Dr. Michael Stanclift, ND

Dr. Michael Stanclift, ND

 

Who do I Treat:

I am currently accepting patients over 12 years old. Younger patients whom I have previously seen, may continue their care.

What Conditions do I treat:

As a holistic (naturopathic) doctor, I've noticed there's rarely just ONE thing going on with my patients. The majority of my patients are coming for a third opinion, because other treatments haven't worked. Sometimes they have a diagnosis (or a few), sometimes they've been told, 'it's all in your head.' 

Thinking about people as humans, not just diagnoses, means we've got to consider what's going on with your whole body. We'll focus on the things that bring you in, and think about your whole health in your treatment plan.

Common (but not all) conditions people come in for: fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, auto-immune conditions, and "just ain't feeling right."

 

My Story:

I have always been a nerd. When I was five, my grandparents gave me a microscope. I put everything under the lens - plants, bugs, pond water, even my own spit - gross, I know. But when observed from the right distance, anything can be beautiful. 

I have always spent a lot of time outdoors, and it shaped my approach as a doctor. I've found taking the time to slow down, observe, and ask myself, "how are these things related?" works just as well on the trail, as it does in the clinic.   

My curiosity for these relationships grew quickly in high school. Black and white film photography led to physics. In college, I then became fascinated with chemistry, and biology. In a molecular biology course, my professor mentioned that plants produce chemicals, which could be used as medicines. I learned our bodies could make neurotransmitters from the foods we ate, if they had the right nutrients.

I became intensely interested with how our brains work. The more I learned, the more questions I had about the practice of medicine. I asked a professor, "when people have anxiety or depression, why don't we try treating them using food or vitamins?" They replied, "keep asking those kinds of questions when you go to medical school."

I knew I wanted medical training that would teach me about the mind-body connection, about nutrition, meditation, yoga, and botanical (plant-based) medicines. With the help of my academic advisors at San Diego State University, and some generous doctors, I was able to see that becoming a naturopathic doctor (ND) was precisely what I wanted.

After a careful search for medical programs, I fell in love with Bastyr University in Seattle. The small campus was nestled in the middle of a lushly wooded state park. It was an ideal setting for learning naturopathic medicine.

When I had breaks from classes I hiked the trails around the school, allowing the lectures to sink in. I took nutrition classes in Bastyr's renowned teaching kitchen, and spent summers in outdoor classes, identifying and harvesting wild medicinal plants. 

During my clinical years in naturopathic medical school, I worked with multidisciplinary medical teams. I worked with conventional doctors, and residents, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, chiropractors, and therapists. I saw patients, who had been ill for years, get healthy by taking a holistic approach. 

After I graduated from naturopathic medical school and passed my board exams, I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to live with my wife, while she finished her veterinary medical degree. While there, I joined a practice with an acupuncturist, and a massage therapist. We helped our patients get the care they deserved, and was difficult to find in the British National Healthcare System. 

When my wife, Nicole, graduated from veterinary school we made it a goal to end up back near our families, in Southern California. In 2013 we moved to North San Diego County. I joined an established clinic in Carlsbad, and continued working there until it came time to start my own clinic, Up and Up Natural Medicine.

I'm glad you found my practice, and hope we'll be working together soon.