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Connect to nature, find grounding

I love picking flowers. My earliest memories are of being on the small farm I grew up on near Mount Rainier and picking bouquets of wild buttercup, daisies, and mint. There is nothing more grounding for my busy self like being in nature and picking flowers.  To this day, every lunch hour during my work week, I go for a run down a rural road in Gig Harbor and pick the wild mint and flowers that line the roadway.  I bring them back to my clinic and fill the reception area with nature’s treasures.  Every time I go to fill up my tea in between patients I see the wild flowers and it regrounds me in the middle of whatever I am doing. I try to practice this mindfulness in all that I do every day.  I am not perfect at this, nor do I try to be; I know that life requires patience and flexibility in order for me to be truly happy.  Because I have small windows of time to breathe as I transition from home life to work life and then back home again, I honor these tiny moments of mindfulness that connect and make up my life.

Find what connects you to nature and helps to ground you and repeat.  It can be making the perfect cup of herbal tea, spending time with your children when they ask you to play with them and really be present, taking a few deep breaths outside, going for a run or walk, visiting someone who may be suffering or lonely.  Whatever it is that enriches you and allows you to connect and ground in this life, then practice, practice, practice.

Yours in health and happiness,
Anna Colombini
Peninsula Natural Health Center
President, Medical Director

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Welcoming Oksana Mulyukova, ND

oksana-mulyukovaPeninsula Natural Health Center is honored to announce and welcome Oksana Mulyukova, N.D. to Peninsula Natural Health Center in Gig Harbor, Washington. Our commitment to provide premier compassionate healthcare in a warm environment begins with our providers and administrative staff. We believe in stewardship in the work environment so that when you walk through our doors you know you are in a place of health and healing.

I would like to share with you some of the reasons we chose Oksana Mulyukova, N.D. to join myself, along with Steven Davis, N.D., Veronica Skedd, N.D., Kirsty Docken, EAMP, L.Ac., and Jennifer Townsend, LMP. Through my conversations with Oksana, I was immediately drawn to her contemplative wisdom, her kindness and her passion for providing quality primary care naturopathic medicine. I also appreciate that she speaks fluent Russian, so as to improve access to naturopathic care to those who seek complimentary medicine services. She is also currently enrolled in a Masters in Acupuncture program at Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Combining Eastern and Western perspectives in medicine is wonderfully integrative for both practitioner and patient alike.

In addition to primary care naturopathic medicine, Dr. Mulyukova currently focuses on pediatric care, physical body work, hydrotherapy and neural therapy. Other modalities that she regularly employs include botanical medicine, nutritional counseling and supplementation.Dr. Mulyukova received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Bukhara State University in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

It is with great honor and pleasure that I introduce to you, Dr. Oksana Mulyukova, N.D. and warmly welcome her to Peninsula Natural Health Center!

In health and happiness,
Anna Colombini, N.D.
President, Medical Director

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Introducing Veronica Skedd, ND

VeronicaSkeddPeninsula Natural Health Center in Gig Harbor, Washington is honored to announce and welcome Veronica Skedd, N.D. to our practice.  We are a Natural Health Center focused on creating an environment of warm hospitality combined with premier compassionate health care that you can recognize the moment you walk through our doors.  It is with this mindset that we choose our providers and why we are honored to have Dr. Skedd join us in providing quality naturopathic primary care. Her authenticity, kindness in tone and passion for providing premier patient care are just a few of the qualities that drew us to Veronica.

Veronica joins myself along with Steven Davis, N.D., Oksana Mulyukova, N.D., Kirsty Docken, EAMP, L.Ac., and Jennifer Townsend, LMP in June, 2015.  In addition to primary care naturopathic medicine, Dr. Skedd, focuses on mental and digestive health in her practice, using modalities in working with her patients such as: cleansing, nutrition counseling, nutrition supplementation, pharmaceutical medication management, and hormone replacement therapies such as bio-identical hormones.  She also believes in empowering her patients through education, thus allowing them to be actively and confidently involved in their own healthcare.

Dr. Skedd received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.  She then completed a two year residency in primary care naturopathic medicine in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Skedd also received a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
It is with great honor and pleasure that I introduce to you, Dr. Veronica Skedd, N.D and warmly welcome her to Peninsula Natural Health Center!

In health and happiness,
Anna Colombini, N.D.
President, Medical Director