Friday, January 15, 2016

Dr. Kristy Fassler, ND, Co-Founder, North Coast Family Health


Today’s guest is Dr. Kristy Fassler, ND, co-founder of North Coast Family Health Integrative Medicine Clinic, a naturopathic practice in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In this podcast Dr. Fassler and I discuss the training naturopathic doctors take, the philosophy behind naturopathy, and how naturopathic doctors work with patients to identify underlying dysfunction within the body and mind and correct it to promote healing from the inside out.

We also discuss how Dr. Fassler worked with her husband, other naturopaths, and the community to get the state of New Hampshire to recognize and license naturopathic doctors in the mid-1990s, and as a result she and her husband hold license numbers 2 and 3 in the state. 

This podcast was eye-opening for me because prior to talking with Dr. Fassler I had never spoken with a naturopathic doctor. I learned a lot about the field, and found many parallels between the naturopathic approach and the current movement in mainstream medicine toward a focus on wellness and patient centeredness – beliefs that naturopaths hold central to their practice. 



Links to the Podcast:
Soundcloud: 
https://soundcloud.com/healthleaderforge/dr-kristy-fassler-nd-co-founder-of-the-north-coast-family-health-integrative-medicine-clinic
Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-health-leader-forge
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/healthleaderforge/id981989377

Podcast Outline

Time
Topic
0:01:50
undergraduate education and discovering naturopathy
0:05:03
Naturopathic Doctor training at Bastyr University
0:11:45
founding North Coast Family Health Integrative Medicine Clinic
0:14:59
lobbying to get state licensure for NDs
0:21:25
the practice of Naturopathic Medicine at North Coast, tick borne illnesses
0:29:20
what is being a new patient at North Coast like?
0:33:55
promoting healing from the inside out
0:36:02
homeopathic medicine
0:44:30
therapies offered at North Coast
0:48:31
challenges of practice - managing a business, the health care system
0:51:20
doctor as teacher
0:55:20
practice management
1:00:30
reflections on a career so far
1:03:10
advice for those interested in a career as an ND
1:04:16
Addendum and a correction


Links to Topics Discussed:

North Coast Family Health Integrative Medicine Clinic

Adelle Davis, Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit

Bastyr University

Lyme Disease






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