Matthew Robinson, N.D. graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine, where the faculty awarded him a scholarship for excellence in clinical practice. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Robinson served in the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer in rural Kazakhstan. Through his service and travel, he had the unique experience of meeting and shadowing various alternative healthcare practitioners from around the world. He has also served as a volunteer with Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health, treating patients in rural Guatemala. Using traditional naturopathic therapies, Dr. Robinson treats patients of all ages and all health conditions, with a special interest in immune diseases and digestive disorders.
Dr. Jessica Bernardy, ND is a naturopathic doctor practicing in Hood River, OR. Her clinical interests include preconception care, fertility optimization, infertility care, pediatrics, women’s health, stress management, and environmental medicine. She practices traditional naturopathic medicine. What lights her up about her work work is knowing that she’s helping people live the lives they want to be living, and helping moms and babies to be healthier, 7 generations into the future.
Dr. Bernardy received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. She previously earned her Bachelors of Science degree in nutrition from the same university. Her path to become a Naturopathic Doctor and fertility expert became clear at an early age. Once in medical school she learned about the declining fertility statistics and knew that there was more that she could offer. She is excited to be a part of the APND to bring this information to the public and to healthcare practitioners.
When she is not seeing patients or blogging you can find her DIY-ing, cooking and eating good food, exploring the outdoors, and reclaiming the lost arts of living a sustainable life with a connection to nature, and teaching others about this.
Dr. Elaine Stewart is a licensed Naturopathic physician. She graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, AZ. She also has Masters’ degrees in Nutrition, Health Administration and Gerontology.
Her decision to attend SCNM came after having two prior careers, one as a Clinical Nutritionist in Boston, Massachusetts and one as a Medical Economics data analyst working for a managed care health plan in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She returned to her home state of Arizona to care for her aging mother as she came to the end of her life.
Having overseen her mother’s hospital experience, she knew there must be a better, gentler way to medically support older adults in their later years. When she found SCNM, she knew that naturopathic medicine and its principles of treating the whole person and getting to the root cause was a wonderful approach to help patients of all ages make changes in their health that will make their current and later years healthy and productive. She is also a certified medical examiner for the Department of Transportation (DOT).
She enjoys hiking, sewing, bird watching, hanging out with friends and enjoying the beauty of Arizona.
Her mission as a naturopathic doctor is to empower every patient to become their best self through optimum health and well-being.
Dr. Kirby Thompson, ND, MSOM, LAc first became interested in Naturopathic Medicine when her father became ill with a debilitating diagnosis. He had to stop practicing medicine and was given a grave prognosis. He soon started seeing a Naturopathic Physician. Within one year he was practicing medicine again. It was a miracle. I also had some health issues and went to the same Naturopathic Physician and with time, the skin issues resolved. I was amazed and thought, “I would LOVE to do that.” So, I went to Naturopathic medical school.
Kirby Thompson, ND, MSOM, LAc received undergraduate degrees from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN in chemistry, biology, and education. She received a Master’s degree in science education in 2004 from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. Dr. Kirby Thompson has taught chemistry, biology, physical science, cellular biology, environmental biology and ecology since 1999. Dr. Thompson graduated with her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences in 2012 as valedictorian.
Dr. Thompson began practicing Naturopathic Medicine in Naperville, IL with an experienced Naturopathic colleague. While practicing in Naperville, she finished her degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at National University of Health Sciences. She graduated from Oriental medical school as Salutatorian. She became licensed to practice acupuncture and began practicing Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, and Oriental Medicine at Wildflower Wellness, LLC in Hattiesburg, MS. She is thrilled to bring the therapies and practice of Wildflower Wellness, LLC to the Lake Norman Area of North Carolina.
Dr. Kirby Thompson continues to treat those diagnosed with wide variety of diseases both acute and chronic. Her education and clinical experience have influenced the integrative approaches she employs to restore the human body to optimal wellness from physical, emotional and spiritual ailments.
Dr. Thompson has seen that it does the disease diagnosis. It is the physiology, organs and organ systems must be identified. Once the body is supported through the therapeutic order, there can be resolution of that diseased state. Wellness is possible.
Dr. Julianne Forbes graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, the University of New Hampshire with an MBA and received a BS from the State University of NY at Oneonta. Postgraduate homeopathic training includes many courses thru the New England School of Homeopathy. Her naturopathic practice in North Bridgton, Maine offers modalities such as Botanical Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, Stress Management, Heavy Metal Detoxification, Neurotransmitter testing and support, Allergy testing, as well as Laser and Bowenwork therapies.
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Why did he become a Naturopathic Doctor? Because his wife told him to! LOL…All joking aside, Dr. Kinley ran an organic farm, was a coach and was always talking to people about health and the importance of food to their health. Health does not look the same to everyone, each person’s optimal level of health is different! Great interview – come learn more about Dr. Kinley.
My name is Jason Kinley and do I have a true story for you. My journey began in Ohio where I was born. I was often ill and over-medicated. Moving around a lot as a child and having resided in the states of Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, Montana, and Washington, over-medication was always a concern. Very active as a child, I played sports including baseball, soccer, racing motorcycles and bicycles, track, and hockey. I still had my own health challenges, but I just went along without anyone really listening to my story. One day my life changed, I had a car wreck and a traumatic brain injury also known as a TBI. During the process of healing, I started to seek other options for my health care finding adjunctive care with a Naturopathic doctor. During my healing I got married and had my first two children. After seeing how naturopathic medicine helped me, my wife encouraged me to become a Naturopath and during the process we had four more children. So yes, we have a loving household with six wonderful children. I love to walk with my patients on their individual journeys, wherever their paths may lead. I am able to use physical medicine for those bumps in the road, guidance when the road forks, food, herbs, and sometimes medication when the body needs a little help. Now that you have read some of my story, I would love to hear yours.
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Dr. Linda Sparks has been passionate about alternative health since she was a child and her mother was unable to walk for many years of her life. After seeing the trials her mother had to undergo with traditional treatments, with little to no benefit, she was amazed to see alternative health recommendations completely turn her mother’s progress around. She was sold. After years of working in Hollywood, as a television producer, Dr. Sparks, gave up the glitter of Hollywood to return to school and help those in need.
Dr. Sparks graduated with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. She is passionate about helping patients achieve their optimal state of health through one on one patient visits and teaching nationwide. Dr. Sparks specializes in Clinical Nutrition, Bio-therapeutic Drainage, Mind-Body Therapy, Homeopathy and Botanical Medicine. She sees the entire picture, looks for the root cause and supports patients in walking the path to wellness that best suits them. She is currently practicing in outside Asheville, NC and focuses on Women’s Health, Autoimmune Disease, Skin Issues and Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders.
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Dr. Alicia Cole received her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and is a licensed primary care physician in the state of Washington. Dr. Cole’s special interests include sports medicine, women’s health, endocrinology and chronic disease. She has been a competitive rower, triathlete and coach for the past 18 years and this athletic background allows for a unique perspective on helping athletes of any level stay injury free while meeting their personal fitness goals.
Dr. Cole is committed to creating a healing partnership with her patients that incorporates the principles of naturopathic philosophy and core therapeutics along with the science of allopathic medicine. She believes that the fundamentals of healthy living are within reach for every person. The naturopathic model of whole-person wellness is at the core of Dr. Cole’s approach to medicine. She believes that by creating sustainable, realistic goals with her patients they can achieve improved health and well-being.
Dr. Cole lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and their two young and energetic daughters. She enjoys reading, cooking, knitting and cross-country skiing.
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Chock full of veggies and mineral rich broth, this immune soup is tasty and good for you! Beans and vegetable broth can be substituted for chicken and bone broth making it a good vegan choice.
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Source: Eli Camp, ND
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
- 10 oz ground chicken can sub with beans
- 1 cup kale chopped
- 2 cups cabbage chopped
- 1⁄2 cup chopped red onion large pieces
- 6 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 stalks celery cut in bite-size pieces
- 2 large carrots cut in bite-size pieces
- 3 med potatoes cut in bite-size pieces
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1⁄3 cup fresh basil chopped
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger grated
- 8 cups bone or vegetable broth increase or decrease depending on preference
- 1 cup tomotaoes pureed
- 1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
- Heat large soup pot for 10 min on med heat.
- Add oil, wait 2-3 min.
- Add ground chicken and saute for 7 min on medium heat.
- Add kale, cabbage, onion, garlic and celery and saute for 15 min.
- Add remaining ingredients: broth, pureed tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and ginger.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour. Stir every 10 min or so. Serve hot. Will keep for up to a week in fridge.
- Modifications: use black beans and vegetable broth for a vegan meal. If choosing this option, skip step 3.
Dr. Holly Castle received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now known as National University of Natural Medicine, or NUNM) in Portland, Ore., in 1997 and is licensed to practice in both Oregon and Arizona. Since receiving her doctorate degree, she has continued to take hundreds of hours of postgraduate education and training, with an emphasis on classical homeopathy and Biotherapeutic Drainage. She has studied with world-famous homeopaths and many leaders in the naturopathic profession.
Dr. Castle addresses a wide range of health concerns in individuals of all ages with gentle and effective therapies that include homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, nutritional and dietary counseling, and lifestyle coaching. Her boutique practice focuses on highly personalized care. Patients can be seen in person or advised remotely through telehealth sessions. The principles of natural medicine have guided Dr. Castle for most of her life and she practices what she preaches. Many of the treatments and lifestyle changes she recommends have been used by herself and her family. She understands the challenges of making changes and guides patients through the process.