AIMS Holiday party 2019




Dr. Leanna Standish


Co-Founder & Co-Director

Dr. Standish is a neuroscientist and naturopathic physician living and working in Seattle WA. She holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the Radiology Department as well as at Bastyr University. She specializes in integrative oncology and neurology. She leads cancer research teams and holds an FDA IND for a phase I clinical trial of ayahuasca, a psychoactive Amazonian tea.

Dr. Standish is board certified in naturopathic oncology. Her research is focused on the Asian medicinal mushroom Trametes versicolor in the treatment of breast and prostate cancer; functional brain imaging in the treatment of brain cancer; and the development of integrative oncology outcomes studies. New projects using IV Resveratrol and IV Curcumin to treat cancer are being developed.

She has provided adjunctive naturopathic medical care to hundreds of cancer patients, and has worked collaboratively with Seattle area oncologists to provide integrated conventional/CAM care. A founding board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Standish was board certified in naturopathic oncology in 2006. Her recognition by the oncology community as an expert in naturopathic medicine is evidenced by her being voted one of Seattle’s Best Physicians in the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2002, 2004 and 2008. She has been a member of both the NIH and the Department of Defense study sections for scientific review of CAM research in cancer. Dr. Standish has served as a CAM oncology advisor to MD Anderson Cancer Center.



Dr. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal


Co-Founder & Co-Director

Dr. Aggarwal is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Immediate Past Chair of the Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UW School of Medicine, an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Geography at UW, Affiliate Clinical Faculty, Bastyr University, School of Naturopathic Medicine, and a Faculty Member of the National Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Aggarwal is also an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. He is also currently an Associate Medical Director of MultiCare Hospice. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute’s PDQ Cancer CAM information summary on cannabis. See more of Dr. Aggarwal’s work on his website.  He has been qualified as an expert in cannabis and psilocybin medical and religious use in county, state, and federal courts.

Dr. Aggarwal received a B.S. in chemistry, B.A. in philosophy, and a minor in religious studies from UC Berkeley. He completed the NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program at the UW School of Medicine where he received a Ph.D. in medical geography and a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) with a Pathway Certification in Global Health. He was supported in part by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He completed his Medicine Internship in Internal Medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the New York University Medical Center, and Clinical Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health-Clinical Center Pain and Palliative Care Service.



Dr. Nathan Schmidt


Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Nathan Schmidt is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner dedicated on relieving emotional suffering by addressing its root causes. By focusing on diet, reducing inflammation through healing the gut, supplementation, sleep hygiene, exercise, stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy/mindfulness techniques, and developing a spiritual practice Dr. Schmidt’s clients can often minimize and slowly discontinue medication usage. He specializes in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant conditions and also offers counseling in the integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Dr. Schmidt completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Oklahoma. He started his nursing career in critical care at Tacoma General Hospital, and transitioned into psychiatric nursing at Harborview Medical Center where he worked in psychiatric emergency and inpatient services. Noticing the gap between medical and psychiatric care and lack of connection between mind and body he went back to school (to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner), and received his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Washington. Before starting a private practice, he worked in a community mental health/addiction treatment setting.

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Mary Brown

MA Ed.

Founder, SMJ Consulting, Cannabinoid Therapy Educator

Mary Brown is dedicated to studying trends in data and patient responses to help guide medical professionals and patients towards developing a greater understanding of the beneficial impacts of purposeful cannabinoid therapy dosing protocols. As founder of SMJ Consulting, she focuses on sharing her expertise through individual and group cannabis health education sessions, as well as acting in an advisory role to various cannabis companies on medicinal cannabis education. Mary is strongly invested in researching the impact of cannabinoids on pediatric cancer patients and believes deeply in advocating for the rights of patients of all ages to secure natural medicinal options.

Mary holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from WWU and has been focused on practical applications in cannabinoid therapy for over a decade. Driven by her desire for consumers to have access to the highest quality, sustainable medications available, she has contributed intellectual property to cannabis formulations as well the development of delivery device technology with companies nationwide.



