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.
Michael Sulpizio, Medical Assistant
Michael graduated from University of Colorado Boulder in December 2015 with a bachelor’s in Psychology and Pre-Medicine. During his schooling, he also completed certification as a phlebotomist and began his career in medicine and completed an externship with Quest Diagnostics. Michael then moved on to working as a mobile phlebotomist with Schryver Medical before graduating and moving to NatureMed. Since joining the NatureMed team, he has absorbed copious information which has fueled the drive for him to continue on his plan to go to medical school in the future.
In his time away from NatureMed, Michael enjoys being a part of Malachi Independent Winterguard where he and friends compete internationally with a most recent finish as 5th in the world. He also has studied ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance in a studio, began to dance ballet en pointe, and continues to dance for the love of the activity.
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 3 1/2 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 excited to be starting college in the Fall of 2017. She is also very excited to announce that she recently got engaged to her boyfriend of three years!
Seth Luna, Part time receptionist
Prior to working at NatureMed, Seth served five years on Active Duty with the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. After completing his initial year of medical training in trauma management he served for 2 years at Naval Health Clinic New England Newport, RI. and two years as a combat medic with Third Battalion First Marines in Camp Pendleton, CA. He is a Certified Medical Assistant and just completed his BA in Spanish Literature at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is now pursuing his degree as a Physician's Assistant.