Changing Careers: How to Pursue Your Passion & Become an ND
Do you have dreams of becoming an ND, but you’re not sure how to navigate a career change? Join AANMC and hear from NDs who changed careers to pursue their passion for naturopathic medicine!
Dr. Erin Westaway
Erin Westaway is a naturopathic physician with a private practice in Seattle, WA, where she focuses on fertility, preconception care, and teaching parents how to grow healthy families. A portion of her practice is dedicated to primary care medicine for the whole family.
Dr. Westaway came to medicine through her love of learning, her fascination with the impeccable balance of nature, and her curiosity about the human condition. She studied English literature at Bowdoin College and taught public school Arts and Humanities before returning to school to become a physician. After graduating from Bastyr University, she completed a two year residency under Dr. Molly (Linton) Niedermeyer at one of the oldest naturopathic clinics in the country, where she continued to practice for several years.
It didn’t take long in practice before she realized that education and deep listening was, more than anything she could prescribe, what would help her patients heal. The more they understood about how to care for themselves, the deeper they looked into what worked and didn’t work in their lives, the better results her patients had.
Prescribe Life Medicine was born out of a desire to create a medical practice that allowed enough time and support for deep change and transformation of health. To accomplish this, Dr. Westaway draws on her extensive knowledge of physiology and biochemistry, her awe of human capacity, her love of story, and her first hand knowledge of dealing with chronic illness. She lives what she teaches and she hopes you’ll be inspired to find your own path to health.
In addition to her medical training, Dr. Westaway has extra training in nutrition, biofeedback, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, herbal medicine, and counseling, and environmental medicine.
Dr. Amy Tyler
Hi! I’m Amy Tyler, a naturopathic doctor and founder of Blazing Brains. I help parents who are struggling with their child’s mood, focus, & energy use nutrition & lifestyle tools to optimize brain health, leading to more ease in family life and a focused, regulated child who is free to reach their full potential. Rather than focusing only on typical or average eaters, Blazing Brains was designed to include neurodiverse kids who often struggle with picky eating and other challenges around food.
My education includes a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle. My learning curve accelerated quickly when I became a mom and experienced firsthand the joys and challenges that come with feeding and raising children.
I’ve been providing natural health solutions to families in Austin, TX since 2007, and I have a special passion for helping kids who are wired differently. The name “Blazing Brains” was coined to capture the dual nature of these kids who beautifully break the mold. Their lightning-fast brilliance can illuminate new ways of thinking and seeing the world; they show you fresh perspectives & amaze you with their insights. On the other hand, sometimes it seems that their brains are on fire, manifesting as meltdowns, anxiety, and dysregulation.
My own family includes individuals with autism, ADHD, sensory issues and learning disabilities. Finding ways to help them was a very steep learning curve, but one that has allowed me to help other families facing similar challenges.
My mission is to bring tangible solutions and a supportive community to any family struggling to help their kids. My vision is to help your kids shine their lights brightly into the world, and provide tools to quench any ‘brain fires’ that are standing in their way.
My approach is to keep things simple and realistic for busy families. The goal is progress over perfection! As a mom of two young kids, I’m also still learning as I go and walking alongside you in this journey.