Dr. Ney’s interest in women’s health started when she was given a prescription for birth control pills to help regulate her menstrual cycles following a 5-minute appointment with her gynecologist. After taking birth control pills for 5-years, she finally wanted an answer as to why her cycles were irregular in the first place. She realized that the conventional approach for many women’s health conditions is birth control pills or surgery. Treatments were directed at controlling symptoms, while a women’s overall health was ignored. She also discovered that there are often simple treatments and easy lifestyle modifications that address, and clear up, the root causes of symptoms while supporting a women’s overall health and vitality. Dr. Ney took herself off the pill, changed her diet and added specific herbs and nutrients to support hormonal balance. She felt empowered and inspired to help other women after her cycles became regular.
Dr. Ney is also passionate about the health of women during menopause. She feels strongly that the popular belief that it is “normal” to lose vitality, libido, and energy and “expected” to develop chronic diseases, joint pain, and short-term memory problems with aging is wrong. According to Dr. Ney, “these symptoms of aging are common but are not normal and should not be expected to develop with aging”. Dr. Ney explains, “it’s the way we treat ourselves and how we address hormonal changes that need to be addressed and modified during the aging process”.
After finishing college at Macalester College, a small, liberal arts school in Minnesota, Dr. Ney decided to pursue medicine because of this passion for women’s health and specific commitment to address the root causes of women’s health concerns. She completed her pre-med courses at the University of Southern California. It was during her years of studying, research and interning that she came to realize that the medical field today is about disease, not health. While she was eager to learn physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, and pharmacology, she also wanted formal education on nutrition, exercise, and natural therapies to promote health. This interest in concentrating more on living healthy and preventing and treating the cause of disease rather than just suppressing symptoms and managing disease led her to pursue naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, one of the nation’s leading naturopathic medical school. She received the scientific training to diagnose disease and learned both conventional and naturopathic treatment approaches-all under the guiding philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine.