Dr. Leanna Standish
ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO
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.
2021 – Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) Board of Directors
Dr. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal
MD, PhD, FAAPMR, FAAHPM
Co-Founder & Co-Director
Dr. Aggarwal is a physician and medical geographer. He is a Board-Certified Fellow of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, where he was named a Top 20 Emerging Leader. He is Past Chair of the Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group and an inaugural member of the Safe Use in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Forum at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the UW School of Medicine, an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Geography in the UW College of Arts and Sciences, an Affiliate Clinical Faculty Member at Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine, and a Faculty Member of the National Family Medicine Residency. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute’s PDQ Cancer CAM information summary on cannabis and as an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. He maintains a clinical practice at AIMS and serves as a Hospice Physician and On-Call Palliative Physician for MultiCare Health System. He has been qualified as an expert in cannabis and psilocybin medical and religious use in county, state, and federal courts. He has completed two ketamine-assisted psychotherapy trainings with the Ketamine Training Center and Orenda Institute. He has completed MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy, 100 hours of training (Part A-D), certified. He is petitioning for Right to Try access to psilocybin for patients.
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. See more of Dr. Aggarwal’s work on his website.
Dr. Gina Perez-Baron
Gina Perez-Baron MD joins AIMS Institute as its first allopathic-trained primary care physician and an excellent fit to AIMS mission, approach, and leadership. A graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Perez is board-certified in Family Practice and through her leadership has transformed medicine in New Mexico and Seattle; most recently serving as medical director of the Seattle Indian Health Board.
In her career, she has led clinics integrating primary care with mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness blending allopathic, complementary, and cultural/traditional approaches to bring cutting edge medicine to the historically underserved. She uses this “braiding sweetgrass” approach to address complex chronic disease, myofascial pain, PTSD, and addiction – weaving newest research with culture and traditional science. Dr. Perez has used this blended approach to create novel addiction treatment programs, establish integrative residential treatment centers, educate physicians and transform how healthcare is delivered. She is a strong advocate and educator on the role of trauma and resilience in health and health behaviors.
As an indigenous physician – Dr. Perez is Chicana and Apache – she believes we all come with personal, historic, and intergenerational experiences that shape us. Her career has focused on the role of these experiences, their oft-unrecognized role in illness, and the strength, agency and kinship that comes from this understanding.
“Trauma decapitates us from our bodies, exacerbates our pain, and feeds our compulsions and addictions, our unhealthy habits and relationships. The knowledge of what Life Is and what is needed to be good stewards and thrive has been replaced with ways that are literally making us sick. Thriving life has been traded for security, curiosity for control, joy for power. Illness is that wake-up call inviting us to re-think what is truly important in life… health, relationships, service, play. We should not be answering that call alone.”
Her work – specifically her Alchemy Treatment Model – has been highlighted in news and podcasts, by NPR and most recently by Gabor Mate on his “Talks on Trauma”. When she’s not at AIMS, she is providing medical consulting and training for the inmates and staff at Stafford Creek Corrections Center. When she’s not at work she loves going to the water, eating her boyfriend’s homemade pizza, and going “grocery shopping” in their garden. Of course, her favorite book is “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. She is overjoyed to bring her culturally attuned, trauma informed lens to AIMS Institute.
Dr. Jade Stefano
Dr. Jade Stefano is a Naturopathic Physician and certified psychedelic psychotherapist candidate. She completed her medical education at Bastyr University and her AB at Reed College where she studied biology. She is currently earning her certification in Psychedelic Psychotherapy from the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Her clinical interests include cannabis medicine, ketamine psychotherapy (KAP), psychedelic medicine, environmental medicine, allergy treatment, pain management, cardiovascular wellness and functional medicine. She is a sought after speaker on cannabis medicine and sustainable farming practices. She uses naturopathic modalities including nutraceuticals, botanical medicine, nutrition, lifestyle coaching, counseling, and employs pharmaceutical interventions when needed. She offers Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) to help clients eliminate environmental allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites, and animals. This treatment is similar to allergy shots, but is taken under the tongue, is safer and does not involve frequent trips to the allergist. She is an avid cook and enjoys working with clients on achievable and enjoyable dietary modifications to address inflammation, cardiovascular disease and general wellness using mediterranean and plant based diets.
