Dr. Denise Clark
Dr. Denise Clark
Dr. Denise Clark brings a distinctive experience to NatureMed and her patients. After completing undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Colorado, Dr. Clark embarked on a distinguished career of twenty years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was awarded for championing various environmental programs and initiatives in Colorado, Washington and the District of Columbia.
After experiencing debilitating symptoms, Dr. Clark was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). A fellow Naturopathic Physician later identified an active Epstein Barr viral infection, determining the CFS diagnosis incorrect. This encouraged her to strive for optimal health through more natural means. Dr. Clark’s experience drove a passion that inspired her to help others with difficult to diagnose or complicated illnesses and lead her to seek a degree in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Clark received her Doctorate Degree from Bastyr University, in Seattle, WA, 2002. Dr. Clark is a past President of The Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors, served as the Association Legislative Chairperson and received the distinctive Award, “Doctor of the Year” from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians in 2013.
Throughout her 16 year practice, Dr. Clark developed a focus on complicated cases of immune deficiency and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This includes Mold Toxin Illness, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Mast Cell Activation, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, digestive disorders and notably, Acute and Chronic Lyme Disease and Post Lyme Syndrome.
Dr. Clark first encountered Lyme Disease while working at a Fibromyalgia Center in Lafayette, CO. She had a three year mentorship with a regional Lyme-literate physician and former board member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS); of which Dr. Clark is an associate member. This knowledge allowed her to develop nationally-recognized expertise and practice in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic Lyme Disease as well as co-infections. Dr. Clark takes a naturopathic approach by ordering blood tests and recommending herbal antimicrobials or antibiotics when needed. Dr. Clark’s approach to chronic, persistent Lyme disease will typically include testing for mold illness and heavy metals toxicity. Dr. Clark takes a comprehensive approach to treatment that ensures quality of care for the patient.
Dr. Clark focuses on acute and chronic GI conditions ranging from dysbiosis, heartburn, eosinophilic esophagitis, Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO), gastroparesis, chronic diarrhea or constipation and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Clark espouses knowledge of proper diet and nutrition as a cornerstone to guiding people towards optimal health. She taught a basic nutrition class at the Community College of Denver for 3 years. “Teaching a basic nutrition course helped me develop the skills to communicate effectively as to how we can make simple changes in our diet and lifestyle to have profound effects on our health and well-being” – Denise Clark, ND
If you have been diagnosed with auto immune condition, are suffering from memory loss or cognitive decline, failing to respond well to your hormone therapies, have low testosterone, suffering from the inability to lose weight despite your efforts, have high cortisol or have been diagnosed with cancer or are a cancer survivor, evaluation of environmental toxins can help to get your health moving in the right direction.
Dr. Clark has been diagnosing and treating CIRS for many years. Toxic mold exposure, Lyme Disease, post-Lyme syndrome, excess histamine response, and chronic sinus infections can all precipitate a difficult experience of dysfunction. Patients’ immune systems respond by causing widespread and sometimes debilitating symptoms. Dr. Clark gave a talk to the Colorado Chapter of Neurological Surgeons on the diagnosis and treatment of neurotoxin illness in 2017. Dr. Clark is a Member of the International Society for Environmental Acquired Illnesses (ISEAI). She will be participating in the Inaugural Conference in May 2019.