Archive for March 2019

Before earning her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at  National University of Natural Medicine, Dr. Jolene Brighten graduated with a degree in nutritional biochemistry and clinical nutrition at Cal Poly, SLO. There she was involved in nutrition research exploring interventions for maintaining healthy hormones and body composition as we age. She is currently the medical director at Rubus Health in Portland, Oregon. 
Her post doctorate education and training in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition is through The Institute for Functional Medicine. She continues to study with IFM to stay up to date on the most innovative therapies and techniques to help  patients heal.
Her first book, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth: The New Mom's Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester was an instant Best Seller and has helped hundreds of women heal themselves after birth. Today, we will discuss her new book, Beyond the Pill. Contact: Contact:

Ellen Kamhi, PHD RN, interviews Holistic Nurse Coach, Laura Minard. Laura Minard, RN is a registered nurse and board certified Holistic Nurse Coach. Her practice is Life Coaching and Holisitic Wellness Consulting/Coaching.  She partners with a Naturopathic Physician to offer labs, and consultations.  Laura became chronically ill after the birth of her son and for three years tried every solution that conventional medicine had to offer.  After countless scans, lab tests, specialists, and medications, she was told her symptoms were all in her head and she should be on psychiatric medications the rest of her life.  It was at this moment that she realized if she wanted to become well she would have to find her own path to wellness.  She found a Naturopathic Doctor and in 16 weeks was off 9 meds, and almost symptom free.  As she learned about physiology and root cause medicine, she began to see how conventional medicine had unintended consequences, and that Natural Paths offered a better health outcome.  Laura’s youngest daughter Addelyn suffered an injury from a vaccines and through genetic testing and a deeper understanding of the human body she is now recovered and thriving.  Laura believes that the body want’s to heal, it knows how to heal, and that there are many paths to wellness.  She believes that we are all unique and that here is no one protocol that fits. Laura loves empowering her clients to take control of their own health and to use conventional medicine when indicated.  She is an advocate for medical freedom and vaccine safety as well. 
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Dr. Anna Garrett has been a clinical pharmacist for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings. While traveling her career path, she discovered that working with women in midlife is her true passion. She offers a variety of services including hormone balancing, weight loss and health coaching designed to help women in perimenopause and menopause escape from hormone hell and feel amazing in their bodies so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Dr. Anna is passionate not only about helping women get their hormones balanced but also about teaching women how to advocate for themselves in the healthcare system.
Dr. Anna received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach®, and has studied through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Dr. Anna works with her clients virtually and locally. Please contact her at


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