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The Doc’s Story
Hello! I’m Jannine Krause, I’m a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist. I graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA in 2007 and since then I have practiced in Chicago, Illinois, Breckenridge, Colorado and now in Tacoma, Washington where I live. No matter where I have I practiced it seems that there’s a common theme amongst my clients; the quest to figure out their bodies, how they function and the desire to have a manual or guide to troubleshoot their body. I could sympathize with that, I too found myself leaning toward the naturopathic medicine field to figure out my body when conventional medicine wasn’t helping me with my digestive issues in my late teens. I believe that the digestive system function is vital to the body’s optimal health and if the digestive system isn’t working the rest of your body’s processes are going to be off. I’ve spent the majority of my career researching the digestive system, the conditions it provokes and the connection with autoimmune conditions. As time has passed I have turned my focus to investigating the body’s systems beyond the digestive system to find answers to slowing down the aging process to maintain my mind, strength and youthful glow and I want to help others discover the keys to their body too! Maintaining health is a process and we are all works in progress at different stages. The key is discovering what makes your body different and using that knowledge to maintain your health so that you’re older years are your best and healthiest years.
My quest to learn as much as possible about the body started as a youngster as my mother was a nurse and often brought me to the office when she worked on Saturdays. At the same time I was fascinated by the body I became enthralled in the world of dirt track racing. My father was a carpenter and excavator by trade but cars and being a race car driver on the weekends was his passion. At home I was surrounded by dirt track cars (midgets and sprint cars) as well as the never ending line up of fixer-uppers that someone dropped by, which seemed to always need serious troubleshooting. Watching my Dad, and his buddies figure out what was wrong with a car was inspiring. Sometimes they got it right the first time and other times they had some serious detective work on their hands. Throw in a little bit of my favorite TV show Scooby Doo and the amazing detective work of Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy and you see how my childhood experiences created my thought processes for the future. Tapping into my childhood interests allowed me to approach issues with the body the way a mechanic troubleshoots a car and a detective sleuths out a mystery. I’m a detective and mechanic for the body and since the stork doesn’t drop off a custom owner’s manual for each and every one of us I help people discover their owner’s manual.
In my first year of naturopathic medicine school I determined that western medicine didn’t always have an explanation for every bodily function and what western medicine lacked Chinese Medicine seemed to have a sensible explanation. I found that I resonated with the sleuthing out what the body showed in terms of skin color, smell, pulse, tongue and symptoms. In Chinese Medicine there are documents that date back to the 13th century noting the digestive system’s proper function as crucial for maintaining health, if one doesn’t absorb nutrients properly then a host of conditions stem from this deficiency. Because Chinese Medicine principles are able to explain the body’s malfunctions in a simplified easy to understand manner I often integrate Chinese Medicine theories in my explanations and use Chinese Medicine dietary therapy to help restore bodily functions.
As an anatomy and physiology instructor at Colorado Mountain College I discovered that my students fared better when complex medical concepts were broken down in an easy to understand, big picture style format with plenty of humor injected along the way. I use the same approach with my patients. The body is complex, as are it’s intricate processes, throw in a plethora of do this, don’t do that and the merry go-round in the news with the hot supplement of the month to cure all that ails you, that will kill you in 3 months and bam frustration sets in. My mission is to help patients get to know their body, how it uniquely functions, it’s limitations as well as it’s strong points, how they respond to stressors, what they are up against genetically so that they have an owner’s manual to keep them on track to feel amazing look great and slow the aging process.