Dr. Cara Hartz, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician who practices primary care in the state of Washington. She graduated from Bastyr University in 2010, earning her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. She completed a 1-year residency in her first year of practice at Docere Center for Natural Medicine, with a focus on Women’s reproductive health and Pediatrics.
Dr. Cara’s passion as a naturopathic physician began when she was in search of her own wellness, after spending years in physical distress without an answer by medical professionals. This led her to Naturopathic Medicine, where she was ultimately supported by her physician and her community, able to understand and find the cause of her dis-ease and work towards wellness.
Dr. Cara enjoys spending time with her patients, and getting to know them on a personal level so she can best help understand and find the cause of their dis-ease, employ the appropriate diagnostic testing and work together with the patient on treatments that would best suite their lifestyle. She enjoys working with the whole family, addressing any life stressors that may be an obstacle to their health, and helping them find ways to remove these obstacles.
As a mother of 3, Dr. Cara understands the joys and stress of having a family and being a very involved and full-time parent. She likes to support her patients in finding balance in their life, educates them on ways to plan and prepare well-balanced whole-foods meals that focus on natural and organic ingredients, and that also caters to many dietary restrictions or preferences. She focuses on using food as medicine for the whole family.
She prioritizes health by lifestyle practices that minimize exposure to common environmental toxins and is a passion of hers to help educate patients on ways to minimize these exposures. When there is evidence of toxic exposure, she implements gentle modalities that help to support the body in eliminating these toxins.
As a primary care physician, Dr. Cara is able to order lab tests, imaging, refer to specialists, perform well-child and annual physical exams. She firmly believes in and practices in her life the naturopathic principles. She implements naturopathic treatments, especially nutritional counseling, botanical medicine, and supports the physical and mental/emotional state with Craniosacral thereapy. She also utilizes IV nutritional therapy to manage chronic illness and nutritional deficiencies.
Some of the conditions that Dr. Cara treats include:
Dr. Cara has experience with natural family planning, intracervical inseminations (IUI/ICI), attached parenting, diapering options/diaper-free, co-sleeping, extended breastfeeding and child-led weaning, lactation support.
In addition to providing primary care to her patients, Dr. Cara also diagnoses, treats and manages chronic illness such as Lyme disease, other tick-borne infections, chronic viral infections, mold and other environmental toxicities.