“I am passionate about connecting people with their health. I love being the person to demystify a patient’s medical concerns to help them understand what is going on and what to do in the most logical way. In that, ‘doctor as teacher’ and the ‘treat the root cause’ are always my favorite guiding principles.”
Dr. Steven Sorr is emphatic in his opinions of naturopathic medicine. “This profession is amazing,” he says, “and has allowed me to help people in such deep and profound ways, all the way to the simplest easy fixes.” He feels that the multidisciplinary approach of naturopathic medicine is what sets it apart from conventional medicine. This approach gives NDs the flexibility to treat the entire person instead of merely treating the presenting symptoms.
Laying the groundwork to become an ND
Dr. Sorr took an unusual path to becoming a naturopathic doctor. He actually started with two different career paths—as a Yoga instructor and a pastry chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu. Both professions provided him with a background of service to others with the goal of helping them maintain a healthy lifestyle. As Dr. Sorr attests, his culinary skills “[benefit my] patients who need simple solutions in the kitchen for making delicious and healthy meals, although desserts are something I typically steer away from these days.”
Dr. Sorr decided to expand these skills and train as a naturopathic doctor because “it offered a wider variety of therapeutic modalities.” He was also intrigued by the rigorous medical education that exposed him to traditional and naturopathic methodologies. He chose to pursue his medical training at SCNM because of the highly praised faculty. Furthermore, the AANMC phrase “mind of a doctor, heart of healer” stuck in his mind and sold him on the naturopathic philosophy.
SCNM as a springboard
Dr. Sorr was drawn to SCNM because of its curriculum. He went from being an advocate to a leader in naturopathic medicine. One of the strongest aspects of the curriculum is that it taught him how to read and interpret research without “cherry-picking” the data. SCNM has also provided him with a network of colleagues across the U.S. and Canada that he can turn to for advice or mentoring.
Part of what has led to Dr. Sorr’s success is the fact that he has maintained a business plan since before he even entered SCNM. He was able to not only gain the medical background that he needed to survive, but he was able to pair that with a business acumen that helped him hit the ground running and flourish.
“Living the dream” after graduation
After completing all of his classes and board examination, Dr. Sorr realized he was about to begin a voyage that would be “the most arduous in [his] whole life.” As such, he treated himself to a nice vacation. But even before he graduated, Dr. Sorr began to scout locations for his clinic. Once he was back from his post-graduation break, he broke ground on the Source of Health in Scottsdale, AZ. While the first year is known to be the toughest, he was already turning his practice into a success within just a few months.
Finding fulfillment as an ND
When asked about his life and a sense of personal fulfillment, Dr. Sorr states that “work and life balance is the key to my sanity.” He makes sure to practice what he preaches, utilizing diet, exercise and rest to stay healthy and centered. Even though he is expanding his business, he makes sure to leave his work to spend time with his friends and family and to enjoy his new home.
“Becoming a naturopathic doctor has given me the most incredible gift,” adds Dr. Sorr. He finds personal fulfillment in being able to take the time to “truly listen to a patient and properly identify, diagnose and treat accordingly.” It’s the ability to ease patient’s frustration when a health problem is not diagnosed, that provides him with the strongest feeling of success.
Advice for aspiring NDs
Dr. Sorr offers one key piece of advice for aspiring naturopathic doctors: “Focus and niche down on what you wish to treat.” Finding your specialty will set you apart and will help you to become more successful. In addition, specializing helps you to find greater fulfillment in your work. Many students think they will graduate and get a job, when, in fact, you must create your job by helping others in a unique manner.” That is why it is so important to develop a business model early on to craft your vision of what you want your practice to be.
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SCNM Holds Spring Research Night
On February 23, 2018, SCNM hosted its semi-annual Research Night for our students, staff, faculty and local community. Under the guidance of our Director of Research, Jeffrey Langland, PhD, SCNM students have the opportunity to conduct research studies on topics they are passionate about, ranging from the characterization of botanicals effective against viruses to the effects of prolotherapy on chronic injuries.
When asked about the importance of the work that the SCNM Research Department is conducting, student presenter Elliot Zyglis said, “Research night is important for students at SCNM because it is a great opportunity to learn about some of the exciting research we are doing within the field of Naturopathic Medicine. Not only does it provide clinically relevant information to current and future physicians, but it opens doorways to new avenues of future exploration. I love the fact that we are able to conduct studies that are motivated by our individual passions and interests. We are standing on the shore of a vast frontier; there is so much within our field that has yet to be probed with the tools of modern science.”
Click here for a complete listing of presentations. The next research night will be held in the fall.
SCNM Students Continue to Produce Stellar NPLEX Scores
SCNM students recently produced another round of fantastic NPLEX scores! The recently released August 2017 testing results saw 95% of SCNM’s test takers passing the NPLEX Part I. This was 18% higher than the 77% average of all naturopathic schools.
We are proud of our students for their stellar work and our dedicated faculty for their efforts in preparing students for these important examinations.
SCNM Unveils New Website and Virtual Tour of Campus
Join SCNM on a virtual tour of campus! You can visit the SCNM campus from the comfort of your home. The virtual tour highlights many features of SCNM’s beautiful campus in Tempe, Arizona. Click here to experience the tour.
We’ve also launched a brand new website. Click here to explore!
ND Spotlight: Integrative Oncology Expert Dr. Jennifer Havens
We are excited to announce that Jennifer Havens, ND has recently joined SCNM. Dr. Havens is a naturopathic physician and clinical researcher specializing in integrative cancer care. After graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, she completed an NIH/ NRSA clinical research fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle and then continued her clinical training as a Resident in Naturopathic Oncology at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia.
Dr. Havens focuses on integrative protocols for patients with cancer, informed by genomic analysis and quantitative cellular nutrient status. Prior to becoming a naturopathic physician, Dr. Havens completed her doctoral training at the University of Virginia in the Department of Molecular and Cancer Biology after which she continued as a researcher specializing in DNA-based molecular diagnostics. Her background in cancer biology and genomics, coupled with her training as a naturopathic physician, makes her uniquely qualified to create integrative treatment protocols driven by patient-specific genetic analysis.
Dr. Haven’s current research investigates the effects of somatic hyper and hypomethylation on tumor biology during both conventional and integrative treatment, as well as the use of natural products to modulate methylation both during treatment and during survivorship. Additionally, she is investigating the role of natural products in conjunction with Viscum album extract (VAE) therapy and modulation of progression of disease in patients using conventional chemotherapeutics and patients who have failed all lines of conventional therapy.
SCNM Leading the Way on Regenerative Injection Therapy
Regenerative injection therapies are a growing treatment choice for patients suffering from pain and illness. We are excited to announce our Regenerative Injection Therapy Program, which will provide medical professional with high level training to bring injection therapies to their practices.
This hybrid online course will consist of two on-site weekend workshops as well as recorded lectures and materials online. The onsite workshops will be taught by Dr. Tyna Moore and the SCNM Pain Relief Center’s Dr. Casey Seenauth. Furthermore, the program is open to 3rd and 4th year medical students and is available for 5 hours of pharmacology and 96 hours general CME credits.
Don’t Miss SCNM’s Open House Saturday, April 14th!
Hear from students, alumni and practicing NDs to learn more about the profession and the SCNM experience. Click here for more details.