Dr. Sandison’s healing philosophy blends modern research and diagnostic techniques with time-tested modalities including manual therapies, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, diet, exercise, and psychological counseling. She believes in the power of the body to heal itself. Dr. Sandison’s passion is to guide and support patients as they co-create strong foundations for optimal health through sustainable lifestyle changes and natural medicine.
She earned her Naturopathic Doctorate at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and currently teaches part-time at Bastyr University, San Diego. Past experience includes work as an Egoscue Postural Therapist, licensed massage therapist and student staff counselor at Bastyr University, Seattle. Dr. Sandison balances work with play and enjoy surfing, running, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Ari Kasprowicz earned her Naturopathic Medical Degree from Bastyr University, and holds degrees from Syracuse University in Exercise Science and Clinical Nutrition. Her interest in comprehensive health care developed at a young age. While she was pursuing professional athletics, Ari found herself juggling between multiple practitioners in efforts to optimize health and performance. Her awareness in holistic health and curiosity about a better health-care system was further established when she developed her own autoimmune disorder. She immersed herself in her studies and latest research concerning chronic disease, all of which further supported the use of time-tested natural modalities of healing.
Dr. Kasprowicz is passionate about guiding her patients to a state of optimal health through the use of science-based natural therapies. She believes fully in the body’s ability to heal, and recognizes that addressing the root cause, rather than controlling the symptoms, is necessary for complete restoration. Dr. Kasprowicz believes it is important to understand the entire person in order to facilitate healing and offers each patient a comprehensive individualized treatment plan to ensure that his or her goals are reached.
Over the years, Dr. Kasprowicz has developed a special interest in hormone balancing, autoimmune disease, natural approaches to dermatology, and cardiometabolic disease. During her time in naturopathic medical school, Dr. Kasprowicz had the privilege to work alongside one of the leading Naturopathic Doctors in regenerative therapies, and has had the opportunity to be on the forefront of revolutionary cosmetic regenerative therapies, as well as work on product development for natural skin and hair care.
Dr. Kasprowicz has always been passionate about pursuing a healthy active lifestyle, and believes that nature and quality time with loved ones is the best medicine of all. In her free time, she enjoys being active in the great outdoors, experimenting in the kitchen spending time with God, and laughing with those she loves most.
Sarah Vogel is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in the state of California. She’s been actively involved in bodywork and alternative medicine over 6 years. Sarah attended the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in 2010, where she earned her massage therapy license. While at school she was introduced to Chinese medicine and the benefits of acupuncture. After receiving acupuncture treatments and getting results fast, she instantly felt the need to know more. Following her training at IPSB she signed up for the Master’s Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. It is here where she received her Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTOM). Sarah completed 3,600 hours of academic and clinical practice. Her clinical experience included integrative medical settings at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) free clinic in Pacific Beach, The YWCA Women’s Shelter of downtown San Diego, City Heights Wellness Center, and onsite clinical training at the college.
Sarah loves helping people achieve optimal health and well-being. Her focuses are on, but not limited to, sports medicine and injury rehabilitation, women’s health, emotional disorders and Cosmetic acupuncture.
When she isn’t treating patients she enjoys camping, cooking, making personal-care products, and spending time with her son Hendrix.
Rhea is available to see patients Saturday from 9am-2pm.
Rhea’s birth as a healer has been a natural evolution of her life’s work as an energetic artist. She believes healing work is an intuitive process connecting to a person’s energetic flow. Rhea approaches each session as she does art: with an inner mindful gaze, the session a living, breathing meditation and the belief in healing for Living Art | Art for Life. This means that Rhea uses healing tools — Reiki, Nutritional Insight, Crystal Facials, Sound Healing, Mind-Body Healing — to help a person draw good energy into their life, fill themselves with love, and find more beauty in every moment.
Jamie Gordon studied nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Colorado and holds a bachelors degree in Integrative Physiology. After working in corporate America for several years, Jamie decided to make a career change in 2015 and went back to school to formally study nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Through her fascination with the field of Naturopathic Medicine and its ability to improve patients’ lives, Jamie partnered with Dr. Sandison. She worked closely with Dr. Sandison for two years at a previous practice before helping to open North County Natural Medicine. Jamie’s passion for health, wellness, and the healing power of food has her thrilled to share her knowledge and experiences with you, so that you can live your healthiest, happiest, most vibrant life, too. Jamie balances work with her interest in running, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Melanie Griffin is a licensed medical assistant and certified naturopathic assistant. Melanie earned her degree at the United Education Institute in San Marcos, California. She completed an internship at the Institute for Specialized Medicine in 2011. There she developed an interest and passion in helping others. She has experience working with several different practices in North County San Diego and is excited to be working with Dr. Sandison at North County Natural Medicine. Melanie is a California native and enjoys fishing, surfing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.