Dr. Patricia Pimentel Selassie is a third generation physician who received her Naturopathic Doctorate degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She founded the New Flower Center for Naturopathic Medicine in Brooklyn, New York and has had over 15 years of clinical experience. A life-long eczema sufferer attributes her complete healing to Naturopathic Medicine. Known by her patients as "a doctor you can talk to,” Dr. Selassie blends evidence-based Naturopathic Medicine with an intuitive coaching style so people can be their healthiest best and live their life’s purpose.
To assist in healing the world, Dr. Selassie knows that education, especially that relating to health, is a priority. She has hosted over 450 live call-in radio shows, broadcasting to 22,000 listeners, and has presented on the Naturopathic Medical Profession at Columbia, Howard, and Princeton Universities, among others. Dr. Selassie is a popular instructor at the Open Center, teaching about Detox, Skin, Gut Inflammation, Thyroid, and Brain Health. She is on the Medical Review Board for the School for Applied Functional Medicine and the co-founder of Nat Med Coach, a concierge health membership program.
Dr. Selassie was born in Baltimore and lives with her husband, their five daughters, and her mother-in-law in Brooklyn. She joins her husband in collecting archival materials pertaining to Ethiopian and Rastafari Art and Culture for the Haile Selassie I International University Museum and Research Library Center. She enjoys cooking, going to the park with her family, journaling, and loves books, from Personal Growth and Development, and Mind-Set, to Business and Marketing, and, of course, Health.
About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Medicine is an art and science blending the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) go to a post-baccalaureate 4-year accredited naturopathic medical school. The first 2 years, NDs learn all the same basic sciences and diagnostic skills as a conventional medical doctor in terms of subjects and hours of training. NDs learn the same medical sciences like anatomy, pathology, and biochemistry. NDs also learn to use the same labs, physical exams, and medical imaging that hospitals and clinics utilize to diagnose diseases and monitor health.
Naturopathic Doctor’s clinical training is spent in an outpatient setting, using natural treatments. These treatments include diet, nutritional supplements including vitamins, natural herbs and homeopathy, before resorting to drugs or surgeries. Drugs and surgeries are necessary, but NDs are trained to try all other less invasive therapies first.
THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE:
1. First Do No Harm: Use the least invasive therapy first.
2. The Vis Medicatrix Naturae: The human body has an innate ability to heal itself, the doctor is just the assistant, providing the natural tools for the body to do do.
3. Docere: The doctor must teach their patients to use diet, nutrition, homeopathy, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to help their patients eliminate disease and reach optimal health.
4. Find the Cause: Don’t not just treat the symptoms, but address the cause
5. Treat the Whole Person: A disease states has many factors; emotional, spiritual, mental, as well as Physical. Furthermore if there is a diseased organ, getting the whole body in shape will also help to heal the singular organ
6. Prevention: Preventing disease is a Naturopathic Doctor’s specialty for 1 ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.