Jessica Streufert


Cannabinoid Therapy Educator, Respiratory Therapist

Jessica Streufert is a Cannabinoid Therapy Consultant with SMJ Consulting, a registered Respiratory Care Practitioner and a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. As a frequent speaker on cannabinoid therapy and micro-dose treatment protocols, Jessica believes that, “Being able to share what I’ve learned is a way for me to connect with the patients and their families on a much more personal level. I love working with people on a one-to-one basis to find treatments that are tailored for their needs.”

Jessica earned her Washington State board Respiratory Care license in 1998 and has more than two decades of hospital, emergency and intensive care experience. She is fully certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). As an RRT at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Jessica worked in the acute critical care setting with emphasis on critical care, pediatrics, and neonatal intensive care. She has spent more than a decade specializing in the treatment of micro preemies and has attended thousands of high risk delivers, caring for both delivering mothers and newborns.



Dr. Alison Draisin


Psychotherapist, Art Therapist

Alison Draisin is the founder and CEO of Ettalew’s Edibles (est. 2009), the President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Cannabis and Social Policy (CASP) and an original member of Women of Weed. As an active member of the Washington State cannabis community, she speaks publicly on cannabis education locally and nationally. Currently an educator within the Tokeatvity Connect program, Alison seeks to support women by connecting them to cannabis community and to empower women to rise within the cannabis industry.

Alison’s entrepreneurship built Ettalew’s Edibles from the ground upon a foundation of helping fellow patients in Washington State. Her dedication to quality, consistency, and labeling of products was recognized at the High Times Cannabis Cup Seattle in 2012 and 2013, as well as being named one of the Best Edible Companies of 2013 by High Times Magazine. Prior to running a successful cannabis-infused company, Alison attained a Master’s Degree in Art Psychotherapy and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. She has worked in the mental health field for twenty-five years and maintains a private practice for children, adolescents, and families in the Seattle area.

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Dr. Alison Kerns

Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Alison Kerns is a naturopathic physician dedicated to supporting her patients to thrive. Her focus is on facilitating the process of letting go of limiting beliefs, easing suffering, and supporting trauma resolution and resilience. She works with many levels of individual, community, and ancestral trauma.

She completed her medical education at Bastyr University. She received a bachelor’s degree in ecological and social geography at Miami University, focusing on earth and cultural preservation. She became a certified massage therapist at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and a certified yoga teacher at the Shambhava School of Yoga, deepening her connection with the body, mind, spirit.

Dr. Alison completed a two-year residency and an associate position with Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD at the Sophia Health Institute focused on chronic disease, persistent Lyme disease, therapeutic injections, and psychokinesiology (PK)/emotional trauma work. Through this work she discovered sustainable healing came from therapeutic regulation of their complex trauma.
This discovery led her to become a certified family constellation facilitator focused on family systems and ancestral trauma through training with the Human Systems Institute as well as her current training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. She has advanced education in homeopathy from the New England School of Homeopathy, hypnotherapy training with Mary Lee LaBay and advanced yoga training with Shiva Rea and Seane Corn. After completing a three-year program in cross-cultural shamanic medicine with the Sundust Oracle Institute she continues to study Buddhist meditation, compassion, and contemplative practices with Joel Levey, PhD, and Michelle Levey.

When not working, Dr. Alison has a love for dancing, yoga, drawing, painting, laughing, running and hiking, cooking, traveling, and enjoying all that this world has to offer with her husband and her two daughters.



Heidi Stauber


Heidi Stauber, MA, LMFT, has been practicing individual, couple, and family therapy since 2014 in both community mental health agencies and private practice. She works with individuals of all ages, as well as couples and families. Heidi specializes in a treatment approach that addresses internalized oppression. This approach comes from a humanistic and systemic perspective, situating each individual’s experiences within the context of family relationships and societal and cultural influences. She is particularly sensitive to the ways each individual’s identity in regards to gender, age, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, relationship status, socio-economic status, disability, country of origin, and other client centered identity definitions, influence the messages that are received from society and the way they come to think and feel about themselves. She prioritizes attuning and collaborating with each client and utilizes playful and embodied approaches.

