Dr. Steelsmith's Background and Education Grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut before transferring to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington B.A. from Evergreen State College B.S. in Natural Health Sciences from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington M.S. in Acupuncture from Bastyr University Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University Associate Clinical Professor at Bastyr University After completing pre-medical studies, Dr. Steelsmith entered the Doctoral program in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, America's leading naturopathic medical school. Nationally recognized as one of the first U.S. medical schools to integrate alternative and Western medicine, in 1994 Bastyr University was awarded - over all other top U.S. medical schools, including Harvard, Columbia and UCLA - a prestigious federal grant by the National Institutes of Health to research alternative treatments for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Steelsmith received standard medical school training in the sciences, including all conventional methods of physical, clinical, and laboratory diagnosis. In addition, she studied in-depth a wide range of holistic and non-toxic approaches to therapeutics and disease prevention, completing four years of clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and counseling. She also completed two years of clinical training in naturopathic therapeutics and preventive medicine in a primary care out-patient setting, and a two year residency. The difference between Dr. Steelsmith's education and that of other conventionally-trained physicians is most extensive in the area of therapeutics, and reflects different philosophies of health and disease. Her training placed a much greater emphasis, for example, on the science of nutrition and the impact of nutrition on human health (she fulfilled 138 total credit hours of therapeutic nutritional sciences; conventional medical schools typically require none). At Bastyr University, Dr. Steelsmith also earned a Masters degree in acupuncture. She studied both traditional Chinese medicine and Five-element acupuncture, as well as Chinese herbal medicine and nutrition. She is licensed by the state of Hawaii as both a naturopathic physician and an acupuncturist, and by the state of Washington as a naturopathic physician. In addition to the degrees she earned from Bastyr University, Dr. Steelsmith practiced as a licensed massage therapist in Washington state for eight years and was also an American Council on Exercise certified excerise instructor and aerobics teacher.
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Dr. Laurie Steelsmith is dedicated to helping people empower themselves and create great health with natural medicine. In her practice and her teachings, she blends the extraordinary benefits of healing techniques from the Western naturopathic tradition with the ancient art of Chinese medicine.
Dr. Steelsmith reaches a wide audience through public speaking, television appearances, radio presentations, and books and articles on cutting-edge natural health topics. Her message that you have the innate ability to heal yourself by embracing the power of nature reflects her belief in natural medicines that work with, rather than against, your body's own healing processes. During the past two decades she has inspired many thousands of patients and followers to transform their health and vastly improve the quality of their lives.
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Why It Matters: Dr. Steelsmith's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
ADHD and-or ADD
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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Blood Allergy Testing
Chronic Pain Management
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Low Back Procedure
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Neck Pain Procedure
Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
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What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
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What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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