Dr. Heather (Swallow) Dawson
Dr. Heather (Swallow) Dawson is the founder and Medical Director of Wellspring Natural Health. She is a licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in Neuro-Endocrinology - the way the brain communicates with our hormone glands (adrenals, thyroid, ovaries/testes, pancreas) through the HP axis. This includes treating peri-menopause and andropause with bio-identical hormone therapy, addressing women's health issues such as PCOS, infertility and PMS, restoring the adrenals from fatigue, exhaustion and sympathetic dominance, treating thyroid disorders, blood sugar imbalances and weight issues. Dr. Dawson aids in restoring optimal brain function for anxiety, depression and insomnia via neurotransmitter testing as well as treating gastrointestinal health issues such as UC, Chron's, food allergies/leaky gut and candida. Dr. Dawson believes that it is essential to treat every aspect of an individual's health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. In doing this, true healing can take place and life can be transformed. Dr. Heather Dawson is a member of The California Naturopathic Doctors Association and The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Dawson received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Women's Studies at Loyola University of Chicago and her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Stephanie Faddis
Stephanie is a licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner and new to the Monterey Peninsula from San Diego. There, she had a thriving practice Ouchie Acupuncture + Herbal Medicine. The community of Monterey and Carmel, and of course the beautiful terrain, drew her and her husband to set roots here. She is excited to be part of the Wellspring community and hopes to share her passion for this medicine. Stephanie began her studies in the healing modalities by attaining a bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine. She went on to complete a master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is currently finishing her Doctorate of Chinese Medicine. She offers detailed treatment approaches addressing anything from anxiety to internal medicine but some of her specialties include facial rejuvenation, oncology support, stress management, sports medicine and women's health. She practices a combination of traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine modifying treatments to fit each patient's needs. She has an extensive background in biomedicine and is well versed in the treatments you receive at Wellspring Natural Health. Some of her modalities are cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, acupressure, tuina, herbology and genetic testing. At Wellspring, Stephanie plans to host community events which will educate you on how you can optimize your health and wellness at home. She believes strongly that you can be empowered to take control of your health and that what you do at home is just as important as seeking medical help. She wants to equip her patients with knowledge and self-care tools to optimize immunity and manage daily stressors. Stephanie pays close attention to her patients' needs and whether it’s two sessions or regular visits throughout the year, she delights in seeing the effective and lasting results from her treatment plans.
Through an accident in my youth I fractured my left femur close to the hip and spent the following fourteen years unconsciously compensating while favoring the injured leg. This created holding patterns in the muscles and tissues bringing mis-alignment to the structure of my body causing shortness, stiffness in the joints and pain. My Yoga, TaiJi and Qigong practice, has been vast, covering many areas of the world. They all began in 1993 at Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs, California. Four years later to deepen my understanding of Qigong, TaiJi and to learn Kung Fu and Taoist meditation, I studied at The Red Lotus School of Movement in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the same time, I studied privately the art of moving energy through the practice of Reiki and received Master Level Attainments. After seven years of my own movement and energy practice, I was certified to teach Yoga with the Sivananda Ashram in Woodbourne, New York. My Chinese Medical Qigong study and practice was through the Center of Motion in Palm Springs, California and I enhanced my Qigong and TaiJi skills studying with different Masters in various provinces of China. Through studying massage, anatomy, physiology and Soma Therapies, such as Craniosacral, at the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City, Utah, I have come to understand how the body heals as well as how it creates disease. All of these forms of movement and energy modalities have given me a way to move gracefully with a sense of lift and confidence helping me become stronger, limber and more flexible. From this understanding I have realized that health and balance must be sought through all aspects of my being not just what I eat or how I exercise, but also and more importantly how I think, how I feel and how I see myself. My aim is to help you consciously create and live from a balanced life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. “Awareness of how I move, stand and carry myself is the most important key to free what gets locked inside the body.” -Kaleo Indigo