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Hi. I'm Dr. Amy Hawkins, ND. I'm a naturopathic doctor specializing in women's health. I have a passion for educating, empowering and supporting women as they journey through the transitions of life...those times when we can get knocked down pretty hard. I absolutely love helping women, especially moms, feel their best.
Let's be honest. Becoming a mom is simultaneously one of the most wonderful and most difficult things that a woman can go through in her life. The complex combination of nutritional demands, hormonal changes, and brain remodeling (yes, brain remodeling!) that happens during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum is seriously no joke. It takes its toll and we feel it.
What many women don't realize is that, if we don't take steps to properly support ourselves during this time, we can suffer the consequences of postpartum depletion for up to TEN years postpartum. (Yes, that's why you're still so exhausted.) And guess what happens about ten years after the birth of your youngest child? Hello perimenopause. It's a perfect storm. You're already depleted and now you're entering another one of life's HUGE transitions. No wonder women are struggling.
That intersection is my passion. I want to change the game. I want to educate and empower women with the tools they need throughout their journey to be the superwomen they were meant to be. Why? Because healthy, strong women raise healthy families, build healthy communities, lift each other up...which creates more healthy, strong women, more healthy families, and even more healthy communities. Yes please.
So, what's my approach? As a a naturopathic doctor, I'm an expert in integrative and functional medicine. I utilize functional lab testing and holistic assessments to uncover all the reasons you're struggling (i.e. the "root cause"). I'll take my time, listen carefully, and develop a customized stepwise roadmap that will get you back to feeling your best and keep you there.
How did I end up doing this work? Well, I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. However, during my pre-med studies at UNC Chapel Hill, I went through some personal health challenges and discovered naturopathic medicine. Needless to say, that shifted my trajectory. I finished my pre-med studies at Chapel Hill in 1995, moved to California to study herbal medicine, and in 2001 started my formal medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle. After earning my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007, I worked for 5 years as a licensed primary care naturopathic physician near downtown Seattle. During this time, I also trained as a lactation consultant at Seattle Midwifery School so as to better serve the mothers and babies in my care.
As my family grew, so did the desire to return home. In the summer of 2012, I bid farewell to my busy practice in Seattle and brought my family back to Wilmington where I knew my unique training was needed. It's been a blessing to deepen my roots in the place I've always called home.
As a mother of three energetic boys, I understand the joys and challenges of parenting in the modern world, especially when trying to do things more naturally and commercial-free. I incorporate these principles and love of natural parenting into everything that I do with the women in my care.