As a naturopathic physician and energy healer, I truly believe in our body’s innate healing wisdom, and I feel passionate about helping others gain access to their inner power. I have been in naturopathic practice since 2002, and I additionally have over 15 years of experience as a craniosacral practitioner.
My journey into naturopathic medicine has been an evolution from the scientific to the spiritual. I found naturopathic medicine after being a stressed-out, burnt out chemistry major/pre-med student in college. During that time, I’d also had my own knee surgery – an experience that was so cold, impersonal and traumatizing, that it left me disillusioned with allopathic medicine. While I was fascinated by human physiology and the study of human systems, I wanted to work in a way that created more contact with me and my clients. Naturopathic medicine was a natural fit.
‘Healer heal thyself’ is a big theme for a lot of us healers. I’d chugged along through 5 yrs of naturopathic medical school, completed a demanding residency and right after that volunteered for a year at a free clinic in Nicaragua where I gained a lot of experience in emergent care. So when it came time for me to begin my own practice in Washington D.C., everything seem to catch up with me all at once. I found myself with a host of unpleasant symptoms: fibromyalgia pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, adrenal exhaustion, and intestinal malabsorption issues.
Dietary changes and nutritional supplements – the mainstay of naturopathic practice – were only a fraction of what began restoring my health. I made tremendous gains with energy healing, in fact, after my first session, I noticed a clear mind and positive mood for weeks. I grew inspired to begin studying a myriad of energetic healing modalities. And the more I learned, the healthier I became – anxiety and depression were resolved completely during my studies of shamanic healing.
In addition to extensive shamanic training, I have been a long time meditation practitioner, and am also a family constellation facilitator. I am passionate about creative expression through dance and my art – bluelotusart.com. I love spending time in nature and connecting with others about their unique healing journey. I am very grateful to my teachers: Sandra Ingerman, Betsy Bergstrom, Francesca Mason Boring, Ann Drucker, Linda Fitch, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Chaphur Rinpoche.
My own personal health journey has helped me to see that the physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects of our human experience are intertwined. I enjoy weaving the contents of my eclectic medicine bag to support individuals wherever they are on their own healing journey.
Shouldn’t everyone have access to the quality
Naturopathic medical care that you and your family have?
Please help make this a reality for ALL Virginians today!
Please send your gift today at gf.me/u/vv8nyw
In order to provide all Virginians with access to naturopathic medical c are,the VAANP (Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians) needs your monetary support.
We are mobilizing a public education and licensing campaign that will cost $50,000.
When you or a family member are looking for comprehensive, safe and effective natural health care, where do you turn?
Like many in our community, you go to your naturopathic doctor.
Because you know you will receive absolute top-notch medical care from naturopathic doctors who have guided you through some of the hardest of times. From assisting with general prevention and wellness support to the management of various diseases, your naturopathic doctor has empowered you to experience optimal health and well-being.
Naturopathic doctors blend conventional medical and natural approaches, ranging from nutrition and lifestyle change to targeted use of botanical and pharmaceutical medicines. They see you as an individual who is unique. You know you will be treated like a real person, by dedicated, compassionate health professionals in a warm, caring environment.
It is due to this level of care that The Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians (VAANP) is dedicated to further enhancing the health and well-being of all Virginians. The VAANP has been working diligently to advance access to naturopathic medical care for over ten years. And as the climate has changed where there are fewer medical providers and yet worsening chronic diseases such as addiction, pain and mental health suffering, our association is moving forward to gain licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In order to provide access to all Virginians with naturopathic medical care we need your support. The cost of our public education and licensing campaigns will be $50,000. Thus, we are reaching out to those that truly understand the value, integrity and safety of naturopathic medicine and what it has done for you in your life. Your contribution to the VAANP has the potential to transform the health care landscape in the Commonwealth from a pharmaceutical-based, sick care model to a patient-centered, holistic wellness model that improves the quality of life for patients while saving taxpayer dollars.
Your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources that are directed to expanding access to naturopathic care through recognition by the Commonwealth.
Please send your gift today at gf.me/u/vv8nyw
Your donation will help make our community healthier. Right here. Right now.
Thank you so much for your help.
Sarah Giardenelli, ND, MSOM, LAc
President, Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians