MEET DR. LAUREN


Dr. Lauren Deville
Dr. Lauren Deville is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, is licensed in Arizona, Colorado, and California, and is the owner of Nature Cure Family Health in Tucson, Arizona. She received her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Arizona. She is the author of The Holistic Gut Prescription and How to Be Healthy: Body, Mind, and Spirit, and the host of the weekly podcast, Christian Natural Health. She is also an instructor for the American Academy of Functional Health. She writes young adult fiction in her spare time under the pen name C.A. Gray, reviews young adult fiction in her monthly “Clean Reads” newsletter, and maintains an occasionally contentious movie review blog with her cinephile husband. 

Dr. Lauren came to naturopathic medicine in a roundabout way. When she was fifteen, her father died of cancer, after which she planned to devote her life to cancer research. But she quickly discovered that research was not for her. Years later she planned to attend traditional (“allopathic”) medical school, but she was frustrated by her volunteer experience, which seemed to consist only of treating symptoms, rather than searching for and addressing underlying causes. She stumbled upon SCNM almost by accident, but the moment she walked in the doors of her future medical school, she knew that this was what she had been searching for all along.  She considers herself incredibly blessed to have found a career that is also a calling.

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. LAUREN

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WHAT IS A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?

Your body is amazingly adept at healing itself. If it isn’t getting better on its own, usually that means there’s something in the way. (Naturopathic medicine calls this the “obstacle to cure.”) Dr. Lauren believes that it’s her job to identify the obstacle, help you remove it, and give your body what it needs to heal itself.

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WHO SHOULD MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Dr. Lauren works best with patients who either:

  • Already believe in natural medicine approaches.
  • Who have tried traditional treatments without success.

She resonates well with patients who are open with her, and willing to consider the possible mental and emotional connection to physical issues (when relevant). Visits tend to go deep and often become emotional at some point or another.  She is a strong Christian and frequently works with either Christian or otherwise spiritually minded patients.

Dr Lauren treats mostly functional illnesses – this means conditions that impair the normal function of a bodily process, but where the body seems to be normal on labs or other examination.  Many treatment approaches to such conditions are addressed in more detail on the conditions page.

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WHAT HAPPENS AT A VISIT?

Almost everybody gets lab work and at least some diet and lifestyle counseling. Dr Lauren also uses a lot of homeopathy (usually this also involves some counseling) and nutritional supplementation. Upon occasion and when necessary, she will also prescribe botanicals, hydrotherapy, bioidentical hormones, and/or other pharmaceuticals.