Richmond Natural Medicine
Richmond Natural Medicine is please to announce the arrival of Dr. Naomi Gerep, our newest resident Naturopathic Doctor at Richmond Natural Medicine. Her areas of interest include general wellness, gastrointestinal health, endocrinology, and women’s health.
Dr. Gerep completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She subsequently earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine (formerly NCNM) in Portland, OR. Dr. Gerep completed additional training in homeopathy with the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy and the New England School of Homeopathy.
Tell us a bit about your upbringing and background, and what first sparked your interest in natural medicine?
I grew up in the lovely city of Chattanooga, TN. My parents are from Brazil and during my early childhood we frequently traveled back and forth between Rio de Janeiro and Chattanooga. The rich diversity of plants and animals in even urban settings of Brazil caught my eye from an early age and fostered within me a deep fascination and appreciation for the natural world. While use of herbal and homeopathic remedies is common in Brazil and has always interested me, I did not often see these modalities being used in the US. Once I discovered Naturopathic Medicine I was fascinated that there was an entire profession dedicated to using the tools that I had dreamed of learning about, and I knew this was the path I was meant for.
Do you have an area of expertise, or special interest within naturopathic medicine?
I would not say there is any particular area that I have more experience in than others, but some of my areas of interest include gastroenterology, women’s health, and endocrinology.
Describe the process of what someone can expect when seeing you – from the first appointment and the types of recommendations, to your approach to healing and continued relationship with the client.
During the first visit, my focus is on getting to know you, what makes you unique, and the experiences and circumstances that led you to your present self. Much of my recommendations are initially centered around removing obstacles to cure to enable the body’s innate healing capacity to function optimally. These may include diet and lifestyle recommendations, as well as any herbs, vitamins, minerals, or remedies that fit the picture.
When it comes to the Naturopathic approach, the effectiveness of each recommendation depends on the client’s adherence to the plan and commitment to making life changes. After all, we can’t expect real and lasting change if the circumstances that led to imbalance aren’t modified. That being said, change can be difficult, and I am dedicated to troubleshooting ways to work around any barriers that may arise throughout the process, and working to find a plan that can be maintained in a realistic and enjoyable fashion. I view my continued relationship with each person as a partnership and it is my role to support you along your healing journey.
Is there an herb, remedy, or healing modality that you especially love / have an affinity for?
I really love ashwagandha. This herb helped me maintain a healthy stress response as I went through my rigorous college and medical school programs.
As far as modalities go, herbal medicine and homeopathy are my favorites. I love that these modalities can be completely tailored to the individual in his or her totality rather than being selected solely based on a condition.
9211 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23235, USA
Richmond Natural Medicine
Natural Medicine. Her Areas Of Interest Include General Wellness, Gastrointestinal Health, Endocrinology, And Women’s Health. Herbal Medicine And Homeopathy