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Melissa Woodyard, ND - Naturopathic Physician Nurture Family HealthMy name is Dr. Melissa Woodyard and my sole intention is to help you achieve a state of optimal health and life-long wellness. I believe wellness gives you the freedom to fully experience life and attain happiness. As a State Licensed Naturopathic Physician , my comprehensive approach to health care is both individualized and holistic.

Your body is a dynamic organism that has the innate ability to heal itself with proper support. Symptoms like pain, nausea, and rashes are signs of imbalance —lack of homeostasis— within your body. The only way to reestablish homeostasis is to find and treat the causes of your symptoms – correcting the imbalance from within.

Naturopathic Medicine is the embodiment of principles that emphasize treating the whole person with the healing power of nature. These principles can stop or reverse the progression of deep-rooted Chronic Illnesses. Pharmaceuticals and surgery treat individual symptoms by suppressing or palliating them. Often times these methods serve to embed the disease deeper into your body. In essence, they mask and delay the symptoms for the time being, rather than identifying and solving the root of you problem. In contrast, Natural Medicine alleviates symptoms by healing your body.

A good place to start your journey to optimal health is with a Complete Nutritional Physical. This proactive approach can identify potential areas of imbalance in your body prior to the onset of symptoms and disease. Preventative Medicine is so much more than just annual well woman exams, pediatric well child visits, and school and sports physicals.

Since you are what you eat, we’ll address your diet. Obviously food is fuel for your body. What’s not so obvious is the food you eat is either good for you or not so good for you depending on how your body reacts to your Food Intolerances. The simple act of removing a specific food from your diet and replacing it with another food can make substantial impacts on your life: such as pain-free living, restful sleep, more flexibility, clear skin and yes, even weight-loss.

Food is also nature’s most effective medicine. Natural Medicines, including Whole Food SupplementsHomeopathy, and Botanicals, are often prescribed to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment and enhance your body’s ability to heal itself.

Change the way you and your family approach health. Empower yourself with a proactive, preventive, and natural approach – rejecting the traditional method of reacting to illness with chemicals. Natural Medicine is effective in all stages of life: Prenatal health counseling and Fertility OptimizationPediatric CareWomen’s Health and Men’s Health, and Geriatric Healthcare.

Please browse my website and use the contact form to reach me anytime with questions or comments.

To a healthy you,

Dr. Melissa Woodyard

What conditions does naturopathic medicine treat?

Dr. Melissa Woodyard has a strategy for handling any health concern you have, including any of the following:

Autoimmune Disorders:

Grave’s Disease – Hashimotos Thyroditis – Sjogren’s Syndrome – Rheumatoid Arthritis – Myaesthenia Gravis – Lupus

Children’s Health Problems:

Asthma – Allergy – Eczema and other skin conditions – Immune system problems – Chronic ear, throat, lung infections – ADD/ADHD – Autism – Fatigue – Seizures

Acute Conditions:

Colds – Flu – Sinus infections – Rashes – Bronchitis – Pneumonia – And more…

Chronic Diseases:

High cholesterol – Hyperlipidemia – Heart disease – Lung disease – Diabetes – Osteoporosis – Arthritis – Hypertension – Chronic stress

Digestive Problems:

Abdominal pain – Constipation – Diarrhea – Chronic indigestion – Heartburn – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – Ulcerative Colitis – Crohn’s Disease – Parasites


Musculoskeletal pain – Fibromyalgia – Tendonitis – Arthritis – Sports injuries – Strains

Hormone imbalances:

Thyroid Problems – Hypothyroidism – Hyperthyroidism – Goiter

Women’s Health Problems:

Gynecological disorders – Menstrual irregularities – Menopause – Vaginal and uterine infections – PMS – PCOS – Infertility