Jennifer was born and raised in central New York. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She then received her certified nutrition specialist certificate (CNS) in June of 2013. She recently completed over 200 training hours in functional medicine and has received her certification as a functional medicine practitioner in December of 2015 (www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com). She currently holds a Naturopathic Medical License in the State of Vermont. New York has not yet passed legislation that specifically licenses Naturopaths. She has been based in Liverpool, New York since 2005, in which she continues to offer her extensive knowledge in naturopathy, functional medicine and nutrition through private consultations, classes and lectures. She also has taught nutrition related courses at SUNY Empire College from 2011 – 2015.
It is important to take notice of the depth and extensive training Jennifer has completed to be a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She has completed 4 years of undergraduate work and then went on to complete 4 plus years in doctorate level training as an ND in the state of Arizona. She completed her training at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. (ww.scnm.edu). To get a better understanding of the depth of her training please visit SCNM website, link listed above. To obtain licensure in a state that recognizes Naturopathic Medicine as a legitimate form of medicine, a person needs to graduate from an accredited school in naturopathy, pass national board exams and apply through a licensing body to receive a medical license in an licensable state (see www.naturopathic.org to find out which states have licensure) as well as complete continuing education hours as dictated by the state for renewal of the Naturopathic Medical License. On top of her main education Jennifer has gone above and beyond by getting her Certified Nutrition Specialist(CNS) certification and took an extra 200 hours in functional medicine training to be certified as a functional medicine practitioner (CFMP) through Functional Medicine University (www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com) She invites you and your loved ones to visit the above websites to learn more about the depth of her training and how it makes her qualified to be a partner in your healthcare team.
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How I Work:
When you come to me to seek support, help and guidance with your health, you can expect me to find out what makes your health concerns different from everyone else. What worked for one person does not always work for the next, making our work together very personal and individualized. My job is to help you find balance and health in all aspects of life. Meaning we will discuss how to make the best decisions for your health by exploring ALL your options from the medical approaches to naturopathic approaches, while exploring mental, emotional and spiritual connections to your health as well. I will help you to talk with your MD about your health concerns and understand what is happening for you so you can advocate for yourself effectively. Having knowledge that is based in fact and not opinion, (which is often what people are receiving when they rely solely on the internet), is very powerful in helping you to determine the right path for you to achieve complete wellness.
How Do I Do This?
I use a combination of functional medicine theory (www.functionalmedicine.org) and core basic understanding of physiology and biochemistry all rooted in solid scientific fact that has been based on my education combined with your unique symptoms and concerns to determine my recommendations. My work is not based on your medical diagnosis, but rather it is based on determining the core imbalance that is driving your health concerns, from physiological to mental and emotional. From there I utilize my knowledge in health effects of foods, supplements and/or herbs to find the right balance of recommendations to help restore balance to your body. For everyone I start with the most basic, cleaning up the diet and supporting digestion and moving out into deeper and deeper layers of physiology as dictated by your progress. Often just doing the 2 above things will bring an incredible amount of balance to your concerns. However, for some their cases are more complex and require a period of trial and error, cooperation with their MD’s and more involved participation from the client to figure out the right balance of recommendations for them.