In addition, Heidi has a specialization in Drama Therapy. When it seems appropriate, she may offer drama therapy approaches. Neuroscience has shown that some deep hurts and unmet needs are held in a part of our brain that processes emotion and experience without processing words, these interventions explore emotional history without relying solely on “talk therapy”.

Heidi received her BA from The Evergreen State College in 1994 where she focused on psychology and anthropology as courses of study. She received her MA from Antioch University Seattle in 2014 where she studied Couple & Family Therapy and Drama Therapy. In the years between degrees she was a Parent Educator and Director/Owner of Kids At Play, an improvisation and acting program for kids. Heidi has been on the faculty with Antioch University Seattle since 2016.

Recent trainings and conference presentations include:

  • Treating Internalized Oppression: Addressing Oppression in Session, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s Annual Conference, August 2019
  • Disrupting Oppression in Family Systems, Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s Annual Conference, September 2018
  • Implicit Bias Training, workshop in support of the Parent Equity Committee at Loyal Heights Elementary School, January 2018
  • Adolescent Development, Active Listening, and Internalized Oppression, quarterly presentations at volunteer trainings hosted by The Lambert House (a drop-in support location for LGBTQIA+ youth), October 2014-present
  • Supporting Queer Youth in our Community, presented as part of Southwest Youth & Family Services’ Jeffersonian Dinner Series, April 2016
  • Playfulness: Enhancing Therapeutic and Family Connections, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s Annual Conference, October 2013

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Lisa Yeager

Hospice Social Worker, Certified Psychedelic Psychotherapist

Lisa received her B.A. in Psychology from University of Virginia, where she also minored in Religious Studies with a focus on Eastern Religions and Shamanism. She received a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University in CA with a focus on health and mental health. Lisa’s post graduate work centered around the provision of crisis intervention, advocacy and compassionate support to victims of trauma and sexual assault at a Level 1 trauma center for 10 years. During this time she further developed a spiritual practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, while also participating in Lakota spiritual practices.

Upon moving to WA in 2005, Lisa shifted her work focus to the “heart work” of her life as a hospice social worker, providing a compassionate presence and a voice of advocacy to hospice clients and their families. She extends this support to family members through individual and group bereavement services. In 2019 Lisa completed Level 1 and Level 2 trainings as a Death Doula so that she can offer a deeper level of support to clients and their families.

Lisa is a 2019 graduate of the CA Institute of Integral Studies – Certified Psychedelic Psychotherapist and Research program. To enhance her education in working with various psychedelic medicines, she received training in KAP (Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy) with Dr. Phil Wolfson. Additionally, she traveled to the Netherlands to offer psychedelic psychotherapy in a legal setting at Synthesis Retreat Center, where psilocybin truffles are used. There she offered a healing presence guided by her Buddhist and Lakota spiritual practices.

Lisa’s hope is that these medicines, in conjunction with supportive therapies, will be available to all in the not so distant future for healing, particularly for those who are experiencing depression, anxiety and distress related to a life limiting or terminal illness.



Dr. Sonia Malani


Senior Resident Physician

Dr. Malani is the senior resident physician at AIMS Institute. Her clinical interests include integrative oncology, gastrointestinal disorders, and utilizing mind-body approaches to manage stress and anxiety.

Dr. Malani graduated from Bastyr University with her doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2018. During her time at Bastyr she did elective training in mind-body medicine and IV therapy. During her first year at AIMS, she helped create and develop the IV Clinic at AIMS. Prior to Bastyr, she graduated from New York University with a BA in Psychology. Dr. Malani is currently working towards becoming a board certified naturopathic oncologist. She is also the research coordinator and co-investigator for the AIMS Cancer Outcomes Study (ACOS).

