Dr. Sara Rodgers, NMD/ND, C.Ac
Since 2011, I have owned and operated Idaho Naturopathic Medicine. I hold licenses in Oregon for naturopathic medicine and Idaho for acupuncture.
I believe in listening to my patients and providing patient centered care.
Why I became a naturopathic physician
My journey to becoming a naturopathic physician probably started when I was 5 years old. My father had just bought a new car. A Renault 20 was an odd choice, but as kids we were super excited.
Unfortunately, that excitement didn’t last very long. As soon as I got into the car, I realized that I was going to be sick every time I got into it.
I didn’t know it at the time, but my detoxification system is slow, meaning I can’t break down volatile organic compounds very quickly. Today, we use the term chemical sensitivity to describe this condition. What my 5-year old self did know is that the new car smell made me feel sick. I didn’t just feel nauseous, I felt sick in my whole body. I knew this car and me were not going to be friends.
That experience and others that followed, including achieving a mouth full of silver dental fillings (e.g., mercury amalgams), made me very prone to feeling awful when exposed to chemicals. A hyper vigilance of toxic exposure led me to learning about environmental science as a masters student in environmental toxicology and environmental medicine as a naturopathic medical student.
Since graduating from naturopathic school in 2004, I have learned how to recognize and treat individual intolerances that lead to inflammation, imbalanced blood sugars, nutritional deficiencies, mood disorders, autoimmune disorders, and more. As a naturopathic physician, my personal experience provides a basis for empathy that each of us can suffer in invisible ways. I am excited that I chose a profession that allows me to provide the individualized care that combines traditional healing remedies with modern, evidence-based treatments. I believe that both worlds are needed to heal us all.
- BS, Biology. Oregon State University.
- MS, Environmental Science (toxicology thesis). Western Washington University.
- ND Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (SCNM).
- Family Practice Residency.
- Oregon: Naturopathic Physician
- Idaho: Naturopathic Medical Doctor, Acupuncture