Tammy McInnis, NDLicensed Naturopathic Physician in the State of WA
Bastyr University—Seattle, WA
Tammy McInnis grew up in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by nature. Tammy and her family spent a great deal of time actively exploring the outdoors. Tammy's initial exposure to the medical system began with her young mother's diagnosis of breast cancer. As a girl, Tammy watched her mother's health rapidly deteriorate after exposure to multiple rounds of harsh chemotherapy and radiation. Tammy felt disappointed with the impersonal medical care that her mother received and was discouraged by the lack of communication between her mother's doctors. She quickly recognized that creating meaningful relationships with patients and their families and that having collaboration between physicians were integral to the healing process. The experience with her mother converged with her desire to improve healthcare, leading to her pursuit of becoming a physician. She found the idea of integrating natural medicine with conventional healthcare appealing and chose to attend medical school at Bastyr University. She agreed with an individualized approach to patient care and believed in the naturopathic foundation of finding the "cause" of illness rather than just treating the "symptoms".
During her fourth year of medical school, Tammy's young son suffered a traumatic brain injury. Tammy took a year away from her rigorous academic studies to care for him. In conjunction with the hospital's traditional medical care, Tammy incorporated the use of natural medicine and physical therapies into her son's treatment. With the integrated treatment, her son showed tremendous improvement. After one month, much to the amazement of the hospital staff, he left the hospital on his own two feet and was on his way to recovery. Once again, Tammy's conviction to naturopathic medicine was reaffirmed and she was reminded of the innate healing power of the human body. Tammy returned to Bastyr, resuming her studies, where she met Jill Monster and Naomi Bryant. The triad quickly became friends and enjoyed collaborating on patient cases. Prior to graduation, they began entertaining the idea of forming a joint medical practice and NaturoMedica was born. These days, as Dr. Tammy loves to laugh and believes laughter is important medicine, you can often hear laughter coming from her exam rooms.
Outside of work, Tammy loves spending time with her husband, their children and grandchildren. Her favorite pastimes include spending time outdoors in nature, relaxing on the beach, and adventurous travel where Tammy enjoys meeting people and learning about their cultures.
For more information about Dr. McInnis or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at (425) 557-8900.
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