Dr. Shayna's Transition from Conventional to Integrative Medicine
I spent years preparing to become a dermatologist. As a conventional medicaI student, I saw hundreds of patients with severe skin conditions and witnessed the profound, often life-changing adverse effects of immunosuppressive medications. I watched patients reject prescriptions from their physicians, desiring a more holistic approach.
The irony was that I was training to be a conventional doctor, yet paying out-of-pocket for my own holistic healthcare.
It became obvious that medicine was changing, and as a doctor in training I wanted to have something to offer my patients other than a prescription -- something that would address the root cause of their symptoms and improve their health. At that point, I knew I needed to pursue holistic medical training in order to learn safer therapies, which lead me to naturopathic medical school.
I now practice Functional Medicine, which is derived from Naturopathic Medicine. I now collaborate with other doctors to provide Integrative Medicine, combining the best of both worlds.