Leslie Axelrod, ND, LAc
Dr. Axelrod received her N.D. 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.
Matthew Baral, ND
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.
Emphasis: Physical Medicine; Acupuncture; Adjustments/Manipulation; Migraine; Infusion Therapy; Prolotherapy; Stop Smoking; Diet/Nutrition; Pain Management; Physical Exam; 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 Department Chair of Physical Medicine at SCNM. He is also the secretary of Southwest College’s Board of Trustees.
Nicole 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, & 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 M.A. 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.
Angela Carlson, ND
Emphasis: Chronic illnesses such as diabetes, digestive issues, thyroid dysfunction, hypertension, anxiety and depression
Dr. Angela Carlson graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her studies, she received additional training in botanical medicine as a teaching assistant for Cascade Anderson Geller, a well-respected herbalist. Dr. Carlson was also extensively involved in improving the Botanical Medicine curriculum at NCNM.
Raised in upstate NY she attended college at SUNY Binghamton, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. After graduation, she spent a considerable amount of time traveling and living in various parts of the United States, including Mexico, Northern California, Stehekin and Bellingham, Washington, and then finally Taos, New Mexico. It was in Taos where she was first introduced to Naturopathy and decided to begin her journey in becoming a Naturopathic Doctor.
Dr. Carlson is very passionate about alternative medicine and educates her patients in order to provide them with all of their health care options. She strives to empower people to take an active role in their journey to improved health, enabling them to make well informed decisions for themselves and their families.
She practices General Family Medicine and treats a wide variety of conditions such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal problems, weight loss, anxiety, and depression. She uses many modalities including physical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and botanicals. Dr. Carlson also recommends seasonal cleanses and detoxification programs and provides all of her patients with nutritional recommendations.
In her free time, Dr. Carlson enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, backpacking, and exploring new places. She is also passionate about traveling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Matt 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 of Science degree in Acupuncture. Dr. Cavaiola also received a Master’s of Science degree in Human Nutrition (2004) and a Bachelor’s of Arts 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.
Walter Crinnion, ND
Emphasis: Environmental Medicne, Chronic Disease, Mercury and Lead Toxicity, Autoimmunity, Asthma and Allergies
Dr. Crinnion received his Naturopathic degree from Bastyr University (1982). He developed an emphasis in environmental medicine and operated a comprehensive cleansing center in the Seattle area for 20 years. His main concentration is in environmental medicine and he utilizes several types of therapies when treating patients, including IV therapy, hydrotherapy, and botanicals.
In addition to directing SCNM's Environmental Medicine Center of Excellence, he is an adjunct faculty member at NCNM, Bastyr University, and the University of Bridgeport, teaching environmental medicine at all four of the Naturopathic medical schools in the United States.
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, Fibroid; 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 Chairman 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.
John 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.
Danya 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 B.A. 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).
Patricia Gaines, ND
Emphasis: Botanical/Herbs; Acute and Chronic Disease; Homeopathy; Women's Health; Diet/Nutrition and Natural Supplementation; Endocrinology; Gastrointestinal; Dermatology; Cardiovascular
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 Botanical Medicine 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.
Emphasis: Mind/Body Medicine; EMDR; Psychology/Counseling; Botanical/Herbal Medicine; Women’s Health; Hormone Balancing; Endocrinology
Dr. Groves completed her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 2005 at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she also went on to complete a residency in family practice in 2006. She has also practiced as a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master/teacher, and has practiced and taught in a variety of healthcare and healing arts settings over the past 14 years.
Dr. Groves has a special focus in mind-body medicine. She uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, and other therapies to help patients discover and address underlying mental/emotional causes of their symptoms. She seeks to guide people in developing and maintaining a healthy, resilient, and positive approach to adapting to stress. Dr. Groves views mental health from a holistic perspective and in addition to using mind-body therapies, she works with patients to optimize the biochemical balance that contributes to normal brain and nervous system function. She welcomes most common mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, and problems with attention and focus.
Dr. Groves also treats a wide variety of medical concerns, including but not limited to women’s health issues, hormone imbalance, thyroid and other endocrine problems, difficulty losing weight, fatigue, digestive problems, and sleep problems.
Dr. Groves is also an Assistant Professor at SCNM. She teaches a variety of didactic courses, is involved in the ongoing development and coordination of the clinical milestone exams, and supervises student rotations at the clinic and at Riversource, an extended site inpatient substance abuse treatment facility. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Arizona State University, and her long-term goals include continuing to build and develop the mind-body resources available at SCNM for patients, students, and the local community.
Natalie Ham, ND
Dr. Ham received her Bachelor in Science with Honor’s at Arizona State University with a degree in Psychology. She graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. While attending SCNM, Dr. Ham completed extensive training in homeopathy. After graduation, she was chosen into the competitive SCNM residency program. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Ham has become one of a minority of ND’s that received advanced clinical training in naturopathic medicine. During this residency, she completed upwards of 1000 clinical training hours in homeopathy, alone.
In 2008, Dr. Ham was selected for a 2nd year homeopathy specialty residency. This clinical residency is the first of its kind in the United States. Her residency is supervised by Dr. Stephen Messer, ND, DHANP a world renowned homeopathic physician and Dr. Eric Udell, ND, clinical associate professor of homeopathy at SCNM. Dr. Ham now teaches homeopathy at SCNM and is an attending physician at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center, in Scottsdale AZ. She also has her own naturopathic family medicine private practice in Tempe, AZ. Additionally, she plays an active role in homeopathic research at SCNM.
Dr. Ham grew up outside of Chicago, IL, but she has been a resident of Arizona since 1998. She currently resides in Chandler, AZ with her husband and two dogs where she enjoys cooking, camping and other outdoor activities. She is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys watching spring training baseball here in Arizona. She is devoted to her family and Naturopathic medicine, and is truly dedicated to helping others.
Sara Hazel, ND
Emphasis: Treating chronic conditions through a combination of diet, hydrotherapy, botanicals, acupuncture, and cell salts.
Dr. Sara Hazel has been in family practice for over 10 years. She graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oreg. in 1998. She received her B.S. in Biology from Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Hazel received additional training in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Turshá 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 licensed Naturopathic Physician in the State of Arizona. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in Premedical Biology. She then entered into graduate studies at the University of Memphis where she studied Cellular Biology and Exercise Physiology. She received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Currently, Dr. Hamilton is adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University and SCNM.
Dr. Hamilton has a growing family medicine practice in Sun City, Arizona and in Phoenix. She also works at a Drug and Alcohol Rehab facility where she gives holistic therapies to the facility's in-patients. She has been a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association.
She has appeared as a guest on several TV and radio programs and is also a weekly co-host of the "Men's Health Talk" radio program which is sponsored by the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation, of which she is an Executive Board member. MHT radio show airs every Thursday 10am - 11am (Phoenix), KXXT 1010AM or it can be heard/seen at www.FamilyValuesRadio.net
Jan 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.
Emphasis: Colon hydro-therapy
I have been a certified colon hydro-therapist since 2007. I have worked in naturopathic clinics in Waukesha, Wisconsin and Sydney, Australia. I have a bachelors degree in biomedical sciences from National University of Health Sciences. I have also many diplomas and certificates in natural health from personal study which led me to my dream of becoming a naturopathic doctor.
I started school here at SCNM in the fall of 2012. I love meeting new people and learning from others. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, running, hiking and enjoying the sunshine.
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: B.A. degree in Business Administration, A.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. 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.
Jonci Jensen, ND
Emphasis: Hydrotherapy, Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, and Mind-Body Medicine
Since the age of 14 when she founded her first organization (Youth Environmentally Aware), Dr. Jonci Jensen has dedicated her life to creating and rebuilding organizations that improve our world but her true passion is as a Naturopathic Physician. Dr. Jensen earned a Naturopathic Medical Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, in 2008. She received her BS in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she did extensive research on the neurotransmitter system of the amphibian E. coqui and was President of the influential student organization AIESEC for which she was recognized as one of the Outstanding Student Leaders on Campus.
Prior to returning to Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine to complete post-doctoral studies as the prestigious Homeopathic Resident Physician in 2012, she built a successful private practice in Austin, TX. While in Austin, Dr. Jensen was also the President of the Texas Association of Naturopathic Physicians, co-hosted two call-in radio shows on alternative health options, and spoke to numerous groups throughout the Austin area. Dr. Jensen founded the Naturopathic Medical Student Association and worked extensively with the American Medical Student Association as a medical student. She has years of experience as a Technology Integration and Process Re-engineering Consultant in addition to expertise in email marketing and customer relationship management with previous customers such as Ford Motor Company, Sylvan Learning Centers, and American Greetings. Dr. Jensen’s primary therapeutic interest is Homeopathic Medicine but she also well versed in Hydrotherapy, Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, and Mind-Body Medicine. She has been a yoga teacher for nearly ten years and believes in promoting the original definition of a Doctor - as a Teacher.
Jordan Kopcio, DC
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 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.
Laura Lambert, 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. Q Makeeta, known as Dr. Q, is board certified in chiropractic and physical medicine modalities in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Dr. Q’s approach is to use low-force techniques and address the patient as a whole. In doing so, he addresses and adjusts not only the spine and pelvic regions, he also focuses on extremities from knees, ankles, feet and toes to ribs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers and the jaw. Also, he uses the subtle but profound impact of gentle cranial work known as craniopathy.
The patient base ranges from a three-day old premature little girl to a number of 90-year olds and everything in between. Currently, Dr. Q is starting his fourth year as an adjunct faculty at the SCNM Medical Center overseeing physical medicine rotations.
When not working long hours as a chiropractic physician, he enjoys a second career as a nature and landscape photographer.
Heath McAllister, ND, RH (AHG)
Emphasis: General Family Practice
Dr. McAllister is a graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. After completing his clinical and didactic training, he went on to do a 1-year residency in general family practice. Dr. McAllister currently practices and teaches at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). He also periodically teaches workshops for healthcare practitioners and students.
He currently practices general family medicine with a focus on gastro-intestinal disorders, fatigue, autoimmune conditions, men’s health, pain management, and environmental medicine. Dr. McAllister is trained in acupuncture, spinal manipulation, nutrition, homeopathy, mind-body medicine, IV therapies, minor surgery, prolotherapy, and applied kinesiology. He is also a registered herbalist and uses herbal medicine a great deal in practice.
Originally from Maine, Dr. McAllister graduated Summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire. From there he headed westward where in the Mojave Desert of California, Dr. McAllister worked as a plant biologist for both the US Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Land Management. McAllister loves the outdoors and likes to spend his free time hiking, kayaking, and photographing wildflowers.
Stephen 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.
Jessica Mitchell, ND
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.
Mona Morstein, ND
Emphasis:Diabetes and Pre-diabetes, Endocrinology, Weight loss, Women's health care, Gastrointestinal problems, Pediatrics, Men's health, Geriatrics, Dermatology, Cardiology, Acute and Chronic diseases of all ages and both genders.
Therapies: Diet/Nutrition, Natural Supplementation, Botanical Medicine, Bio-identical hormone therapy, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Physical Medicine/Vertebral Manipulation, Prescription medications (when necessary).
Dr. Morstein received a BS in Foods and Nutrition Summa Cum Laude from ASU (1984). Dr. Morstein graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (1988) and completed a year residency in Family Practice. She had a successful private practice in Great Falls, MT for 13 years where she did regular speaking engagements and had a cable access TV show called "Natural Health". Dr. Morstein is still a frequent speaker on Diabetes and Gastroenterology in the US and Canada. She is considered to be an expert on treating all different types of diabetes in all ages of people.
Dr. Morstein is the Chair of the Nutrition Department and an associate professor at Southwest College of Naturoapthic Medicine. She is a supervising physician at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center and is also professor of Gastroenterology and sees many patients will all types of digestion, food allergy, intestinal disorders. Dr. Morstein works hard to teach students to clearly discern the "Obstacles to Cure" in patients and learn how to create individual treatment plans which will stimulate the capacity to heal in each patient.
Jamie 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.
Heather 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
- Breast Disease
- 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.
Michelle 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.
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.
Stephanie 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.
Emphasis: Massage Therapy
Jenny Sherlin discovered her desire for massage therapy while working at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine as a patient service representative. She then attended and graduated from Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy in March 2009.
After graduation she began work at a high end spa where she was highly trained in swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, and other spa modalities. Since graduation Jenny has also taken continuing education with Carol Osborne, an expert in prenatal massage. She looks forward to expanding her education in all areas massage therapy has to offer.
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).
Kiera 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.
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.
Katrina Stage, ND, RH (AGH)
Emphasis: Women's health, Acute/Chronic Disease; Pediatrics; Gastrointestinal Disorders; Hydrotherapy; Botanicals; Constitutional Homeopathy; Diet/Nutrition; Acupuncture.
Dr. Katie Stage is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Registered Herbalist who practices general family medicine, with a particular interest in women’s health and pediatrics. Dr. Stage has a passion for treating gastrointestinal disorders, pelvic pain, hormone imbalances, infertility, menstrual disorders, menopause-related symptoms, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome. While treatments are tailored to her patient’s needs, she primarily uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and CranioSacral as treatment modalities.
Dr. Stage graduated with high honors from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. She then completed a one-year residency in general family practice medicine at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. She continues to teach hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, GYN lab, and clinical skills at SCNM, and maintains a private practice at Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic.
Prior to medical school, Dr Stage graduated with honors from Northwestern University with a B.A. in both anthropology and philosophy. She also spent two years teaching English in Japan.
She is a member of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA), the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and the American Herbalists Guild (AHG).
Dr. Stage is an Arizona native. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, cooking, making herbal salves and tinctures, and spending time with her family and friends.
Leila Turner, ND
Emphasis: Primary Care; Acute/Chronic Disease; Constitutional Homeopathy; Diet/Nutrition; Endocrinology; Women's medicine: Menopause, Bio-identical hormones, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Abnormal pap smear, Infertility, PMS, PCOS, Breast cancer prevention; Thyroid, Allergies, Obesity and Weight Challenges; Gastrointestinal Disorders
Dr. Leila Turner is an assistant professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she teaches students to become physicians and healers. In her practice, she blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics. These include dietary and lifestyle counseling, constitutional homeopathy, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and bio-identical hormones.
Dr. Turner specializes in women’s health and family medicine, but consults with men and women on many health issues. She also enjoys treating children, teens and pregnant women. A natural and dynamic teacher, Dr. Turner has lectured extensively to laypeople, medical students, and physicians. She also runs an active private practice in Scottsdale where she works with each patient to create an individualized, effective and realistic treatment plan. Read more at www.drleilaturner.com
Nazanin 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.
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".
Kimberly 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.