Dr. Malani is also a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).



Dr. Julianna Giles

ND, MS (Ayur)

Resident Physician

Dr. Julianna Giles is the newest resident physician at AIMS Institute. Dr. Giles graduated from Bastyr University with a MSc in Ayurvedic Sciences in 2018 and as a naturopathic doctor in 2019. During her time at Bastyr, she got extensive exposure to integrative oncology, with additional training and experience in mind-body medicine, yoga therapy, homeopathy, aromatherapy, physical medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, IV therapy, jyotish (vedic astrology) and vastu (ayurvedic feng-shui). Her clinical interests include Integrative Oncology, Women’s Health and Pediatrics. She is currently working toward becoming a certified naturopathic oncologist.

Before coming to Seattle to study medicine, Dr. Giles earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Languages and Cultures of Asia, where she studied South and Southeast Asian religions, history and anthropology with a focus on Sanskrit language. While there, she did extensive research on medicinal mushrooms and interned with a local naturopathic doctor as a hydrotherapy technician.

With over 800 hours of training in yoga, Dr. Giles is certified in prana vinyasa yoga as taught by her teacher Shiva Rea, and is currently studying kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with Guru Singh in Seattle. She is a member of NAMA, AANP, WANP, WNDA and Samudra School of Living Yoga. In her personal life, Dr. Giles practices yoga daily and is passionate about plant-based cooking. On the weekend, she loves to explore the wild Pacific Northwest with her partner.



Dr. Chris Duhon


Naturopathic Physician

I grew up in a small town in southern Louisiana near Lafayette. As a young boy, I was accustomed to the freedom of country life: fresh air, quiet nights and great food. We grew our own vegetables and stocked our own meats. I have great memories of playing in fields and exploring nature with my younger brother and cousins. Our parents instilled in us many values, in particular, compassion, generosity, and good ole’ southern hospitality.

Growing up I was especially close to my grandmother. My favorite time of the year was spring when we tilled the soil and prepared it for planting. When I look back, I see her influence weaved throughout my life. The most valuable gift she imparted was her wisdom of working with the earth. She understood the importance of fertile soil and knew how to enrich it so that it produced good and sweet fruit. After leaving the comforts of home, my early adult years were full of struggles, addictions and death of family members. Through it all my grandmother’s influence pulled me through and taught me unconditional love. I wanted to share this with other people, which lead me to the next phase in my journey.

Thinking that ministry was my calling in life, I attended Notre Dame Seminary in Louisiana, where I was ordained. After a year of parish work, I was given the opportunity to further my education and received a Masters degree in Spirituality and spiritual direction from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The instructors that I resonated with were spiritual directors who also practiced some form of physical medicine. I was introduced to cranio-sacral, massage therapy and herbal medicine. With the exposure to herbal medicine, I once again realized the importance of the soil.

Eventually, I recognized that in order to help people in the way I had envisioned, I would need to step out of ordained ministry and pursue medicine. My grandmother’s teachings about the foundations of life were like a gentle muse leading me on to new fields. The calling to medicine led me to the great North West where I attended Bastyr University and received a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. I have since studied in Switzerland at Paracelsus Klinik under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Rau. Before coming into my own practice, I was an associate and mentee of Dr. Paul Anderson, a well-known physician in the North West who works with oncology and chronic disease.

What I discovered to be my passion all along was working with a person’s terrain, the foundation of their health, their “soil,” so to speak. I honor my patients’ uniqueness because that is how I approach their treatments, with individualized personal care.

This is my opportunity to share my story in the hopes that you will gather a glimpse of who I am. Each one of us has a unique personal story of where we grew up, what the people are like in our native land, and how we have evolved to who we are presently. I am excited and passionate to hear your story.



