I am glad that you are in the process of learning more about naturopathic medicine. I am very passionate about this field and I love what I do. Since I was a young girl I have wanted to work in the healing profession and indeed, my informal education began early on. I have always had a strong passion for botanical medicine and along the way I also developed a love of hands-on and functional medicine. Now I am excited to share what I have learned with the community around me. My study of both traditional healing methods and cutting-edge medicine has allowed me to bring the best of both worlds to my patients.
Being a primary care provider is challenging and enjoyable. Every day I get to see a variety of conditions in all kinds of individuals. It is very rewarding to be able to treat entire families, from simple colds and flus to chronic diseases. I am very thankful that I am able to spend my time educating my patients and figuring out treatment plans that best fit their conditions and lifestyle. Every person that I work with teaches me a lesson, as well. I truly love what I do.
I founded Hilo Natural Health Clinic in 2009 in order to bring a lacking service to the people of the Big Island- an integrative clinic where they can get the knowledge and collaboration of multiple practitioners under one roof. Lately, my quest for the underlying cause in chronic conditions has led me to the new field of nutrigenomics. This amazing approach to health looks at your genes and the issues therein and uses that information to determine which foods and supplements are beneficial and harmful for you as the unique individual that you are!
When not working, you will most likely find me at the beach, covered in mud, or having teddy bear tea parties. I love growing things, swimming, reading anything in sight, and spending time with my wonderful husband (Keaka), my two beautiful daughters (Maile and Kanoe), and our pets (two dogs and a cat).
Dr Strong graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Biology from Alfred University, where she defended a dual thesis (biology/ honors) on the phytochemistry of medicinal plants. She attended medical school at the prestigious Bastyr University and began her Hawaii practice in 2007. She spent 2 years serving as vice-president of the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians (HSNP) and is on the Legislative Committee of the HSNP. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the HSNP, and Seeking Health Educational Institute.