Laura A. Munro, ND- Not Accepting New Patients
Dr. Munro began her career in the medical field in 1992 after graduating with her Associates degree in Applied Science with a focus in Physical Therapy. She has worked in the field ever since in a variety of settings including: orthopedics, in-patient, out-patient, and lastly pediatrics. The children she worked with finally gave her the inspiration she needed to accomplish her goal of becoming a doctor.
She returned to school in 2002 to attain her pre-med requisites and graduated, Magna Cum Laude, with her Bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in 2007. Directly after graduation from UCONN she entered Naturopathic Medical School and graduated, July 2011, from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine earning her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.
In addition Dr. Munro owned and operated Serenity Yoga Studio from 2000 to 2003 where she witnessed the amazing healing that took place on a physical, spiritual, as well as a mental/emotional level. She believes that it is this holistic process which demonstrates our body's innate wisdom to heal itself. Dr. Munro prides herself on having the attributes that she considers makes for an exceptional physician including: tenacity, non-judgment, compassion, good listening skills, curiosity, honesty, open-mindedness, patience, adaptability, and a willingness to grow. She believes that possessing these qualities serves the patient, allowing the physician to look at the whole person including the patient's personal situation, offering the potential to treat the entire family.
She believes strongly in educating her patients, as well as the community, in order to encourage them to become proactive, passionate and to allow them the opportunity to understand the impact they can have on their own health and healing. Dr. Munro feels that by empowering her patients with understanding and knowledge they will be able to actively affect their own potential.
Dr. Munro's goal and desire is to be a portal through which her patients will attain a level of health that will manifest into a balanced way of life. She affirms to work diligently to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and to help her patients take back the power to live a full, healthy life. The decision for treatment will be a collaborative effort between patient & doctor, and will include such options as hydrotherapy, nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, therapeutic activities/yoga, acupuncture, as well as cleansing protocols.
Sally Machin, ND - Currently Accepting New Patients
Dr. Sally Machin received her degree in Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has a diverse clinical focus and enjoys working with patients who experience a variety of conditions, as well as those who wish to focus on prevention and optimizing their health. Dr. Machin believes that nutrition and lifestyle are key components to achieving wellness. She uses targeted therapies, such as specific nutrients, and herbal medicine to enhance healing. She strives to educate all her patients so they understand their health concerns, and collaborates with patients to discover the cause of their symptoms.
Dr. Machin's ND degree includes a certificate in midwifery, and she has assisted in many births. Although she is not currently practicing as a midwife, she continues to enjoy working with women in the areas of natural fertility, prenatal care, and postpartum care. Many women can benefit from additional supportive care during these times. Her interest also includes other areas of women's health.
Dr. Machin is a former Division I athlete; she competed in rowing at Boston University while obtaining her bachelor's degree. Because of this background, another special interest of Dr. Machin's is working with patients to improve athletic performance.
Dr. Machin lives in Stonington, CT with her husband, dog, and their chickens. She is excited to be working close to home and helping the community in which she lives. Dr Machin enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and gardening (particularly when she gets fresh vegetables out of it).
Stephanie Draus, ND, RYT-200 - Currently Accepting New Patients
Stephanie Draus, ND, RYT-200, is a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. A native of Chicago, she returned to that city after graduation to found Stellaria Natural Health, an integrative wellness center featuring naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, counseling, and classes in yoga, meditation, and belly dance. In 2009, Dr. Draus joined the faculty of National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL, and later moved to Connecticut to work as Associate Director of Academic Affairs at University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine.
After a decade in academia, she is thrilled to be returning to clinical practice at Natura Medica.
She particularly enjoys working with people who are new to natural and holistic medicine, helping them create practical, sustainable solutions for improved health. She also loves working with active seniors to maintain strength, flexibility, and energy.
Other clinical interests include emotional and mental health (with a particular interest in post-traumatic stress), pain management (particularly in dancers and others with chronic use syndrome), and common chronic conditions such as hypertension and pre-diabetes.
Dr. Draus has a special interest in working with artists (she is a dancer and actress herself) and with the military population.
She is a registered yoga teacher with advanced training in Mindful Yoga Therapy, an evidence-based program that uses movement and meditation to improve recovery from PTSD. She also teaches mindfulness meditation.
She loves salt water; joyful movement; rivers; and stories. She spends her spare time hiking, knitting, writing, and dancing. She lives with her husband and a coal-black cat in a house full of music, books, and yarn.
Erica Watson DHSc, MS, CNC --Currently Accepting New Patients
Dr. Erica Watson is first and foremost mom to the best son and daughter she could ever imagine. She is always an educator in some capacity, having been a science teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools, and a middle school infectious diseases teacher. She was a professor of human biology at a university, and truly enjoyed teaching as an adult education biology and STEM teacher.
Dr. Watson has a bachelors in psychology, masters in biology, a graduate certificate in emerging infectious diseases, and a doctor of health science in both clinical health and clinical nutrition. She is also a certified nutrition coach. She has been fascinated with the human body since she was 8 years old, and observed and studied the impacts of breast cancer, metabolic dysfunction, environmental toxins, and HIV/AIDS.
She knew from childhood that she should serve the world’s neglected communities, and tend to those in need of empathy and holistic care. She is most interested in nutrition, how cultures around the world influence food choices, pathology, and public health education, as she has a passion for helping others to learn about the benefits of nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Today Dr. Watson loves working with patients, the public, and students, to create welcoming environments conducive to learning about health and disease.
Dr. Watson presents about COVID-19 and public health, racism as a public health crisis, Black/Brown women’s health, and more. She also speaks relatively fluent Spanish, building communications between individuals and groups. She is a compassionate leader, advocate, and activist who encourages health promotion and disease prevention on a daily basis through teaching, supporting, and/or developing curriculum. Now serving in the Medical Reserves Corps, Dr. Watson has found one of her life's passions: interacting with, understanding information about, and learning from patients, for best outcomes. During her time off, she enjoys cooking - especially for others, hiking, doing ballet classes, and talking about medicine. Most of all though, she enjoys being with her biggest treasures: family (including a dog!) and friends.
I am Master Usui Reiki and Kundalini Reiki Master
I first started my Reiki journey in 2005, since then Reiki has been a part of my life. Sometimes it was on the outskirts, other times it was a bit more prominent. Over the past few years it has become more of a direct calling to be a center focus of my life. I practice Reiki daily, and my morning routine incorporates Reiki. I have found since Reiki has become a center point in my life, I am more centered, calm, and tolerant of emotions/energies around me.
Deirdre J. O'Connor, ND - Retired
Dr. O'Connor was the founder of Natura Medica and retired from practice in 2019.