Melissa Patterson, ND
Naturopathic Doctor and Medical Intuitive
354 1/2 S. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-8137

Announcing the 5th Year Anniversary of Sebastopol Practice


Announcing the 5th Year Anniversary of Sebastopol Practice

I am very happy to announce that I am celebrating the 5th year anniversary of my practice in Sebastopol.  I have thoroughly enjoyed having my practice in Sebastopol.  I am grateful that I practice in a town that has such an open and expanded perspective of the world, themselves and healing.  

I am the most grateful for all of the incredible patients that have graced my practice these last five years. I have seen such beautiful breakthroughs, healing and personal evolution with patients.  The level of the healing that I have seen borders on the miraculous and I feel graced to be able to facilitate the level of healing that I witness daily.

In the last five years I have added the healing modalities of Voice Dialogue and Theta Healing, two incredibly powerful mind-body modalities.  I have also refined and learned more about many of the techniques that I already utilize, such as, increasing my knowledge in nutrition, herbalism and refining how I facilitate mind-body medicine.  But, most importantly I have found that as I have gone deeper into my own healing I hold a deeper space for’s a beautiful reciprocity the fuels my own evolution.  

For those who don’t know about my background before practicing in Sebastopol, I graduated from naturopathic medical school in 2000.  Prior to practicing in Sebastopol I was the director of the Consciousness, Healing and Ecology program at New College of California for five years.  Before that I practiced at Hill Park Medical Clinic in Petaluma for 3 years.

While teaching at New College I also had a small practice incorporating intuitive/energy medicine and I found that patients got better faster and had a more personally profound healing when these modalities were incorporated. In January of 2008 New College closed its doors as an academic institution. It was then that I realized that I wanted to re-open my practice in Sebastopol.  At the time I made the agreement with myself, that if I was going to re-open my practice I wanted it to be representative of who I am as a healer and what I truly do.  At that point I made a significant decision to let-go of what I thought I “should” do (which was to only be a clinically oriented naturopathic doctor) and went out on a limb and specialized in medical intuition, mind-body medicine and intuitive/energy medicine.  In essence I put myself out in the world for what I was really called to do, which was be a “Modern Day Medicine Woman”.

Since making that decision not only have I found more happiness and satisfaction in my work, but I have also truly seen the magic of patients healing on a deeper and wider soul level, along with the physical healing that they were seeking.  

Over the last five years my practice has grown and now it is where it is today, thriving and full.  

Two weekends ago I attended a naturopathic conference on Environmental Medicine and Oncology.  I learned a great deal about the latest research in environmental toxicity, cancer, supplements and power foods that help with de-toxification and treatment of cancer.  I left with two powerful realizations:

-I am so grateful to be able to bring the power of naturopathic medicine to my patients.  The newest research on what is available on a natural level, the science behind it and the naturopathic philosophy of the healing power of nature.

-I am also very grateful that I offer the “other-side” of healing, that of a soul-stirring, spirit awakening, emotionally nurturing aspect of healing.  That which is connected to more than mere protocols and science, but helps people heal, witness and nurture deep aspects of themselves.

Incorporating healing that tends the whole being is the medicine of the future and I am so grateful to be sitting at the cutting edge of it. My intention is to be of the deepest service possible and I am full of gratitude that I am being used by spirit. As I help each person cross the river to step more fully into their healing and themselves I hold the vision that we all are getting clearer on what we truly came here to do...and one thing is certain: we can’t do it alone.

I am truly grateful for your presence in my life.

Love and Blessings,

Dr. Melissa

Short Sabbatical

As I look out on the horizon I am being called to bring healing to the world in a larger way.  This has been a whisper for the last few years.  But, this whisper is growing stronger now inside of me.  In order to clear the field, so to speak, and have the time to drop into my next steps in the world I have decided to take a few weeks off this summer to step into deeper spaciousness and connect to what is being born through me.  Therefore, I will be taking a 3 1/2 week break during the months of July/August.  

Thank you for your understanding and support of this.  I will let everyone know of the exact dates as they are finalized.  I will have multiple practitioners that will be available to you during this time as your needs arise.

