We had a chance to visit with Dr. Lisa at Fern Cove Natural Medicine. It was great to tour her beautiful, tranquil space and see all the ways in which she makes a difference for people.
VH: From where do you hail?
I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I lived there most of my life and moved out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to go to Naturopathic Medical school.
VH: How did you land on Vashon?
I met and fell in love with an islander! We met online and at the time I had never been to Vashon. When he picked me up from the ferry dock on our second date and showed me the island and his beautiful garden, I had to ask myself if I liked him or just the scenario. Turns out it was him, but the scenario isn’t so bad either!
VH: Tell us all about your business – what you offer, what you do, etc.
I offer health care that goes above and beyond your typical care. I spend a lot of time with my patients, really getting to know them so that we can uncover the root causes of their symptoms. I am passionate about helping my patients feel well so that they can live the life that they desire. I work with diet, lifestyle, counseling, herbs, homeopathic medicines, and hydrotherapy.
I also offer deep tissue laser therapy using a class IV therapeutic laser. It’s near infrared light that stimulates healing and provides pain relief. It’s very helpful for all sorts of musculoskeletal complaints as well as other pain conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia and shingles lesions. There’s also research being done right now in regards to using the laser to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative disorders, which is very exciting!
VH: What inspired you to start your business?
It was my own medical problems that inspired me to go to Naturopathic Medical school and start my business. I had gastrointestinal issues for much of my life, but when my heart suddenly started beating erratically, I realized I needed answers. The answer from conventional medical doctors was to take a medication to make my symptoms go away (which also gave me side effects), but I knew there must be underlying reasons for my symptoms. When I resolved the heart issue without medications, I knew that I wanted to help others who were struggling with health issues as well and wanted true healing.
VH: What is your superpower?
This is a tough one! I guess I would say I am an information sponge. I spend a lot of time learning about health and medicine and I soak it all in. My memory is pretty darn good and it’s super helpful to me!
VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?
May’s Kitchen! Simply the best Thai food ever. Also, Shinglemill Creek trail and Fern Cove are pretty amazing places!
VH: What’s next for your business?
That’s a great question. I continue to envision this and have a strong desire to bring therapies to my practice to help people heal. I am here to stay on Vashon, dedicated to the health of my community. Future considerations for therapies are ones that help people detoxify, move lymph, improve circulation, and balance the nervous system, as these are the things that are essential for healing.
I recently brought BEMER therapy to my practice. It’s Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Regulation. It increases the circulation in the microvasculature of the body (the small blood vessels). It’s great for overall health but specifically heart health, energy and endurance, sleep, concentration, and mental acuity.
Starting in May, along with Shanna Rivera from Flowell, Fern Cove Natural Medicine began providing breast and full body Medical Thermography approximately once per month. Thermography is a radiation-free, state-of-the-art screening procedure that uses heat detection to locate areas of temperature differences in the body. Medical Thermography can be a helpful screening tool to improve your health now and monitor yourself safely for years to come.
VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂
Oh man. You got me on this one. I would have to say I am more of a Granny’s contributor than a purchaser. I am very organized and so like to get rid of stuff that I am not using. My husband and I live in a 350 square foot cabin and I simply have to resist the urge to bring new things home!