Dr. Heidi Hook, N.D.
Born and raised in Auburn, California. Dr. Heidi Hook is a 1996 graduate of Bastyr University and is the owner of Auburn Naturopathic Medicine. Growing up with her dad as a local doctor inspired her to pursue medicine herself and become a naturopathic doctor. Personal illness with questions left unanswered by western medicine led her in the direction of naturopathic medicine. Dr. Heidi is passionate about helping people find their optimal health and that there are infinite possibilities on their path to healing. She has seen naturopathic medicine work in herself and her patients time and time again. She believes that the body, mind, and spirit want to heal and this inspires her to listen deeper to each person’s body, mind and spirit with her medical knowledge, experience and intuition to find the true path to each individuals needs.
Her practice focuses mainly on discovering the underlying causes of illness that is specific for each person…stress, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, genetic variances that impact biochemistry, toxin loads, heavy metals, and others than then ultimately manifest into disease and illness. To hear Dr. Heidi talk about what naturopathic medicine means to her, click here.
Dr. Heidi fills her free time with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters. Together they enjoy rock-climbing, horse back riding, surfing, gardening and just being together.
Dr. Chelsea Azarcon, N.D.
We are thrilled that Dr. Chelsea joined our team in this year. Dr. Chelsea is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, trained at Bastyr University, San Diego. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Cornell University. Inspired by her own lifelong, chronic health issues, she discovered her passion for integrative medicine. In trying to find answers for her own health, she has worked with some of the best conventional doctors in the country at places like the Mayo Clinic and UCLA hospital. She has also worked with many brilliant naturopaths, at one time a patient of Auburn Naturopathic Medicine herself. She found that when she combined conventional and naturopathic medicine, she achieved the greatest healing. During her undergraduate career, she researched the medicinal actions of traditional plants. These experiences shaped her medical perspective: she loves practicing research based integrative medicine.
She loves working with chronic illnesses, infections, and environmental toxicity and during her naturopathic training, helped educate other doctors about discovering hidden triggers of persistent illness. She also understands that chronic illness is not simply autoimmune disease but any condition from which someone has not been able to find relief, whether that be headaches, PMS, anxiety, insomnia, or weight gain. She takes a whole body approach to treatment, addressing each patient’s biochemical and nutritional needs, implementing foundations to healing, and identifying conditions preventing the body from working optimally. Because of her own experiences, she has deep compassion and a desire to work with patients as individuals to help them enjoy their best lives.
Dr. Chelsea enjoys writing, hiking, traveling to new places, and spending time with her service dog, Rey, who you might see helping her around the office.
Dr. Ann Sura, N.D.
Dr. Sura is a Naturopathic Doctor and owner of NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine in Kings Beach, CA, a family practice with an emphasis on women’s health, endocrinology, and nutrition. Dr. Ann Sura holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine(SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Regents University, New York. With 19 years of experience, Dr Sura enjoys her role as a community doctor seeing patients from around the Tahoe-Truckee and Reno-Carson area. While she see’s patients with all complaints from cough/cold/flu to chronic illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, her passion is Functional Neuro-Endocrinology with an emphasis on women’s health care. With her husband, Mark guiding patients through the nutritional and lifestyle changes she enjoys watching her patients take charge of their health on multiple levels.
While living in Arizona, Dr Sura was a frequent guest lecturer at SCNM and ASU College of Nursing, and frequent guest speaker at various community forums and service organizations. She currently serves on the medical advisory board of Jigsaw Health, as the Vice-President and CoFounder of the American College of Naturopathic Medicine and was formerly on the board for the Bryman School of Massage Therapy. She also served as senior editor of Natural Paradigm, and was associate professor of Gastroenterology, Hematology, and Laboratory Diagnosis at SCNM. Locally, Dr Sura is active with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School’s Harvest of the Month program and the North Tahoe High School’s Wellness Clinics/Forum’s.
