Dr. Strand was born and raised in Mitchell, South Dakota. After graduating from high school, she moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University where she earned a B.S. degree in Microbiology. Shortly after graduating from ASU, she joined the Peace Corps and taught Math/Science in Cameroon, West Africa. Upon returning from the Peace Corps, she worked with the homeless in central Phoenix for two years before attending naturopathic medical school.
Dr. Strand graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (www.scnm.edu) in 2002, where she graduated at the top of her class and received the Daphne Blayden Outstanding Student Award for her “commitment to naturopathic medicine, academic excellence, compassion, perseverance, loving sense of humor and positive, supportive outlook”.
Dr. Strand loves to educate & inspire people about their health & wellness…both inside & outside of the US. She believes that her main goal as a physician is to be a teacher, which is what the word doctor (docere) actually means. She is fully committed to teaching people what they need to know to create health and vitality…and empowering them with the knowledge they need to THRIVE!
In her free time, Dr. Strand loves to be outdoors, play in nature, hike, bike, garden (which she is not very good at), play golf (which she is REALLY not very good at), and travel. In the past few years, Dr. Strand has traveled to Ghana, West Africa, and Mozambique, East Africa to offer humanitarian outreach to the people of those countries (see Humanitarian Outreach page for more details).
Dr. Strand is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (www.naturopathic.org) and the AZ Naturopathic Medical Association (www.aznma.org)
My Naturopathic Approach
My Naturopathic Approach to Healing:
I have a very naturopathic approach to healing: I focus my practice on creating healing relationships with my patients and guiding them through their own journey of health. I have an exciting and eclectic practice, working with people of all ages, and working with people experiencing a variety of health concerns. I utilize Acupuncture, Bio-Identical Hormones, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, IV Therapy, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Counseling as the foundation for treating the whole person and promoting the true healing power of nature…the greatest healer of all.
My Naturopathic Philosophy:
My philosophy is simple…to listen, to respect, and to provide knowledge and advice based on individual needs. I recognize that each person I work with is unique and has individual needs. I understand that we each have our own definition of optimal health and I believe in the potential of each individual to achieve that goal. I respect that one thing will not work for every person, so together with my patients, we create an individual treatment plan that encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of each person.
We have an epidemic of sick, stressed-out people in our culture who have broken lifestyles & can’t find viable answers in our broken healthcare system. We aim to change that! Our purpose in life is to help others get healthy enough to live their purpose in life!