About Dr. LaPolice
Naturopathic Doctor licensed in Connecticut
I was raised in Connecticut, where from a young age I grew passionate about gardening, nutrition and health. I attended the University of Rhode Island for my undergraduate degree where I earned a BS in Biology with a minor in Microbiology on a pre-med track. I graduated from URI in search of a medical program where I could study both medicine and nutrition. This search led me to Naturopathic Medicine. As fate would have it, there was one naturopathic medical school on the East coast, in a city close to home. At University of Bridgeport I received a MS in Human Nutrition and my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND). I graduated with honors, completing 1000+ hours of patient contact hours and 185 credits. I completed my thesis exploring the benefits of sauna use associated with metabolic and endocrine function, inflammation management, athletic recovery and cognitive function. Following graduation I have received training in Integrative Fertility, Endocrinology and Metabolic healthcare.
Outside of working, I am an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast. I love traveling, being close to the beach and spending time with my family and pets. I love to cook, explore ingredients, create new recipes and teach others how to do the same. I am passionate about people and spent many years working in restaurants, where my passion for hearing about other people's journeys was ignited. As I continue on my own journey for health and wellness, I am thrilled to walk with you on yours.
My Health Journey
Nutrition and natural medicine has helped me to overcome my own health struggles. I experienced first hand how an unbalanced lifestyle can be harmful to one’s health. After a combined total of nine years of being a full-time student while still working I experienced burnout, fatigue, weight gain and depression. I had spent almost ten years on hormonal birth control, was not prioritizing sleep or mental health and had spent graduate school running on caffeine and cortisol.
All of this came to a head when I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I realized that in order to become my best self in my personal and professional lives I needed to do the work I had guided others through before. I worked with my primary care doctor to find an adequate but low and temporary dose of thyroid hormone to get things started. Then, utilizing herbal medicine, nutritional interventions and lifestyle changes I was able to correct my poorly functioning thyroid over time. By improving the quality of my sleep, stress management, exercise and nutrition - I was providing my body with the building blocks for balance.
The Value of Us Working Together
While there is value in the modern medical system which quickly addresses acute situations and concerns; there is also value is taking the time to stop and listen to what is happening within your body. In our visits we will spend at least 30-60 minutes discussing your current and previous concerns and the factors which may affect your health. In addition to a thorough investigation in our office, we also offer routine and speciality lab testing to evaluate and monitor body function. There is no one-size fits all solution for health problems, so testing allows us to find what your body needs.
Our goal for every patient is to educate and empower you to take control over your health. We will work to evaluate symptoms and dig deeper to find the root cause. Regaining health and living your to your fullest health potential will require work on your behalf. We are here to guide you towards and coach you through that work. The majority of changes you will be making will be concerning nutrition and lifestyle factors, but you can also expect some nutritional and herbal supplementation to help guide your body in the right direction. Click on the How We Help page above to learn more about the kinds of tools we use to optimize your health.