One of the things I love most about working with Natural Awakenings magazine is the opportunity to interview all kinds of fascinating people making a difference in the healthy living arena. Jessica Shoemaker,a naturopathic doctor who discovered naturopathic medicine almost by accident, is one of those people. “I was so intrigued with naturopathy I flew out and visited the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon,” she recalls. “Within minutes, I realized that was where I belonged.”
After graduating with honors in 2004, Shoemaker decided to bring this new passion back to her hometown, where she eventually opened up Natural Paths to Wellness, in Camp Hill. It is one of the largest naturopathic centers in the state, consisting of three naturopathic practitioners, including Heather DeLuca, BS, ND, and Leia Anderson, BA, MS, ND.
According to Shoemaker, naturopathic doctors like to connect the dots between symptoms that are showing up in the body—even seemingly unrelated ones. “We see symptoms as messengers. If we try to eradicate only the symptoms, we’ve shot the messengers,” she says. “When we can see how all symptoms are related, it’s much easier to determine the root cause of health issues.”
To learn more about Jessica Shoemaker, read this community spotlight that originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Natural Awakenings Central Pennsylvania.