Kirsten West ND, LAc 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. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO).
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 at NatureMed, and has worked jointly with medical oncologists, has been part of integrative medical teams, 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.
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