A Naturopathic Clinic
Bellingham Natural Family Medicine is a multidisciplinary natural health clinic offering naturopathic care for all chronic and acute conditions. Services include primary care for the whole family, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, hydrotherapy, and childhood immunizations. Our doctors include Whitney Knickrehm, ND, Gabriel Durben, ND and Deborah Callender, ND.
The Naturopathic Physician
Naturopathic physicians are the only primary care physicians clinically trained in the use of a wide variety of natural therapeutics. Naturopathic physicians are educated in conventional medical sciences and required to fulfill clinical training prior to licensing. Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness. The medicine is tailored to the patient and emphasizes prevention and self care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient's condition rather than focus solely on symptomatic treatment. It is effective in treating both acute and chronic conditions. Naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
In practice, naturopathic physicians perform physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, X-ray examinations and other diagnostic tests. Comprehensive, detailed histories are taken with every patient to help seek the cause of underlying health problems and move toward greater wellness.
Whitney Knickrehm, ND
Dr. Knickrehm has been in private practice providing naturopathic family medicine in Bellingham since 2001. Her special areas of interest include the treatment of chronic and infectious diseases, women's health care and pediatrics. Her practice focuses on strengthening overall health through nutritional therapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and lifestyle counseling.
Dr. Knickrehm is the founder and clinic director of Bellingham Natural Family Medicine. She obtained her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2001. She is a member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Locally, she is involved in organizations that work to promote integrated medicine and sustainable living economies.
Prior to entering the field of medicine, Dr. Knickrehm practiced massage therapy and led extended wilderness courses for Outward Bound. The mother of three sons, Dr. Knickrehm and her husband enjoy taking their family bike touring, traveling, skiing, hiking slot canyons in Utah, exploring art galleries and relaxing together around a healthy, home-cooked meal with family and friends.
Gabriel Durben, ND
Dr. Durben is a naturopathic doctor at Bellingham Natural Family Medicine where he provides care for patients from pediatrics through geriatrics. He earned his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and then continued at the same institution for 2 years as a resident physician in the general medicine residency and later joined the faculty at NCNM - teaching courses in minor surgery and psychology. His clinical experience has included community medicine and integrative health-care settings.
Dr. Durben's clinical interests are broad - he loves the practice of family medicine and the profound impact that naturopathic medicine can have on an individual's and a community's experience of health. More specifically, his practice has focused on treatment of chronic disease, treatment of pain, pediatrics, and dermatology. Dr. Durben utilizes a variety of treatment approaches to help his patients move toward greater wellness including herbal, nutritional, homeopathic and conventional medications, dietary counseling, physical medicine, therapeutic exercises and minor surgery procedures.
When not working Dr. Durben can be found engaged in hybrid-sporting events (with ever evolving rules) created by his young children or acting as a living-room musician to any willing listeners in the Durben household. He also thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to spend time with his wife, ride his bicycle, read a good book, and practice yoga.
Ashley Sullivan, ND
Dr. Ashley Sullivan has been in private practice since 2013, and enjoys working with a wide range of patients. Via a balanced palette of modalities, Dr. Sullivan has a history of meeting patients where they are and helping them navigate through mental health concerns including attention deficit disorders, addiction, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders, as well as women’s health concerns including infertility, pelvic pain, polycystic ovarian syndrome, menopause, and premenstrual syndrome.
Dr. Sullivan received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2013 from National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon. As a student at NCNM, Dr. Sullivan completed mentorships in advanced gynecology, women’s health, and cardiology. She is also a certified provider of Holistic Pelvic Care™, a package of physical and energetic tools used to help realign the pelvic floor musculature to promote healing in the pelvic region. Through mid-2015, she practiced at an integrative mental health care clinic in Portland, Oregon, where she worked closely with a team of naturopathic physicians, psychiatric nurse practitioners, counselors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and other health care providers to create unique and well-rounded treatment plans for patients.
A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Sullivan heads outside every chance she can with her daughter, husband, puppy, and friends. When she’s not running through Boulevard Park, biking Galbraith, or snowboarding Baker, Dr. Sullivan can often be found in her yard with garden tools in hand. As a self-proclaimed super-nerd, Dr. Sullivan can often be found buried deep within medical journals or curled up with a good novel and cup of tea.
Deborah Callender, ND
Dr. Callender earned her doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle. Prior to working at Bellingham Natural Family Medicine, she owned and directed a naturopathic medical clinic in Seattle, WA. Dr. Callender integrates naturopathic and conventional medicine to provide the best care possible for her patients. She specializes in nutrition and lifestyle counseling, herbal medicine, and craniosacral therapy, a form of hands-on energy medicine. Patients report that she has a calm, deeply grounded presence.
Dr. Callender’s clinical focus is on working with patients with digestive problems, stress, sleep problems, women’s health, diabetes and high blood pressure. While working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she developed an interest in alleviating human suffering by educating people about preventative medicine. This led to her journey of becoming a naturopathic physician.
Dr. Callender is a Seattle native. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband in the woods while stopping to admire native plants, reading classic literature and cookbooks, and crocheting.
Cadie Federmeyer, MSOM, LAc
Cadie Federmeyer is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in the state of Washington and earned her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine through the National College of Natural Medicine, in Portland, OR. Her practice is inspired by her studies of 5-Element acupuncture and Japanese meridian therapy, classical Chinese herbalism, as well as cross-cultural shamanic medicine. Her special areas of interest include pediatrics, women’s health, chronic and acute pain conditions, chronic disease, mental and emotional disharmony, and side-effects from conventional cancer care treatment. Cadie utilizes a diverse array of tools in her practice including traditional needling, non-insertive acupuncture techniques, cupping, moxibustion, bodywork, aromatherapy, dietary and herbal therapies, as well as lifestyle guidance.
Cadie is a Florida native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Florida. It was there in the oak and pine forests, swamps, lakes, and springs of this southern state that she discovered her connection to the wild, natural world, as well as her passion for conservation, sustainability, and permaculture. After college, Cadie traveled extensively, journeying through the jungles of Ecuador, eco-farms of Nicaragua, and the villages and Mayan mountains of Guatemala, eventually guiding her to a path of natural and soul-centered medicine. In 2011, she earned her certification as a shamanic practitioner through a 3-year intensive training in cross-cultural shamanic medicine from the Sundust Oracle Institute in Seattle, WA.
Today, Cadie continues to integrate and practice the art and science of Chinese medicine, sustainable and eco-centric lifeways, as well as the teachings and healing modalities of indigenous and traditional peoples. Cadie has recently settled into the luscious Pacific Northwest town of Bellingham, where she enjoys hiking, dancing, painting, practicing qigong, and creating sacred and beautiful spaces and gardens.
You can find more information about Cadie and her healing practice at Heart of the Forest Acupuncture. Please visit www.heartoftheforestacupuncture.com!