Dr. Sara Rodgers, ND. C.Ac
Idaho Naturopathic Medicine is owned and operated by Dr. Sara Rodgers, ND, a board certified and licensed naturopathic doctor. She holds licenses in Oregon for naturopathic medicine and Idaho for acupuncture.
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 and environmental medicine.
As a naturopathic physician, I get to combine my personal experience with an understanding of chemical sensitivity and toxicity. I don’t limit my practice to treating chemically sensitive individuals; I apply the understanding of detoxification principles to all of my patients.
- 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 Association of Naturopathic Physicians
- Idaho Chapter of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians