ABOUT USNaturopathic Solutions for Health Issues
OUR NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR
Scottsdale Naturopathic is the Women’s Health and Primary Care practice of Dr. Nicole Sundene. She combines her 21 years of experience in Prescription Family Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine to provide the best Integrative care for women through a combination of natural and prescription based treatments.
Dr. Sundene’s goal is to provide comprehensive medicine that is patient focused. Her aim is to educate, empower, and restore the health and vitality of her patients. Her passion for our patients’ well-being allows her to listen to their needs and requirements and create a space where they can begin to heal naturally with the best Naturopathic Medicine has to offer. While she relies on insurance based medical labs for testing, analysis, and assessment of symptoms, her therapies and treatments are based on naturopathic healing modalities, which include the use of herbs, vitamins, supplements and the integration of diet and lifestyle modifications.
Dr. Sundene is a classic Bastyr trained Naturopathic Doctor and firm believer in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, and “Nature Cure” philosophy and enjoys the research involved in treating complex cases and providing chronic disease management with natural therapeutics. She is a professional member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Associations and enjoys attending their continuing education programs as well as seminars on Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Urology, Gynecology, Thyroid, Menopause, Gastroenterology and Women’s Health.
At the first visit, Dr. Sundene will perform a comprehensive new patient history, review of systems, physical exam and laboratory evaluation in order to develop a customized protocol for each family member. She attained her medical degree from the #1 ranked medical school in the world for Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University. Dr. Jane Guiltinan, Bastyr Dean of Students, rated her as “One of the Top Ten Students of the 2007 Graduating Class.”
Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD, has worked in Primary Care and Women’s Health for the past 21 years serving women and children of all ages. She specializes in women’s health and hormone balance utilizing nutrition and herbal medicine to help women achieve their goals.
Dr. Sundene takes pride in practicing a traditional “Nature Cure” philosophy modeled after Dr. John Bastyr, and takes pride in always looking for the root cause of disease and restoring health so that her patients end up on the least amount of prescription drugs possible. She provides a Functional Medicine approach to chronic disease management by addressing “Systems not Symptoms” and believes that we need to understand why the body is presenting the symptom to heal the symptom, rather than simply suppressing the symptom to try to make it go away. This is achieved through balancing the patient’s naturopathic systems such as digestive system, nervous system, or endocrine system.
Her mission is to provide a safe, private, personable, compassionate and educational environment for all patients challenged by chronic disease conditions. Dr. Sundene enjoys taking time to get to know each patient individually and is passionate about teaching patients prevention through healthy diet and lifestyle.
Dr. Sundene is committed to practicing “Evidence Based” or science based Naturopathic Medicine and continuously is researching medical literature and applying her findings to naturopathic healing philosophies. She also practices as a “Traditional Herbalist” using old fashioned “Nature Cure” herbal remedies. She takes a practical and conservative approach to Naturopathy and works diligently to keep her patients on the least amount of prescription medications possible. She enjoys teaching her patients to cook with fresh herbs and to make their own herbal medicines at home as found in her cookbook, “The PGE-2 Diet” designed to help with weight loss, pain and hormone imbalance by addressing inflammatory pathways that cause hormone imbalance and pain. Dr. Sundene combines her own chronic pain journey with years of nutritional and herbal medicine research to provide patients with a diet to help manage their chronic pain symptoms.
WOMEN’S HEALTH AND HORMONES
In 2007 she completed an Internship specializing in Naturopathic Gynecology and Urology and enjoys helping women with related complaints due to the efficacy of natural treatments for these conditions. She trained directly with Bastyr University’s top Gynecology instructors and Master Herbalists specializing in Women’s Health. In addition to her medical school training, in 1999 she began working for an Internist that specializes in Women’s Health, Hormone Replacement Therapy and Osteoporosis. For eight years Dr. Sundene worked for MD’s that were prescribing synthetic hormones and now prefers to only prescribe natural bio-identical hormones as the safer alternative.
Dr. Sundene believes after 20 years of experience in both synthetic and natural hormones that the safest approach to hormone replacement therapy is to use the least amount of bioidentical hormones needed to control symptoms while addressing the underlying causes of hormonal imbalance with herbs, nutrition and naturopathic principles to improve the patient’s quality and quantity of life. Many patients that are unable to take hormones are referred to Dr. Sundene to help provide Naturopathic alternatives to Bio-identical Hormones.
FAMILY MEDICINE AND DERMATOLOGY
Dr. Sundene worked for eight years at an award winning hospital for many MD’s in Family Medicine, Dermatology, ENT, Urology, Gastroenterology, OBgyn, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Urgent Care, Nursing Triage and many specialties. Her favorite health topics as a result of her past work experience are now Anemia, Hormones, Dermatology, Urology, Women’s Health and Gastroenterology. Dr. Sundene is proud to have many MD colleagues to confer and collaborate on challenging complex cases from her diverse work experience.
She combines her diverse experience from Eastern and Western medicine to offer her patients the most comprehensive treatment options from both conventional and holistic perspectives. She has vast experience safely combining natural medicines with prescription drugs as well as tapering patients off medications gradually when they prefer to use only natural medicines or can no longer tolerate prescription drugs
Naturopathic Doctor’s are licensed with or without the ability to prescribe medications. Naturopathic Medical Doctors are licensed to prescribe medicine and provide services similar to Family Doctors in addition to their training as a Naturopathic Doctor. Naturopathic Medical Doctors trained in Integrated Family medicine make ideal Primary Care Physicians as their goal is to always prescribe medications judiciously and only use prescription medications when diet and natural medicine alone is not realistic, and also while the Naturopathic Doctor and patient are actively working to address the cause of disease. The Naturopathic Doctor will then taper the patient off prescription medications when they are no longer necessary. Naturopathic Medical Doctors undergo the same training, licensing and regulation requirements as Family Doctors and additionally are trained and licensed in Naturopathic Medicine, Bio-identical Hormones, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition.
NATUROPATHIC HEALING PRINCIPLES
-> First, Do No Harm
-> Treat the Cause
-> Treat the Whole Person
-> Trust in the Body's Innate Ability to Heal
-> Doctor as Teacher
Dr. Sundene's Resume
Scottsdale Naturopathic Primary Care
Naturopathic Medical Doctor
Primary Care, Annual Exams, Pap Smears, Cold and Flu Care, UTI, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Chronic Disease Management.
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Family Medicine, Pediatrics, ENT, Dermatology,
Urology, Women's Health.
Fountain Hills Women's Health
Fountain Hills, AZ
Menopause Management, Bioidentical Hormones, Hypothyroidism, Women's Health and Weight Loss.
General Nutrition Center
Vitamin, nutrition, herbal medicine supplements.
Please bring the new patient forms that can be downloaded from the link below when you visit us. To ensure the best possible treatment and care, bring all the necessary medical records, supplements, medications, lab work, and special notes from your doctor along with you. If you have been to a previous Naturopathic Doctor please bring any labs and specialty testing conducted by the previous Naturopath, Chiropractor or Functional Medicine specialist.
Dr. Sundene appreciates as much information as you can gather. If you need our assistance retrieving your labs from Labcorp or Sonora Quest please call or text Dr. Sundene prior to your new patient visit so she can request those and have them ready to review at your appointment time . We look forward to providing the best care for your health needs!
Thank you for choosing Naturopathic Medicine for your chronic health solutions!