Our August Practitioner of the Month, Dr. Rebecca Jennings, on inspiration, naturopathic medicine and fertility

Dr. Rebecca Jennings centers her naturopathic medicine practice around chronic conditions, with special interest in women’s health, hormonal imbalance and more. She also offers TAMA microcurrent facial rejuvenation treatments, a natural approach to graceful aging. Rebecca currently accepts Providence, Aetna, Cigna, and American Specialty Health.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, hiking, biking, hitting the gym, enjoying Portland restaurants, and spending time with family, friends, and her long-haired chihuahua, Lucky.

Rebecca is our Practitioner of the Month for August, so we asked her a few questions about her inspiration for getting into practice, and what gets her most excited about her practice today.

Wild Hearts: How did you get into you naturopathic medicine in the first place? 

Rebecca: My venture into naturopathic medicine was a bit of a slow evolution.  I am originally from the east coast and naturopaths were pretty much unheard of.  I had originally sought out to get a degree in holistic nutrition.  I had become passionate about nutrition and whole foods-based eating towards the end of college, when I finally realized the connection between diet and chronic disease.  Although I entered the business sector post college, my love for nutrition didn’t die and I would often talk to my coworkers about their health problems and try to educate them on nutrition and exercise.  Realizing this was actually my calling, I started to work towards a masters in holistic nutrition.  This is when I was first exposed to herbal medicine as an alternative to pharmaceuticals.  I also gained firsthand experience of the power of herbal medicine when my dog, Pepper, was diagnosed with kidney failure.  We were able to keep her alive and healthy far longer than expected utilizing herbal tinctures and nutrition.  From then on, I was hooked!  I wanted to become an expert in how the body worked, how disease came about, and how I could utilize herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to help people live long healthy lives.  I think it was a google search about herbal medicine and holistic nutrition that introduced me to naturopathic medicine.  I saw there was a school in Portland, OR, somewhere I had always wanted to go.  I decided I wanted to follow my passion and take a leap and move cross country. 

WH: What has you totally jazzed in your practice right now? Certain themes or learnings?

R: I’m a bit of a nerd and am always trying to learn and grow my knowledge base.  Recently, I’ve been focusing a lot of my continuing education, reading, and even podcast listening on women’s health, and in particular fertility.  It’s exciting how much information and research is coming out on diet, lifestyle, and even nutritional and herbal supplements’ ability to enhance fertility for both women and men.  Naturopathic medicine has so much to offer couples who are trying to conceive or thinking of conceiving in the future.  It’s wonderful to have such a variety of treatment options in my toolbox to offer to patients to help meet their individual needs and help them in their journey to start a family.

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