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An Interview with Dr. Amber 🎤

Written by Portland Clinic of Natural Health on December 13, 2022

Interview :: Dr. Amber Walz, ND

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Q :: What influenced your decision to become a naturopathic doctor?

A :: Naturopathic medicine called to me, not because I was drawn to being a doctor, but because I was drawn to helping others. I love helping people be their best and healthiest. When I was younger, I had to embrace my own exploration of health—I saw the transformation in myself, and realized with a little bit of self-discipline and courage I could accomplish anything.

Q :: Do you have a favorite therapy/treatment that you offer at PCNH?

A :: Personally, I love doing procedures. This can include IV therapy, craniosacral therapy, hydrotherapy, microneedling. . .I just really love the positive results patients experience and the vast ways they can support overall health.

Q :: When you start to have the sniffles or a scratchy throat, what first steps do you take at home to support your immunity?

A :: Some simple yet effective actions that I take are consuming ginger and lemon tea, elderberry syrup, and echinacea. Additionally, I prioritize ample levels of sleep and hydration to offer additional support as my immune system does its thing.

Q:: What is your favorite thing about your practice as an N.D.?

A :: I love getting to incorporate herbal medicine, homeopathy, and teaching others the power of lifestyle medicine.

Q :: What is most rewarding to you about being an N.D.?

A :: Simply put, I love helping people get better and manage disease. As an N.D., I know that optimal health is achieved by treating the root cause of disease, supporting the body’s self-healing mechanism, and finding balance of body, mind, and spirit. It’s an honor to help patients navigate their health journey!

Q :: What do you wish more people knew about natural medicine?

A :: It requires action on the patient’s part to effectively implement changes, and good medicine is often slow medicine.

Q :: How do you define healing?

A :: Healing means dealing with underlying obstacles in order to cure an individual. It is a journey of becoming, discovering, and growing—Seeking our authentic self, fully embracing the experience, and living with vitality and in alignment with nature.

Q :: What makes naturopathic care different?

A :: Naturopathic care is different because we have an immense tool box and can customize care based on the specific needs of an individual. We focus on root cause treatment, and understand that a variety of symptoms and health conditions can arise or worsen due to one root cause.

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