Hello, current and future patients of Northwest Integrative Medicine!
I’m Dr. Katie Pickworth, a naturopathic primary care physician specializing in body positive, trauma-informed, individualized medicine that sees and cares for the whole person. As a scientist by nature and by training, my absolute favorite thing is to work with patients to identify and address the root cause of discomfort and disease using an approach that incorporates my patients’ preferences every step of the way. With me, you will always have a safe space, an open ear, and an enthusiastic ally and teammate.
I come from a family of storytellers; big, loud belly-laughers; and open-hearted healers. Really, my journey here started in my youth, as I was raised by a chiropractor and a naturopath-chiropractor in the midwestern state of Ohio. My childhood was spent taking supplements in the mornings and defending natural medicine to my classmates all day while intensely studying science and engineering, struggling to incorporate these philosophies. Time and training, including two years conducting research at the National Institutes of Health outside of Washington, DC, has brought me to a balanced place where I am able to live in both worlds comfortably and confidently – and I look forward to discussing the limits and importance of the scientific evidence behind treatments with my patients for many years to come.
For the past year, I’ve been completing my first year of residency in primary care at the National University of Natural Medicine. My clinical training has focused primarily in mental health and musculoskeletal health (i.e., chronic pain, sports injuries and athlete care), and my goal is to always address each patient’s individual needs while using the full scope of naturopathic medicine. My work often blends conventional methods like medications with supportive, gentle natural therapies like flower essences and herbs that maximize treatment response and allow for genuine healing, recovery, and self-love no matter the condition or situation.
I am thrilled to be joining this incredible team of providers this summer. You may have seen me around NWIM before, as I’ve been shadowing off and on with Dr. Maeghan and Dr. Culver since July 2018! It is so exciting to be starting as a provider at the clinic that has become my heart’s home.
I don’t know you yet, but I can’t wait to hear your story. Let’s laugh together soon.
“Sensitivity is a sign of life.
Better hurt than hardened.
I bow to those who keep their hearts open when it is most difficult,
those who refuse to keep their armor on any longer than they have to,
those who recognize the courage at the heart of vulnerability.
After all the malevolent warriors end each other,
the open-hearted will inherit the earth.”
— Jeff Brown, Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground