizona to enlist his care from all over the United States. Dr. Messer compliments homeopathic treatment of adults and children with nutrition and hormone regulation, when necessary.

Dr. Messer completed homeopathic emphasis training with the International Foundation for Homeopathy, as well as the Eizayaga Homeopathic Seminar series. He was among the first Naturopathic physician in the United States to become board certified as a homeopathic specialist. He is a founder and past president of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians and has been a board member of the National Center for Homeopathy from 1987-2008, and the Dean of the prestigious NCH summer school homeopathic training program. He has lectured extensively throughout the US and Canada. Dr. Messer is a Professor and the Chair of Homeopathic Medicine at SCNM.

Dr. Jessica MitchellJessica Mitchell, ND

Emphasis: Pediatrics

Dr. Mitchell graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005.  During her general practice residency she discovered a passion for pediatric medicine.  In 2007, she became the first Naturopathic Pediatric Resident.  During her residencies, she participated in two double blind placebo controlled studies on biomedical treatments of autism.  Articles from this research have been published in The Journal of Toxicology and BioMed Central Clinical Pharmacology.   She is currently  working in conjunction with the Arizona branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics on their Obesity Committee as well as she is a Founding Member and the Treasurer of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Mitchell is currently an adjunct faculty member of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she oversees student medical rotations at the medical center and at a free clinic in Phoenix.  She maintains a private practice at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center.

Dr. Mitchell believes that the body has the innate ability to heal itself when given the appropriate environment and nutrients to do so.  She believes in using the safest and gentlest medicine first.  She utilizes homeopathy, nutrition, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy and environmental medicine in the care of her patients.  

Dr. Jamie OskinJamie Oskin, ND

Emphasis: Child developmental disorders, Autism, Asperger’s, and ADD/ADHD

Dr. Jamie Oskin is a highly trained naturopathic physician with a passion for homeopathy. While he treats a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions, Dr. Oskin is especially focused on helping families overcome child developmental disorders including Autism, Asperger’s, and ADD/ADHD. Witnessing a child’s transformation is especially rewarding for Dr. Oskin because of the huge impact it has on his patients’ families.

Dr. Oskin has a history of achievement in his field. After graduating with High Honors from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona, Dr. Oskin completed a one-year residency in a general family practice and then a second-year specialty residency with a focus in homeopathy at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Oskin is a national speaker on ADHD, and his work has been published in Homeopathy Today, the American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, and Chiropractic Economics. Additionally, Dr. Oskin plays an active role in ongoing Homeopathic research at SCNM, is an adjunct faculty member at SCNM, and volunteers as a supervising physician to the SCNM student organization Naturopaths Without Borders. Dr. Oskin is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association. He enjoys cooking, hiking, art, music, reading, and spending time with his family and friends in his spare time.   

Dr. Heather PaulsonHeather Paulson, ND

Emphasis: Medical, Radiation, Surgical Oncology Pediatric Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Breast Disease, Pathology, Cardiology, Family Medicine

Dr. Paulson graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Aquatic Biology. After many years of restoring and maintaining habitat for aquatic wildlife, she realized that Human health is the foundation that all other species rely upon. After this realization, Dr. Paulson pursued her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Scottsdale, Arizona. During clinical training, Dr. Paulson focused on Oncology, Environmental Medicine, and Primary Care.

After graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Paulson completed a two year residency in Naturopathic Oncology at Goshen General Hospital. During her residency, Dr. Paulson was responsible for inpatient and out patient care, management and reduction of treatment side effects, and general medical care. This residency also provided additional training in:

  • Medical, Radiation, and Surgical Oncology
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Breast Disease
  • Pathology
  • Cardiology
  • Family Medicine 

Dr. Paulson is board certified in naturopathic oncology, and can truly provide expert care, integrating a wellness plan that treats the whole person. Dr. Paulson serves on the boards for the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona and The Melonhead Foundation furthering the recognition of naturopathic therapies within the local cancer community. If you are interested in using herbs, nutrients, diet, and lifestyle changes safely and effectively, Dr. Paulson will be an excellent guide on this path.

Dr. Michelle RetzMichelle Retz, ND

Dr. Michelle Retz graduated Summa cum Laude from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She then completed a residency emphasizing general family practice at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. She is a Magna cum Laude graduate from Ohio State University, where she received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish. Concerned about the present state of our healthcare system, she dedicates herself to patient-centered care using holistic medicine that treats the cause of illness, restores vitality, and preserves health. Utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy and nutritional counseling.

Dr. Retz focuses on treating chronic illnesses such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, digestive disturbances, chronic pain syndromes, and anxiety and depression. Dr. Retz is a member of the AANP, AzNMA, Doctors for America, Natural Doctors International, and is an attending physician for Naturopaths Without Borders. With the belief that community is family, she has volunteered at various clinics in Mexico to treat the underserved, and is currently helping develop a program to teach first aid homeopathy to local lay healers and family members.

Dr. Krystal SantanaKrystal Santana

Emphasis: Massage Therapy

Graduated from Desert Institute of Healing Arts in 2007. She is a licensed massage therapist practicing for 4 ½ years. Specializing in Swedish, Deep tissue, and prenatal.

She incorporates chair massage for businesses, in-home massage, and now practicing privately as part of the wonderful team at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center.

She dedicates her time and energy to the art of healing and invites you to come see her.

Dr. Stephanie StetzStephanie M. Seitz, ND, MT(ASCP)

Emphasis: Women’s Medicine, Annual Exams, Weight Loss, Thyroid issues, Gastrointestinal issues, Allergies, Food Sensitivity, Acute/Chronic Diseases, Homeopathy, Botanical/Herbs, Nutrition.

Dr. Stephanie Seitz graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois, with a B.A. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences in 2000. She went on to get her certificate in Medical Technology from Barnes Jewish Hospital is St. Louis, Missouri in 2001. After working as a Medical Technologist for 5 years, she achieved her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in July, 2010.

Dr. Seitz has extensive training in a variety of treatment modalities including homeopathy, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and acupuncture. Her primary focus is treating conditions related to woman’s health which includes PCOS, infertility, HPV, abnormal paps, PMS and menstrual pain. She also treats patients with GI issues, acne, thyroid conditions and fatigue. She has continued to work as a Medical Technologist for the past 11 years and currently teaches students phlebotomy. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AZNMA).

Dr. Seitz enjoys hiking, running and yoga. She is a world traveler and loves to prepare foods with an international flare. She volunteers her time to the Special Olympics and various animal rescue organizations. She loves spending time with her dog Tallulah and her cat Maddie. Dr. Seitz was born and raised in Springfield Illinois where she regularly connects with family and friends.

Dr. DeJarra SimsDeJarra Sims, ND

Emphasis: digestive disorders, hair loss and skin disorders

Dr. DeJarra K. Sims NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in the State of Arizona. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Prairie View A&M University, in Texas and completed her doctorate at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is also trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (TCM), Minor Surgery and Osteopathic Manipulation. Her private practice, Synergy of Health, PLLC is located in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Sims is adjunct faculty at SCNM and specializes in treatment of digestive disorders, hair loss and skin disorders. She also has special interest in the prevention of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity.

Dr. Sims has extensive training in treating drug addictions and is currently staff physician at River Source Holistic Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Mesa, AZ. Recently with the launching of her new skin and hair care line Clean and Natural, LLC, she brings the concept of true and total wellness to the cosmeceutical industry by providing natural alternatives to hair, skin and beauty products. Dr. Sims has served as natural health advisor and guest speaker for various community and faith based organizations. She is a member of the America Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA).

Dr. Kiera SmialekKiera Smialek, ND

Dr. Kiera Smialek is a licensed naturopathic doctor with a passion for children. Although trained as a family physician and skilled at treating patients of all ages, Dr. Smialek focuses on patients between birth and 18 years of age. As a naturopathic pediatric physician, Dr. Smialek specializes in treating many common childhood conditions including, asthma, allergies, colds/flu, ear infections, constipation, diarrhea, colic, rashes, headaches, and food allergies. Dr. Smialek also performs well baby and child exams. As an Alternative Vaccine Provider, Dr. Smialek advises parents on alternative vaccine schedules.

Dr. Smialek is highly trained in the field of pediatrics. After graduating from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona, she completed a one-year residency in general medicine, followed by another year-long pediatric residency at SCNM. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Smialek is one of nine naturopathic doctors practicing at Arizona Natural Health Center in Tempe, AZ. In addition, she has worked with Hamilton Elementary School Clinic, a free clinic for uninsured/underinsured, underserved children. She is also adjunct faculty at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she has a student rotation and assists students in refining their clinical skills.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Smialek now resides in Scottsdale, AZ. Outside of her passions for naturopathic medicine and treating children, Dr. Smialek enjoys fitness activities and cooking, especially baking. As a classically trained singer, she also takes pleasure in music and singing. 

Christine Sorensen, ND

Emphasis: Women’s Health; Minor Surgery; Pediatrics; Endocrinology; Craniosacral Therapies; Sclerotherapy; Acupuncture; Botanical/Herbs

Dr. Sorensen is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and completed the residency program at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. The focus of her practice is minor surgery, women's health, pediatrics,
endocrinology, craniosacral therapies, sclerotherapy, and general practice.

Dr. Sorensen has 20 years experience as a nurse in high-risk obstetrics.

Laura SullivanLaura Sullivan

Emphasis: Cranial Sacral Therapy.

Laura completed her diploma in Mind/Body Wellness at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She specialized in Cranial Sacral Therapy because it is so powerful and so gentle. In addition to her training in the healing arts, she also has a Bachelor of Science in Business from DeVry University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Laura's sessions are highly intuitive, following the cues from the body. Each session is uniquely tailored based on the needs of the client. A few of the conditions she has treated are: Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) problems, Head Trauma, Parkinson's Disease, Depression/Anxiety, Grief, Chronic Stress, Auto Injuries, and Gastro-Intestinal problems.

Dr. Katrina StageKatrina Stage, ND, RH (AGH)

Emphasis: Women's health, Acute/Chronic Disease; Pediatrics; Gastrointestinal Disorders; Hydrotherapy; Botanicals; Constitutional Homeopathy; Diet/Nutrition; Acupuncture; Men's health.

Dr. Stage is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Registered Herbalist who practices general family medicine. Dr. Stage has a passion for treating gastrointestinal disorders, pelvic pain, hormone imbalances, infertility, menstrual disorders, menopause-related symptoms, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome. She also enjoys supporting women’s and men’s health conditions, treating children, and providing supportive care during and after childbirth, including lactation. While treatments are tailored to her patient’s needs, she primarily uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, gemstone therapies, and CranioSacral as treatment modalities.

Dr Stage graduated with high honors from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), and then completed a one-year residency there. As Assistant Professor of Naturopathic Medicine, she teaches botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, GYN lab, and clinical skills at SCNM.  

She is a member of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA), the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and the American Botanical Council (ABC). Please visit her website at www.DrStage.com.  

Dr. Nazanni VassighiNazanin Vassighi, ND 

Dr. Nazanin Vassighi graduated with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, with honors, from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in July 2010. She also received Bachelors Degrees in Molecular Biology and French Language from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2001. In the interim she resided in the Bay Area in Northern California where she discovered holistic alternatives to conventional medicine. Disheartened with the current healthcare system, this fueled her passion to pursue naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Vassighi practices general family medicine but her clinical interests include oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and cardiology. She has received extensive training in homeopathy, but her therapies of choice include botanical medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, and hydrotherapy. With these tools she strives to assist patients towards better health, based on the tenets of naturopathic medicine.

She is also a member of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA) and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

Dr. Vassighi is originally from Colorado, and in her free time she enjoys all aspects of the arts: music, concerts, theater, acting, dancing, and singing, as well as cooking, yoga, travelling, video games, and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Chris VedelerChris Vedeler, LAc

Emphasis: Acupuncture

Chris Vedeler is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of Arizona with a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. He also is a nationally board certified Diplomate in Acupuncture with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a professional member of the Arizona Society of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (AZSOMA) and a faculty member of the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture where he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award for 2008 and 2009.

Chris is also an adjunct faculty member of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and an A.C.H.E. board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. He has published a number of articles about Chinese medicine in the Arizona Goodlife News and the AZ Net News - The Arizona Healing Journal and was also a featured acupuncturist in the movie "The Future of Medicine".

Dr. Kimberly VolkKimberly Volk, ND, RN

Emphasis: Internal Medicine, Acupuncture, Allergies, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Gastrointestinal, Geriatrics, Arthritis, Asthma, Cardiac disorders, Pulmonary disorders, Acute and Chronic Disease, IV therapy

Dr. Volk is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (2006). Her focus is as a general family practitioner. Aside from practicing medicine since graduation, Dr. Volk has been working at the SCNM Medical Center in many different capacities which most recently, in February 2012, was promoted to Chief Medical Officer. She previously served the last four years as Director of Clinical Operations.

Dr. Volk has over 20 years’ experience in Intensive Care Nursing. Along with her Doctoral in Naturopathy, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University at Buffalo (2001) and received her Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Alfred State College (1992). Her current certifications include ACLS and BCLS.

Dan Warren, ND

Emphasis: Homeopathy for acute and chronic disease; clinical nutrition.

Dr. Warren enjoys working with all types of patients from varied backgrounds. Though he utilizes a variety of natural modalities to individualize treatment for his patients, his primary focus is homeopathy. Dr. Warren aims to create a partnership with his patients so that effective strategies can be generated to reach optimal health. He genuinely cares about the happiness and wellness of his patients and he takes a holistic approach to help them reach their goals.

Dr. Warren received his doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2011. Prior to medical school, he received his Master’s Degree in Modern Chinese History at San Diego State University in 2007. He also received two Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Ancient Japanese History from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2003. Dr. Warren is originally from California and in his free time he enjoys hiking, tennis, reading, cooking and travel.

In addition to completing post-doctoral studies as the prestigious Homeopathic Resident, Dr. Warren currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Center for Sustainable Health at ASU’s Biodesign Institute working to create a platform for various policies, programs, and technologies to effectively address global aging issues.



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