Naturopaths

Stephany Porter, ND, FABNO – Naturopath

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A passionate advocate in the healing power of natural medicine, Dr. Stephany Porter is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) who practices as a family care practitioner with a specialty in cancer, women’s health and gastroenterology. She is a graduate of Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. Dr. Porter is a native of Maryland, and after spending many years away, including 6 years practicing in Montana, Dr. Porter is happy to be offering natural medicine in her home state.  She founded the Bodhi Clinic in 2006 and has been an integral part of the effort to achieve licensure for NDs in Maryland.

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has exploded over the past decade. So has the sophistication in research concerning the use of botanicals, homeopathy, nutrients, physical modalities, detoxification, diet and lifestyle options in relation to our health. More and more people are choosing the integrative approach for their healthcare. Dr. Porter looks forward to being an integral part of this team and sharing the latest research updates and information concerning how naturopathy is paving new ground.

Education

Dr. Porter received a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.  Her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and her FABNO from the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).

Philosophy

Dr. Porter views healing as an active journey she travels with each patient. She is dedicated to the principles of naturopathic medicine and the knowledge that all medicine begins with prevention. In the case of “dis-ease” it is imperative to identify and treat the cause with respect to the whole person.

Dr. Porter is dedicated to providing integrative health care where practitioners collaborate for the benefit of the patient. When the patient is the center of the team and active in every decision, they are able to choose the best options from all forms of medicine to achieve their goals.

 

Elise Benczkowski, ND – Naturopath

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Dr. Benczkowski came to Naturopathic medicine through her background and training in fitness and nutrition. She has been passionate about fitness, nutrition and health since a young age, and wanted to share that passion by working as a personal trainer and holistic nutritionist, helping people achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through this work, she came across many patients diagnosed with cancer and at various stages of their journey. It was these patients who inspired her to become a naturopathic doctor, focused in oncology. She believes strongly in the need to restore and maintain balance during cancer treatment has witnessed the power of naturopathic medicine in achieving that goal.

Education

Originally from Canada, Dr. Benczkowski studied biology at the University of Toronto, and earned an Honors Bachelor of Science in 2006. She completed the Registered Holistic Nutritionist program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2009. From 2010 to 2013, she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, also in Toronto, where she earned a doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine. Immediately upon graduation, Dr. Benczkowski joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America as a naturopathic oncology resident in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she completed a 2-year, hospital-based residency in integrative naturopathic oncology.

Philosophy

Dr. Benczkowski recognizes that health is individual and each patient is on their own dynamic health continuum. Her goal is to treat each patient as a whole person and meet them where they are on their continuum. She works to restore health by finding and correcting the cause of disease and utilizes research-based treatments as therapy.

Dr. Benczkowski views naturopathic medicine’s role in cancer care as both essential at every stage of treatment as well as complementary to conventional medicine. Patients with cancer require unique support – whether they are undergoing treatment, recovering from treatment or working to prevent recurrence. The principles and practice of naturopathic medicine can be powerful in each of these stages of the journey.