About Health Corner

Dr. Michelle’s Health Corner:

Although I have the pleasure of knowing many of the Montessori Center families both personally and professionally, I would like to formally introduce myself and hopefully invite our community into some exciting new dialogue pertaining to health.

My name is Michelle Sturm and I am a Naturopathic Physician and licensed acupuncturist.  My young patients call me “Dr. Michelle” or “Willie’s mom”.  I am honored to be serving our quaint high desert town as a primary care physician, specializing in natural family medicine, nutrition, herbal therapy, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy and Chinese medicine.   My six years of dual degree coursework and clinical study were at the National College of Natural Medicine, an accredited university in Portland, OR.  Upon graduating, I received my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine.  I have been in private practice for nearly 5 years.

Mrs. Elkins has offered me the amazing opportunity to discuss hot health topics pertinent to both parents and children.  The beauty of this venture lies in commitment to philosophy.  When my husband, Bill and I had our oldest daughter, Marie (a Montessori graduate in 2010), we were fortunate enough to be introduced to Montessori teachings.  In my excitement, I created an infant Montessori themed room for Marie, child-bed included and watched in awe as she learned independence and confidence.  When Willie (an upcoming Kindergartner) came along 2+ years later, we stuck with this style of child-rearing, and thankfully learned to laugh a lot now that we had two kids to juggle.  Paralleling this journey was my schooling in Naturopathic and Chinese medicine.  These, too have rooted philosophies that meld together into a holistic web using Nature to treat the cause of disease, while respecting the values of prevention, modeling health and individualizing treatments.

As these two worlds continue to envelop my family, I have realized my passion for both medicine and children.  Now, after having our third child, Ione and watching our 7 year old melt seamlessly into public school, we have truly seen the power of Montessori learning.  This continues to translate into my family practice.  Working with children is so important in order to change the paradigm of medicine. By teaching kids to eat well, respect their bodies and nurture their health, I aspire to make a difference in our respective futures.

I look forward to meeting all of you in the near future and am grateful to be standing next to you as we learn, observe, wonder, become challenged, fill with pride, and step day-by-day into the unfamiliar and ever-changing waters of child rearing.