Dr. Shayna E. Peter, NMD, LDN

Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

Languages: English, Spanish; conversational Portuguese

Dr. Shayna Peter is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. Dr. Peter's unique blend of conventional MD training, naturopathic medicine training (NMD), and 11 years of experience in nutrition allows her to incorporate the best treatments eastern and western medicine have to offer. Dr. Peter also serves as an expert contributor on holistic dermatology to local and national media outlets.

Dr. Peter is a Chicago native. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with Honors. She went on to work in the nonprofit sector developing health programming for Chicago Public Schools.

Dr. Peter completed her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine through Meharry Medical College and National University of Health Sciences, 1 of 7 schools accredited by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). She believes an integrative approach to healthcare is critically important and allows health providers to partner with individuals to explore treatment options that will provide the best outcomes while minimizing adverse effects.

Dr. Shayna’s Transition from Conventional to Integrative Dermatology

While I was completing my MD training, I began to struggle with acne for the first time in my life, and I had the experience of conventional dermatology failing me as a patient. I tried many different skin care products, antibiotics, topical medications, and aesthetic treatments.  Most of them irritated my skin, made it very dry and did not provide any lasting relief. Underneath it all, I knew there had to be a deeper root cause that was being ignored.

As a medical student rotating in dermatology, I saw many patients with severe autoimmune skin conditions.  I was devastated by the limited treatment options that were available to them, many of which had very harmful adverse effects.  As a doctor, I wanted to truly be able to “do no harm” and offer my patients safer treatment options that would address the root cause.  My experiences are what lead me to functional medicine and continue to fuel my passion and commitment to helping people with complex skin conditions and autoimmune disorders.


Public Speaking & Media

2018 Best of Chicago Award

Well Ahead Chicago was selected for the 2018 Best of Chicago Award in the category of Functional Medicine for outstanding service and education in the areas of functional medicine and holistic skin health.

Affiliations & Publications

Reliability assessment and validation of the postacne hyperpigmentation index (PAHPI), a new instrument to measure postinflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne vulgaris. Savory SA,  Agim NG, Mao R, Peter S, Wang C, Maldonado G, Bearden Dietert J, ....Pandya AG. Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.  2014 Jan;70(1):108-14