Chief Medical Officer, Jill Ghormley
Dr. Jill Ghormley is a graduate of Bastyr University and the first licensed deaf Naturopathic physician in the United States. She is currently an adjunct professor at Bastyr and past adjunct professor at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Ghormley is a coalition leader for medical aid in developing nations worldwide. She received Top Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine award in 2016 from The Leading Physicians of the World. Her passion for international medicine has led her to do volunteer medical work in DR Congo, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. She plans to continue her work in developing countries and teach the power of self-reliance and self-healing both in the US and abroad.
Dr. Ghormley completed a year and a half residency with an osteopath and chiropractor specializing in physical medicine and spinal manipulation techniques as well as naturopathic modalities and has extensive knowledge and experience in sacral occipital technique, spinal and extremities manipulation (alignment), hydrotherapy, physical therapy rehabilitation, applied kinesiology, acutonics, cranial osteopathy, and muscle energy stretching – to name a few. She is certified in IV and injection therapy; craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, activator technique, Gonstead technique, and Kinesio taping.
As a child, I was misdiagnosed by a number of doctors before my family discovered my deafness at age four. I had to learn how to communicate in other ways and it proved to be a very difficult time for me and my family. It was very frustrating to not have the simple language abilities—something many people take for granted—that a child should have in order to interact with the world around her. For years my parents worked tirelessly to find ways that worked for me to communicate and sought the help and advice of several experts. Although we went through a lot during this time, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to become fluent in both sign language and english. Extensive speech therapy and lip reading skills have allowed me to have fluent speaking ability.
Once I overcame the immense communication challenges that being totally deaf brought to my childhood, it was all uphill from there. Being deaf in a hearing world creates unimaginable obstacles every single day. But conquering language in my youth despite these obstacles instilled a ferocious desire to learn about the world around me. I obtained a degree in fine arts, working as a painter, tile layer, and massage therapist to get me through college. I became a medical illustrator for JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and worked as a graphic designer in Chicago. I also became a certified diver and have traveled all around the
world witnessing the mysterious beauty of the oceans.
Through the experiences of my youth I developed a fascination with medicine and a desire to understand how the body works. I obtained a graduate degree in Biomedical Communications then pursued the arduous journey of becoming a physician. It really is true that the loss of one sense enhances the other senses. I believe my deafness served as an incredible asset to my abilities as a physician. It has allowed me to be exceptionally attuned to my patients’ visual, olfactory (smell), and energetic cues.
I love practicing as a primary care physician however, after being in practice for over a decade I have honed my skills and am passionate about helping people who, like me, didn’t get the help they needed for difficult or complex health issues. Now I specialize in difficult to treat challenges using Naturopathic physical medicine. I’ve developed specific approaches that get results where other treatments have failed.
Specifically, I am an area specialist in helping with feeding problems in newborns. I’ve created a system for new moms that gives them the support they need to be able to feed their babies naturally and stress-free. I perform frenotomies, a minor surgical procedure to correct tongue-tie and lip-tie conditions that prevent babies from being able to latch on for breastfeeding. I’m one of very few practitioners in the state that utilizes a state of the art surgical laser for minimal invasiveness, less pain, and improved healing time. I’ve performed hundreds of procedures successfully, giving mothers back the joy of breastfeeding.
In addition to the above, I have a rehabilitation program that helps with incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and other issues related to structure and function of the pelvic floor. I also have extensive experience with neurological deficits caused by trauma or brain injuries, delayed development, and autism spectrum disorders in adults and children. I provide complete post-injury musculoskeletal rehabilitation (including facial, TMJ, and sinuses).