Dr. Danica Kampfe
ND (Naturopathic Medicine)
LMT (License Massage Therapist)
Dr. Danica Kampfe is the newest addition to Hands On Natural Medicine as a resident physician. She graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington after a rigorous 4-year medical program that allowed her to cultivate skills in physical medicine, counseling, nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, biofeedback and conventional medicine techniques. During her program, she also completed training and licensure in massage therapy. Prior to attending naturopathic medical school, Dr. Kampfe attended University of Colorado, Boulder and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Physiology. After undergraduate school, she worked as a dental assistant to make sure she could handle the not-so-pretty sides of medicine and work within patient care. It was during this time that Dr. Kampfe also completed her certification in Integrative Holistic Life Coaching through Steele Communications in Denver, Colorado, which is where she heard about naturopathic medicine. Although she is receiving her training in physical medicine modalities and working with patients on balancing hormones and on their weight loss goals, she believes all her previous training has well-equipped her to handle even the most difficult medical mysteries. She is particularly interested in the association of the mind and body, and emotional stressors on physical symptoms and overall wellness.
I spent most of my childhood and adolescent life knowing that I would go into the medical field some day, but it took me a long time to learn what that looked like. Originally I was planning on becoming a pediatrician, and then I considered going into school to become a physician assistant. It was only during a personal development retreat (called Challenge) that I was introduced to naturopathic medicine. At the time I was really struggling with feeling like allopathic medicine wouldn’t be enough, which is why I was working on my Life Coaching certification. I felt disillusioned that the allopathic view of treating anxiety and depression was to medicate all patients, an experience I almost endured personally but of which I ultimately refused. I knew there was a better way to work through the lack of direction & mental turmoil I was struggling with than being on SSRIs. During this development retreat, I was challenged (pun intended) with considering a whole new field of medicine to pursue. After some research about the cornerstones of naturopathic medicine, submitting my application, going through the interview process and ultimately being accepted to Bastyr University, I knew I was finally in the field that resonated most with what I wanted to do and how I wanted to practice medicine.