She believes that clients know themselves and encourages patients to be active participants in their wellness and healing. She was drawn to natural medicine after becoming frustrated by the doctor directed, paternalistic approach of conventional medicine, where patients are often not listened to and their concerns dismissed. Jade is a regenerative farmer and believes that the interconnectedness between the earth and its inhabitants is a key to optimal health and healing. She is a Climate-Aware Therapist and a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance, a group of holistic mental health providers committed to working with clients on the cognitive, intrapersonal, societal, and existential repercussions surrounding climate related distress. In her free time she enjoys gardening, backyard chickens, her pet axolotls and spending time with her children.
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.
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
Lead Psychotherapist, Art Therapist
KAP Provider Training Director
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-eight years. Alison joined the AIMS Institute in 2018 where she has been able to employ her knowledge of cannabis and psychedelics as a tool in her psychotherapy practice to support patients finding peace and resolution. As the Lead Clinician in the program, she has begun training other providers about the power of psychedelic and cannabis assisted psychotherapy
Dr. Alison Kerns
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.
LICSW, MSW, BA
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
Dr. Sonia Malani is a physician, author, and researcher. Dr. Malani joined AIMS in 2018 as part of its inaugural residency class, with a clinical focus in Integrative Oncology and Palliative Medicine. During her residency, Dr. Malani helped build the intravenous (IV) therapy clinic at AIMS and developed formulas for pain, hydration, cachexia and energy. She is a contributing author to Ann Berger’s 5th Edition of Principles and Practice of Palliative Care and Supportive Oncology. Dr. Malani is also a Co-investigator of the AIMS Cancer Outcomes Study (ACOS) and is currently collaborating with George Washington University’s Center for Integrative Medicine on a study assessing mercury levels in cancer patients.
Dr. Malani graduated from Bastyr University with her doctorate in naturopathic medicine. Prior to Bastyr, she graduated with a BA in psychology from New York University. Fueled by a personal experience, Dr. Malani knew her calling was to be a naturopathic physician at the age of 19.
Her clinical interests include integrative oncology, autoimmune disease, IBS, gastritis, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Post-Covid Syndrome (Covid “longhaulers“), anxiety, and depression. She embodies the principle of “docere” or “doctor as teacher.” She takes a systemic approach to optimize the health of her patients.
Dr. Malani is also a certified yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy provider. When away from the office, she is perfecting her barista skills, rummaging through the local library, and spending time with her family.
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)
Dr. Julianna Giles is the senior resident physician at AIMS Institute in Seattle. She specializes in integrative oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, endocrinology and Ayurvedic medicine. Her practice includes psychedelic-assisted therapy and outcomes research. Dr. Giles also acts as a physician lecturer for the Academy of Cannabis Science and as the physician formulator for Polite, a Washington-based company that combines CBD with minor cannabinoids, terpenes and herbal drivers. Dr. Giles graduated from Bastyr University with a MSc in Ayurvedic Sciences in 2018 and as a naturopathic doctor in 2019. At Bastyr, she received additional training in integrative oncology, mind-body medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and IV therapy. She is currently working toward completing her FABNO requirements as she finishes her oncology-focused CNME accredited residency at AIMS.
