We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachelle Forsberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rachelle, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
As a naturopathic medical clinic, Natural Medicine of Denver offers evidence based preventative medicine that is aimed at treating the root cause of our patients’ illnesses. Our long-term goals for our patients are really focused on prevention; which in the long run reduces burden on an already overwhelmed medical system in our country. We fit a niche spot in the healthcare system by providing personalized healthcare for individuals who desire more face to face time with their doctor and for those who have complex, chronic illnesses that require extended visit times and more nuanced treatment approaches.

Additionally, one of the tenets of naturopathic medicine is “docere” which means “to teach.” We love to give back to our community by providing accessible and approachable healthcare classes that educate folks on a range of topics including things like hormone balancing, digestive health, natural pain management, and the mind-body connection. We strive to provide actionable recommendations including evidence based diet and lifestyle modifications that participants can implement in their home life immediately and, we hope, will ultimately help further the wellness of our entire community.

What should our readers know about your business?
Building Natural Medicine of Denver is a dream that has been a long time coming. Since graduating as a Naturopathic Physician in 2010, I have envisioned a clinic serving my home state providing my community with the most cutting edge naturopathic medicine available. It took over ten years to fully realize that dream as I invested years in residency programs and working for top notch naturopathic clinics in the Seattle area. Finally, when our family returned to Denver in 2018, I began to work on what would become Natural Medicine of Denver. Our clinic launch date was slated for March 1, 2020. As we all know, the spring of 2020 brought a sudden halt to almost all in-person business and the launch of our clinic was delayed. But during that time I learned a lot about what it means to pivot and enjoyed honing my skills to utilize social media as a way of providing informational tutorials to the public about how to stay healthy during a pandemic. I also learned how to establish care for patients via telemedicine, and we began to see our clinic grow exponentially!

I am thrilled to say, now the full vision of Natural Medicine of Denver has been realized as we are seeing patients face to face; with proper safety measures in place – offering hands-on modalities such as acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and IV therapy! It is a complete and utter dream realized to see our clinic flourishing and serving our community with all the amazing tools that naturopathic medicine has to offer. Many of our patients tell us how rare it is to find a doctor’s office where they get so much face to face time with their physician – at Natural Medicine of Denver, generally a new patient visit is two hours long and a follow up visit is one hour. We encourage consistent communication between our doctors and patients in between visits because we want to provided personalized care for each of our patients and welcome feedback to hear what it working and what isn’t so that they don’t have to wait until their next visit to start feeling well. We also love offering virtual and in person educational events to both our patients and the community to answer health related questions and provide actionable recommendations to help individuals achieve optimal wellness. We are fully dedicated to nurturing and supporting the health of our community and the vision of Natural Medicine of Denver continues to grow as we look forward to offering even more programs in the upcoming months including community acupuncture clinics, online group health mentoring, yoga classes and more!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Where to begin? I always take out of town guests to the Denver Highlands to check out the fun shops, grab a cup of coffee or tea at Brew Culture, and then head downtown to peruse Union Station, 16th street mall, and Larimer Square. After that, of course we would have to stop at the Tattered Cover Bookstore, then on to my absolute favorite spot for downtown shopping and food – Free Market: I would take them to shop some uniquely curated items at Alchemy Works, and to pick up some sustainable goods at the Conscious Merchant, maybe some fresh flowers from Pickletown Flower Company and then wrap that adventure up with a delicious meal at my favorite restaurant – Foraged.

If we wanted to get away from the city and enjoy the mountains, we might take a short drive to Mother Cabrini shrine or maybe commit to a longer drive and visit Bread Bar in Silver Plume – hopefully to catch some live music! On the way home, maybe we would even stop for an iconic slice of pizza at Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs.

As a naturopath I am always keeping my eye out for delicious healthy dining options, so of course I would always treat my guests to a meal at Just BE Kitchen and Nest at Nurture!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I absolutely couldn’t be where I am today without the selfless support and love from my family. My husband’s loving patience with many long days and nights at work along with the unpredictable schedule of patient care has allowed me to grow exponentially as a practitioner. I’ve come home to many warm meals and folded laundry after a long day of work and felt so supported and loved!

Also, I am completely blessed by the devoted encouragement and wisdom from my parents – who have given me the confidence to build my own naturopathic practice from the ground up and have invested countless days offering childcare, assistance around the office, and a shoulder to lean on. Growing up I watched my father run his own business and that was the inspiration that drove me to want to do the same thing myself someday. My mother taught me the importance and value of investing in people and relationships which I fully believe is why I was driven to pursue a career in medicine where I would be able to interact with and help people in my community on a daily basis. Witnessing both my parents’ hard work and being the recipient of their loving support is the tensile strength I have needed on a daily basis to both become a doctor and then launch my own clinic.

I also have to mention our incredible office staff! Our office manager; Nicole, our medical assistant; Estefany, and our incredible doctors; Dr. Woods and Dr. Hacker – have all been so invested in the mission of our clinic that I can’t help but be motivated to grow our business every single day. Witnessing their sincere care for our patients and their initiative to always go above and beyond simply blows me away and truly inspires me on a daily basis.


Website: www.naturalmedicineofdenver.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naturalmedicineofdenver/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dr.rachelle/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKC6yn90wT03q8C-ZPjvYqA

Image Credits
Adam Snyder

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