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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a synthesis of traditional and modern medical tools. By combining ancient healing wisdom with contemporary medical understanding, naturopathic medicine is able to bring you the best of available healing methods. Naturopathic healing is found on the premise that the human body can repair itself, when given the proper conditions. And instead of treating the symptoms, naturopathic doctors treat the whole person. They look at all aspects of a person’s being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – to find the root cause of illness.


What is the training of a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?  Naturopathic doctors receive extensive medical training; in many states, including California, they are licensed primary care doctors. They have been through the rigors of premedical studies, followed by four more years of naturopathic medical school training. Naturopathic doctors are versed in the medical sciences and conventional methods of diagnosis and treatment, as well as, in-depth training in alternative modalities.


What is a medical intuitive?

A medical intuitive can use their intuitive abilities to “read” a person's physical body in order to gain further insight into the patient's physiological state. Medical intuition is not used to diagnose disease; rather, intuition is a useful tool that can help clarify a patient's situation, to get a view of the “bigger picture”. Additionally, intuition can often help reveal the underlying causes of illness, such as: physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual issues that may be present in a person's life that are contributing to a person's dis-ease.  Dr. Patterson also uses her medical intuitive skills to help confirm appropriate treatment recommendations.  

Dr. Patterson has been an instructor of medical intuition for the past 8 years and in that time has greatly honed her medical intuitive skills by teaching it. From her extensive use of it she sees this modality as an integral and incredibly beneficial part of her practice.  As she puts, "as soon as I started officially incorporating this modality, my job became easier and patients started getting better much faster.  It's incredible how it can get to the core issues quickly and easily."

Dr. Patterson employs a wide variety of healing methods in her practice; please visit the page "Healing Methods Employed" to learn more.

What specific conditions does Dr. Patterson treat?

Dr. Patterson has a general family practice and cares for all ages, for all reasons. Additionally, she specializes in the following conditions:

Women’s Health Care

Chronic and Degenerative Diseases

Digestive Difficulties and Parasites

Hormonal Imbalances

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Fatigue/Chronic Fatigue


Allergies and Hypersensitivities

Clinical Detoxification

Immune Enhancement

Autoimmune Disorders

Skin Rashes

Stress/Anxiety Disorder

Weight Loss/Eating Disorders

Chronic Pain

Pediatric Care

What should I expect during the first visit?

The first visit is an hour and a half long, and includes a detailed medical evaluation. In your evaluation, many factors are taken into consideration, such as: symptom profile, diet, lifestyle, risk factors, past medical history, and psychological stressors. Dr. Patterson listens carefully to your description of symptoms, complaints, and health goals. Towards the end of the first session, Dr. Patterson will do a short, medical intuitive evaluation to begin determining the “larger picture” of your situation. All factors are carefully considered as she performs a meticulous evaluation of your case. Then, Dr. Patterson begins to establish an effective program for you based on your specific condition(s), desires and needs.

What should I expect at the second and future visits?

Follow-up visits normally last for an hour. During these visits Dr. Patterson will begin by asking you questions about any changes in your condition(s) and progress with the treatment program (what worked, what didn’t work, etc.) The remainder of the visit depends on each specific patient and what is happening for them. It could be that you wish to spend more time discussing specific goals in more detail, or perhaps a deeper medical intuitive/energy work, hypnotherapy or mind-body counseling session may be called for or a detailed homeopathic intake— the list goes on. Thus, each session is different, depending on the needs/desires of the patient in conjunction with where Dr. Patterson feels the energy needs to be focused based on where the patient is in their healing journey. Never the less, each session will always end with new suggestions and updates for each patient's treatment program.

What tests do you run?

Dr. Patterson can run conventional and specialized laboratory testing, providing valuable information on a patient's physiological functioning. Dr. Patterson offers many different types of specialized tests including: food allergy, heavy metal, hormonal analysis, gastrointestinal function testing, liver function, etc.

How long will it take for me to heal?

Dr. Patterson’s goal is to help you move into health and balance in the most direct route possible. Notwithstanding, natural healing can take time and attention because many aspects of the self are being addressed. The rewards, though, are immense, because the journey can lead you to healing in a very deep, profound way. As a general rule-of-thumb, many natural healers say that it takes one month of healing for every year of illness. Dr. Patterson has found this to be a relatively good measure for how long it generally takes to heal long-standing chronic conditions.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Call today at (707) 829-8137 to schedule your initial consultation. You are welcome to call Dr. Patterson if you would like to ask more questions before you schedule your first appointment. She is available for a free, 15-minute preliminary session to discuss your specific health issues. She looks forward to working with you!