Prior to Bastyr, Dr. Giles earned a BA in Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin Madison, focusing her studies on Indian and Southeast Asian history, anthropology and religion, with a special emphasis on Sanskrit language. While at UW Madison, she researched medicinal mushrooms and medical Cannabis as adjunctive cancer therapies, and the neurological effects of mindfulness at the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness. With over 800 hours of yoga training, Dr. Giles is also certified in Ayurvedic yoga therapy, prana vinyasa and kundalini yoga. She is a member of the AANP, WANP, WNDA and NAMA. In her free time, she practices yoga daily, is passionate about plant-based cooking and loves to explore the wild Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Ksenia Lynch
Senior Resident Physician
Dr. Lynch joined AIMS in September 2020, shortly after receiving her naturopathic doctorate from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. While currently working towards becoming a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, she has a deep background and expertise in physical medicine modalities. She received special training in craniosacral therapy, Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM), trigger point injection, and hydrotherapy.
Her clinical practice is guided by “vis medicatrix naturae” (the healing power of nature), evidence-based research, and an individualized step-by-step approach. Treatments often include a combination of nutrition and lifestyle counseling, botanical and nutraceutical medicines, movement and play, mind and body medicine techniques, supplemented by pharmaceutical interventions and specialty referrals.
Dr. Lynch is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. Her childhood summers were spent foraging mushrooms, plunging into cold lakes, and eating mystery vegetable stews. This background brings a passion for time outdoors, hydrotherapy, and plant based diets into her work as a naturopathic doctor and personal life.
Dr. Forest Dobbs
Director of Integrative Regenerative Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Training
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
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Dr. Therry Eparwa
DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice
AIMS Non-Clinical Status
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
Dr. Emily Whinkin
Dr. Emily Whinkin (she/they) is thrilled to be joining the AIMS team as a first-year resident of Naturopathic Medicine. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR with her Naturopathic medical degree and a Masters of Science in Integrative Mental Health. Clinically, her interests are in entheogens, mental health and reproductive health– namely the interdependence of mind, spirit, cycles, transitions, and environment. Dr. Whinkin believes community connection, belonging, and social justice are central to being well in the world, and reflects this in caring for her patient’s foundational resilience and individual health contexts. She has studied perinatal mental health with Postpartum Support International, Hakomi somatic counseling, is certified in Holistic Pelvic Care ™ by Tami Kent, and completed an apprenticeship in Botanical Medicines for mental health. She considers it an honor to meet and connect with her patients on their journeys and to provide individualized, holistic care at AIMS Institute.
Dr. Carolyn McCotter
Dr. Carolyn McCotter is a resident physician at AIMS Institute in Seattle, Washington. Her healing modalities include spiritual herbalism, musical and meditative medicine alongside integrative oncology and IV therapy. She is interested in hematologic malignancies and pediatric care. She is particularly interested in the communion of systems biology and plant medicine with the Sacred. As a physician, she understands that much of what ails us as a society is rooted in autoimmune and metabolic dysfunction linked to conditioned, early, or hereditary nervous system upset. She seeks to help others regulate nervous system function by working with plant medicines and holistic nutrition. Carolyn received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and has a prior background in the ecological, biological, and geological sciences. Carolyn believes in the capacity of every Human Being to find peace, gratitude, and moment-to-moment wellness. She seeks to be an ally for those in need and help to ease life transitions by enhancing mental, emotional, and spiritual health. She honors our most sacred plant teacher, Madre Tierra.
Dr. Duncan Lynch
Dr. Duncan Lynch is a naturopathic physician, registered herbalist, and resident at the AIMS Institute. He received his naturopathic doctorate at Bastyr University in 2021 and precepted extensively at the AIMS Institute while in school prior to joining the team. His clinical interests include integrative patient care, herbal medicine, oncology, neurology, pain management, and psychoneuroimmunology. He has substantial experience with cannabis and cannabinoid therapy and often employs this in his practice. He also utilizes low-dose botanical medicine for treatment of pain, insomnia, and other complaints. Dr. Lynch offers ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in addition to integrative care.