Dr. Forest Dobbs


Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Forest Dobbs is a naturopathic physician specializing in integrative-pain management and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. He draws from both emerging as well as time-honored technologies to invoke the body’s innate healing faculties for each patient. He continues to train in the field of prolotherapy and nonsurgical-regenerative orthopedic medicine with various pioneers in the field including Thomas Ravin, M.D. and the American Academy of Musculoskeletal Medicine. Additional training includes neural therapy, trigger point injections, neural prolotherapy, glenohumeral hydroplasty for frozen shoulder, platelet rich plasma and adipose-derived stem cell therapies. He utilizes therapeutic exercise, spinal manipulation extensively in his care of patients. These treatments ease musculoskeletal pain and stimulate the structural regeneration of joint, ligament, and tendon tissues. He also maintains a practice at the Institute for Complementary Medicine in Seattle.

Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University 2011
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual and Performance Arts from Alfred University. 2000
Craniosacral therapy – Great River Cranial Therapy Institute. 2006
Osteopathic manipulation professional training program ,The Altar of Creation School, 2011

Types of Patients
Musculoskeletal Injury and Rehabilitation

Seattle Met Top Doc 2018, 2019, 2020

Professional Memberships
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians



Dr. Therry Eparwa


Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Therry Eparwa is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who believes in the mind-body-spirit connection. She is dedicated to preventative and holistic care. She desires to empower others to engage in health-promoting activities. Committed to patient-centered care, she collaborates with individuals to determine the best possible approaches with consideration of multicultural perspectives and socio-economic backgrounds.

Dr. Eparwa began her nursing career in 2005 as an ICU nurse. She transitioned to public health nursing while obtaining her master’s degree in nursing. She has worked as a family nurse practitioner in primary care, urgent care, and free healthcare clinics.

Dr. Eparwa is an assistant professor at Seattle University College of Nursing. She is dedicated to the work of promoting social justice through accountability, transparency, and advocacy. Part of her research interests are in alternate and complementary therapies, particularly medicinal cannabis. The overarching goal of her scholarship is to educate herself and others, correct misinformation, reduce stigma and fears, and scientifically contribute towards better understanding.

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Seattle University, 2017
Master of Science in Nursing, Research College of Nursing, 2009
B.S. Nursing, Rockhurst University-Research College of Nursing, 2005
B.A. Human Biology, University of Kansas, 2003



Carrie Lafferty

Licensed Physical Therapist, Feldenkrais Instructor, Master Qi Gong Teacher

Carrie Lafferty, PT since 1985 and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®since 1994, is dedicated to facilitating a sense of curiosity for a graceful healing/learning process. Carrie is a Master Qi Gong Teacher certified through Ling Gui International Healing Qi Gong School. Deeply informed by her own personal study of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Core nature-based Shamanism, and Meditation, she believes healing is truly transformational and alchemical, involving change on all levels – physical, emotional, and spiritual. Carrie currently offers private Feldenkrais Functional Integration® sessions, weekly Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® classes, Qi Gong classes, special workshops and related events in the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle. Please see her website for her current offerings.

Carrie offers Medical Qi Gong classes on Monday evenings at AIMS.



Michelle Speaks


Clinic Manager

Michelle is a Life Coach and Accountant currently residing in the Seattle, Washington area.

She received her MA in Human Services Counseling – Life Coaching from Liberty University and her MBA in Organizational Management from Argosy University.

After a successful 30 year accounting career, Michelle has turned her focus to helping others who find themselves broken and want to overcome the hurts and pains they have experienced in life. She believes that healing is integrative, and if you want to be made whole and reap the benefits of total healing, you must deal with the issues of the mind, body and soul.



Siera Degree

Lead Receptionist and Patient Care Coordinator

Siera Degree graduated with her Associates in Fine Arts for Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Seattle. After graduating and spending a year exploring the workforce, she decided to follow her true passion: people. Siera then graduated from Central Washington University with her Bachelors in Psychology with concentrations in substance abuse/chemical dependency and social work.

Outside of work, Siera loves spending time with her dogs, playing board games, reading books and comics, and houseplants. “Fun fact: There’s over 90 houseplants in my apartment!”