Abigail Ellsworth

Abigail Ellsworth, ND, RAc
Naturopathic Doctor

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Frankfort Traverse City

Specialities

  • Assisted Fertility 
  • Fertility Optimization
  • Women’s Health
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Integrative Pain Strategies
  • General Medicine (ie. cold/flu or infections)
  • Dermatological Conditions
  • Gastrointestinal Dysfunction
  • Integrative Endocrinology
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Detoxification
  • Autoimmune Disease

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While completing an MSc in Marine biology in Alaska, I began to recognize how diet, exercise and nature can play a significant role in health and wellness. After injuring my back right before my thesis defense, I was successfully treated with acupuncture and decided to pursue education and clinical training in integrative medicine.

I earned a dual degree in Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) and a Master’s in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), from National College of Natural Medicine, in Portland, OR. During my six years of training, I completed coursework in basic and specialized sciences, therapeutic modalities (e.g. botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, minor surgery, pharmacology and physical medicine), as well as over 1300 clinical hours specializing in endocrinology, neurology, women’s health and primary care. My training in Classical Chinese Medicine at NCNM included over 3400 didactic and clinical hours in Chinese medical theory, acupuncture, herbalism and Asian bodywork. I also pursued additional training in Japanese Shonishin, a non-insertive pediatric acupuncture technique, as well as the Shen-Hammer lineage of pulse diagnosis. ​

My goal is to empower others to achieve their health goals. I believe in a patient centered, team-based approach to healthcare. I use botanicals, acupuncture, diet/lifestyle, homeopathy and nutritional supplements to offer individualized recommendations for anxiety, depression, ADHD, allergies, pain, neurological disorders, developmental delays, women’s health concerns and digestive issues. I have a special interest in sleep and mood disorders, and completed a thesis entitled “Circadian rhythms, mood disorders and Chinese medicine,” which focused on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), later life onset depression and sleep disturbances, and was awarded Best Thesis of my graduating class. When not in the clinic, I’m likely running, biking, kayaking, fishing, enjoying good food with my partner, Joe, or playing with my 7 month old pit-lab-boxer mix, Judy, and 4-year-old Schnoodle, Franklin.