Prior to his education in naturopathic medicine, Duncan studied at the University of Washington and earned a BS in Chemistry. Additional interests include ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, and folk medicine. He is passionate about ayahuasca and other psychedelic plant medicines and practices, from which he continues to learn the importance of intention, ritual, ceremony, and connection to Nature as facets of human health, healing, and well-being.
ND, MS (Ayur)
Dr. Watters is overjoyed to join the AIMS Institute team as a new resident. He completed his graduate studies in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. While there, he also earned a Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences degree. He is enthusiastic about providing patient care in integrative oncology, psychedelic-assisted medicine, and adjacent fields. He has special training in integrative oncology, in cardiovascular wellness and diabetes care, and in biofeedback. He believes each individual has a unique healing path for them to walk. He sees each individual’s relationship to their health as similar to a Gardener-Garden relationship: each must learn how to care for themselves and their space in the world. He finds great meaning in the words “doctor as teacher” and aims to be a strong ally on his patients’ healing paths.
In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors (often paddleboarding, hiking, or stargazing), listening to or making music (as a guitarist for most of his life), and spending time with his friends and family.
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.
Santana Cubi is a senior at Pima medical Institute studying Administration in Health care, who believes in healing a person as a whole, rather than just a set of symptoms and being a part of AIMS team gives me that chance every day. Santana is a passionate person when it comes to her job, when not working or studying I am using my platform as Miss Washington Kenya with other organizations to educate and advocate for teenagers while preparing young entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship training and leadership development opportunities.
My mantra every day is people will forget what you said, what you did but people will not forget how you made them feel.
Five Element Acupuncture
Living with unremitting, chronic pain is all-encompassing and no aspect of that person’s life is untouched by it. It follows that successful treatment of pain is created through the lens of the individual’s experience and encompasses the entirety of the person.
My practice approach is integrative, which combines “traditional,” or allopathic medicine with complementary therapies. Treatments are crafted with the goal to relieve suffering and allow the body, mind and spirit to regenerate and heal. The synthesis of my work is informed by these three facets of experience:
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, I worked in collaboration with Dr. Michael Moskowitz and Dr. Robert Hines at Bay Area Pain Medical Associates for nearly 20 years.
As a nationally certified Acupuncturist, I completed post-graduate training at The Five Element Institute in 2007 and continue to work under the mentorship of Khosrow Khalighi.
As a Community Dharma Leader with Sukkhassidhi Foundation, I have curated practices that improve mindfulness, sensory awareness, self-compassion, and the capacity to inhabit our bodies with ease.
The study and treatment of pain has made incredible strides in the last twenty years. We know now that we are amazing learners and our bodies have an impressive capacity for repair and restoration! I partner with patients to develop practices and treatments to manage their pain and cultivate a loving and accepting relationship with the self. It is my greatest joy to
witness an enduring change in those I work with; one that leads to a state of true and vital health.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor – Associate
Certified JAMP© Transformational Coach
Madeleine received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Central Washington University in 2016. After working as a stated certified medical cannabis consultant for over two years, Madeleine felt the call to attend graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in Psychology. Madeleine graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University in 2021. She plans to use this knowledge and training to further help the human community find peace and healing within themselves. Madeleine believes in the innate ability for individuals to help and heal themselves and sees herself as a guide to assist in this process. She takes a holistic, person-centered, Jungian-influenced approach to her care, recognizing the importance of addressing the mind-body-spirit connection, acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual, and assisting clients as they delve into the depths of their unconscious.
In her personal time, Madeleine loves tending to her houseplants, cooking, practicing yoga, dancing, drawing, and spending time with her loved ones.
She enjoys spending time in nature, either in the woods or near water, as well as wandering around thrift shops, and going to see live music.
