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Your existence comprises more than just your physical wellness. As naturopathic physicians, we deliver considered care for your entire being.
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Dr. Jena Peterson, ND
Much of my life has been spent in the pursuit of physical health. From an early age, I trained as a swimmer, competing at the state level. In my early college career, I focused on water polo and bodybuilding.
Physical fitness and health were key components of my life that provided me with friendship, stress relief, and a whole lot of fun! When my own chronic illness short circuited this for me, it was highly frustrating and scary.
At the time, I was pursuing my undergraduate degree in pre-med studies. I reached out to our finest specialists to find relief from my illness – rotating to different doctors and receiving a variety of diagnoses for over a year. After trying in vain to seek answers, I was devastated to learn that the expert advice was to accept my limitations and live with them. I was not willing to take that as my final answer!
I was introduced to Naturopathic Medicine at that time by a friend. As someone who had been planning a career in medicine, I was stumped as to what this was and why I had never heard of it. I anxiously and skeptically scheduled the appointment with a naturopathic doctor.
My hope was not misplaced. The naturopathic physician took time with me, and through multiple visits and some lab work, we were able to get to the root cause of my illness. With time and some hard work, I recovered fully from my chronic fatigue, and have not experienced it again. Naturopathic medicine saved me from a lifetime of medications and limitations.
I like to use my story to illustrate the hope and healing that can be found at Full Circle Natural Medicine. I have an incredible team of doctors and practitioners at my clinic to help each patient find optimal health to live the full life they deserve.
I spend my free time with my children and husband Brendan, practicing Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art), boxing, skiing, hiking, motorcycling, and generally looking for moments to breathe and enjoy the fullness of life! I look forward to helping you recover your health and enjoy the fullness of YOUR life!
Where Does Dr. Peterson’s Expertise Lie?
As the owner and medical director of Full Circle Natural Medicine since 2012, Dr. Peterson has tended to countless ailments in families, children, and various chronically ill patients. She is particularly passionate about caring for vulnerable, ill children as a naturopathic pediatrician.
Her Qualifications and Experience Include:
A full background in healing arts such as massage therapy and Reiki
Mental health counseling for teens with serious substance abuse issues
An honors degree from the University of Arizona and Major in Psychology and minor degrees in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Graduating from Bastyr University with a degree in Naturopathic Medicine, 2004
Completing a full family medical residency in Seattle, 2004-2006
Bastyr University, Affiliate Clinical Faculty Member, 2006 to present
Studying with Andrew Weil, MD, Lyn Patrick, MD, the Autism Research Institute,
Training through ILADS with Dr. Charles Ray Jones, MD, and Dr. Ray Stricker MD in the ILADS based Physician training program for treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease, 2009 and 2010
Post graduate training in Sick Building Syndrome and Toxic Mold Syndrome treatment with Dr Jill Crista
Post graduate training in Ozone and Prolozone therapy
Neural therapy, trigger point therapy, and scar injection therapy training with Dr. Jeff Harris
Environmental Medicine training through ISEA, the Environmental Health Symposium, and National Association of Environmental Medicine
LDA Allergy desensitization training through Dr. WA Schrader MD, LDA therapy
Autonomic Response Testing (ART) with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD PhD, completed all three levels of training
As a Naturopathic practitioner, Dr. Peterson places her emphasis on the following fields:
Severe autoimmune disorders
Chronic GI disorders
Lyme disease (and associated diseases), acute and chronic, as well as any chronic infectious ailments
Toxic mold syndrome and sick building syndrome (SBS)
Mental health – including treatments for recurring depression and anxiety
Hypersensitivities and allergies of any kind
Weight loss training and assistance
Dr. Melissa Minoff, ND, LAc
Dr. Melissa Minoff is a Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist.
She graduated from Bastyr University and has been in private practice in Northeast Seattle for over 20 years. Dr. Minoff completed a family medicine residency at a busy naturopathic and midwifery clinic in northwest Seattle. In 2004, she founded Northwest Naturopathy and Acupuncture at the Seattle Healing Arts Center.
Her areas of expertise include family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, and adolescent medicine, and she specializes in the treatment of hormonal imbalances, food allergies/sensitivities, and stress-related disorders (anxiety, insomnia, and headaches) Dr. Minoff also has a personal interest in Sports Medicine and treats many chronic and acute injuries using a combination of acupuncture and naturopathic therapies.
She enjoys working with patients of all ages, especially adolescents and young adults, helping them establish habits that will put them on the path to a lifetime of vibrant health.
Dr. Minoff is devoted to naturopathic and acupuncture education and is Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr University where she has taught Orthopedics in the Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine department. She currently supervises student clinicians studying both naturopathic medicine and acupuncture at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
Her passion for alternative medicines and therapies began after college, while working and traveling in Asia. She studied T’ai Qi, yoga, and meditation, and swiftly began learning about traditional Asian systems of medicine.
Dr. Minoff provides a balanced approach to Family Medicine. She uses conventional medicine, evidence-based natural therapies, and acupuncture to help her patients achieve their health goals.
Educating patients about their health – and the lifestyle choices they are making – is an important part of Dr. Minoff’s practice. She collaborates with patients to identify the underlying causes of their health issues, encouraging them to play an active role in re-establishing exceptional health while enjoying a high quality of life. Therapies are aimed at stimulating the vital force within each individual to encourage the body to heal. Modalities commonly used include acupuncture, diet and lifestyle interventions, botanical medicines, and nutritional therapy.
Dr. Minoff is a member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatric acupuncture – obtained from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – and she has been certified in the treatment of thyroid disorders by the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine. She is an N.C.C.A.O.M. diplomate in acupuncture and completed her undergraduate B.A. at Cornell University.
Dr. Minoff lives and plays in Northeast Seattle, with her husband, two children, and her dog. Outside of work, she can be found playing soccer, doing hot yoga, running, cheering at her children’s soccer and ultimate Frisbee matches, or hanging out with friends and family.