My interest in medicine began expanding during my undergraduate studies of Public Health. During that time, it became clear to me that preventative medicine is one of the most important tools we have to take charge of our health. While this concept felt so clear, I became acutely aware of all the obstacles in place at both an individual and a societal level that prevents putting this concept into practice. I have since dedicated my on-going education to better understand how to more easily integrate preventative medicine into everyday life as well as how to approach disease from the root cause. My hope is to help enable others to address the core of their problem while simultaneously building a foundation of deep and sustained health.
My approach to care is to be an active and empowering source of support for my patients. I aim to stay open and curious, to listen and to understand patients’ specific goals, to work together as a team to meet those goals.
Dr. Kate Leavens is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist. She earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a masters in acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She is a first year resident working with Dr. Ilana Guervich.
While Dr. Leavens’ training has focused on primary care, she has also completed more extensive training in gastroenterology, endocrinology, and women’s health. She is certified in pelvic floor therapy as well as somatic dialogue and has continued training in craniosacral therapy from UpLedger Institute. By integrating naturopathic philosophy, conventional medical tools, and Chinese medicine modalities, she is excited to offer a holistic and individualized approach to each and every patient. She believes in the body’s innate ability to heal and uses lifestyle, dietary education, nutraceuticals, botanical medicine, and bodywork to help optimize this process.
Outside of work, Dr. Leavens loves hiking, exploring new areas of the PNW, dancing, and contemplating how to better make our nervous systems feel at home.