Dr. Sarah Axtell
Approach to Care
I always knew I wanted to be a doctor and considered conventional medical school, but the conventional medical emphasis on symptom management felt lacking. While I do believe it is important to palliate the symptoms in the short term to make a patient feel better, I believe it is crucial to help patients with the long-term goal of determining the cause. My passion for health, nature, and science culminated when I discovered naturopathic medicine. It was the ultimate “Ah Ha” moment.
In my medical practice I am passionate about helping patients achieve optimal health. I develop a partnership with my patients, where I bring scientific knowledge of the human body and patients bring self-knowledge. Together, we devise an individualized treatment plan that gets to the underlying cause of the illness, allowing patients to feel well and able to do what they love to do.
As a patient, you can expect each appointment to be carried out with warmth and compassion. Educating and inspiring you to return to and maintain a state of optimal health is at the center of my practice.
As a naturopathic doctor, I provide holistic health care for the entire family. I work with many different chronic health conditions, such as hormonal imbalances, auto-immune diseases, gastro-intestinal disorders, cancer, anxiety, and weight loss. I believe strongly in treating you, not just your symptoms. I specialize in treating the root cause of illness by utilizing effective, natural therapies including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, detoxification, and biotherapeutic drainage.
I graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition. I then earned my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the fully accredited naturopathic medical college, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), in Portland, OR. I received extensive training in natural therapeutics from some of the leading physicians in the field during my three-year clinical rotations at NCNM. I am board certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and am currently licensed in the state of Oregon as a primary care physician. For a complete look at naturopathic education curriculum, click here.
While I was in naturopathic medical school, I was involved in research at the Helfgott Research Institute. During this time, I extensively researched the area of detoxification. I graduated with honors in research from NCNM.
I am mother to two daughters, Cecelia and Louisa, who have inspired me and given me a love for children. I believe that establishing a solid foundation of health in childhood will lead to a fulfilling, healthy life. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I love to cook and spend time outdoors.
I look forward to meeting you wherever you may be in the journey to wellness.