Dr. Heather Sandison ND
Dr. Heather Sandison’s healing philosophy blends modern research and diagnostic techniques with time-tested modalities including manual therapies, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, diet, exercise, and deep listening. 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.
Dr. Sandison has additional expertise 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 integrative medicine conferences throughout the year. Dr. Sandison is dedicated to learning all there is to know about brain health and considers her amazing patients some of her very best teachers.
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 is available for appointments Mon-Thursday weekly.
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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.
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.
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.
Health & Nutrition Coach
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.
Sarah Rose Vogel LAC, MSTOM, CMT
Sarah Rose Vogel is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in the state of California. She’s been actively involved in bodywork and alternative medicine over 9 years. Sarah attended the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB), 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 quickly, she instantly felt the need to know more.
Following her training at IPSB she attended 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 uses her knowledge of acupuncture energy meridians in her massage work, and her structural knowledge in her traditional and aesthetic acupuncture work. She is also expert at the use of essential oils, both for overall wellness and for condition-specific treatment, and she brings her deep energy sensitivity to all she does.
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.
Sarah is available for appointments Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.
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.
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.
Milka Romero is a licensed Phlebotomist and a certified Medical Assistant. She received her training at Vista Adult School in Vista, CA. Milka completed her phlebotomy internship at Scripps Clinic in 2015. She has volunteer experience from Palomar Hospital and Palomar Express Clinic. Milka’s mission is to always provide quality patient care, validation, and empathy for all patients. On her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family.