Meet Dr. Lyndsay Richey, ND
Resident Naturopathic Physician
As I begin my second year as a resident naturopathic doctor at the Alpine Integrated Medicine (AIM) team, I’m thrilled to take a significant step forward in my career. After a year of invaluable learning and mentorship, I am now ready to welcome and treat patients independently.
Originally from California, I’ve come to deeply appreciate and consider the Pacific Northwest as my home over the past decade. My academic journey at Bastyr University has been a cornerstone of my professional development. There, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Culinary Arts, which provided me with a solid foundation in understanding the critical role of diet in health. Following this, I achieved my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, which furthered my expertise in holistic health approaches.
My transition to naturopathy was significantly influenced by my earlier experiences in the conventional medical field, where I worked as a hospital phlebotomist and laboratory assistant. These roles gave me firsthand exposure to the inner workings of the medical system and patient care, enriching my understanding of the healthcare landscape.
In this second year of my residency, my primary focus is on cardiometabolic health. This area fascinates me due to its complex interplay between lifestyle choices, dietary habits, and their profound impact on health. Cardiometabolic conditions, which include heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, are often influenced by factors such as diet, exercise, and stress management. In treating these conditions, I advocate for a holistic approach, integrating my belief in the power of nutrition and the body’s innate ability to heal itself under optimal conditions.
Healthcare today faces numerous challenges. Our daily environment, marred by processed foods, nutrient-depleted soils, and lifestyle factors disrupting natural biological rhythms, makes maintaining health increasingly difficult. My approach is to empower patients to identify and overcome their unique health barriers, fostering a partnership based on health literacy, mutual respect, and shared decision-making.
My clinical interests are broad, spanning from adult primary care to specific areas like diabetes management, thyroid disorders, hormone optimization, women’s health, gastrointestinal concerns, sleep disturbances, obesity, longevity medicine, migraines, nutrition, food allergies and sensitivities, and environmental medicine.
Outside of my clinical practice, I maintain a balance in life through activities that bring me joy and relaxation. I love visiting spas, experimenting with culinary creations, sharing meals with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, traveling, and caring for my beloved 18-year-old cat.
As I embark on this new phase of my residency, I am eager to engage with patients, especially those dealing with cardiometabolic issues. I look forward to applying my knowledge and skills to help them achieve their health goals and improve their quality of life.