I am a Board Certified Naturopathic Oncologist, one of only a few in the country. For those who do not know what this is, it means I went through medical school like any other doctor and focused on naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic doctors choose to use herbs, vitamins, diet, and alternative health practices as our primary treatments, utilizing drugs only when necessary.
I didn’t set out to become a doctor. I’ve always loved science and biology, so it’s no surprise that I initially started out on a path to become a Marine Biologist. But while I was on that path, my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since I was well versed in reading scientific research studies, finding my way around the biology library, and understanding biological statistics, I became the family fact checker, cancer researcher, and truth teller.
While my dad was dying from his cancer, I took some time away from working for the National Park Service and became a caregiver. This was the first time I came across the word ‘naturopathic doctor.’ The principles of naturopathic medicine spoke deep into my heart at a time that I was looking into the face of the heartbreaking loss of my dad, who was my best friend and my teacher.
When I was in my residency, I would reach the incoming patient’s chart notes and try to predict who would heal. I was wrong a large percentage of the time. That got me thinking. There must be something other than lab results, imaging and a diagnosis that determines healing. And down the rabbit hole I went, BOTH from the scientific and spiritual perspective.
As Dr. Heather Paulson, I founded The Paulson Center to provide cutting edge cancer care and holistic treatments that incorporate body, mind and spirit. The center is a culmination of my experience and I’m thrilled to work with a team of professionals who share my principles. It’s with the spirit of a helping friend, neighbor, or loved one that we welcome you to this space of transformational healing.
May this space heal you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.