Rachel Culleton, N.D.

Naturopathic Physician & Physical Medicine Resident located in Seattle, WA

 

Resident, Dr. Culleton

Professional bio

Dr. Culleton is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in Seattle, WA. She was born and raised Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Microbiology and attained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. Dr.Culleton works with patients to determine the underlying cause of illness and establish what wellness means to each individual. She places heavy emphasis on preventative medicine and encourages her patients to actively participate in their healthcare. Dr. Culleton is a published author, her work on improving the methods of drug resistant testing of HIV and Hepatitis B can be found in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, and Journal of Virology Methods. She worked for Seattle Children’s Research Center as a Research Technician for 3.5 years. She collaborated with researchers at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, and internationally with organizations in Thailand, Kenya, and Mozambique.

 

My Story

At the age of nine I experienced loss for the first time. My grandmother was diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer and was given 3 months to live. I didn’t understand the medical reasons for her being sick, I just knew she would never be the same. A year after she was diagnosed, the grandchildren were gathered and told that she passed away, peacefully, as if she had simply suddenly fallen into a deep sleep. I’ve since learned cancer is anything but. Growing up I had wondered if there was

a way to prevent her from getting cancer. Losing someone I love still hurts today, but what was even more devastating, was not being able to make her better. Looking back, this was the moment that I became interested in becoming a doctor. What solidified my decision was contracting a nice, healthy dose of Malaria during a trip to Ghana while studying Microbiology at the University of Washington. I went through a 4 year healing process, both emotional and physical, when I returned home. I experienced persistent symptoms of fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, and rashes transforming my normally healthy disposition to that of constant frailness. I went from doctor to doctor trying to find answers but didn’t get the help I needed. The last straw was when I ended up with a kidney infection from diarrhea. I just wanted my body back, to feel normal again, but didn’t know how to advocate for my health.

 
How I Became a Naturopathic Physician

After this experience, my plan of getting a medical doctorate through UW Medicine frustrated me. While reconsidering my options,  learned one of my cousins was attending the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She explained to me how, using what she was studying, combatted her arthritis without medication. As soon as I got back from the reunion I began to research naturopathic medicine. Within a month I was seeing a naturopathic physician and finally getting results after four years. Once I started on probiotics my bowels returned to normal, removal of dairy and eggs helped resolve the rashes, and being able to eat again helped immensely with the nausea and fatigue. I almost forgot what feeling like myself was like. I was hooked! During my first two years at Bastyr University I felt like a kid in a candy store. I wanted to learn to do everything because I felt like every aspect of naturopathic medicine could benefit someone. By graduation I knew the main focus of my practice would be to use physical medicine and herbal therapies to support pregnant and postpartum woman. I had the honor of learning adjustment techniques for pregnant women and babies from Dr. Jill Ghormley, first as her student and then as her TA and patient while I was pregnant. Continuing on as her Resident, I’m excited to deepen my knowledge of naturopathic adjustments, pelvic floor therapy, and lactation support.

 

Conditions treated:

  • Natural therapies for acute cold and flu
  • Feeding problems and colic in newborns
  • Pregnancy, infant, and new mom
  • Chronic pain issues such as joint pain, headaches, TMJ syndrome, injury-related pain, or chronic pelvic pain
  • Sexual dysfunction or incontinence in men and women
  • ADD/ADHD and autism spectrum disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Health coaching, education, and counseling

 

Services provided:

  • Tongue and lip tie assessment
  • Spinal alignment and Naturopathic adjustments of joints
  • Pediatric acute and well care
  • Botanical Medicine (herbalism)
  • Homeopathy (Acute)
  • Visceral manipulation
  • Chronic pain relief
  • Physical injury rehabilitation
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Neuromuscular technique
  • Diet and nutrient therapy
  • Health education, counseling, and change