Meet Dr. Kelly Livingston
Hello and Welcome,
Choosing a Naturopathic Physician is an important step on your healing journey. In order for you to determine whether or not you would like me to join you on this journey, you should know about my practice and myself.
I graduated from Columbia University in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. I went on to coordinate substance abuse research at New York State Psychiatric Institute before deciding to return to school for my graduate studies. While working as a Research Assistant, and later as a Medical Assistant, I became very frustrated with the medical paradigm in this country. It did not make intuitive (or scientific sense) to me to prescribe a drug to cure a drug addiction. Nor did it seem effective to mask a symptom with a prescription instead of treating and curing the underlying cause of the disease. There is a time and a place to utilize those tools, and there are foundational seeds of health that can be cultivated while getting to the root cause of any condition.
I began educating myself about powerful alternative medicine modalities. I realized that in order to truly help people get healthy, a physician must respect the healing power of nature, and promote the body’s innate ability to heal. When the time came to decide where to go to medical school, I discovered Naturopathic Medicine. I immediately knew that it was the specialty for me. It allows me to empower patients to heal themselves focusing on integrating mind, body, and spirit while using all natural therapies. When I went through my own healing crisis I was so grateful to be guided by a Naturopath, and to learn how to not only heal myself, but help others along the way. I have always been motivated to ask questions, and dig deep.
As a Naturopathic Physician I utilize cutting edge scientific methods to diagnose and treat. However, I am also aware that oftentimes you simply need someone to listen, and a safe place to heal. I earned my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2013. During my four years there I gained practical clinical experience through 1500 clinic hours at the UBCNM Health Sciences Clinic, as well as off-site at drug rehabilitation and community clinics. In addition, I had the privilege of being a preceptor for naturopaths with specialties including general family practice, integrative oncology, women’s health, pediatrics, and mind-body counseling in Connecticut, New York, Denver, and Maui. I have further in depth training in Functional Medicine, and work as a "health strategist" and "health detective" with my patients.
I founded Roots Deep Medicine in 2013, and since then have continued to learn and evolve as a healer. I have also continued to heal myself as I have worked alongside patients on their healing journeys. Whether I am learning from the plants as I hike a volcano in Guatemala, from my tattered neuroscience textbook, or from my personal yoga and breath work practice, I bring everything I learn back to my patients, and am always in awe of how much they teach me as well. My continuing education has included certifications in HeartMath for trauma, certification as a Safe and Sound Protocol Practitioner (polyvagal theory), and further education in functional neurology.
I am a proud member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. When I am not working, I can often be found spending time at the beach or in the woods enjoying the true "nature cure" of sunlight, water, and air. Tree hugging is always encouraged! I am an avid reader, and have always loved getting lost in a good book. I love to travel, and aspire to one day establish a healing retreat for all those who wander. I am a single Mother, and am so in love with all the experiences motherhood has afforded me, and how much it has helped me to evolve. Although I lost my dog pictured here, he survived and thrived while we cured his osteosarcoma. He lived to be 15! He had bone cancer and three legs for the last 6 years of his life, and to this day his Vet has no idea how he lived so long with aggressive cancer. I would love to tell you about his story. The healing power of this medicine never ceases to amaze me!
It is my passion to empower and educate patients. Once you are given the right tools, and any obstacles to cure are removed, you will heal yourself! The longer I practice the art of medicine, the more profoundly I am impacted by witnessing humans heal.