Dr. Jena Peterson, ND
Much of my life has been spent in the pursuit of physical health and athletics – from an early age I trained as a swimmer, competing at the state level by the age of 10. In my early college career, I focused on water polo and bodybuilding. Physical fitness and health were key components of my life that provided me with friendship, stress relief, and a whole lot of fun! When my own chronic illness short circuited this for me, it was highly frustrating and scary.
At the time, I was pursuing my undergraduate degree in pre-med studies. I reached out to our finest specialists in an effort to find relief from my illness and for over a year rotated to different doctors, receiving different diagnoses. After trying in vain to seek answers, I was devastated to learn that the “expert” advice was to accept my limitations and live with them. I was absolutely not willing to take that as my final answer!
I was introduced to Naturopathic Medicine at that time by a friend. As someone who had been planning a career in medicine, I was stumped as to what this was and why I had never heard of it. I anxiously and skeptically scheduled the appointment with a naturopathic doctor. My hope was not misplaced. The naturopathic physician took time with me and, through multiple visits and some lab work, we were able to get to the root cause of my illness. Once this was dealt with, my illness went away and has not returned. Naturopathic medicine saved me from a lifetime of medications and limitations!
I like to use my story to illustrate the hope and healing that can be found at Full Circle Natural Medicine. I have an incredible team of doctors and practitioners at my clinic to help each patient find optimal health to live the full life they deserve.
I spend my free time with my children, with my husband Brendan, practicing Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art), running, skiing, bicycling, motorcycling, and generally looking for moments to breathe and enjoy the fullness of life! I look forward to helping you recover your health and enjoy the fullness of YOUR life!
I am the owner and Medical Director of Full Circle Natural Medicine. In private practice since 2004, I specialize in family medicine and preventative medicine focused on treating the individual. I am passionate about working with children of all ages, adults, and difficult-to-diagnose cases.
I have a background in healing arts (Reiki and massage therapy) and mental health counseling of teens with substance abuse and alcoholism problems. I graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in psychology and minors in molecular biology and biochemistry. I graduated from Bastyr University, where I am an Affiliate Clinical Faculty Member, with a degree in Naturopathic Medicine, and I completed a Family Medicine Residency in Seattle. In addition, I have a wide variety of educational experiences and training that have helped shape my current medical practice and focus. I have studied with Andrew Weil, MD (naturopathic and conventional treatment), Lyn Patrick, MD (High-dose IV Vitamin C for HIV/AIDS, chronic tick-borne disease, and chronic fatigue), Autism Research Institute (autistic children and adults), Charles Ray Jones, MD (pediatric lyme disease), and genetic research seminars (MTHFR mutations and treatment of associated diseases).
My specialties include:
- Autism, DAN!
- Autoimmune disease
- Family medicine, including babies, children, and pregnant women
- Chronic GI disorders, including celiac disease and other difficult-to-treat cases
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic lyme and other associated diseases (Lyme Literate Doctor, ILADS member)
- Mold toxicity syndromes
- Depression and anxiety
- Endocrine disorders, including PMS, menopause, adrenal and thyroid disorders
- Difficult medical puzzles and difficult-to-diagnose cases
- Weight loss