RN, BSN, BA
Kim is a registered nurse with 17 years’ experience in the areas of inpatient and home hospice, and broader mental health nursing. She is a member of the first cohort of the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research through the California Institute for Integral Studies. She also holds a BA in Comparative Religion, studied at Yale Divinity School, and is certified in the Buddhist tradition of Contemplative End-of-Life Spiritual Care. In 2018, Kim interned at a healing center in the Amazon jungle examining the benefits of ritual, spiritual practice, and the “group container,” in combination with the plant medicine Ayahuasca, for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other chronic mental health conditions.
Professionally, Kim is committed to ushering in a healthier culture around death and dying that embraces open communication, normalizes this natural process, and offers a more holistic approach emphasizing the psycho-social and psycho-spiritual aspects of care. Kim is excited about the ongoing research in psychedelic medicine and how the psychedelic-occasioned mystical experience is associated with unparalleled healing for a variety of conditions. She looks forward to a time when patient access to this healing modality is standard practice. Kim is an advocate for individual freedom of consciousness, including the right to do deep spiritual and healing work using ketamine, and other psychedelics, entheogens, or entactogens at all phases of life, but particularly when facing death.
BSN, RN, MHP
I was born in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam, and grew up in Vancouver, WA. I moved to Seattle to study psychology at UW. The ritual and tradition found in raves and nightclubs maintained me while working as a peer educator for HIV/AIDS non-profits through the early 90s. This led me to San Francisco during the pre-millennial dot boom working as a game mechanics designer and webmaster for a boutique interactive agency. I relocated back to the Portland, OR area in the 00s. I co-founded a street medic collective and organized POC, queer, trans, and anarchist communities to decolonize cultural shift.
I began my nursing journey two weeks after my dad’s death from metastasized colon cancer. I walked into the local community college and started a path to this here and now. In the seven years, I’ve held my license, I’ve been a disaster nurse and school nurse. I’ve practiced in reproductive health, home health, and workers’ health. I’ve administered hundreds of flu jabs and advocated for abortion care and international health initiative funding to state & national congressional members & staff.
For the last two years, I’ve worked in inpatient psychiatry; adult, geriatric, adolescent, acute, subacute, and co-occurring populations. I hold a position with UWMC-NW in the adult psychiatric unit. I provide private care and volunteer with Planned Parenthood doing advocacy and outreach too.
In practice, I intend to hold therapeutic space and create transformative healthcare by utilizing nursing craft and ability grounded in patient safety and care. I apply insight and experience to embrace wellbeing cognizant of structural and generational inequities. I am thankful for those allowing me to bridge their healing. I look towards potentiating psychedelic & traumalytic therapies, supporting research into their efficacy to inform innovation, and deepening my scope to serve more diverse health statuses.
I am a member of the Washington State Nurses Association. I serve on the board of directors for my condominium association. I live with a cat, a dog, and plants. I have an uncomplicated relationship with power tools, and I crochet with my grandmother’s movements.
Trời đất ơi.
Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Gautami Pawar is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is passionate about everything relating to health and wellness. Gautami believes food is medicine, and she plans to use her knowledge to heal people’s health through the power of food and positive behavior changes. She is a lifelong learner and believes in the power of ‘we.’
Atara Jaffe, ND
Atara Jaffe is a resident physician at AIMS institute in Seattle, WA. Originally from New Jersey, she completed her undergraduate degree at Tulane University in Environmental Studies and Psychology, and graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and is working to complete a Masters in Integrative Research. Atara’s areas of passion and focus include oncology, IV therapy, palliative and end-of-life care, psychedelic-assisted therapy, and physical medicine modalities such as manipulation and craniosacral therapy. She has experience working for various nutraceutical companies prior to and during her schooling and maintains an interest in the uses of both modern and traditional botanicals and natural formulas. Her philosophy and approach to medicine is patient-centered, integrative and evidence-based care. She believes in promoting health and healing based on an individual’s personal health goals and priorities, which can include a variety of therapeutics ranging from pharmaceutical to natural to manual.
In her spare time, Atara enjoys all things outdoors, woodworking, tutoring students and exploring her creativity.