Dr. Lara Thompson

Naturopathic Physician

My philosophy of practice...

There are many factors that contribute to the development of physical and mental symptoms -  a diversified approach to care is most effective in addressing chronic health issues.

 

A typical visit often includes counseling/conversation, education, physical exam, hands on therapies, ordering diagnostic testing/imaging and creation of customized wellness plans that may include movement, nutrition, supplements, herbs, natural injection therapy, homeopathy, and/or resources like books/articles/videos.

Health and wellness are defined by you and your vitality -  how you feel in your body and experience being you - this is a guiding principle in my practice. My demeanor and approach works best with folks that value nature based approaches, transparency, kindness, patience, and compassion for themselves and others.   As a neurodivergent person with my own health struggles, you may find me taking extra time, observe long pauses or directness, or being extra thorough.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are cornerstones of my practice,  I am a trauma informed, body neutral/size inclusive/fat friendlysex positive, 2SLGBTQIAP* inclusive provider.

Healing takes times - having patience with yourself and your body is important - while I focus on simple interventions, the healing process can be hard. Together, we'll discover what's contributed to the disturbance in you or your loved one's health. 

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Health concerns often seen in practice (not exhaustive):​​

  • Digestive Health:

    • food allergies/sensitivities, nausea, reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, Crohns disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac SIBO, IBS, gallbladder issues, restrictive or binge eating disorders

  • Nutrition and Environmental Health:

    • reducing chemical and toxin exposure in food and the environment, detoxification, chemical and environmental sensitivities

  • Endocrine and Immune Health:

    • exhaustion, chronic fatigue, anemia, allergies, sinus issues, viral and chronic infections - EBV/Candida/Lyme/Herpes, mold, PANS/PANDAS,

    • hair loss, PCOS, hirsutism/unwanted hair growth, PMS/PMDD, Thyroid issues - Hashimoto, Graves

  • Skin Health:

    • eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, rashes, acne​

  • Mental, Neurological, and Musckuloskeletal Health:

    • pain, hyper-mobility, hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, TMJ, vertigo, dizziness

    • injuries, car accidents, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries

    • stress, trouble sleeping, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, complex PTSD

  • Reproductive Health:

    • urinary and sexual health concerns - libido, UTI, discharge, pelvic pain

  • 2SLGBTQIAPT* health 

    • (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual, polyamorous, cisgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming +)

  • Highly Sensitive, Neurodiverse:

    • Children, teens or adults that fall into the neurodivergent, empathic or highly sensitive categories often reacting to medications, supplements or their environment differently than others

  • Naturopathic Specialty Primary care:

    • Some procedures, urgent care services, not available in our practice or scope, referrals to outside specialists may be necessary 

    • Note that some insurance companies restrict NDs from being primary care providers double check with your insurance

    • Accepting a limited number of primary care patients

  • Medication management and natural alternatives:

    • reducing the use of or transitioning off of prescription/pharmaceutical medication

    • If there's a medication that you are hoping to start or have an ND manage, schedule a Welcome to Wellness visit to see if it's a prescription that an ND can manage

A bit more about me ...

I've lived all over the US, with my family now split between the midwest and east coast regions of the country. After a career in social work then in clinical research, I moved to WA for the naturopathic medicine program at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. Outside of the clinic you may find me on a trail with my rescue dogs, swimming, experimenting with an air fryer, spending time with loved ones, enjoying something true crime or metaphysically related.  

Education:

Naturopathic Medical Degree from Bastyr University

Advanced Homeopathy Certification from New England School of Homeopathy

Degree in Psychology, Social Work, and Public Service from Providence College

Shamanic Reiki Master  Shamanic Reiki Worldwide and Wild Reiki Shamanic Healing

Relational, Health, and Systems Constellation  - Francesca Mason Boring and Bertold Ulsamer

Professional Membership:

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Association for Size Diversity and Health

Doctors with Disabilities 

Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Naturopathic Medicine Institute

Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Washington Homeopathic Association

Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians

National Association for Environmental Medicine

Society for Shamanic Practice

International Association of Reiki Professionals

Dr. Lara Thompson