Achillea Natural Medicine
Dr. Julia Hipp opened the doors of Achillea Natural Medicine in January to bring healthcare to her patients. Literally. Hipp’s clinic is no ordinary natural medicine center. She offers house calls, believing that each patient, no matter their schedule, deserves encompassing healthcare.
Beyond providing accessible healthcare, Hipp believes in treating the root of problems rather than merely symptoms. Naturopathic medicine utilizes natural therapies to address the cause rather than the effect of an illness, Hipp said. Naturopathic doctors “believe the body has the innate ability to heal itself, and it’s just when things get in the way of that process that things can go wrong,” Hipp said. The key to health is a person’s lifestyle. Factors like diet, stress levels, and exercise can be hugely impactful, Hipp said. For her, the goal is to eliminate the need for people to take medicine daily. “Because we are getting to the cause rather than the symptoms, people can get off medicine. People end up feeling more relaxed and have more energy.”
While Achillea Natural Medicine is not the first naturopathic medical center in Bellingham, it is the first with a “mobile” component. Hipp makes more than just house calls for her patients. She does phone calls, video calls, and will even visit a patient at their workplace. It is important to offer house calls because not everyone can get to the doctor easily, Hipp said. Her flexibility is meant to help people with kids or people who work full-time during the week. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and every first and third Saturday of the month between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to accommodate schedules. “I got into naturopathic medicine to help everyone. That is why I include the housecall options.”
Hipp provides various types of treatments depending on the issue and the individual. She is a trained as a primary care provider but specializes in digestive health and hormonal imbalances. Treatment can vary from changing a patient’s diet, testing for food sensitivity and using various herbs for better digestive health, to body work. Body work is a therapeutic method used to get rid of deep tensions that might be stored in the body’s tissues, Hipp said. Hipp often performs body work at people’s home to keep them relaxed and comfortable.
“I think naturopathic medicine is so special because the whole treatment is individualized,” Hipp said. She makes it a priority to develop strong relationships and spend quality time with each of her patients. The most important thing is that people get back to doing the things they love, Hipp said.
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