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Many who call Juneau home are drawn to this rainforest paradise because of its natural beauty and bounty‚ and that’s why Dr. Kristin Cox, ND is here. It only makes sense that there might be a draw for natural remedies to what ails us. Cox set up Rainforest Naturopathic Medicine in Juneau in 2002.

“I chose Rainforest Naturopathic Medicine for my business name because Juneau is in the middle of a temperate rainforest. And that rainforest is so rich with plant medicine. I love the green, vital, robust image that the rainforest provides.” Cox said. “The business is absolutely an expression of myself because I love to really help people. To listen to and respect them and then truly work to help them solve their problems, educate and empower them with knowledge and help them optimize their health and wellness.”

After earning her bachelor of science degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. in 2001, Cox attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore., where she earned her doctorate. Alaska called; Cox had spent two years in the state as an Americorps Volunteer years before, and she spent one year in Fairbanks before settling in Juneau.

“This business is involved in the community by participating in public health meetings trying to promote health and wellness in the Juneau community as a whole. Also we always donate to fundraising events to support the community as well as to try to get exposure to people who Naturopathic Medicine would help who may not realize it.”

Cox specializes in general family medicine and wellness, and patients of Cox consider her to be sensitive and skilled.

“The No. 1 thing I would like people to know about my business is that you don’t have to settle for feeling bad. I can help you feel better. No complaint is too big or too small. You might be shocked at what profound effects simple changes can make in your wellbeing.” Cox said, “What drives me is my patients. The appreciation from people who have been chronically ill for many years when they finally feel better and have been empowered to take control of how they feel. Several patients have told me that I have saved their lives.”

Some of the various areas Cox specializes in are diet and nutrition, digestion or intestinal issues, cholesterol, blood pressure, allergies, arthritis, asthma and breathing or lung issues, colds, coughs and influenza, depression and anxiety, emotional wellbeing, headache and migraine, muscle aches, sprains and strains, pediatrics and healthy kids, sexual dysfunction or infertility, skin problems, sleep problems, stress and yeast imbalance. Cox offers free phone consultations and welcomes people to call or email her to set up appointments.

“Mother Nature is the biggest pioneer in my profession. No matter what technology we master or how much we learn, we always find that Mother Nature (and your grandmother) does it best. Health is remarkably simple. You don’t need fancy equipment, diets or supplements.” Cox said, “Really all you need is fresh air, clean water, whole food, rest and love.”

Though Cox owns her own business, she said the naturopathic doctors in town all work collaboratively for the benefit of their patients, the community and their businesses. They face challenges in lack of support from conventional colleagues and in opposition from the state; they are fighting a legislative battle to have naturopathic medicine be an accepted option for care.

She is consistently working on improving her business, writing regular newsletters and preparing informational power-point presentations. Cox said the downturn in the economy hasn’t been damaging to her business and that, for some who experience unemployment and lack of health insurance, naturopathic medicine can be a more affordable option than visiting a conventional doctor, not to mention effective.

Cox has a young daughter, who she said is supportive and learns a lot being the daughter of a naturopathic doctor. They spend their free time reading, making art, dancing, unwinding cooking nutritious meals, hiking, generally enjoying nature. This kind of wonder and enjoyment of the world is something patients have said her treatment has given them back. Consider keeping it natural and calling Dr. Cox to help be your healthiest.

Cox also encourages young women entrepreneurs to not be afraid. “Know your worth and don’t be afraid to share it with confidence.”

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