A Personal Message from Dr. Sarah:
My journey into the medical field began when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 13. As a child, I quickly became immersed in the western medical system and began to see that my condition was thought of as a life sentence, and would be addressed primarily by managing my symptoms with heavy-hitting pharmaceuticals. I grew up in Oakland, California, and was lucky to be surrounded by an alternative-thinking community. Soon after my diagnosis, I found myself in the office of a holistic practitioner, who became my first mentor and helped me to understand the root cause of my illness – what mental, emotional, and physical circumstances had set off the immune dysfunction that led my body to turn against itself. This way of thinking about disease was entirely new to me, and has led to a life-long curiosity about how our bodies and spirits express health and disease, and how to achieve true healing.
In my own journey with a chronic disease, I have personally experienced that in order to maintain a full life, a balance must often be struck between the best of what both conventional and alternative medicine have to offer. I understand the physical and emotional toll that chronic pain and illness take, and I have always approached medicine from the standpoint that we need to make choices that are the best for our unique bodies and life circumstances. After years of navigating between conventional and alternative medicine, I truly believe that both systems have powerful tools to offer, and I aim to help my patients make informed decisions that lead to the most fulfilling life possible.
I deeply believe in the body’s own ability to heal itself, and in its wisdom to create symptoms to show us when something is out of alignment with healing. As a Naturopathic physician and acupuncturist, I work with my patients to remove obstacles that prevent healing, and to help restore natural rhythms to promote lasting mental, emotional and spiritual health. I believe that true health is a constant evolution and a lifelong journey, not a final destination, and I am committed to always be a resource and guide to my patients throughout life’s joys and struggles.
Dr. Trotta is a board certified Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist. She completed her training at the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in the country, the National University of Natural Medicine, and is currently completing a 2 year, full-time residency under the supervision of Dr. Gibran Ramos, ND, LAc, and David Berkshire, LAc, focusing on Five-Element acupuncture, Endobiogeny, and Biotherapeutic drainage.
Dr. Trotta loves to work with patients of all ages and walks of life, and has specific focuses in chronic illness, autoimmune disease, endocrinology, women’s health, and LGBTQ care. As a Naturopathic primary care physician, she tailors her treatment options to each unique patient and is able to combine the best of conventional medicine, natural therapies and Chinese medicine in her treatment plans. Dr. Trotta is happy to collaborate and communicate with your other providers to create the most beneficial treatment plans for your unique life.
In addition to her coursework at NUNM, Dr. Trotta has completed a 2-year training in Constitutional Homeopathy through the New England School of Homeopathy (NESH), as well as continued training in the French system of Biotherapeutic Drainage. Both of these systems use gentle, energetic medicine to address the underlying cause of disease, treat the whole person, and restore the vital force to the mind, body and spirit. These medicines can be used with any person in any circumstance, and Dr. Trotta has found them to be a particularly powerful and indispensable part of her practice.
Dr. Trotta is also happy to provide holistic women’s healthcare, including annual exams. She is a practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, as well as Tami Kent’s Holistic Pelvic Care™. She uses these bodywork methods, along with other natural treatments, to help restore function in the female body, achieve optimal fertility, and relieve pain. They can be used for a wide range of conditions including hormonal dysregulation, uterine prolapse, incontinence, digestive disorders and sexual dysfunction.
While in school, Dr. Trotta also completed several internships in LGBTQ healthcare, and she is happy to be able to offer gender-affirming hormone therapy, in addition to transgender primary care and preventive exams.
Dr. Trotta is currently completing a 2-year training in Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture with her mentor, David Berkshire LAc, Eric Hartmann LAc, and Dr. Judy Worsley. Five-Element Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese recognition that humans are reflections of nature, and that we all have the energies of fire, earth, metal, water and wood within ourselves. By identifying and treating disharmonies or imbalances of these elements within our bodies, we are able to restore health and vitality and reach greater spiritual fulfillment.
When she is out of the clinic, Dr. Trotta enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her wife, one year old daughter, and their energetic whippet-terrier mix.
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Feel free to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation to see if Dr. Trotta is the right fit for you! She can be reached by emailing email@example.com, or calling 503-701-8766 ext. 343.