JULIE FIGGINS ND
A Little About My Background
Here I am, fifteen years into this career as a naturopathic physician. You may be wondering, how did I get here? When I was 11, my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As an only child, I was very close with my mother. Her diagnosis began to shape me. MS is one of those conditions that conventional medicine really doesn’t have good treatments for at this point. Over the years, I watched my mom try chemotherapeutic agents that turned her eyes yellow. I saw medications meant to smooth her gait, result in seizures. I observed botox injections, meant to calm her tremor and improve her dexterity, render her right arm and hand useless. She could not lift her head on her own for several months, until the botox wore off. All of these therapies were prescribed by caring and well-meaning physicians. It was the best they had to offer a condition like hers.
I had to find out if there was another way. I was lucky enough to learn about naturopathy when I was young, still in college. It allowed be to pivot my undergraduate course of study to prepare for a doctorate program in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, a pioneer in science based natural medicine.
My naturopathic training opened my eyes. It offers a unique approach to health and healing. The philosophy behind naturopathy is quite comprehensive: First do no harm, trust the healing power of nature, treat the cause, doctor as teacher, treat the whole person, and focus on prevention. I learned that there really are no miracle cures. However, I learned that encouraging the body’s own healing processes through supporting nutritional biochemistry, can be very powerful. Equally powerful can be treating the cause by eliminating obstacles to cure, such as environmental toxin exposure. All the while, I strive to take the whole person into consideration by addressing mental-emotional health.
I would love to assist you in your healing journey if this philosophy makes sense to you. Please feel free to reach out for more information. To your health!
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Gonzaga University (2000), a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University (2005). I also completed massage therapy training through Brenneke School of Massage (2001). I am a member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Naturopathic Academy of Environmental Medicine and the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
As an adjunct instructor at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL, I am privileged to teach Environmental Medicine to the next generation of naturopathic doctors.
After a fifteen years in practice, I have begun to focus my continued study in the areas listed below, as I have found these conditions to have the best response to naturopathic therapeutics.
My practice focus is on an integrative approach to:
Mild to moderate anxiety and depression
Stress and fatigue
Digestive issues such as IBS
Natural approach to women's many women's health concerns
Blood sugar and lipid health
Chemical sensitivity and environmental toxicity