Lauren Russel, ND
I am a board-certified licensed Naturopathic Physician in full-time practice at Tahoma Clinic. I received my doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, and my undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After years as a writer and editor for a major scientific journal, I became a physician to serve others and improve the health and quality of life for all. This desire to serve has been expressed in many ways, from opening a community clinic in Kenya, Africa, to writing extensively in the field of natural medicine, and now as a physician at Tahoma Clinic.
I have always found that life is one of the best teachers and it’s this philosophy that plays a big part of every patient visit. The healthcare challenges that many of my patients are experiencing are some of the same healthcare challenges I?ve faced myself in the past. During each patient visit, my patients and I work as a team to identify the health issues most important to them and then establish an effective treatment plan for healing to occur.
It’s my goal as a physician to empower every patient with the knowledge they need to make their own best healthcare choices. Too often, through conventional healthcare, people have become separated from both understanding and awareness of the health concerns affecting them. Using the considerable resources and knowledge available through Tahoma Clinic, my staff and I serve as a support team for people who are seeking answers to their health concerns.
While my practice focuses on general medicine, we emphasize bio-identical hormone therapy for women and men, adrenal fatigue and stress management, weight loss, thyroid imbalances, gastrointestinal and digestive health, allergies, sleep issues, and optimizing nutrition.
When not at Tahoma Clinic, I enjoy sea kayaking in many parts of the world, exploring ancient civilizations and natural history, and volunteering at a cancer retreat center in Western Washington. I’m also an adjunct instructor at Bastyr University, working with the naturopathic medicine department on campus and at the teaching clinic to organize and run programs for medical students. It’s my privilege to also be a research associate on a study being conducted by Dr. Jonathan Wright through Meridian Valley Laboratory on the benefits of aldosterone for hearing loss.
Having been a medical writer and editor for many years, I’ve most recently been a contributing author to NDNR, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, and have been published in the Townsend Review for Doctors and Patients. There is a more extensive list of my publications available on request.
I look forward to meeting you soon and helping you with your healthcare concerns.
Testimonials for Dr. Russel are below.
Dr. Russel, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful clarifications following our recent appointment. I so very much appreciate your knowledge and expertise – it is inspirational! Especially rewarding to me is that you value my input on health matters, and I feel like you really listen!!
I hold you in highest esteem!
In early 2009, as a healthy seventy year old man, I suddenly lost most of my hearing. I saw three Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors. One inserted tubes in both ears. That did not help. One called me an “enigma”. He said the hearing in the left ear was so bad a hearing aid would not help, and a hearing aid in the right hear would provide marginal benefit for a limited amount of time. The third doctor suggested I reduce my salt intake and switch from regular coffee to decaf. I was desperate. Without hearing, my entire quality of life would change. In 2010, research led us to the Tahoma Clinic, and aldosterone. After a consultation with Dr. Lauren Russel and a urine test, I started taking 125 mcg of aldosterone twice a day. Amazingly, after two weeks, I noticed an improvement in hearing. Three months later my hearing has improved immensely. While it was not perfect, I could function in most aspects of my life. My limitations were few, and trivial (e.g. watching a TV movie, road noise in a car, the pitch of some people’s voice, whispering). In mid 2012 I changed from two pills per day to alternating from one pill one day and two pills the next day. Some days I would forget the pills altogether (complacency). I noticed a decline in my hearing. After several months I went back to two pills per day, and my hearing improved. While hearing can be somewhat subjective to the person hard of hearing, my family members witnessed the improvement. In November, 2012, I had my yearly phone conversation with Dr. Russel. Dr. Russel remembered an amazing fact. During my first consultations with her my hearing was so bad that my wife had to carry on the phone conversation with Dr. Russel. During the latest consultation my hearing was so good that I carried on the entire half hour consultation, not once asking Dr. Russel to repeat herself or guessing at what she said. My hearing is not perfect and sometimes I have difficulty because of different factors. But from what it had been, it seems as if a miracle has been performed. If my hearing remained at this level for the rest of my life I would be so very thankful.J.H., Las Vegas, Nevada
I just wanted to say “thank you” for such a nice office visit yesterday. I am very impressed with you, Katy, the clinic in general, and the pharmacy. I really appreciated how much time you spent with me, learning about how to address my concerns – such a breath of fresh air after going to MDs for the past 2 years! I learned a lot from you in just one visit! Anyway, I’m glad I found you and look forward to working with you towards optimal well-being!A.E., Seattle, Washington
My wife and I want to thank all of you for the time spent at Tahoma Clinic. The results, after two months, were thrilling. She can now see clearly out of both her eyes. The Macular Degeneration has been stopped and reversed subject to taking her pills regularly.
PS: This experience has prompted both my wife and me to consider doing free seminars beginning next year. Most medical doctors seem to believe that macular degeneration is untreatable. Your research over the decades proves there is hope and the possibility of stopping and/or reversing M.D. We live in an area where lots of seniors have M.D.N.S., Palm Springs, California