The practice of Naturopathic medicine is deeply rooted in its philosophy. The six guiding principles are:
When these principles are followed, the disease process may be reversed or eliminated and one’s quality of life greatly improves. Under the care of a Naturopathic physician, a patient can regain control of his or her health.
Classical Chinese Medicine is deeply rooted in its philosophy and technique to maximize health and longevity. Through various modalities including acupuncture, Chinese Herbal therapy, cupping, moxibustion and Qi Gong, the practitioner has a generous set of tools to affect change in the body. Much attention and study of acupuncture provides supporting evidence for its effects, especially in the management of pain. The graceful blend of Naturopathic medicine with its holistic principles and the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine allows for balance, optimal health and increased quality of life. Together, we will work to initiate and maintain lifestyle changes that will free you to enjoy the richness of living well. Visiting Coeur is the first step toward realizing your ideals of health.
Dr. Michelle Sturm began her medical career in Bend, OR as an EMT and wilderness counselor for teens needing redirection. She decided to become a physician and received her training at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. After several years of medical course work, the program emphasized clinical training in both Naturopathic and Chinese medicine. Dr. Michelle focuses specifically on family medicine, pediatrics, trauma and injury. Her passion for the outdoors, family, community, and commitment to changing the health care paradigm are evident in her life and her practice. Treatment sessions include focused time on health history, lifestyle counseling, dietary guidance, acupuncture, herbal therapy and an empowering opportunity to take charge of one’s health. As a mother of three, Dr. Michelle emphasizes family medicine as she realizes the importance of learning healthy habits at a young age. Seemingly troublesome ailments such as earaches and eczema respond and often resolve quickly with Naturopathic and Chinese medicine. She values the opportunity to be “Doctor as Teacher” and knows the importance of personal resolve to improve quality of life.
In order to ensure that practitioners have been trained under high standards, many states require licensure, which includes attending a four year accredited Naturopathic medical school and passing national board exams. Oregon is one of 18 such states that currently require licensure. Many efforts are being made in the Naturopathic community to continue providing quality care by gaining licensure requirements in all 50 states. To find out more about Naturopathic medicine and licensure efforts, visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at naturopathic.org