About Dr. Steve Parcell

Stephen W. Parcell, ND, ABAAHP earned his doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2002 from Bastyr University in Seattle. This was a four-year full-time program with clinic rotations and internships. Prior to this he completed pre-med coursework at the University of Vermont. Dr. Parcell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from New England College, which he received in 1986. In his previous career he worked in bond trading and mutual fund sales.

Steve Parcell, 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 integrative medicine with Terry Grossman, MD.

Parcell has a strong background in medical research and is an expert in “evidence-based natural medicine.” Dr. Parcell has worked at the American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research and has co-authored National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant proposals for Bastyr University. He also worked a freelance medical researcher at University of Washington Medical School. He co-founded nature med integrative medicine in 2005 and continues to see patients there.  He is a strong believer in an integrative approach to patient care and enjoys working with medical doctors in his community.

Published Articles

  • Townsend Letter, May 2013, Issue 358: Endothelial Dysfunction: The Origin of Atherosclerosis
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: Vascular Aging: An Important Consideration in Longevity Medicine
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: New Naturopathic Treatments for Dyslipidemia
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: A Conversation with Steve Parcell
  • Alternative Medicine Review: Sulfur in Human Nutrition and Applications in Medicine
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: Treating pre-hypertension and hypertension
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: The case of Scott: Addressing the Underlying Causes of ADHD
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: Male Equipment Failure: Treating Erectile Dysfunction and Low Libido
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: Allergy case study
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: Prevention of renal stones in a professional athlete
  • Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: Preventative Cardiology Naturopathic Strategies for Assessing & Preventing Heart Disease
  • The International Journal of integrative medicine: Clinical pearls: Part 1 of the 39th annual meeting of the Academy of environmental medicine.  April 2005 volume 4 #2
  • The International Journal of Integrative Medicine: Clinical pearls: Part 2 of the 39th annual meeting of the Academy of environmental medicine.  June 2005 volume 4 #3


Online Courses


Continuing Medical Education Presentations

  • Connecticut Association of Naturopathic Doctors: Naturopathic cardiology funded by Quest Diagnostics Laboratories
  • National College of Naturopathic Medicine: Naturopathic cardiology
  • Arizona Association of Naturopathic Physicians: Naturopathic cardiology funded by Quest Diagnostics Laboratories
  • Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors: Chelation therapy



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Recent Cycling Podium Finishes

  • 2023 Co2UT, Fruita, CO: 2nd place M60, 100 miles
  • 2023 Kowtown Gravel, Kremling CO: 2nd place M60, 88 miles
  • 2023 Ned Gravel, Nederland, CO: 2nd place M60, 80 miles
  • 2023 FOCO Gran Fondo, Fort Collins, CO: 1st place M60, 118 miles
  • 2023 Steamboat Gravel, Steamboat, CO: 1st place M60, 100 miles
  • 2023 USA Cycling Gravel Nationals, Gerring, NE: 5th place, 85 miles
  • 2022 Gravel Worlds, Lincoln NE: 1st place in M60 category, 151 miles
  • 2022 Big Sugar Gravel, Bentonville, AR: 1st place in M60 category, 100 miles
  • 2022 Golden Gran Fondo Road Race, Golden, CO: 1st place in 55-64 category, 100 miles
  • 2022 Rad Dirt Gravel Race, Trinidad, CO: 3rd place in M60 category, 100 miles
  • 2022 PX 160 Gravel Race, Trinidad, CO: 1st place in M60 category, 100 miles


Recent XC Ski Race Podiums

  • Stagecoach Classic, Tabernash, CO: 2nd place, 20 KM
  • Gold Rush, Frisco, CO: 1st place, 20 KM

Area Of Focus

Preventive cardiology is an under-appreciated focus in health. My practice is primarily focused on science-based complementary and alternative naturopathic medicine, I use scientific literature to guide my clinical decisions. One of my core interests is the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease using integrative care. This is the medicine of the future.

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Both ultrasound and autopsy studies have found that carotid atherosclerosis correlates well with atherosclerosis elsewhere in the circulation and can be used as a marker of general atherosclerosis. Recent guidelines have given CIMT and plaque-based risk prediction a class II A recommendation.

I understand endurance athletes. It helps to be one myself. I compete in Nordic skiing, cyclocross and road cycling in the Greater Denver/Boulder area. The masters athlete is not a person generally well understood by conventional doctors.  Though older athletes are generally very healthy they may put themselves at risk for heart problems.