315 W. 1st Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
What is a Licensed Midwife?
Midwifery is the art and science of helping women to safely deliver their babies. To this end, I give ongoing prenatal care, assessing the health and well-being of the mother and baby as we develop a trusting relationship with the family which allows us to assist in the challenge of delivery. My philosophy is that pregnancy and delivery is a family event, so I try to enhance the family bond when I can. I also believe that pregnancy is a normal process, not a disease. My additional training and expertise as a naturopath allows me to treat the possible problems of pregnancy, using safe natural remedies to maintain this healthy state.
Meet some of the midwives who assist me:
Shannon & Lorri
I credit my mother for instilling the belief that each of us can be responsible for our own health and for fostering my fascination with human physiology. Raised in Northern California, I moved to Washington to study natural medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle. After graduating in 1992, I trained in natural childbirth with several naturopathic midwives in Seattle. I also completed a 6 month naturopathic residency in a busy family practice. Because of my desire to live in a smaller community with more sunshine, I moved to the Tri-Cities in 1994. In addition to my private practice, I am active at Calvary Chapel.
What is a Naturopathic Physician?
Naturopathic Physicians (N.D.'s) are primary caregivers trained as specialists in natural medicine. We are educated in the conventional medical sciences, but are not orthodox medical doctors (M.D.s). The naturopathic physician has a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) degree from a four year graduate level naturopathic medical college. In Washington state, regulation is by the state and naturopathic physicians must pass a state level board exam. As a naturopathic physician, I treat disease and restore health drawing from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, and hydrotherapy. I tailor my clinical approach to the needs of the individual patient, working with you to optimize your health. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic. I cooperate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. In practice, naturopathic physicians diagnose by extensive patient history, physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, allergy testing, x-ray and ultrasound imaging, as well as other diagnostic tests. After an assessment is made, the treatment plan is carefully explained. The root of the word doctor comes from the Latin to teach and I take this to heart. Patient education is a large part of what I do.
For information on Holistic Midwifery & Health Education, visit Aviva Institute where I teach.
I Have Experience and Expertise in Treating the Following:
● Eczema, dermatitis and rashes
● Anemia of all kinds
● Thyroid problems
● Menopausal complaints and PMS
● Chronic and acute ear infections
● Allergies and hayfever
● Food allergies
● Stomach disorders
● Colitis and constipation
● Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
● Candida and yeast problems
● Asthma and bronchitis
● Colds, flus and infections
● Immune system
● High Blood Pressure
● Children and adults of all ages
I Also do the Following:
● Cleansing programs
● Nutritional counseling
● PAP smears and exams
● Community lectures
● Administer vaccinations
● Family planning
● Prescribe antibiotics, if necessary
● Prescribe thyroid and female hormones
● Fertility care
My office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm. I also have late appointments on certain days. Reception hours, when my office manager can answer your questions, fill your prescriptions and schedule appointments, are as listed on the answering machine.
My office manager and I are committed to assisting you and your family in as many aspects of your health care as we can. We know that following a protocol in alternative care may be foreign to you and that you may need encouragement to hold to your path. We are interested in answering your questions promptly and are committed to maintaining strict confidentiality. I will return calls within 24 hours unless I am delayed by deliveries or emergencies. Please be aware that there are charges for emergency pages unless you are a birth client. For clarification, see the Fees and Policies information received at your first visit.
Insurance coverage is always dependent upon your medical plan. The following companies have plans that have covered alternative medicine: Aetna, Cigna, First Choice, Great West, Group Health, Lifewise, Premera Blue Cross, Uniform, and United Healthcare, among others. If you are uncertain of your coverage, please call and we will be happy to inquire for you. For our midwifery services we use a written form to verify your plans coverage.
Midwives Association of Washington State
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Deplin, the active form of folate
TriCities Natural Birth