Durango Natural Medicine Practitioner Bios
Nancy Utter ND

Nancy is a licensed naturopathic doctor. Nancy received her medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle Washington where she studied for 5 years to finish her post-doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine. As a part of her medical training she completed a two year internship at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle Washington. She practices family medicine and treats both acute and chronic illnesses of all types and people of all ages. Some of her specialty areas are children's health, womens health, cancer support and heart health. Nancy uses the basic principles of naturopathic medicine to guide her practice of natural medicine.

These principles are:

-Find and Treat the Cause of Disease
-Treat the Whole Person
-First Do No Harm
-Doctor as Teacher
-The Natural Healing Power of Nature

-Wellness Promotion

Some of the treatments which Nancy uses in her practice of natural medicine are:

Nutrition and diet therapy- we are what we eat and nutrition is definitely one of the biggest challenges for us all. We eat for many reasons other than hunger and just keeping up with shopping and cooking in our busy world is a challenge. Every cell in our body is made from the foods we put into our mouths so we can actually change the way we are made by changing the foods we eat. Using food as medicine is one foundational way to improve our health.

She also uses nutritional supplements when appropriate Herbal Medicine -Nancy uses Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs to restore balance in the body, mind and spirit. The plant world surrounds us and provides many different medicines that can help us heal and find optimal wellness. Nancy began working with herbal medicines 12 years ago and fell in love with the herbs and herbal formulas.

Homeopathy - homeopathy is the practice of using " like to cure like". Homeopathic medicines are gentle and safe enough to use in babies and weak individuals. This gentle yet effective medicine is used as a mainstay in Europe and India.

Counseling - Nancy is trained in individual counseling and uses it to treat the whole person mind, body and spirit. Dr. Utter believes that discussing and processing problems is an important way to effect change and healing in the mental and emotional realms of ourselves.

Physical Medicine - this modality is a broad category which includes many different therapies such as the topical application of salves and poultices to the skin and the use of hot and cold applications to the skin to achieve changes in circulation and immune system function.

In her free time she practices refilling her spirit in the natural world. She is an avid outdoors person and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, kayaking and hiking in nature. She also is enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and learning almost anything new.

Lyn Patrick ND
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Lyn Patrick ND graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. Doctors of naturopathic medicine are trained in all aspects of family health and wellness, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Licensed naturopathic physicians have attended a 4-year graduate level program at accredited institutions where they receive the same basic science education as their counterparts in regular medical school. In addition, they receive training in holistic, non-toxic therapies and develop skills in homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling. Although Colorado does not currently license qualified naturopathic physicians, they are licensed in twelve states and the District of Columbia as well as all provinces in Canada. Lyn Patrick entered private practice in Arizona in 1985, one of the states that licenses qualified naturopathic physicians as primary care providers.

For 17 years, she specialized in treating HIV infection, chronic hepatitis C, and nicotine addiction. She moved to Durango, CO in 2002 and is continuing to support patients in integrative medicineapproaches to chronic hepatitis C, environmental illness, and eating disorders. She has been a past Medical Director of Mirasol, an inpatient eating disorder facility in Tucson Arizona, where she utilized holistic treatment protocols for anorexia and bulimia. She is currently a faculty member of the Postgraduate Certification Course on Environmental Medicine through Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, a year-long continuing medical education training program for standard physicians as well as licensed naturopathic doctors. She is also a faculty member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (www.acam.org) continuing medical education conferences, lecturing in the area of environmental medicine and is a member of the Board of Directors of ACAM. She is a physician-member of the Hepatitis C Ambassadors Team, a national interdisciplinary team of providers and hepatologists seeking answers to chronic hepatitis C treatment through research in complementary/alternative medicine. Dr. Patrick is a published author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and is a Contributing Editor for Alternative Medicine Review, a Medline-indexed journal of complementary/alternative medical research. She speaks internationally on the integrative medical treatment of chronic hepatitis C and other topics.

