DR. TAMARA DICKSON
Naturopathic Physician, Teacher, Lecturer
I like getting to know my clients as people, not simply as a list of health concerns.
I need to take the time to make sure I understand their history and how their lives are arranged in order to draw the most accurate conclusions about what is best for them. It matters to me that everyone understands how their body works, what their disease process means, their test results, the reasons for each item in their treatment plan. I see it as my job to empower people with information and help them identify obstacles to optimal health so they can make informed choices and more actively participate in their future care.
My interest in medicine began when I was a child and later blossomed
while earning my Bachelor’s in Psychology at SUNY Purchase. During my research
studies, I saw how every individual has a different story and unique factors that influence the development of a disease. It was in the interest of identifying and treating the cause of disease that I went on to earn my doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, followed by my 2-year clinical residency in primary care and pediatrics. I am a licensed Naturopathic physician in WA state, and a Registered Naturopath in the UK and Spain.
During my 6 years of medical education and beyond, I sought additional certificates and training in vinyasa yoga, reiki, mindfulness and metta meditation, trauma-informed care, and various mind-body modalities like muscle testing and NAET, craniosacral therapy, emotional release technique, emotional freedom technique (tapping), and breath work.
I feel strongly that an integrative approach that weaves together modalities of SCIENCE & SPIRIT
is the best and most comprehensive way for people to heal, especially from chronic struggles,
medical mysteries, and ailments rooted in trauma.
My natural inclination towards teaching has been channeled through various avenues- teaching students and professionals in the Naturopathic Medicine and Continuing Education programs at Bastyr University, presenting research at professional conferences, and serving as a continuing education consultant for the General Council for Registered Naturopaths in the UK. With these institutions, I advocate for the comprehensive, compassionate, and inclusive education of patients and doctors through organizing conferences, writing courses and webinars, and assisting various efforts aimed at furthering the scope of integrative medicine.
Outside of my professional interests, I am often cooking or baking new things in the kitchen and practicing my home mixology skills. I love formulas and recipes and turning ingredients into experiences, from macrobiotics to martinis! I also have fun with voice acting, dancing Cuban salsa, and improving my proficiency in Spanish.