Dr. Jenny Nelson is a licensed naturopathic physician (ND). Her central belief is that doctors can empower patients to heal through an educational, supportive relationship. The holistic approach that is at the heart of her medicine brings patients closer to their health and life goals. It is a practice and outlook that values not only the physical, but the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health as well. This perspective enables her to engage patients as individuals with differing complexities, to better understand and treat the underlying causes of their imbalances, and to employ a range of modalities to remove obstacles to optimal health and vitality.
Dr. Nelson earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, in 2012. While in medical school, she was trained to utilize both conventional and alternative tools to evaluate an individual’s wellness. She now employs a variety of therapeutics, including botanical medicine, nutritional and dietary modifications, physical medicine (craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, hydrotherapy), homeopathy, detoxification, and supplementation. As a listener, counselor, and sleuth, she spends quality time with patients gathering information, conducting lab tests and physical exams, and working with other practitioners who are part of the patient’s team.
Before her medical journey, Dr. Nelson earned her BA in International Relations and MA in Sociology from Stanford University. After working as a marketing manager for an online biotechnology website and as part of the PBS Newshour editorial team, she spent two years backpacking the world. She had the opportunity to slow down, reflect, and witness how deeply health is integrated with lifestyle, relationships, and environment. Jenny now tries to achieve that balance with her partner and 3 young kids by exploring the outdoors and spending quality, joyful time together. She loves to dance, travel, take photos, get lost in films, and dream of the day when she’ll play the cello.