Dustin Moffitt, ND
Dustin Moffitt, ND, was born and raised in the rural outskirts of Wichita, near Whitewater, Kansas. He achieved his Bachelors from Wichita State University with a major in Chemistry, and minors in Biology, Physics, and Sociology. After receiving his undergraduate degree Dr Moffitt moved to Portland, Oregon, where he received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), now known as National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM).
Dr Moffitt spent five years working with the community to teach nutrition and wellness with the Food as Medicine Institute. He also participated in several clinical rotations such as physical medicine, minor surgery, primary care, gastroenterology, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonology, and general health.
While practicing in Oregon, Dr. Moffitt worked alongside Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, and Chiropractors as a primary care physician. He specializes in regenerative injection techniques, pain management, sports rehabilitation, chronic illness, functional medicine, and weight loss.
Dr. Moffitt strives to get to know each of his patients and ensuring his patients are well educated of their conditions, treatment options, and prognosis. As a naturopathic physician, he targets the underlying cause of symptoms, taking into consideration the micro and macro nutrient composition of the patient through lab testing, their lifestyle, and what goals they would like to reach. Looking at the body as a whole, and treating the entire patient, Dr. Moffitt works to educate his patients on how to prevent injuries and illnesses, and how to promote healthy and happy lifestyles.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Moffitt enjoys spending time trail running, mountain biking, and hiking with his wife (Jess), and their Catahoula Leopard (Mayzee). He also enjoys spending time in their garden, growing food for his whole family. He is constantly on the lookout for his next adventure.
He is a member of several key professional organizations including the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Practitioners, and the Western Pain Society. Dr Moffitt also has done a variety of trainings to continually advance his education and knowledge. Advanced training typically revolves around sports medicine, regenerative injection therapies (prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma therapy), functional medicine, and pain management.
About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.) combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
Naturopathic doctors treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family healthcare. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Naturopathic Doctors can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.
A Naturopathic Doctor has completed a postgraduate medical education specializing in primary care natural medicine. Naturopathic doctors are distinct from acupuncturists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and medical doctors. They are uniquely trained to provide a comprehensive and integrated approach to assist your body’s innate healing processes. Naturopathic doctors are skilled in diagnosis and treatment of disease utilizing natural therapeutics including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, homeopathy, physical medicine, and hydrotherapy. They tailor these approaches to the needs of each individual patient. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic. Naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches within the medical field, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
As with all physicians today, Naturopathic doctors are trained at accredited, four to five-year, post-graduate, medical institutions. The training consists of a comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, etc, as well as detailed study of a wide variety of natural therapies. In their last two years of their intensive clinical training, NDs learn how to integrate the principles of naturopathic medicine into clinical practice.
The 6 principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- First Do No Harm – Naturopathic Doctors use safe, gentle, and natural therapies to improve the well being of a patient’s health, while limiting risk and adverse effects.
- The Healing Power of Nature – Naturopathic Medicine respects the innate intelligence of the human body to heal. Nature stimulates the physiological systems of the body to bring the organism into balance and equilibrium moving toward a state of optimal health.
- Find and Treat the Cause of Illness – Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine address lifestyle and nutritional factors that cause disease susceptibility. Through tonification of tissues and organs, and supplementation of nutritional deficiencies, Naturopathic Medicine goes to the source of disease and promotes the true treatment of illness.
- Treat the Whole Person – Naturopathic Doctors treat the whole person while taking into consideration the complex factors of human existence, including lifestyle, diet, nutritional status, environmental toxins, genetic predisposition, and emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
- Doctor as Teacher – Docere, the Latin root for doctor means “to teach”. A principle objective of Naturopathic Medicine is to educate the patient with current scientifically-proven information and clinically-valid therapeutics to promote self-responsibility for health and well-being.
- Prevention – Naturopathic Medicine teaches the benefits of healthy living in order to prevent the development of chronic illness and destructive disease states.