I am the co-founder and co-owner of the Methow Valley Wellness Center, along with my husband and managing partner, Michael Strauss. In Winthrop since 1997, I have been providing naturopathic care for wellness-seeking patients in the Okanogan, Methow, Chelan, and Wenatchee valleys.
I am a graduate of Bastyr University Medical School, a world famous institution for naturopathic medical training, located in the Seattle area. My undergraduate university training was at Brown University in Providence, RI where I earned a B.S. in Biology. I was born in Cincinnati Ohio, and all of my immediate family of origin still live in Ohio.
I moved to the Valley in 1996, with my husband of 22 years, Michael Strauss. We along with our two young boys enjoy all outdoor activities–hiking, biking, swimming, skiing and skating, for we love to be in nature. I am an avid reader, and often have dozens of books I am juggling. We also enjoy traveling, especially to warm weather locations.
I see my job as a physician to provide comprehensive assessment, and accurate diagnosis of my patient’s problems. I believe in working together with other health practitioners to provide a strong network of support for my patients. I strongly emphasize prevention and treatment of the whole person, not just management of symptoms, and believe that true health and well-being are only achieved through practicing a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
I believe in the innate healing power of the body. Through education, healthful choices and cultivation of a positive inner disposition, we can enhance our healing abilities. My practice includes a combination of herbal, nutritional and conventional medical treatments in a comfortable, confidential and compassionate setting.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. First, do no harm.
2. Act in co-operation with the healing power of nature.
3. Address the fundamental causes of disease.
4. Heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
5. Teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.