IM4US: What got you interested in integrative health and the underserved?
Carrie: While studying naturopathic medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) I did one of my clinical rotations at a local FQHC called Outside In that served mostly homeless youth. I saw the change that we could make while integrating conventional and natural approaches to healthcare. Small things such as teaching someone mindfulness for stress management, giving them resources for healthier food options, or simply providing education to make healthier choices made big differences for many of our patients.
IM4US: What kind of work do you do with the underserved?
Carrie: We provide naturopathic primary and complementary care in our academic medical centers at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and our safety-net clinics in the community. We serve vulnerable and underserved populations ranging from folks that have Medicaid to those who are uninsured, undocumented, and low or non-income.
IM4US: Why did you become a member?
Carrie: I recently became a member so that I could begin to expand my network of other providers who are interested in serving vulnerable populations, particularly to find out what is working for others and how we can do a better job of outreach.
IM4US: How has IM4US impacted your personal or professional life? And what could we do to better support you?
Carrie: I am a new member, so just the fact that the organization exists is impactful! I look forward to attending IM4US conferences.
IM4US: Tell us anything else you think would be important to share about you.
Carrie: I am always happy to talk about naturopathic medicine to other healthcare providers. There are a lot of preconceived notions about us and our education, most of which tend to be incorrect. I encourage anyone who wants to know more about naturopathic physicians and our training to reach out.