About Us

Naturopathic Doctors:

Dr. Heather Sandison ND

Dr. Heather Sandison is the founder and medical director of North County Natural Medicine and the founder of Marama.

Dr. Sandison specializes in neurocognitive medicine and neurohacking. She has been trained to specifically address imbalances that affect the brain including Autism, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety and Alzheimer’s. She has trained with Dr. Dale Bredesen MD, Dr. Neil Nathan, MD, Dr. Bill Walsh, PhD and Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, MD in addition to regularly attending and speaking at integrative medicine conferences throughout the year.

Her healing philosophy centers around treating the cause of imbalances in the body including:

  • Toxins
  • Nutrients
  • Stress
  • Structure
  • Infections

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 the best medical interventions to support balance in the body.

Dr. Sandison is dedicated to learning all there is to know about brain health and considers her amazing patients at NCNM and residents at Marama some of her very best teachers. Dr. Sandison has been awarded a research grant to study the effects of individualized interventions on patients struggling with cognitive decline at NCNM.

She earned her Naturopathic Doctorate at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She currently serves on the medical advisory board of Neurohacker Collective, and is a regular host of the Collective Insights podcast.

Dr. Sandison is available for appointments Mon-Thursday weekly.

Read about our Origin and Mission here.

Dr Heather Sandison ND

Dr. Miranda Naylor, DO, IFMCP

Dr. Miranda Naylor is an Osteopathic Doctor, board-certified in Family Medicine and Functional Medicine. She is passionate about partnering with her patients to identify the root causes of symptoms and restore optimal health. She treats the whole person — addressing not only physical, but also emotional, spiritual, energetic, environmental, and community factors. She believes in supporting the body’s innate healing capacity by nourishing each individual’s needs and removing barriers such as toxins, infections, chronic stress, and structural imbalances. She blends evidence-based science with traditional wisdom to customize a treatment plan for each patient, including nutrition, lifestyle, and nutraceutical supplementation.

With a background in primary care, Dr. Naylor has years of experience in treating the whole family, from newborn to elder. While she no longer serves as a primary care physician, she loves to maintain the same continuity of care, treating families through every stage of life, preventing disease, and maintaining health. She specializes in women’s health, fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood, as well as graceful transition into menopause. She also treats thyroid and adrenal balance, digestive health, autoimmunity, and mitochondrial health. In addition to Functional Medicine consultations, she offers Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and Craniosacral Therapy.

Dr. Naylor earned her medical degree from Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She completed residency at Northridge Family Medicine Residency Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is certified through the Institute for Functional Medicine and has also trained with Dr. Kalish of the Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr. Miranda Naylor DO DR

Dr. Ari Kasprowicz ND

Dr. Ari Kasprowicz-Calhoun is a Naturopathic Doctor and Institute of Functional Medicine trained Practitioner who is passionate about helping her clients achieve an optimal state of health. With a background in clinical research, she blends the wisdom of ancient medicine with the cutting-edge knowledge gained from modern science. She feels strongly that each of her patients is a unique complex being requiring an individualized comprehensive approach in order to facilitate healing. Dr. Calhoun sees her role as a guide, rather than a dictator, and enjoys working closely with you and your family throughout your healing journey, providing education along the way.

Background

Dr. Ari Calhoun earned her Naturopathic Medical Degree from Bastyr University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University with degrees in Exercise Science and Clinical Nutrition. Her interest in comprehensive health care developed at a young age 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.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Calhoun is particularly passionate about helping children who are suffering from complex-chronic disease, as we are seeing a drastic increase in serious health disorders in the pediatric population. Within this population, she has a special clinical focus in neurodevelopmental and immune system disorders, including the Autism spectrum and Asperger’s. Additionally, she feels strongly about encouraging conscious preconception practices to reduce toxin load and optimize nutrient stores in order to promote healthy neurodevelopment and immune systems from the very start of life.

Dr. Kasprowicz-Calhoun is available for appointments Monday, Friday and Saturday weekly.

Dr Ari Calhoun ND

Dr. Morgan Monsanto ND

Dr. Morgan Monsanto’s therapeutic approach emphasizes the importance of discovering the root cause of disease, going well beyond conventional practices of symptom suppression in order to establish long-term health and well-being. She believes the body is capable of optimal health when given the right tools. She works closely with each patient to determine their individual needs by combining efficient, modern diagnostics and evidence based therapeutics. Her treatment protocols often integrate diet, lifestyle, nutrition, herbal medicine, and supplement support.

She specializes in thyroid disease, adrenal dysfunction, gut health, weight management, hormone balancing, and preventative medicine. Many common complaints she treats include fatigue, abdominal pain / bloating, poor sleep, hair loss, weight gain, irregular menses, menopause, decreased libido, endometriosis, and more.

Dr. Monsanto earned her Naturopathic Medical Degree from Bastyr University and her BA in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. From the age of seven, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. During her pre-med studies in undergraduate school, she discovered naturopathic medicine after witnessing its profound effects on improving the quality of life and energy in a family member fighting cancer. Fascinated by her new-found knowledge that health and healing was more than just a pill, she knew instantly that she had found her calling and began investigating the wide realm of holistic care.

Dr. Monsanto has additional training in craniosacral therapy, facial aesthetic PRP injection therapy, and IV therapy. She is available for appointments Monday – Friday.

Dr Morgan Monsanto ND

Staff:

Amanda Rizzotto

As far back as she can remember, Amanda has always had a passion for health, wellness, and helping others. After studying nutrition at Abilene Christian University, Amanda found her way to San Diego and began a career in the health/fitness industry. Her love for learning led her to pursue a holistic health and nutrition certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Amanda is honored to team up with North County Natural Medicine and excited to share her knowledge and passion for healthy living with you.

Amanda loves to spend her free time running, reading and spending time with her family.

Amanda Rizzotto

Julie Rourke

Julie Rourke, Phlebotomist and Naturopathic Assistant, is a San Diego native. She attended Arizona State University with a BS in Human Development. With her interest in health and athletics, she played collegiate soccer while at ASU. Julie has been a Phlebotomist for over a year working primarily at the Marine Corps base. Julie is now studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing while continuing to grow at NCNM.

True to her San Diego roots, she loves the water and spending free time at the beach. Working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a top priority for Julie, and shines through in all she does.

Julie Rourke

Nadia Ramirez

Nadia Ramirez was born and raised next door in Carlsbad, California. She has her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University. During undergraduate studies, Nadia developed her interest in fitness and physical health, and received her NASM Certification to train clients while carrying a full course load. After graduating, Nadia worked as a Physical Therapy trainer at a boutique physical therapy center while still continuing her education and exploring her many different interests in health care.

She was led to North County Natural Medicine due to her own personal experience and desire to understand how we can heal deeply rooted wounds through developing and nurturing our own body, mind and soul. She came across NCNM’s philosophy and it resonated deeply with her. Nadia loves learning and being part of a community that promotes such practices. Nadia spends her free time in nature and being active. She loves to climb, run and surf. Nadia is fascinated by each individual’s capabilities and the power our perception has to shape our experiences. She hopes to help others see and experience the beauty life has to offer.

Nadia Ramirez
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