Caitlin O'Connor N.D., CPM | Contact Caitlin directly: 303-803-5355 | e-mail
Caitlin O’Connor is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Professional Midwife. She is the founding doctor of All Families Natural Health located at Lotus Studio Center for Acupuncture and Wellness in Denver and Sweet Beginnings Family Wellness Center in Littleton. She provides Naturopathic care for the whole family with a focus on enhancing preconception health and fertility, supporting a healthy pregnancy and postpartum while providing safe, effective options for children’s health and wellness. Dr. O’Connor helps families understand the many options available during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
While Dr. O’Connor enjoys working with families, she is also uniquely qualified to address a variety of conditions affecting all ages. Some of her specialties include women’s health, hormonal balance, gastrointestinal issues, autoimmunity and guiding her clients towards optimal mood and energy. The best part of her job is listening carefully to her clients and providing safe, non-toxic alternatives to both common and uncommon heath concerns.
While nutrition and the cultivation of health supporting habits are the foundation of Dr. O’Connor’s practice, she is also proficient in the use of botanical medicine, homeopathy and evidence-based nutritional supplementation.
After attaining a pre-med undergraduate degree, a licensed naturopathic doctor (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D., but also studies holistic and non-toxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and wellness optimization. Clinical internships are part of the program.
In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health).
Naturopathic doctors follow these principles to help their patients achieve optimal health.
The Healing Power of Nature | Naturopathic medicine recognizes the body's inherent ability, which is ordered and intelligent, to heal itself. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery, and to facilitate and augment this healing ability.
Identify and Treat the Causes | The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm | Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects;
- Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms;
- Acknowledge and respect the individual's healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.
Doctor as Teacher | Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person | Naturopathic physicians treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual path.
Prevention | Naturopathic physicians emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine strives to create a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.
Wellness | Wellness follows the establishment and maintenance of optimum health and balance. Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought and action. Wellness is inherent in everyone, no matter what disease(s) is/are being experienced. If wellness is really recognized and experienced by an individual, it will more quickly heal a given disease than direct treatment of the disease alone.
Dr. O’Connor is also a Certified Professional Midwife who has participated in the birth of more than 100 babies – including two months in the labor and delivery ward of the only hospital on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. As a certified professional midwife, she cares for children (and their mothers) before conception, during gestation, at birth, and during the critical weeks and months post-partum – including support with breastfeeding and parenting.
Dr. O’Connor graduated from Bastyr University, a five-year accredited program that included a two-year internship at the school’s Seattle clinic. She completed an additional one-year Family Practice residency at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Bastyr and NCNM are two of just five schools in the United States that are accredited to grant an N.D. – a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. When selecting a naturopath, it is important that your practitioner be a graduate of an accredited program.
Naturopathic Doctors are currently licensed in 15 states (practitioners in Colorado are actively working towards licensure), the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Dr. O’Connor is actively licensed in the State of Oregon.
Founder and President of the Bastyr University Pediatrics Club
At Bastyr University, Dr. O’Connor was founder and president of the Bastyr University Pediatrics Club, where she scheduled presentations on subjects like pre-conception care, food introduction, autism research, homeopathy and children, attachment parenting and adolescent medicine. Her actions resulted in the addition of an Advanced Pediatrics elective to Bastyr University’s curriculum as well as an off-site clinic shift dedicated to pediatric health care for low-income children.