Kirsten West
Kirsten West

About Dr. Kirsten West

A Letter From Dr. Kirsten West

To my patients,

I am writing to inform you of my departure from NatureMed Clinic. As many of you know, we are expecting our second child and in the midst of expanding our family I have also decided to make a change in my career. Given these circumstances, my last day at NatureMed will be June 13, 2022.

Dr. Beades will be taking over my clinical care. There is no one I trust more to make sure your transition of care goes smoothly. She is not only an incredible doctor but also an incredible person.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the NatureMed staff with any needs, questions, or concerns. They are all here for you and will continue to be.

Most of all, thank you for the ability to serve you. I will miss each and every one of you. The opportunity to support you has been my fortune and I am so grateful for that.

In health and with blessings,

Dr. Kirsten West N.D., L.Ac., FABNO

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).

Watch Dr. West speak to medical students at CU Denver about the importance of integrative oncology.

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.

Area Of Focus

Integrative oncology provides patients with safe options for combining conventional cancer treatment with natural and supportive therapies. The goal of this collaboration among multi-disciplinary health care providers is to best support optimal health and well-being: physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Mistletoe extract of Visucm album extract (VAE) contains many biologically active components and has been reported to be not only a complementary and alternative medicine, but also may be a therapeutic agent for many types of cancer.