Mary Beauchamp, NA, R.N.
Mary Beauchamp is a Registered Nurse, Therapeutic Nutritionist and Mind Body Specialist. She has four beautiful children and two grandchildren. Mary’s a passionate world traveler and lifetime student of natural medicine in ancient healing traditions and herbal plant medicines. Leveraging unique mindfulness practices to cultivate self awareness, her clients discover the skills needed to interpret their body’s messaging system, building a solid foundation for conscious, healthy living. Because diet and stress are the two major causes of poor health, Mary considers not only what her clients eat, but encourages them to identify what is “eating” them. Thus, allowing them to consciously unlock their body’s ability to heal, while bypassing the default stress response that keeps the immune system on hold. Mary empowers confident self care through informed decision making and self exploration. Mary is also a Ketogenic Diet Coach and has her own website with amazing recipes, podcasts and retreats. Click Here to check it out!
Kate was raised in the Auburn area and absolutely loves the country life-style that it offers. She graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree and then continued on to become a Dental Assistant. She has always been passionate about genuine patient CARE. Kate Schindler has spent most of her working career as an Office Manager/Aide for a Physical Therapist here in Auburn. This was where she fell in love with learning how incredible and amazing our bodies truly are! She was drawn to Auburn Naturopathic Medicine when she sought to learn about living a healthy, natural lifestyle of her own.
In her spare time you will most likely find her outside…probably accompanied by her husband and 3 sweet pups. She loves to go four wheeling, fishing, hiking and camping (when the mountains call, she answers without question…it’s her therapy)! She may also have a sort of brownish/green thumb, but she has a passion for gardening and hopes to have a small farm someday!
Shanna Graspointner is our super star phlebotomist/front desk and Naturopathic Assistant. Shanna was raised in the Sacramento area as a young girl but currently lives on an amazing apple orchard here in the heart of Auburn CA. She had a great passion for beauty, health and wellness. Shanna first started her career as a Cosmetologist in 1991, and graduated Phlebotomy school in 1998. Her passion for health and wellness led her to work with Kaiser, however through life experiences and raising 6 children she has developed a love for Natural remedies. You will see her smiling face as you enter Auburn Naturopathic Medicine, she will be taking vitals, drawing blood and giving you our amazing B-12 injections.
Laura Minard, NA, R.N.
Laura Minard is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse Coach, and Naturopathic Assistant. Laura became chronically ill after the birth of her son, and experienced the limitations of the conventional medicine model. She became a patient of Dr. Heidi’s and after becoming well through Naturopathic interventions she felt compelled to change her role as a nurse, and join Auburn Naturopathic Medicine as a Naturopathic Assistant. Laura is the founder of a Holistic Life Coaching practice, and believes that becoming healthy and optimal requires not only physical transformation but is a mental, emotional, and spiritual journey as well. Laura is highly intuitive, trained in energy medicine, and creates rapid, positive changes in the clients that she works with. Laura is married with two young children and loves spending time with her family and learning to grow organic food.
She loves yoga, and considers herself an eternal student of life constantly looking to grow in experiences and wisdom. For more about Laura and her coaching services, visit her website at My Nurse Coach.
Alex Rodriguez is the Office Manager at Auburn Naturopathic Medicine. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Liberal Arts degree in 1993. She has worked in many different facets of management and customer service; including corporate offices, restaurant management and assisting in new store openings around the world. Alex’s desire is to reach out into communities and bring awareness of the benefits of natural medicine to others. She has a strong desire to serve and support others and to facilitate the day to day business activities and solutions to help enhance the patient experience at Auburn Naturopathic Medicine.
With her passion for travel, Alex knows there is so much more to see and do in the world and shares that passion with her 22 year daughter, her husband and two St. Bernards. In her spare time, she loves to spend time hiking, paddle boarding, going on bike rides, swimming, camping, seeing live music and is “extremely appreciative” of good wine and good food.