Lance Westendarp ND, LAc, BCB, CKTP
(Doctor of Naturopathy, Acupuncturist, Board Certified Biofeedback Specialist, Kinesiotaping Practitioner and Mindful Movement Specialist)
What I do:
I offer services as an acupuncturist, herbalist, health consultant and mindful movement specialist. As a naturopathic doctor (“ND”) and acupuncturist in Washington, I’ve worked with a wide array of patients, from those who simply want to optimize their health to those with injuries, chronic pain, or simple to complex chronic medical problems. As a doctor and teacher, my greatest passion and skill lies in my ability to help my patients identify and change habituated dysfunctional patterns that keep them from being able to heal, move, or stay healthy. In general, my appointments follow this protocol: our first session will focus on getting a very detailed health history and coming up with a treatment plan. If necessary, I may recommend lab work to gain further information. Followup sessions to implement the treatment plan could include any combination of modalities including nutrition and lifestyle changes, acupuncture, bodywork, yoga, movement therapy or exercise, biofeedback or herbal and supplement recommendations.
What is a naturopathic doctor:
An ND is a holistically-focused physician who has undergone at least four years of basic medical training including standard basic sciences and clinical rotations, often followed by one to two year residency program. All NDs are required to pass rigorous national board exams in order to be licensed. In general, our training focuses on addressing the underlying causes of disease using the least intervention necessary to treat our patients. In our medical programs we are trained to use a variety of tools including standard medical diagnoses and physical exams, diagnostic testing including lab work and imaging, manual therapy including spinal manipulation, diet and nutrition, herbal medicine and supplementation, and, when necessary, prescription medication and minor surgical procedures. Currently, there are only a few accredited institutions providing ND credentials including my own school, Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. Many of us also undergo a naturopathic medical residency.
As a mindful movement specialist, I help my patients and clients to do the following:
Increase awareness of how they move on a daily basis
Recognize and change dysfunctional patterns of movement
Refine or improve how they breathe
Use movement and breathing to address pain
Increase longevity by developing functional strength, mobility and stability
Recover lost function
Develop a broad set of tools to help expand general movement ability
What is my training:
I underwent six years of medical education including a dual degree program in naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and oriental medicine followed by a primary care residency program. During my time in school, I also did advanced clinical training with biofeedback, orthopedics and regenerative medicine, including injection therapies for chronic pain. I graduated from Bastyr in June 2017 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. During residency, I saw a mixture of adults and pediatric patients for naturopathic care and acupuncture, though focused with many on mind-body medicine, orthopedics, physical medicine and digestive health. I am board certified in biofeedback and mind body medicine, and have also been a yoga and movement teacher since 2003. I view movement, mindfulness and breathing as incredibly valuable tools for healing, and use them with most of my patients.