Natural Elements Medicine is a naturopathic medical practice run by Dr. Zia Robles Hernandez in Albany, Oregon and an educational resource for the community focused on self care, health and natural methods.
N.D., 2008 National College of Natural Medicine
I started out my practice in 2009 in New Mexico after receiving my naturopathic medicine degree from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon. There, I had the opportunity to teach at Northern New Mexico College and began giving public talks about health and wellness.
In 2011, I moved back to Oregon – this time to Albany – and opened my current practice, Natural Elements Medicine. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with many patients in treating such illnesses, as gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, fibromyalgia, asthma and hormone imbalances using botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, hydrotherapy, physical medicine and pharmacology.
I focus in treating the whole person, following naturopathic philosophy. I begin by listening to your story – your experience. It is through understanding of how you got to where you are that I can guide you to reach your healthcare goals.
Currently, I’m in the process of setting up monthly wellness classes in Albany in an effort to help people take their health to the next level, no matter where the starting point.
Sometimes people ask me how I came about becoming a naturopathic doctor. Here’s a brief history illustrated.
When I was a young’un, my favorite question was … WHY? And like any typical kid, I had a HUGE sweet tooth!
When I was in college, I learned about how everything was connected, and started on my journey to learning about health.
I got a job working at NCNM filling tinctures, working with herbs and supplements – and I learned a lot.
At one point, I pondered whether becoming a naturopathic doctor was my calling…and I decided it was.
I went to school, and of course, my kids kept me focused!
And today, I dedicate myself to practicing my craft with love and enthusiasm! (note: this image is how I feel, not what I actually do!)
Welcome to Natural Elements Medicine! If you would like to approach your health and wellness with a naturopathic doctor, read on!
A Naturopathic Doctor is a licensed primary care physician in the state of Oregon. Licensed Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.) are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions in a holistic manner using the least invasive methods possible. Every patient receives individualized care and attention. Nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, botanical medicine and homeopathy are some of the tools that Naturopathic Doctors can use to help patients reach optimal health.
First do no harm: I strive to use of the most effective, least invasive approach necessary to restore your health.
The healing power of nature: there are directives encoded into our DNA that inform how our bodies work – in naturopathic terms, this is called “the Vis”, or the vital force, in a body that is inherent in every living being. My goal is to work with the vital force to allow it to restore balance to your body/mind function.
Identify and treat the cause: I look for patterns and symptoms to find the “break” or “disharmony” in the Vis, in order to address that disruption to bring the self back into balance.
Treat the whole person: This includes the spirit, the mind, and the body, along with your relationship with your environment. Therapies are based not on set protocols, but rather tools and medicines that are specific to what you need as a whole, rather than as a condition or diagnosis.
Doctor as teacher: The word “doctor” is derived from the latin “docere” – which means to teach. In my practice, I see myself as a guide to provide you with information, choices with their possible outcomes so that you can make well-informed decisions about your health and wellness.
Prevention is the best cure: Lastly and firstly – my effort in teaching/guiding is to help you understand your body’s language and what you need as a person to maintain wellness and balance in your life to build resiliency and a fuller sense of well-being.
I perceive health as a state of dynamic harmony rather than A LACK OF SYMPTOMS. It is a state in which day-to-day choices allow us to come closer or get further away from optimal function of mind, body, and spirit. Health is also resiliency – the ability to “bounce back” from any “insults” to our physical/mental/emotional bodies. It is always in flux.
Symptoms are our body’s language to let us know when something is out of balance with our environment, our organs and many times even our perceptions of who we are and how we define ourselves.
I provide information and guidance for you to make the best decision you can to approach optimal health on a daily basis, putting you at the driver’s seat of your health. What is the most crucial part of this process is your complete participation and collaboration in your journey.
The following image is a pyramid of what we call “the therapeutic order of treatment” – as naturopathic physicians, be begin at the bottom foundation and correct imbalances staying as close bottom half of the pyramid as possible, only using the top of the pyramid in more limited or acute cases.
Find answers to your naturopathic medicine questions, from who Dr. Zia Robles Hernandez is, to her experience and what it means to work in naturopathic medicine.
Dr. Zia Robles Hernandez is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been in practice in Albany since 2011. She is a graduate of National College of Natural Medicine.
Ever since Dr. Zia could remember she was a curious child. Her interest in ecology led to her introduction to naturopathic medicine.
Dr. Zia’s goal is to help patients reconnect with their bodies and to find their own harmony.
Naturopathic Doctors are primary care level practitioners in Oregon. They are trained in diagnosis and treatment of illnesses like other doctors.
The naturopathic philosophy is to remove obstacles, and let the body heal through diet, nutrition, hydrotherapy, supplements and more.
We believe in the healing power of nature and the bodies ability to heal itself. Learn more about these philosophies.
Patients consist of people looking for guidance to better their lifestyles to individuals with chronic illnesses that aren’t seeing the results they desire.
No! Dr. Zia can be your primary care doctor but she regularly works as a team with other doctors and specialists to reach the patients goals.
Natural Elements Medicine is a naturopathic medical practice and an educational resource for the community. Dr. Zia, Albany Oregon’s premier naturopathic doctor offers online and live classes focusing on self care, health and natural methods of establishing and maintaining strong foundations for well-being. She treats a variety of conditions, some more common ones are listed below.