Naturopathic doctors promote a focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
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Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, I was fortunate to be raised on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean Peninsula, a beautiful region known for its medical spas and rehabilitation centers. It was here that I was first introduced to alternative medicine and natural therapies. People from all over the country came to Crimean medical centers to recharge and restore health with mud wraps, mineral baths, therapeutic ultrasound, probiotic-focused nutrition, and monitored exercise.
My parents worked at such a medical spa and growing up I heard about health and disease daily. My father was a medical doctor and my mother a physical trainer and herbalist, both athletes. Their combined approach to healthcare and healthy living involved clinical nutrition, appropriate exercise, healthy sleep habits, herbal medicine and, if needed, pharmacology. Before I knew anything about naturopathy, I was learning its basics.
My Crimean childhood and family were a big inspiration in my choice to become a naturopathic physician. Now, it is an honor to practice this medicine and to motivate others to find their best health with naturopathic practices and therapeutics.
I received my doctorate degree from National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), an accredited naturopathic medical school in Portland, Oregon. During my clinical education I focused on primary care, naturopathic cardiology and pulmonary medicine, holistic mental health care, and physical medicine.
In my private practice I provide holistic healthcare with a focus on physical medicine, opioid-free chronic pain management, and healthy aging. I am thrilled to help patients of all ages, backgrounds and cultures reach their healthcare goals. I use an integrative medical treatment approach which includes physical medicine, nutrition, lifestyle counseling, herbal therapy, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy.
Prior to my studies at NUNM, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California in Santa Cruz, with an emphasis on fine art painting and printmaking. My previous academic experiences and occupation as an artist helped me to become a more intuitive, empathetic and creative physician.
I immigrated to the United States over twenty years ago and since 2008 Portland has been a dear home to me where I live with my husband, who is also a creative and a healthcare provider. Outside of the clinic, I enjoy being physically active, practicing tai chi, photographing my Pacific Northwestern life, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.