Dr. Simms and her staff provide Chicago-area patients with comprehensive naturopathic care, personalized service and an individualized plan focused on both underlying causes and end results. Dr. Simms views her role as that of a teacher, one who empowers and guides patients at every step of their journey.
Education, Training and Professional Background: Dr. Simms graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University. She then continued her education at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. As a student at SCNM, she 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.
Upon graduation from SCNM, she was selected for the prestigious Integrative Therapeutics STAIR Residency at Integrative Family Wellness Center in Brookfield, Wisconsin. There, Dr. Simms interned in gastroenterology, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology and compounding pharmacy.
Dr. Simms’ professional affiliations include the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP). She has served as President of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA), and has presented on a variety of health topics for professional and public audiences alike.
In addition to holding a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine, Dr. Simms is 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. She 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.
Dr. Simms one of few naturopathic physicians that are Board Certified in Naturopathic Endocrinology. Her practice focuses on endocrinology and she has achieved status as a Fellow of the Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology (FABNE). This certification allows her to treat a variety of endocrine disorders as a specialist.
She sits on the Medical Advisory Board for BIÂN: a private members’ club built on the foundation of holistic health and social well-being.
Personal: Dr. Simms was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She lives with her husband and two young children in Chicago's northern suburb of Wilmette. She loves cooking, yoga, and spending time with friends. She loves to travel and her favorite foreign country to visit (so far) is Vietnam.