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Erin Holston Singh, N.D.

Dr. Holston SinghThe six principles of naturopathic medicine form the backbone of my philosophy. Those basic tenets discussed in Understanding Naturopathic Medicine are what spoke to me when I decided to study naturopathy formally in 1992 while still an undergraduate student at Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana. I had suffered from eczema since birth and was disillusioned with the standard treatment option (cortisone) by the time I was in high school. Nothing seemed to permanently ease the symptoms and beyond this, they only seemed to be getting worse! At 17, I began seeing an herbalist, which spawned my interest in herbs and various natural therapies. I was enthralled to learn that there were alternatives to my severely dry and itchy skin, as well as the useless steroid creams. I realized there was more to my chronic skin problem than an expectation for it to go away with a suppressive cream-or even changing my diet. My quest for vitality and health had begun.

In college at Earlham, I began as an anthropology major, which allowed me to study various medical paradigms. In my junior year, I traveled to Kenya, Africa where I conducted an ethnographic study on traditional and botanical medicine. This research made it obvious to me that I wanted to study the medicine itself – not just the culture's methods and uses. I was fascinated that many drugs in western medicine are discovered from original plant sources. My awareness of the negative effects that often come with the use of these drugs led me to question their long term safety, or even a possible contribution to chronic disease.

Upon returning from Africa, I was left with the question "Why not just use the herb itself?" I understood that herbs were naturally balancing but I couldn't explain why. I wanted to be able to scientifically explain why it would be safer and smarter to use a whole herb, as opposed to the isolated components used in commercial drugs. I changed my major to biology to begin finding answers to my questions and proof for my theories. Earlham's amazing Biology department helped prepare me for the next level of educational endeavors: naturopathic medical school.

At the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, I found a graduate program that matched my passion and I immediately enrolled to further my studies. I spent several years working on my own health, finally fully understanding what contributed to my skin problems. I would be far less healthy today had I not found these paths to follow. I am committed to the work of helping others achieve health and vitality in their own lives. Whether a person needs help with a chronic illness or is simply interested in health maintenance and optimization, I believe naturopathy is the means to reach those goals.

Liz Cavin, N.D.

Dr. CavinDr. Liz Cavin comes to Options Naturopathic Clinic with a diverse background in natural health care. Naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, Ayurveda and massage therapy contribute to her growing experience in working with patients from an holistic perspective, all of which she has used to aid the healing process with great success.

During her graduate education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), Dr. Cavin also studied "Biotherapeutic Drainage", or what may be more familiar as the Unda numbers and the European method of homeopathy Dr. Holston Singh uses with her patients. Dr. Cavin decided to join Dr. Holston Singh's practice to gain more experience in this regard.

Prior to her naturopathic medical training, Dr. Cavin practiced as a licensed massage therapist for ten years after studying massage at the Scherer Institute of Natural Healing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While living in New Mexico, Dr. Cavin studied botanical medicine with Tiearona LowDog, MD. Botanical medicine is one of her passions, and being able to identify medicinal plants while hiking provides immense satisfaction.

Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India is another interest of Dr. Cavin's. She completed a three hundred hour course at the Ayurvedic Institute and worked there for several years after completing her course work.