Alicia Rogers: Naturopath
Alicia Rogers is a co-owner at Core Vitality Clinic in Corvallis. She and her husband Dr. Thom Rogers have been in practice naturopathic medicine together since 2003. Dr. Alicia Rogers completed her doctorate (ND) of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002 at Bastyr University. She did a residency in an integrative primary care clinic in Seattle, where she focused on Physical Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormones. Her focus is women’s health/bio identical hormones.
What Is a Naturopath?
Naturopathic medicine is a holistic system of medicine that uses lifestyle and natural remedies to help the body heal itself. Holistic medicine addresses the whole person, including mind, body, and spirit. A ND uses many therapies, including herbal, exercise, and nutritional counseling. There are many holistic options that NDs recommend for their patients including massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and much more. The aim is to address the root causes of an illness, not just stop the symptoms.
There is an idea that Naturopathic Physicians are not actual doctors, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. A Naturopathic Physician has to go through similar classes and education as medical doctors. However, they are also trained in several other areas of care beyond pharmaceuticals. They have a deep curriculum including nutrition, psychology, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and physical medicine modalities. They offer more options in treating patients than standard medicine.
What Can I Expect When I see Dr. Alicia Rogers?
“I offer naturopathic primary care, with a hormonal focus, so you get a lot more options in your care and treatment when you see me. If you’re looking for a new primary care doctor, this is a good place to look. We have perspectives on some things that other doctors aren’t trained in, as well as addressing the standard health concerns like blood sugar and cholesterol.” Doctor Alicia Rogers is very experienced and loves what she does.
Why Did She Go Into Naturopathic Medicine?
Dr. Alicia Rogers decided to go into Naturopathic medicine because she had issues with migraines and terrible periods while growing up. She says, “I was never treated in a way that was helpful & I couldn’t get a good understanding of what was happening from my health care providers. When I learned what naturopathic medicine was, it brought all of my interests together and offered a way to gain better understanding of the mental, physical, & spiritual aspects of health.” Because of the issues she experienced, women’s health is very important to her. A large part of women’s health is using bio identical hormone treatments where appropriate. A typical patient is a woman with menopausal symptoms, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, PMS, migraines, or mood issues that are related to hormonal cycles. She is experienced in using hormone testing to help determine imbalances.
Dr. Alicia Rogers realized in the first year of naturopathic school that her passion is really empowering patients. She says, “As I was feeling empowered with all this new knowledge, I came to realize that healing is about empowering patients rather than empowering the doctor, where in some cases this is the norm. Developing a partnership with my patient and finding the next logical step is what I do.”
What Else Does She Do As A Naturopath?
She is trained in Naturopathic Primary Care as an ND and a specialist in Naturopathic Medicine. If you need someone to do your check ups, well child visits, or pap smears, she does that. She checks for risk factors or health issues are likely to come up based on personal or family history or lifestyle & dietary choices. Dr. Alicia can run tests to check the levels of nutrients in your blood. She educates patients about diet and exercise. She offers her expertise with nutrients and herbs and alternatives to medications, and also can manage your medications.
A primary care physician or PCP is a healthcare professional who practices general medicine. PCPs are our first stop for medical care. These are not specialists. There are different types of PCPs which include Family Medicine doctors who care for patients of all ages, Pediatricians who care for babies, children and teens, Internal Medicine Doctors that usually only care for adults, Obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in women’s health issues and are sometimes PCPs for girls who have started menstruating and a few others. Nurse practitioners and Physicians Assistants are also considered PCPs.
AlDr. Alicia’s focus is primarily in women’s health and bio identical hormone treatments. She enjoys working with women with all types of hormone issues like thyroid and