Welcome Madeleine Morrison, ND to Hill Park Integrative Medical Center

We are very excited to announce a new doctor to our medical team, Dr. Madeleine Morrison, ND. After building and leading a successful family practice of 26 years in Alaska, Dr. Morrison has recently returned home to her native bay area and is thrilled to be part of our Hill Park community!

Dr. Morrison is a traditional Naturopathic Doctor with a depth of family practice experience that specializes in pediatrics, women’s health, endocrinology, autoimmune diseases, and gastrointestinal conditions. Dr. Morrison provides full pediatric care including well-child visits from birth onward, and welcomes acute and chronic family medicine concerns for patients of all ages.

Dr. Morrison’s passion is complete naturopathic family medicine for all ages to restore health and well-being. She strives to educate and treat people individually, to meet their best lives possible, in order to have healthier communities.

Dr. Morrison incorporates modern laboratory tests, updated functional medicine and lifestyle changes to bring about better health. Her individualized treatment plans include a specialty in traditional Chinese and Western botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, and extensive knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine lifestyle. As a certified Viniyoga instructor, Dr. Morrison incorporates the precepts of Viniyoga into her patient’s lifestyle prescriptions, as well as achievable self-care goals for balanced health.

Dr. Morrison received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now National University of Naturopathic Medicine), the oldest Naturopathic school, in Portland, Oregon. She graduated with an additional degree in Naturopathic Obstetrics and pursued five years of clinical study with Dr. Tori Hudson ND, a preeminent teacher, doctor, and researcher of naturopathic Women’s Health.

Schedule a Free 15-Minute Introductory Consult with Dr. Morrison

Please contact our staff at 707-861-7300 or [email protected] to schedule an in person or telemedicine appointment or book an appointment through the website.

Gastroenterology Specialty at Hill Park

We hope this finds you well and enjoying the final days of summer. We’re reaching out with some exciting news that Dr. Eric Yarnell, ND is now seeing patients for gastroenterology concerns!

As the author of the definitive textbook of naturopathic Gastroenterology, The Natural Approach to Gastroenterology, he is one of the preeminent practitioners and teachers of gastroenterology in the naturopathic profession. As a professor to medical students and doctors for over 20 years, he is much sought after for his expertise from the medical community.

Dr. Yarnell’s specialization includes Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), IBS, gallbladder/liver, intestinal parasites and microbiome imbalance with additional focus in identifying the underlying concerns of chronic diarrhea/constipation, gas/bloating, and abdominal pain. He is uniquely specialized in difficult cases of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis) and undiagnosed digestive problems.

Dr. Yarnell is a noted authority specializing in men’s health, gastroenterology, and herbal medicine. He is known for his extraordinary, compassionate, and personalized care for his patients. As a highly awarded and beloved doctor, mentor, researcher, and professor of Naturopathic Medicine and Botanical Medicine, it’s truly an honor and privilege to have him serve our community.

Dr. Yarnell is currently accepting new patients and will be doing in-person patient care this September.

Eric Yarnell, ND at Hill Park Integrative Medical Center

Eric Yarnell, ND, RH(AHG) (Bastyr University, 1996) is a researcher and professor at Bastyr University and has been in practice for 25 years, focusing on and mentoring student doctors in men’s health, urology, gastroenterology, and nephrology, with a heavy emphasis on herbal medicines. Dr. Yarnell works to find the underlying causes of conditions and to use whatever tools are needed (preferably natural ones, saving conventional approaches only for those few cases where they are truly necessary) to support healing. 

Dr. Yarnell is chief creative officer of Wild Brilliance Press, president of Heron Botanicals, and CEO of Red Root Pharmaceuticals. He is a co-founder of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC. He previously served as chair of the department of botanical medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. 

He has over 150 published medical articles and is the author of many of the definitive textbooks used to teach naturopathic doctors including Natural Approach to Urology 2nd ed, Natural Approach to Prostate Conditions 2nd ed, Natural Approach to Gastroenterology 2nd ed, and the forthcoming Naturopathic Nephrology.

He is a highly desired keynote speaker at educational seminars and has been the recipient of four distinguished lifetime awards in the Naturopathic Profession in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the field of natural medicine, research, botanical medicine, and education.

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Vis Award (2014)
Naturopathic Medical Student Association Faculty of the Year (2018 and 2020)
Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians Borborygmus Award (2020)

“Nothing is more satisfying than really listening to someone’s whole story, and helping them discover and fix the underlying cause of their problem.”

Functional Medicine vs. Naturopathic Medicine: Which Alternative Medicine Doctor to Choose?

When making an appointment at Hill Park Integrative Medical Center, one of the first choices you will make is the choice of which doctor to schedule an appointment with. While all the doctors practicing at Hill Park are alternative medicine doctors, meaning they do not subscribe to the traditional medical model of illness management; the docs here instead stress the return to vitality and the goal to thrive as naturally as possible. However, there are subtle differences between the two types of alternative medicine doctors you find at Hill Park: Functional vs Naturopathic.

