Dr. Lara Thompson

Naturopathic Physician

My philosophy of practice...

 

As a natural health detective, I see it as my mission to uncover what has contributed to the disturbance in a patient's health. Decades of clinical experience, education, and research inform the way I work with patients - a typical visit often includes counseling/conversation, education, physical exam, hands on therapies, and customized wellness plans that may include movement, nutrition, supplements, herbs, hands on therapies and homeopathy.

Somethings you should know about working with me -  I value bodily autonomy and sovereignty which means that you alone are the expert on your body. I am a neurodivergent person my brain works a bit differently - sometimes this may be observed as a long pause, directness, being thorough, and taking extra time with patients and tasks.

Having patience with yourself and your body is important - while I focus on simple interventions, the healing process can be hard and takes time. Getting to know patients is one of my favorites parts of practice because I want to be a provider that understands and supports patients. Maybe you or your family member have been shuffled around to different doctors, had symptoms or concerns dismissed by providers or you're just looking for expert guidance on natural health or alternative solutions.

All bodies, All identities, All ages are welcome. I am a trauma informed, weight inclusive/fat friendly/Health At Every Size®/Intuitive Eating®, sex positive, 2SLGBTQIAP* inclusive anti-racism provider.

 

Don't know what any of these things mean - that's okay - schedule a Welcome to Wellness visit so we can chat more about my practice and your health needs to see if we'd be a good fit. 

Not sure what a naturopathic physician is - check this out for more info.

I am currently accepting new patients for naturopathic specialty or primary care.

 

Schedule a complimentary Welcome to Wellness visit to see if we'd be a good fit to work together.  If not, I'll happily refer you to a trusted source. 

Call the Front Desk to Schedule 425-258-4633 or book online.

Insurance and Fees:

I am credentialed with some insurance companies. 

Verify your insurance benefits: use this insurance checklist

Discounted cash fee or packages available.

Health concerns often seen in practice (not exhaustive):

  • Primary care:

    • preventive, acute and chronic care,  wellness exams (children & adults), sports physicals

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

  • Medication management and natural alternatives:

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

    • Note that NDs can be prescribe and manage most medications except for controlled substances. If there's a medication that you are hoping to start or have an ND manage, check with the front desk or during Welcome to Wellness visit  

  • Digestive Health:

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

  • 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, chronic infections - EBV/Candida/Lyme/Herpes, PANS/PANDAS, anemia, colds, infections, allergies, sinus issues

    • pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, TMJ, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), vertigo, dizziness

    • 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:

    • chronic pain, hyper-mobility, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

    • 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  -  such as urinary tract infections, dryness or discharge, yeast infections and pain with sex

    • 2SLGBTQIAPT* health 

  • Highly Sensitive, Neurodivergent:

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

A bit more about me ...

I have been on all sides of the table, as a patient with chronic health issues myself and as a caregiver for my parents. I was sick a lot as a kid, with things most doctors didn't understand.  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 health care as a social worker 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, spending time with loved ones, listening to a true crime podcast, geeking out about a research article or new tarot deck and can't resist catching up on sleep or bingeing a good TV show! 

Education:

Naturopathic Medical Degree from Bastyr University

Advanced Homeopathy Certification from New England School of Homeopathy

Degree in Psychology and Social Work from Providence College

Shamanic Reiki Master  Shamanic Reiki Worldwide and Wild Reiki Shamanic Healing

Systems Constellation  - Francesca Mason Boring and Bertold Ulsamer

Professional Membership:

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Association for Size Diversity and Health

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