Dr. Melissa Buches, ND

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Dr. Melissa Buches, ND
Dr. Melissa Buches is a naturopathic doctor who was born in a small town in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Her parents were passionate about gardening, hunting, fishing, and providing good food for their children. Growing up in a rural area meant taking more control over one's own health. Using things at hand, often directly from nature, to help one heal. This was very important in Dr. Melissa's decision to pursue a naturopathic medical school that incorporated natural components of food and nutrition into modern day advances. Today she applies this knowledge in her work as a primary care doctor, focusing on women's health, gastroenterology, and sports medicine. Dr. Melissa Buches ND graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelors in science focusing on genetics, biochemistry and botany. She fell in love with biochemistry, and this is reflected in how she likes to educate her patients about their internal biochemistry. She graduated from Bastyr University in 1995 with her doctorate. She then went on to have a naturopathic practice in Portland, Oregon. She left Portland after three years to pursue the sunshine of southern California. She settled in Westlake Village, California and had a bustling primary care private practice there for 17 years focusing on women's health and sports medicine. Dr. Melissa and her husband David, recently relocated to Seattle, so Dave could pursue his career with Amazon.

Gumshoe Health

509 Olive Way Ste 755

Seattle, WA 98101

Contact Information

(206) 420-8682

Dr. Melissa Buches, ND

Dr. Melissa Buches, ND

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Melissa is an avid athlete, and knows what it takes to get to the level of pushing the human body to its greatest capacity.  With her focus on sports medicine, many of her patients are professional athletes, including cyclists, runners, swimmers, triathletes, baseball and football players.  She takes great pride in seeing her patients reach optimal levels of feeling well and getting the most out of their body's on a daily basis.

Dr. Melissa is passionate about reaching optimal health both personally and with her patients.

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  • Naturopathy
  • Family Medicine
  • General Medical Practice
  • Men's Health Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Pain Management
  • Sports Preventive Medicine
  • Women's Health Medicine

Board Certifications

Dr. Buches does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Abnormal Menstruation
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Insomnia
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Menopausal and Postmenopausal Disorders
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Nutritional Deficiency
  • Obesity
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Sports Injuries
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency


  • Allergy Treatment
  • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Detoxification
  • Diet Counseling
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Gynecological Examination
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pap Smear
  • Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams
  • Stress Management
  • Vitamin B12 Injection
  • Wellness Examination

Background Check

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  • University Of British Columbia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Bastyr University
    Medical School | Graduated 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Buches' Reviews

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based on 10 total reviews (2 with comments)
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  • Explains condition(s) well
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Patient Comments (2)
in Vancouver, WA |
Except for Type II Diabetes, my family docs were unable to ID the cause of several of my health symptoms. After meeting Dr. Melissa 15 years ago, we've worked through my fibromyalgia, gluten intolerance and other food sensitivities which were causing nutritional deficiencies. She supported me through breast cancer 4 years ago, and is doing the same with Non-H Lymphoma now. She's always encouraging, informative and persistent in finding root causes for ill health and how to best treat them.
in Simi Valley, CA |
Dr. Melissa is outstanding. She's extremely knowledgeable about my health concerns and provides me the medical care that I need. In addition, she spared me the damaging neurological affects of chemotherapy by prescribing me the right supplements. I can't thank her enough!
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