Office within Balance Health + Wellness: 773-472-0560

About

Kelly_SmilingHow can a natural approach to healthcare help you? My thoughts on this are simple: the body can heal and self correct given the optimal nutritional, hormonal, and mindset environment. Sounds crazy, right? It’s amazing how simple changes can make a big difference. Here’s how I do that:

  1.  Work with you to find solutions. Many of my patients are frustrated in a one-size fits all approach to their care. I see people from many different backgrounds realizing there must be more they can do to aid their diagnosis. Good news: there usually is!
  2.  Outside the box thinking. I think about the body as a whole, taking time to consider how each system affects the others. No matter what you come in for—a discussion about your digestion is a must!
  3. Thorough collaboration and testing. If you think I am going to ask you to take a magic potion or take a long list of supplements—think again! I base my recommendations on science, data, and experience. I work with your other healthcare providers to give you results. I communicate with you to find out what’s working and what’s not. It’s all about you.
  4.  Specialized education and training. Naturopathic physicians are the specialists in integrative medicine. This term is used to describe the blend of conventional and natural medicine. NDs are the only medical specialty that earns a four year doctorate focused on nutritional and herbal medicine in addition to learning pharmacology and minor surgery, too. I’ve got some pretty impressive credentials…
  5. Genuine interaction. Our initial meeting is the beginning of a new relationship. I am a results oriented person and expect you to see the changes you are after. I rely on your collaboration and communication to make sure we get you there.

Get to Know Me Personally…
I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. It was an amazing place to grow up! Here are the top two questions about Alaska, answered:

  • Cold: it’s just as cold here as in Anchorage in the winter! Anchorage does get more snow that sticks around for much longer (into May sometimes!). Daylight hours in the winter are about 10-3. On a snowy day, it might not even seem like day!
  • Summer: the days turn into night in the summertime! It never gets completely dark around the summer solstice which makes for fun nights of camping, fishing, or playing golf!

I was raised with the notion of eating “healthy” foods, which seemed to inspire my own search for what “healthy” meant for me. My family has a long list of medical professionals: mom- nurse, grandfather- urologist, grandmother- emergency room physician, aunt- medical editor, uncle- researcher at NIH, sister- physician assistant, uncle – pharmacist. So you can see where conversations usually headed in my family! My passion for healthy food and desire to be a physician lead me to naturopathic medicine which is, for me, a blend of conventional medical science and nutritional medicine. I’m passionate about what I do and love inspiring change!

Today, my husband and son are the lucky taste-testers of my food experiments. We live in Lakeview with our cat and have called Chicago home since 2011.

… and Professionally!

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University, where I graduated magna cum laude, I continued my education at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. Upon graduation from SCNM, I was selected for the prestigious Integrative Therapeutics STAIR Residency, which took place at Integrative Family Wellness Center in Brookfield, Wisconsin. There I interned with specialists in gastroenterology, cardiology (Dr. William Davis—Author of Wheat Belly), obstetrician/gynecologists, and compounding pharmacists.

As a student at SCNM, I interned at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)– National Institute for Digestive, Diabetes and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and completed specialty rotations in endocrinology and diabetes, dermatology, obstetrics, and integrative medicine with my MD colleagues. My professional affiliations include the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP),  Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP) where I served as Vice President in the past, and the Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. I’ve also served as President of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA), and have presented on a variety of health topics for professional and public audiences alike.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine, I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist® professional. A Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS) is a nutrition practitioner or a person who uses nutrition therapy to address health needs. I successfully completed the  Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS) examination on science-based nutrition therapy. This certification is only available for advanced (masters or above) degree holders in medicine or nutrition from an accredited university.

My office is located within Balance Health + Wellness