Taos Whole Health has been accepted as the first ever residency site for Naturopathic Doctors in New Mexico.
Only 1/3 of Naturopathic Doctors have the opportunity to do a residency program due to the lack of availability of such programs. Residency gives new doctors the real-world experience that they need to see patients in an efficient, effective, and professional manner. A major reason naturopathic residencies are not as abundant as conventional medical residencies is because medical residencies are funded predominantly by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and naturopathic residencies are not.
During their training, residents must work under the supervision of trained and experienced attending clinicians. While mandatory and vital, this model is not financially self-sustaining and is the reason we are reaching out to you today. We have already secured a small grant from the Naturopathic Education and Residency Consortium towards our resident's salary; however, this will only cover about 1/10th of the resident's salary. We are hoping the community can come together to support this important educational program!
One resident can provide 30 visits per week to low-income community members.
Our current health crisis has brought into sharp focus the severe deficit in quality trained primary care providers. Our residency program will provide valuable education to prepare top-notch doctors for a lifetime of service.
Taos County struggles with notable disparity of wealth. 20.4% of our population lives well below the poverty level and makes an average of $17k. Your donation will help us tackle these
deep-rooted health disparities.
Funds collected through TWCH's Residency Program go directly towards caring for patients with acute and chronic issues such as diabetes, obesity, pain, autoimmune disease, and much more, as well as towards
nutritional education, self-care strategies, and preventative care.
Funding our residency program is more important than ever, as we are now managing a pandemic within an already existing and longstanding health crisis.
Please consider making a donation to Taos Whole Community Health—no matter what size—to help us bring a Naturopathic Resident to Northern New Mexico to provide valuable medical education and essential primary care for our community.
Please reach out with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you and working closely to make a difference in our community.
A welcoming atmosphere with thoughtful and helpful staff. I've been with Dr. Hooper almost a year. She has an attention to detail and an overall easy going demeanor which helps tremendously for me to feel that she is listening and allowing me to choose a path of healing that I am most suited for. With, of course, proper guidance and a genuinely helpful personality. She seems to feel what I am feeling. My only regret it my improving health is that I won't get to see Dr. Hooper as often!
The whole staff is extremely friendly and professional. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a doctor for themselves or children.
Dr. AB and the staff here are A+++++. The building and artwork are comforting ; create a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of air and light. The vibe here is exceptional. As a child I had a legendary physician who really stuck by my family and I through intense pneumonia experience as well as other childhood sicknesses/ailments. Experiences here remind me of her and the care received during doctor’s visits as a kid.
I've seen multiple practitioners in this office and have had excellent experiences. My primary care doc, Joanna Hooper, is caring and patient. She listens to all of my concerns and then discusses my options with care. As an integrative clinic, I enjoy that those options often include vitamins and lifestyle changes in addition to western medicine. I've seen a few other doctors in Taos before landing on TWH, and the biggest difference is that I never feel dismissed or diminished at this clinic.
The most wonderful thing to me about Taos Whole Health is the fact that it is women-led, women-run and all of the diverse practitioners are women. Hurrah! You can tell the difference when you walk in the door. Now located in the former midwifery building, a patient can almost feel the magic and profundity of birthing and new beginnings, nurturing and tender loving care, and awe for life and whole health.
"Because there is no compromise when it comes to your physical and mental health," is what I tell people when they ask me why I see Dr. Lilly.
When I first discovered the Taos Whole Health team I was a newly diagnosed cancer patient with lots of confusion about where to begin my fight. Under the direction and treatment of the TWH team I am now a courageous fighter in the battle for my own well being.
Steve E. Chavez
The arthritis in my lower back had become so painful that one day I could barely walk. If I could reach the floor with my hands by bending forward, I had to push upright with my hands walking up my thighs to help me to stand erect again. I could no longer sleep on my stomach without waking to debilitating back pain.
Michael "Ike" Levy
Taos Whole Health Integrative Care literally saved my life.
The unique, integrative approach intervened in my rapidly growing ovarian cancer. Working collaboratively with a conventional oncologist, Dr. Lilly-Marie Blecher and Dr. Joanna Hooper helped me go from first visit to necessary surgery swiftly and effectively. Through each step of this scary moment of diagnosis, Dr. Blecher and Dr. Hooper were astonishingly present and committed to my health. They held my hand in supportive ways while keeping me, as the patient, in the driver's seat.
After a year of being treated by practitioners in and out of the state of NM, the answer is Taos Whole Health.
The integration of Eastern and Western medicine is truly remarkable in healing.
Taos Whole Health is a marvelous team (practitioners and staff) of competent, loving caregivers.
We have our health back in a way that we could never imagine.
Lilly and Joanna, Gorbachev and Reagan, Begin and Sadat, Pierre and Marie, Burns and Allen. Some folks are just meant to find each other, even if just for a sparkling moment in time, for the greater good of mankind. And that is exactly what happened last year in Taos.