I work with Nature, not against it.
As a Graduate of Bastyr University (class of 2020), my clinical interests includes decreasing unnecessary suffering cause by iatrogenicity, injury, chronic infection, trauma, and environmental toxicity by using a unique approach to each person. I deeply honor old-age medicine and incorporate this with modern medical knowledge. My primary role is to restore health and your body does the rest because it has an innate, healing intelligence that must be into account. This Vitalistic philosophy is based on four assumptions:
My goal is to maintain empathy as we walk shoulder-to-shoulder in our health journey. I have learned that what works for most people, seemed to not work for me and I became jaded by the conventional medical care systems, especially after working in a conventional hospital for 5 years before becoming a Naturopath. I vow to keep in mind your unique susceptibilities, treatment preferences, and health goals so that you may live long, well. As a note to those who are interested, I run a hybrid electronic and paper medical charting practice to better appeal to all generations, abilities and liking.
Outside of my private medical practice, I enjoy being in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with my Husband, Jason, and our two German Shepards, Apollo & Amber. I have served as a Board Member for the American Apitherapy Society and have a deep interest in sharing Bee Sting Therapy (aka Bee Venom Therapy) with others as it has helped my health tremendously.
My passion goal is to open a Naturopathic Inpatient Center (like the former sanitoriums where people went to heal in the mountains with good food, sunshine, fresh air, and clean water 100 years ago). This Rest & Restoration (get it... R&R...) Mountain Lodge/ Wilderness Resort Destination would provide public access to healthy living regimens such as sauna, hydrotherapy, infrared-light therapy, solariums, sleeping outdoors, bee beds and bee hive inhalations, Pilates & yoga, Qigong, medically supervised fasting, and a clean food cafeteria. After all, 100% of our physiology is based on what we eat, drink, and breathe (Louise Edwards, ND, LAc).
Some things other things you should know about me:
"I just treat people.
My special interests are Iatrogenicity, Environmental Medicine & Apitherapy."
- Dr. Gussak
According to Washington State Law as of February 2022: Naturopathic medicine is the practice by naturopaths of the art and science of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disorders of the body by stimulation or support, or both, of the natural processes of the human body. A naturopath is responsible and accountable to the consumer for the quality of naturopathic care rendered. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes manual manipulation (mechanotherapy), the prescription, administration, dispensing, and use, except for the treatment of malignancies, of nutrition and food science, physical modalities, minor office procedures, homeopathy, naturopathic medicines, hygiene and immunization, contraceptive devices, common diagnostic procedures, and suggestion; however, nothing in this chapter shall prohibit consultation and treatment of a patient in concert with a practitioner licensed under chapter 18.57 or 18.71 RCW. No person licensed under this chapter may employ the term "chiropractic" to describe any services provided by a naturopath under this chapter.
Washington State Laws on Naturopathic Medicine: https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=18.36A.040
Bastyr University Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA: https://bastyr.edu/academics/naturopathic-medicine/what-naturopathic-medicine
ND and MD Training comparison: https://aanmc.org/comparing-nd-md-curricula/
Maria H. says...." Dr. Gussak is a very smart and compassionate doctor with a deep understanding of human health and disease processes. She thinks holistically about her patients and first advises the natural things to improve your health like diet, supplements and lifestyle changes. Dr. Gussak has an amazing ability to find out root causes of any problem and treat you accordingly. I am very fortunate and happy to have such a great doctor on my side during my health journey! "
Dr. Maria Luisa Gussak, N.D
Roots & Rivers Naturopathic Medical Center
Dr. Maria Luisa Gussak - Naturopathic Physician & Medical Director
5 S. Wenatchee Ave Suite #301 Wenatchee, WA 98801
Naturopathic Doctor, licensed and insured in Washington state. Holistic & Natural Medicine Consultant. Copyright © 2022 Roots & Rivers Naturopathic Medicine - All Rights Reserved.
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