Dr. Danny Dowling
Naturopathic medicine was an intuitive but controversial calling for me; as I grew up in a hazy, health-conscious medical and midwestern culture. The Midwest instilled other wonderful values in me, but my interest in preventative medicine through diet and lifestyle was somewhat novel. The spark of intrigue began after the unexpected death of my father from cardiovascular disease when I was 11. Aiming to prevent disease made common sense to me, but as I navigated through life and school I began to realize why our healthcare system and major institutions have a difficult time supporting diet, lifestyle, herbs, mental health, and so on. The focus is on preventing death, not improving health. I believe health and wellness is a human right, and naturopathic medicine can be applied across generations, political beliefs, races/ethnicities, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, and differing life perspectives.
My method and passion lie in the human-to-human relationships we build through our practice. Learning the perspective and outlook-on-life of my patients teaches me and helps me meet my patients where they’re at on their journey. I love how our holistic understanding of the body and health enables us to be powerful detectives in finding the root source(s) of disease in peoples’ lives. My fields of medical interest and experience lie in Mental Health, Hormonal Health (Men’s and Women’s Health), Diet and Nutrient Therapies, Cardiovascular health, Metabolic Health, Peri-Partum Health, Environmental Toxicology, and Immune/Autoimmune Health conditions.
My academic background consists of an undergraduate degree in Biology with an emphasis in Infectious disease from the University of Kansas(2011-15) as part of their premedical program. From there, I made the life-changing decision to go to Naturopathic Medical school at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA; where I graduated in 2020.
Outside of practice, you might find me wandering to the mountains or around Seattle in my DIY van home that I built at the beginning of the pandemic(with the support of family). I love hiking, trail-running, climbing, and cycling. Overarching philosophy and interests lie in more primitive, minimalistic, and sustainable movement and living practices. Aside from moving and playing in PNW nature, I spend the rest of my time building deeper relationships and connections with friends and family who play the most important role in my mental and physical well-being.
All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is
merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”