Meet the Staff
I have always been interested in health and as a child I wanted to be a teacher. One of my favorite naturopathic principles is 'Docere' (doctor as teacher) which I practice every day with patients.
I grew up in an athletic family where my mother had been the youngest star of the Canadian national ski team, and my father along with his own racing career was the Canadian ski team coach. Of course, I grew up in ski racing, which earned me a scholarship to college. After earning a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1990, I spent 6 years chasing finish lines as a Cat II road bike racer. I finally realized I would not be a professional athlete for the rest of my life and needed to move on.
I was raised on brown bread and carrot sticks, which I was always so frustrated about. I wanted junk food! In hindsight, it shaped me, and it all made sense when I discovered naturopathic medical school. I completed my doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle in 2000.
Steve Parcell, RND, ND: Co-Owner, click on link to learn more.
Stephen W. Parcell, RND, N.D. earned his doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2002 from Bastyr University. Prior to this he completed pre-med coursework at the University of Vermont. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from New England College which he received in 1986.
Steve Parcell, RND, ND has done additional training at the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), the National Lipid Association (NLA), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) and the American Academy for Anti-aging Medicine (A4M). He is the past Vice President of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors (COAND). He is board certified in anti-aging medicine through A4M. After completing a two-year internship at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, Dr. Parcell completed a two-year internship in advanced longevity medicine with Terry Grossman, MD in Colorado.
Sandra McCowen, MD, Family medicine / Integrative medicine
Dr. McCowen received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1999. She is also board certified in Family Medicine. After residency she attended the American Board of Holistic Medicine review course for several years and in 2010 she was certified in Integrative Medicine by the ABIHM.
Dr. McCowen started her health care journey as a Registered Nurse, and during her nursing career she became interested in lifestyle and natural supplements as a pathway to health. She has maintained this interest throughout her career and brings a great balance of care to the table at NatureMed. Being a part of the NatureMed team has been wonderful as it gives her a chance to use her integrative medicine skills to the full extent, as for most of her career she has worked in conventional medical settings.
As family is very important to Dr. McCowen, she and her husband recently moved to Fort Collins to be closer to their children and their grandchildren. She loves being in Colorado and is looking forward to new career and family experiences!
Denise Clark, RND, ND, click on link to learn more.
Dr. Clark received her doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, a globally respected institution of natural health. She holds a naturopathic doctor's license granted to her in 2002 by the State of Washington and is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor in Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado (CU) in Chemistry after spending three years at Pennsylvania State University and CU studying environmental and chemical engineering.
Dr. Clark has extensive experience and expertise in the treatment of chronic Lyme Disease, and illnesses related to chronic infections. Other conditions she focuses on include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and digestive disorders.
She understands how environmental toxins affect our health and the role of detoxification in our healing from her previous 20-year career working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She received many awards while at the EPA for her work leading regional and national environmental programs.
Dr. Clark currently serves as the President of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors and was awarded the 2013 Doctor of the Year Award by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Kirsten West, RND, ND, LAc, FABNO Integrative Oncology
Kirsten West RND, ND, LAc, FABNO is a Colorado native. She earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona, has completed a naturopathic oncology residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, PA and is a licensed acupuncturist with extensive knowledge in many western and eastern medical traditions.
Dr. West’s main passion is integrative oncology. During residency, she assisted in the development of research studies elucidating the role of naturopathic medicine in conventional care and has been published in Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR) and Natural Medicine journal.
She has observed and worked alongside oncology experts and researchers at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Centers for Cancer Care. Since completing residency, she has worked jointly with a medical oncologist at NatureMed, has been part of an integrative medical team, and has acted as a consultant for doctors and patients alike. Her primary focus has been to assure all aspects of patient care are covered and foster the health and healing of mind/body and spirit. She strongly values the role of integrative/complementary medicine and sees it to be the leading edge of healthcare today.
She is currently the membership chair for the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP), acted as an executive officer and founding member of the Naturopathic Post Graduate Association; is a member of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CoAND), the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).
Aside from serving patients as a part of the Naturemed team, Dr. Kirsten is an avid practitioner of yoga. She has a passion for philosophy, backpacking, and the mountains of Colorado. On the weekends, she enjoys being close to friends, family, reading, live music, and appreciating life in Colorado.
Lottie Griego, Office Manager
Lottie graduated from Denver School of Nursing in 2008 with an associates degree in nursing. She worked in the plasma industry as a nurse and a supervisor for eight years prior to joining NatureMed. She has a true passion to help people and loves to see natural care integrated with conventional care.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and exploring all that beautiful Colorado has to offer!
Amber Schanz, Office Assistant
Amber has been living in Colorado for a little over 4 years. She enjoys hiking and recently tackled her first 14er at Mt. Princeton where she was able to reach the summit! She spends her free time in the mountains enjoying nature or crafting at home. Prior to working at NatureMed she was a front desk agent at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Gunbarrel. She is also very excited to announce that she recently got engaged to her boyfriend of three years!