As a naturopathic medical doctor, my training and experiences in both conventional and alternative medical clinics have taught me the value of integrative care. The effectiveness and usefulness of combining eastern and western medicine is clear, but it was my patients that truly showed me this.
In my medical training at Bastyr University, I certainly had a gravitation toward western medicine's evidence based methods. During this training I learned how natural based medicine can be delivered with the same precision. Yet, my internships in conventional medical clinics allowed me to recognize the importance of personalized medicine. Precise accurate diagnosis and treatment are great but the doctor patient relationship sets the atmosphere to treat the whole person. Through exploring individualized medicine and relationships with patients, you realize there is more to medicine then physiological processes.
These spiritual and mental aspects of our being are best treated and supported through the wisdom of Eastern Medicine. My training in acupuncture at Wu Hsing Tao School allowed me to understand and appreciate these non-physical dimensions of the person.
From very early in my training, I took a special interest in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Through these interests I developed a greater understanding of the disease processes and how I can help those in need. Working as a trainer during my final years of school allowed me to see how effective diet and exercise could be for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. While I do see a lot of patients with diabetes and heart disease, I see a wide variety of patients. Dr. Robin Terranella serves his patients by offering both eastern and western medicine treatment options.