Dr. Tara Shelby ND, LM
Founder, Naturopathic Doctor
Tara’s journey into medicine began as a very sick young patient who intuitively believed that there was something beyond what she was experiencing with her physicians, medications, and surgeries. After surviving what could have been viewed as a devastating diagnosis, something awakened within her. What was considered “chronic illness” suddenly became what gave her life deep purpose and meaning. It was the healing power of illness!
Tara studied at Cornell University for her undergraduate and went on to study Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery at Bastyr University. Her background and life history have enabled Tara to maintain the very delicate composite of western medical practices and contemporary scientific literature, with ancient natural remedies and healing modalities. Tara educates her patients all the while producing meticulous assessment plans that empower patients to heal from the inside out.
In addition, Tara maintains a robust referral network beyond the state of Washington, throughout the United States, enabling even her distant telemedicine patients from other regions to have access to quality healthcare. This network extends beyond holistic healers like acupuncturists, craniosacral therapists, massage, spiritual guides, and includes allopathic physicians, osteopaths and every specialty in between.
Tara’s Philosophy of Medicine
Tara believes that the best doctors are those who serve as ambassadors of information and who take the time to consult, engage, and empower patients. She works in relational-based collaboration with her patients so that they are active participants throughout the process of their own healing and in the development of their treatment plans.
Her tools range from biochemical diagnostic testing, herbs, pharmaceuticals, vitamins & minerals, food as medicine, mindfulness techniques, pharmaceuticals, minor office surgery, and procedures. She believes that medicine is not as effective without addressing and working on a being’s spiritual wellness.
She is honored to be a board-certified Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Midwife specializing in full spectrum primary care with a clinical focus in gastroenterology and the human microbiome, women’s health, hormonal balancing, preconception care, detoxification, chronic illness, autoimmune disorders, and pediatrics.
She works as a naturopathic primary care physician and while she advocates for midwives and midwifery, she is not currently attending births. She does offer naturopathic medicine appointments for pregnant women.
Born and raised in New York, Tara fell in love with the Pacific Northwest’s old growth trees and Mt. Rainer when she moved here in 2001. Her secret healing weapon often comes from her beloved, constantly snoring pup named Nyoki (named after the delicious potato pasta - Gnocchi), who offers his pet therapy services in exchange for a few snuggles.
Education & Training
- Bastyr University Kenmore, WA
- Spirituality, Health and Medicine Certificate
- Naturopathic Doctorate ND
- Licensed Midwife LM
- Center for Mind Body Medicine: Certificate Washington, DC, Advanced Practitioner Training
- Cornell University: Bachelor’s Degree Ithaca, NY Pre-medical studies in Human Biology, Health & Society
- University of Washington: Center for AIDS Research Seattle, WA Disease Intervention Specialist & Research Study Coordinator
More About Dr. Shelby
- Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Why?
Twilight--always been my magic hour
- If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
Six years old because it’s my favorite number, and I was awesome at cartwheels
- Which is your favorite way to dance: with others or alone?
- What superhero do you most resonate with and why?
Old school wonder woman because her boots are amazing, she knows how to work a lasso, and she’s a bad a** b*tch.
- If you were a vegetable, which one would you be and why?
An artichoke because it heals the liver, it needs to be cooked till tender, takes two years to mature, and the deeper you go, the more soft and delicious it becomes (best served with my oma’s artichoke dip).
- If you were to geek out on something, what would you geek out on?
Research studies on fecal matter, meditation, and quantum theories.