CEO, Iris Crawford, ND
Iris Crawford, ND, of Naturkur Wellness Center, is the most highly sought-after health strategist in the Northwest. She is known for helping busy, burned-out women lose weight and get their health and energy back.
Dr. Crawford was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and has been immersed in the field of nutrition and natural medicine since 1998. She is a lead author in the textbook, ‘Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine’ and was the lead physician at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy. She is the CEO and medical director of Naturkur Wellness Center in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Crawford received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Sciences from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, majoring in holistic nutrition and is a proud alumna of the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon, where she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
I remember the house we lived in, in West Seattle that my grandmother built, it was a single story cinder block house with a flat roof. Every winter we had to get up at night to change out all the overflowing buckets (at least 8 of them) that were catching water from the leaking ceiling. The floorboards were rough and exposed and in terrible disrepair and the walls were unfinished too. I also remember my mom crying every single month when she got the electric bill. The best day of the month was when food stamps came and we got to go shopping and fill the kitchen with food.
One particularly painful memory is when, every day I got dropped off by the school bus right in front of my house, instead of going home I would walk up the street, so the other kids wouldn’t know I lived there. From a very young age, I knew this wasn’t the life I wanted. I hated watching my family struggle and suffer for so many years. I became determined to do better and be somebody. But being born into a family like this, I felt that I was set up for failure with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
The lack of support and value placed on education in my family led to me failing 7th grade and no matter what I did to try to get back into school, some bureaucratic red-tape got in the way until I eventually gave up trying. At 15 years old, I got my own apartment on Capitol Hill in Seattle and worked two jobs downtown. It was during this time that I met Angie who showed me that I could get my GED and go to college, because that was what she was doing, and she also introduced me to health. Angie was a vegetarian and went to see a naturopath.
This concept of health lit me up inside because I realized that poverty and poor health go hand-in-hand and that the way out was through better health. My new dream was that one day I would be able to go see a naturopath.
Imagine how thrilled I was when, a couple years later, halfway into my community college education, I came across Bastyr University and the idea exploded in my brain that maybe I could BE a naturopath! After that, there was no turning back.
Finally, after 15 years of college, I walked across a stage, my beautiful, toothless mother crying, “that’s my daughter!”, as they called Dr. Iris Kay Crawford. The first in my immediate family to surpass high school.
After the most difficult struggle of my life up to that point—15 years of college, including 5 and a half years of medical school—I was burned out and 20 pounds overweight. Even as a health expert I couldn’t seem to get my own health turned around. I had discovered firsthand the powerful impact that stress has, especially on women.
Now, after years of research and medical practice seeing hundreds of women successfully lose weight and get their energy back, I believe that high-achieving women aren’t getting the help they need to stay healthy and happy. Our culture shames women if they aren’t perfect and perpetuates the inaccurate, simplified view of weight loss. Weight loss is not just about calories in and calories out and treating adrenal burnout and repairing the metabolism is often the missing link to successful and sustained weight loss.
I know what it’s like to have big dreams and want to make an impact on the world. This starts with taking care of ourselves. Growing up with just me, my mom, and my sister and not being able to help them before their health deteriorated is what inspires me to help my patients today. I’m passionate about helping women resolve the underlying issues that cause daily health and weight struggles so that they can feel fit and healthy and continue shaping this amazing world we live in.