Spring Detoxification

Our bodies can easily get overburdened with toxins, due to the toxicity of our world.  It's important to do periodic detoxifications to keep our bodies in optimal health.  Spring is a great time to detoxify.  There are so many ways to do it depending on your own personal needs. 

Here are some signs that you need a detoxification:

  • Unexplained headaches or back aches.
  • Joint pain or arthritis
  • Memory is failing
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Brittle hair or nails
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • Abnormal body odor, a coated tongue or bad breath
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Frequent allergies

If you have any of these symptoms it’s important to consider doing a detoxification.  If you would like to do a deep detoxification it would be great to have a session and assess where you are at and the best detoxification possible.  But, if you want to do a milder cleanser there are many things that you can do to help detoxify your body.  Here are a few pointers:

Decrease your toxic load:

Decrease/eliminate alcohol, sugar and caffeine.  Cut out all non-organic and processed foods or foods that have artificial preservatives or colors.  Cut out meats that are processed (high in nitrites or nitrates), cut out meats with hormones or antibiotics.  Eliminate all known food allergies and if you are not quite sure what these eat a low-allergenic diet.  Here is a link to a low-allergenic diet:

Motivate the toxins out of the system:

This is primarily done by literally getting the toxins out of storage, primarily the fat tissue.  You can do this by sweating (with exercise and especially saunas), juicing or eating very cleanly (see above) and utilizing Castor oil packs, which increase the efficiency of organs, such as the liver and gastrointestinal tract.  Here is a link how to make them:

You can increase fat absorption and mobilize bile by utilizing herbs such as oregon grape root, dandelion greens and burdock root.

Feed the Detoxification Pathways:

One of the primary modulators that increases detoxification is the nutrient glutathione.  This will help the body neutralize toxins that cause free-radicals and eventually could cause cancer.  One can easily increase glutathione in the body by increasing the following foods:

Asparagus, Spinach, Garlic, Avocado, Squash, Zucchini, Potatoes, Strawberries, Peaches and especially Brazil Nuts; also increasing foods such as Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage and Cauliflower.)

One can also get glutathione by taking precursors of it, such as R-Alpha Lipoid Acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Milk Thistle, Selenium, Choline and Pycnogenol.

Conjugate Toxins:

Once toxins are released out of the fat cells not only do they need to be de-toxified through the liver, the toxins also need to be moved out of the body.  You can help this process by increasing the following foods and supplements such as:  Oats, Apple Pectin, Flax Seed Meal, Chlorophyll and Bentonite Clay.  Most, importantly you also need to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and have regular bowel movements (I recommend that while you are on a detoxification process that you make sure that you have two or more bowel movements a day. Otherwise the toxins that you mobilize can be re-absorbed.)  You can increase your bowel movements by increasing your Fiber, such as Psyllium Seed Husks, herbs and nutrients that increase bowel movements, such as Cascara Sagrada, Rhubarb or Magnesium.  Also, enemas or colonics are invaluable when one is having any detoxification reaction, such as headache, muscle pain or fatigue.  Here is a link on how to do a home enema:

*Note unless directed otherwise I recommend taking the recommended doses (on the side of the bottle) for all above supplements.

If you would like to do a cleanse on your own how long you do it is dependent on what works best for you.  A gentle cleanse could last for 2-3 days, whereas a much longer cleanse could last up to a month.  However, unless you have already done a lot of cleanses I would NOT recommend doing a longer cleanse without guidance and support. Lastly, if you think that you have low energy from high stress, and could possibly have low adrenal function, I would recommend having a discussion with me first before going on a cleanse.  Going on a cleanse with low adrenal function could make the adrenal issue worse.

Incredible Near Death Experience
I posted this story a year ago in my newsletter and last night got a flash that I needed to re-post it again.  It's an incredible story about a man who had terminal cancer and died.  He was dead for an hour and a half and then came back (which according to "medical professionals" is medically impossible.)  The experience that he returned with is an incredible story of what we truly are.  Since first reading this story I have often remembered it and realized that it has changed me deeply.  I hope that it touches you as well.
"Remember this and never forget; you save, redeem and heal yourself. You always have. You always will. You were created with the power to do so from before the beginning of the world." This is what "The Light" said to Mellen when he asked the question if Humankind will be saved.
Here is the link to the full story:

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