Functional doctors have graduated from an accredited medical school for Medical Doctors (MDs) and have chosen to pursue post graduate training in functional medicine. Drs. Chen and Johnson both are functional medicine doctors. Naturopathic doctors have graduated from an accredited naturopathic medical school for Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) and have had an overlapping education, but also are trained in multiple treatment modalities such as homeopathy, herbal medicine, and possibly even acupuncture from alternative medicine clinic in Sonoma County. Both often are well versed in primary care and specialties like SIBO, bioidentical hormone replacement, and adrenal dysfunction.

Overall, I believe that functional and naturopathic doctors share more similarities than differences. They both are patient centered rather than disease centered. They focus on treating a patient as a whole person and believe a patient is more than just a sum of their parts.  They deviate away from viewing a patient as a collection of body systems that needs to be managed by multiple specialties such as gastroenterology, neurology, etc. Both types of alternative medicine doctors look for underlying causes and individualize treatment based on their findings. Both types of doctors use cutting edge specialty lab testing to dive deeper into your condition. They focus treatment on lifestyle medicine and nutrition and reserve medications for cases that are particularly advanced or complex. They both utilize science-based medicine to achieve goals of vitality, not merely the absence of disease. Neither follows a rote standard of care, but adjusts treatment to the needs and wants of the individual. They take often-ignored factors into account, such as environment, genetics, your existing lifestyle and diet, and emotional state of health in their treatment plans. Often, patients walk away with a few supplements and many suggestions for diet, exercise, and mind/body practices such as meditation!

The differences between functional doctors and naturopathic doctors are subtle and tend to be slight. While both use lifestyle and nutrition medicine extensively, naturopathic doctors also tend to heavily use other natural modalities such as herbal medicine and homeopathy. Functional MDs are very science based, as are NDs, but NDs also appreciate time honored traditional medicine practices such as hydrotherapy that might not have as many double blind placebo controlled studies behind them. The other main difference is insurance coverage. While Hill Park does not accept insurance for visits, oftentimes labs can be covered by your insurance. In most cases, this is no different between an MD and an ND. However, in the case of Medicare, only labs ordered by an MD might be covered.

Overall, if you are looking for a doctor that focuses on vitality and optimal health, sees you as a whole person, and takes your whole environment into account, you can’t go wrong at Hill Park, an alternative medicine clinic in Sonoma County. If you prefer a certain treatment style, check with our staff to see which doctor might be right for you. All the doctors here are well-versed in lifestyle and nutrition, care about you as a person, and want you to live optimally.

Understanding Perimenopause

Information about Perimenpause

Perimenopause is the window of time before menopause, which can be as long as a decade or more of changes prior to having a last period. The symptoms of perimenopause are often totally unrecognized by the general medical community, even though it is a time when women are seeking the most medical care. The hormonal fluctuations during this time influence change in our physical, mental, and emotional health that can significantly alter a woman’s sense of well-being as well as her relationships.

Many women are quite familiar with the symptoms of perimenopause: changes in her menstrual cycle: either heavier/lighter flow or more irregular than they have been, hot flashes or “warm rushes”, brain fog, difficulty losing weight, night sweats, joint pain, tendonitis, vaginal discomfort during intercourse, anxiety, depression, fatigue, palpitations, emotional lability, loss of libido, and a whole lot more.

One of the more challenging issues of perimenopause is that our brain can become like a “sieve” where words and tasks are easily lost, making multi-tasking a really difficult course of the day, at one of the busiest times of our lives.

Stress plays a significant role in the early onset and rapid progression of perimenopause. It is common that women will have hormone imbalance due to chronic stress while entering perimenopause, possibly worsening the symptoms and adding momentum to the process, which can have a negative impact on our fertility, and overall health.

Along with the overt symptoms, there are risks to the decline in hormones: bone thinning and osteoporosis, alzheimer’s disease, insulin resistance/diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis. This is an important window of time to examine a personalized “risk reduction” approach to hormone fluctuations such as family history or existing conditions so that the transition toward menopause does not have a cost on the decades of health ahead.

While some women are just moderately inconvenienced by these symptoms, they can be quite severe for other women. Often times the medical messaging is to just “live with it”, but this is pretty dated, and frankly… not sufficient. There are many treatment options that integrative medicine and naturopathic doctors offer to effectively balance hormone fluctuations and minimize symptoms while not interrupting the natural process of perimenopause.

Women have been finding their own medicines to balance their health since the beginning of time, but sometimes we need help when our own approach is not quite enough, or uncertain. After a detailed medical interview, if necessary, one of our doctors can help to test your hormones levels, along with thyroid and adrenal hormone levels, or any additional tests that may be important for you. We can then formulate a treatment course that will be personalized to your symptoms, hormone balance, and overall wellness.

Perimenopause and hormone health can be a smooth, safe, and even enjoyable experience with the support of nutrition, herbal medicine, bioidentical hormone therapy, self-care, acupuncture, and an experienced doctor to help find the right course for you. Contact us at 707-861-7300 to reach out to the office staff.

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