Monday, February 15, 2021

Introducing Naturopathic Doctor, Sandra Dean

Greetings! I’m Dr. Sandra Dean, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine with a specialty in Homeopathy and Botanical Medicine. I am so thrilled to be announcing my partnership with Dr. Chad McIntyre and the Triad Upper Cervical Clinic in opening my Living Waters Naturopathic practice in Kernersville, NC. After several decades of dedication to the study of natural health, it is so exciting to be sharing in the vision of a balanced approach to health with this community.


As a traditional naturopath I focus on preventative medicine, and investigate the root causes that create body imbalances. With my extensive training at Trinity College of Natural Health, and the Australasian College of Natural Therapies and other certifications, I am able to offer a variety of natural modalities which I use to evaluate the whole body, mind, and spirit. In my practice, I use functional testing to measure the current energetic state of specific organs, glands and tissues, resonating toxins, food sensitivities, blood sugar imbalances, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These evaluations provide a comprehensive picture of the acute or chronic stress that may be present. This information is used to create an individualized wellness plan that includes non-invasive natural therapies to restore health. I am not a medical doctor, and as such, I do not prescribe pharmaceuticals, diagnose, or treat diseases. The therapies I recommend are complementary to western medicine, and while it is obvious  there are too many factors at play to allow for a magic bullet cure, I do still strongly believe that the body can heal itself when allowed to do so, particularly when combining the proper guidance with nutrition, lifestyle modifications, and nurture that it needs.


As a child, I always had a deep interest in plants and nature. My curiosity for natural medicine began after battling migraines, and seizures for most of my childhood. After years of seeking conventional medicine resolution without success, my mother turned to natural therapies and herbal remedies that remarkably restored my health and well being in my later teenage years.


As life often does at times, I found myself being nudged back to the path of natural medicine after working for the airlines in the early 2000’s.  During that time, I was living  in Manhattan's Upper East Side.  I was primarily flying international flights, with a crazy schedule in different time zones, often eating poorly and noticing the drastic decline in my health once again with a heavily weakened immune system.  During the same timeframe, my grandfather, who we called “Papa Murphy” was diagnosed with cancer, and was given six months to live. It was simply devastating news, as he was my best friend. He began a whole foods diet, and followed a regimen with supplementation, herbal medicine, meditation techniques, and lifestyle modifications under the care of a Naturopathic Doctor. His body responded extremely well, and was so happy to have been able to share another 10 wonderful years with him!  He made such a huge impression on me that I also began a program to restore my health in the same way, which by no surprise, worked and my health improved significantly.


It was only a few months later, I once again found myself at a crossroads when I was confronted with the devastating effects individuals choices can have on one another and the world around us after witnessing the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers from the rooftop of my studio  brownstone apartment.  It was on that roof,  that I instantly made the decision to leave New York City, and the airline industry behind to go go back to college to immerse myself in an education with natural medicine, so that I could follow my passion to help others overcome sickness and hopefully bring some real and positive change to a world that needed it. I relocated to Colorado to dedicate my studies to botany. After graduating from the Australasian College, I spent nine months in New Zealand, researching Maori ethnobotanical plant medicine, volunteered on an organic, biodynamic farm and worked as an intern with clients in a holistic health clinic.


While abroad, I also fell in love with, and eventually married my soulmate, Jason.  After we married, we resided in the high desert southwest city of Albuquerque, New Mexico for about ten years where he worked in flight testing, and I began my natural health career path with my own natural products and education training company for progressive health brands throughout the southwestern region of the US. I continued to study and research plant medicine under seasoned herbalists from New Mexico and the surrounding states.


In 2011, Jason and I relocated to North Carolina to pursue our dream of raising children, homesteading, bee keeping, farming, and creating a plant sanctuary to protect the forest botanicals that are at-risk of becoming endangered. Our farm is called Living Waters Farmacy, where we offer a variety of herbal teas, and a monthly subscription herbal remedy bundles that teach people the simplicity of herbal medicine making.


I am honored to join the Triad Upper Cervical  community,  and I  look forward to sharing knowledge and experience with you. Please reach out to me  if you have any questions, or if you would like a complimentary fifteen minute consultation.


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