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Dr. Theo Badger, N.D., L.Ac.

I love working with people and helping them on their journey of health! I believe that the doctor’s role is simple: to lend a helping hand when needed and to be a guide through physical, emotional, and spiritual obstacles when things get stuck. Even with the best of efforts, it is easy for us to get lost in our own health problems. Everyone needs guidance at some point, and my job is to be there for you. I believe that the time spent with a practitioner should be time spent establishing vitality and promoting happiness, and everything else is secondary to that. It is so easy to overlook this in modern medicine.

As a naturopathic physician and a licensed acupuncturist I have a very holistic approach to health and disease. I believe that our body is an intricate and interconnected system, and should be treated as such. I consider myself a generalist in practice because I treat most conditions. I view disease as much more than a collection of independently existing symptoms, and thus I believe that it can be both artificial and less efficacious to limit treatment to specific symptomatology without addressing the whole body and other areas of imbalance in the process. This being said, I find that I can be particularly helpful with the following:

  • Sensitive Patients! – I am one myself, so I know how it feels to be on the other side of the table.
  • Digestive Issues – Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS, SIBO, GERD, Celiac disease, Functional digestive insufficiencies. I have worked with a lot of digestive issues in the past.
  • Detoxification – Heavy metal remediation, “Sludge” from poor lifestyle and dietary choices, General elimination support
  • Mental/Emotional/Spiritual Health – Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Anger
  • Hormonal imbalances – Thyroid disease, Adrenal imbalances, Men’s health
  • Insomnia and Sleep Issues
  • Fatigue
  • Allergies – Seasonal allergies, General energetic sensitivities, Digestive intolerances
  • Sports injuries, Athletic performance support

I use a wide variety of modalities and techniques in my practice because I believe that one size does not fit all:

  • Acupuncture – I love 5-Element Acupuncture and I use it specifically as catalyst to bring about the higher order shifts that precipitate powerful change throughout the body.
  • Bodywork – I practice Japanese Sotai bodywork because I believe that it helps to correct patterns of tension in the body and the emotional reflections of that tension in a gentle and profound way.
  • Energetic Testing – With my background and certification in Applied Kinesiology, I use functional energetic testing and manipulations techniques to correct somatic blockages and to help identify specific and individualized treatment strategies.
  • Herbs and Lifestyle – I use western botanical medicines, flower essences, supplements, and Chinese herbal formulas regularly, and I believe that lifestyle, dietary, and exercise recommendations should be the foundations to any lasting health regimen.
  • Lab Work and Pharmaceuticals – I utilize modern lab work for its accuracy in aiding diagnosis, and I only employ pharmaceuticals when they are absolutely necessary.

One of my biggest passions is minerals and their inverse relationship to heavy metal toxicity. This is a particularly pertinent topic in our modern, polluted world. Minerals are so fundamentally important to our biochemistry that I believe that it is virtually impossible to be healthy without first wiping the slate clean and establishing a healthy balance of these elements in our bodies. Creating this balance is much easier said than done though. I believe that there are emotional and energetic reasons for not absorbing essential minerals in our diet and instead we take on heavy metal toxicity in their place to reinforce our maladaptive patterns. I strive to help correct those energetic and emotional imbalances and support the body in a natural way as it readjusts its mineral/metal equilibrium and realigns the physical body with the spiritual plane.

At the end of the day, I believe that the body is much smarter than we all give it credit for. I believe that an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure and that removing obstacles to recovery is the best form of medicine out there because it gives the body a chance to heal itself!

Education:

  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Masters of Science and Oriental Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College

Fun Fact:

  • I lived in a 1985 Volkswagon Vanagon for six months after college as I drove around the country on an extended rock climbing trip. There is some amazingly beautiful countryside between the coasts that I spent a fair amount of time exploring. I love to reflect back on these travels, because the areas that I visited were so breathtaking! Ask me about my trips and I can tell you all of the scenic places where my van has broken down! I’m still working my way up to 50 states.

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