A: I always wanted to choose a profession in which I could help and inspire the most people. Choosing between being a doctor, nurse, social worker, or even politician was a difficult choice. Nothing seemed to fit me quite right, until I was introduced to naturopathic medicine in my pre-med club while completing my undergraduate degree. Once I learned about the tenants of naturopathic medicine including prevention, treating the whole person, identifying and treating the cause, the healing power of nature, doctor as teacher, and do no harm, I was convinced that this profession was the best fit for me. Engaging with my community, educating others, and health all came together perfectly within naturopathic medicine.
Q: What keeps you engaged in your profession?
A: My passion to share this medicine with as many people as possible is what keeps me engaged in this profession. I strive to educate and empower others about their bodies and health.
Q: What kind of patients do you like working with most?
A: I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients. I enjoy working with patients that are familiar with naturopathic medicine, but also with patients where this type of medicine is new to them. It is a gift to be able to share this medicine with as many as people as possible, and I always look forward to listening and understanding every patient that comes into my office. Some of my favorite topics to discuss with patients is nutrition and environmental medicine in relation to prevention of disease.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: I spend my free time with my family, friends, and cat! I enjoy traveling, gardening, cooking and eating everything under the sun, running, spending time on the lake, and chatting with friends about how to keep making the world a better place.
Q: How do you celebrate living in your body?
A: I have always spent a lot of time moving my body. I played sports throughout childhood, played intercollegiate volleyball at MSU-Mankato during my undergraduate years, and am currently training for my second marathon! I love celebrating my body for all of the wonderful and powerful things it can do. Traveling is also a way I celebrate living in my body. It is one of my favorite activities to engage in. It’s always inspiring and a learning experience to see the world through a new set of eyes.
Q: What do you look for in a health care practitioner?
A: My ideal health care practitioner is compassionate and empathetic. I appreciate when my practitioner knows that every person starts on their health journey at a different place, and gives space for that journey to be cultivated. I also look for a practitioner that views each patient as a holistic individual with unique needs, and empowers them to get to the root cause of their health issues.
During Dr. Stamer's doctoral training, she also earned a Certificate in Natural Childbirth. She supplemented this coursework by completing a two-year apprenticeship in midwifery, women’s health, and pediatrics with a private practice in Portland, OR. Dr. Stamer has a passion for preventative medicine, educating patients about their bodies and health, and serving the community. She seeks to help people on their healing journeys using nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, biotherapeutic drainage, and homeopathy.