Johanne Gerstel | N.M.D.
Naturopathic Medical Doctor & Ph.D Graduate StudentDr. Gerstel is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor who graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in June of 2019. Her passion for mental health has spurred her focus in counseling and mental/emotional support for her patients. She is also pursuing a Ph.D in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Arizona State University so that she can continue developing evidence based medicine for her patients especially in the field of botanical therapies.
Graduation Year: 2019
License State: Arizona
Area of Expertise: Frequency Healing, Mental Health, Wellness
Patient Age Group: Adult, Elder, Gradeschooler, Teenager
Health Conditions Treated: Anxiety / Panic Disorder, Depression, Headaches, Insomnia, Mental Disorders, Schizophrenia
Therapeutic Modalities: Acupuncture, Craniosacral therapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Meditation, Reiki, Traditional Chinese Medicine
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Growing up in diverse cultural settings aides the development of character a person needs in a career of healthcare and research. Dr. Gerstel was born in the Philippines but followed her family to grow and flourish in various cultural roots of Filipino, Singaporean, and American descent. This constant change in lifestyle helped to evolve her perseverance and versatility so that she could pursue a career in healthcare and research development.
She finally settled down in Arizona to obtain her two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology at Arizona State University (ASU) while performing research in the field of neuroscience. On her journey to becoming a doctor, she decided to take a detour and worked in the field of behavioral health as a case manager and health and wellness coach for people with serious mental illness. It was during this time that Dr. Gerstel witnessed the lack of alternative therapies for behavioral health patients that spurred her passion to pursue a career that could provide an all-inclusive toolbox for her patients’ journey to better health. She enrolled in Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and after four years of hard work became a licensed NMD or Naturopathic Medical Doctor. During this time, she also participated in botanical medicine research which she has continued to pursue in a Molecular and Cellular Biology Ph.D program at ASU.
Dr. Gerstel is trained in a variety of medical and wellness therapies including naturopathic family practice, trigger point therapy, acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, holistic counseling, nature cure, and energetic modalities such as craniosacral therapy and reiki. She is passionate about wellness and believes the root of most conditions is connected to our management of stress and our hectic lifestyles. If we reduce stress to healthy levels, we can help the body to start healing itself naturally. She believes that if we are going to be healthy, we MUST assist the body’s response to stress and lead our system to a parasympathetic healing state.
In her spare time, Dr. Gerstel reads, writes fiction novels, crochets, hikes, enjoys nature, and spends time with her husband and four fur/feather babies: Jelly the Dog, Jams the Cat, Kiwi the Lovebird, and Ruby the African Grey.