Dr. Patrick speaks about her interest in environmental medicine. "It occurred to me about 10 years ago that I had a number of patients that were improving but were not able to get completely well, no matter how significant their lifestyle and diet changes were or how many medications they were taking or therapies they received. Then I started studying environmental medicine and realized that the lifelong exposure we all have to toxic metals, solvents, pesticides and herbicides affects some of us more than others, and in those susceptible individuals, can create illness. I realized why my patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, and many other conditions weren't able to get better. I decided that I needed a different approach to these patients." She obtained postgraduate training in environmental medicine and has been utilizing that training in helping patients with environmental exposure using naturopathic approaches integrated with effective Western medical treatment.

Carla Marie Toth, LAc., CMT

Carla Marie Toth, LAc, CMT is a Licensed Acupuncturist
and Certified Massage Therapist.

She also holds National Certification in Acupuncture
from the National Commission of Acupuncture
and Oriental Medicine.

She has her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine and her Massage Certification from the Santa Barbara School of Intuitive Massage and Healing. She has additional training in the Treatment of Sports Injuries, Athletic Performance Enhancement and Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation (cosmetic acupuncture).
She has been practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for four years and massage for seven. She has particular experience in the treatment of pain and musculoskeletal injury, headaches and migraines, and women's health.
Carla Marie uses a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and Asian bodywork, nutrition and lifestyle counseling to meet each patient's individual needs.

Catherine Goldman, CMT, CN, Sound Healer

Catherine is a Certified Massage Therapist from the Boulder Collage of Massage Therapy, practicing since 1987. She has been licensed in the states of New Hampshire and Virginia and holds the National Massage Certification (NCBTMB) and is a member of the AMTA. Catherine is also a Certified Nutritionist from the American Health Science University. In the past she has been a very active Herbalist, being the founder of Earthly Essential Herbals in 1991, after an apprenticeship with well-known Herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar.
She is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, but not presently teaching.

Since her massage training, Catherine has deepened and broadened her skills with continued education. This includes CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute) and studying Cranio-Osteopapthy with Tom Shaver D.O. in the US and abroad. Another is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (Chikly & Vodner Method), which this modality has grown in her work. She has also studied with Charles and Caroline Muir and the Total Integration Institute where "Living Freedom" is at their core. Gratefully, within all of these trainings, Catherine has developed the skills for supporting energetic/emotional releases, which can sometimes be part of a bodywork session.

Relatively recently, with gratitude to her mentor Angela Vaughn-Clark, Catherine has brought a dimension of Sound Healing to her work. These sessions are quite powerful on their own or an adjunct with the hands-on bodywork. The use of various harmonically tuned crystal and Tibetan singing bowls beautifully create the journey. These are often placed on the body adding to the receiver's experience.

Catherine integrates a gentle, compassionate and skilled approach to her sessions, promoting the feelings of safety, empowerment and healing. A session may include one or any combination of the following: Massage Therapy, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Energy Balancing and Sound (vibrational) Healing, along with sincere compassion and presence-full ease.

Catherine can be reached at Durango Natural Medicine, 970-247-0737, with appointments on Monday and Thursday. She can also be reached at 970-382-8778 for appointments at either of her two offices. Gift Certificates are available and discounts for multiple sessions.

Karen Glascock, CMT

Karen Glascock, CMT is a certified massage therapist and a natural therapeutics specialist. She received her training at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Karen has lived in Durango for over 25 years, receiving her Bachelors of Arts from Fort Lewis College. She has been practicing massage therapy in the area for eighteen years and has worked with a variety of medical practitioners, including chiropractors and neurologists.

Karen has additional training in neuromuscular massage, hot stone massage, sports massage, and cranial-sacral therapy. She offers a firm yet relaxing massage blending a number of techniques to help people with their specific therapeutic needs. She specializes in the treatment of the neck, back and shoulders in order to relieve chronic and acute pain. Karen enjoys working with people who want to improve their overall health and well-being through massage.

Karen looks forward to working together with the healing practitioners at Durango Natural Medicine to help you improve your overall health and the quality of your life.