Providers

Chenelle Roberts, ND, LM

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Dr. Chenelle A. Roberts is the founder and medical director of Docere Center for Natural Medicine. She is currently practicing as one of the naturopathic physicians (ND) at Docere Center. She actively practiced as a licensed midwife (LM) for 12 years. She specializes in naturopathic family medicine as both a primary care provider and specialist in pediatrics and frenotomy services. Her special interests are in women’s health, natural family planning, preconception and fertility, tongue tie and frenotomy, and breastfeeding medicine.

Dr. Chenelle is a Seattle native and currently resides in Ballard with her partner of twenty-one years and their two beautiful sons. Both her boys were born at home. As an attachment parent, she has personal experience with extended breastfeeding, child-led weaning, cloth diapering, early elimination communication (infant potty training) and positive potty training, baby-led weaning, baby sign language, and co-sleeping/family bed. She is happy to share her natural parenting philosophy with those interested. She loves to hike, take photos, camp/explore the outdoors, bike, run, ski, play games and ultimately spend quality time with her family.

Education

Dr. Chenelle A. Roberts received her doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine and certificate in naturopathic midwifery from Bastyr University in 2005. She is licensed as a naturopathic physician (ND) in Washington State. She actively practiced as a licensed midwife for 12 years. Dr. Roberts received a Bachelor of Science degree in premedical studies from The Evergreen State College in 1999. In her undergraduate studies, she focused on the natural health sciences with an emphasis in the ecology and ethnobotany of the Pacific Northwest.

Professional Associations

Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP)
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP)
Affiliate Clinical Faculty, Bastyr University

Taylor Kaufmann Summers, ND

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Dr Taylor Kaufmann Summers, ND is a licensed naturopathic family physician at Docere Center for Natural Medicine. Dr Taylor practices in an integrative manner, utilizing both evidence based natural and conventional treatments. She has a passion for primary care medicine, as well as pediatrics, women’s health, endocrine disorders (thyroid conditions, hormonal imbalances, diabetes), and cardiovascular disease. Dr Taylor has a special interest in working with the entire family unit, supporting the whole family in their collective and individual health, from preconception and fertility to later stages of life. Outside of the office, Dr. Taylor enjoys exploring all the mountains the pacific northwest has to offer through camping, hiking, and rock climbing with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Education

Dr. Taylor Summers is a licensed primary care provider and naturopathic physician in the state of Washington. She is a graduate of Bastyr University’s Naturopathic Medical Program and completed a nationally accredited residency in general family practice medicine at Bastyr University’s teaching clinic, the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Dr. Taylor completed her undergraduate and premedical studies at the University of Colorado. Dr. Taylor has completed extra training in women’s health, adolescent/pediatric health, chronic and acute disease management, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as in physical medicine, physical manipulation, and botanical medicine. She continues to be a clinical teacher and supervisor in Bastyr University’s community teaching clinic where she is able to work with students and a diverse patient community.

Professional Associations

Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP)
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP)

Krystal Plonski, ND, EAMP

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Dr. Krystal Plonski will be taking a leave of absence in December 2019 for maternity leave. Dr. Krystal Plonski, ND, EAMP is a licensed naturopathic physician and East Asian Medical Practitioner at Docere Center for Natural Medicine. Dr. Krystal loves working with infants, children, and adolescents. Her greatest reward as a doctor would be to influence this population in a positive way, and to empower a large subset of future adult patients towards health and prevention of disease.

Dr. Krystal’s philosophy of medicine is to integrate both Eastern and Western therapeutics, with the foundation of her approach rooted in evidence-based conventional and Naturopathic medicine. She believes in the Naturopathic principles of “Doctor as Teacher” and “Prevention” as primary health foundations to help educate and treat her patients, as well as their families and the community at large.

Dr. Krystal is originally from Connecticut, but has lived in Seattle since 2009. In her spare time, she loves to explore the outdoors via cross country skiing, hiking, sailing, and camping in a tiny trailer with her husband, son, and dog. She also attends Polish language lessons and enjoys reading Polish children’s books to her son.

Education

Dr. Krystal Plonski received her Naturopathic medical degree and Masters in East Asian Medicine from Bastyr University in 2014, and completed a 2-year pediatric nationally accredited residency at Cascade Natural Medicine with Dr. Candace Aasan, ND post-graduation. She is a Washington state licensed Naturopathic Physician and acupuncturist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, where she majored in general biology and minored in molecular and cellular biology.

Dr. Plonski is certified in Shonishin, a non-insertive pediatric acupuncture technique, which can be used for many common childhood illnesses and conditions, including, but not limited to the respiratory, skin, neurological, and digestive systems.

Professional Associations

Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP)

Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP)

Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA)

 

Corinne Harpster, ND

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Dr. Corinne Harpster will be joining Docere Center in December 2019, in part to help cover during Dr. Krystal Plonski’s upcoming maternity leave of absence. Dr. Corinne Harpster is a licensed naturopathic physician who specializes in pediatric care, family health and massage therapy including Maya abdominal massage therapy. She has a special interest in using holistic natural medicine such as botanical medicine, nutrition, and physical medicine to treat the whole person.  Dr. Corinne uses conventional and naturopathic/holistic medicine to treat such issues as constipation, allergies, endocrine issues, Diabetes, endometriosis, asthma, eczema, and other skin issues, bed wetting, and daytime enuresis as well as gut issues. Dr. Corinne lives in Kirkland with her wonderful husband and amazing son and daughter. She especially enjoys playing at the parks with her family, cooking nourishing, traditional whole foods, reading, and spending time in the forest and at the beach.  If you’d like to connect with Dr. Corinne on Facebook please ‘like’ her Facebook page Facebook.com/doctorcorinne, which she updates regularly.

Education

Dr. Corinne Harpster is a licensed primary care provider and naturopathic physician in the state of Washington. She is a graduate of Bastyr University’s Naturopathic Medical Program and has been an associate professor at Bastyr University in their botanical medicine department as well as at the Academy for Oriental Medicine in Austin, TX where she taught obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Corinne completed her undergraduate studies at the College of the Atlantic where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her emphasized study on Anthropology, Botany, and Ethnobotany allowed her the opportunity to intern with Dr. Mark Plotkin of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), a non-profit with a focus on shamanic knowledge and rain forest conservation.

Dr. Corinne has completed extra training in women’s health, neonatal/pediatric health, gastrointestinal issues, and botanical medicine. Dr. Corinne received an advanced degree from the Utah College of Massage Therapy with a focus on medical, injury, and prenatal massage. She is also certified as a Maya abdominal massage therapist through the Arvigo Institute.

Professional Associations

Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP)
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP)
Maya Arvigo International Association (MAIA)
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Renee Beebe, M.Ed., IBCLC

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Renee Beebe is board certified lactation consultant. She is currently offering in-office lactation visits for breastfeeding families at Docere Center for Natural Medicine. This unique situation at Docere enables lactation visits to be billable to most local insurance plans. Lactation visits at Docere are the same high-quality, no-rush consultations that Renee has been providing her clients since 1997.

She has been working in the field of lactation since the birth of her first child in 1990–as a La Leche League Leader, postpartum doula and IBCLC. She draws from her background in education and child development every time she works with a breastfeeding dyad. Since becoming certified in 1997, Renee has supported thousands of families through home, hospital and clinic visits, frenotomy clinics, drop-in groups in the Seattle area and phone and video consultations internationally. Other IBCLCs all over the world consult with Renee regarding difficult cases and enjoy her workshops on various topics.

Renee understands that not all families breastfeed. She is happy to provide bottle-feeding support whether with pumped human milk or formula. She also understands that not everyone can breastfeed exclusively. She’s happy to support her clients in the way they need that support. Back-to-work or school planning and weaning support are available as well.

In addition to her work at Docere, she is also available for home visits and phone and video consultations.

When she’s not busy with babies, Renee enjoys all that the Seattle area has to offer; including hikes, concerts, art museums and hanging with her two grown daughters. International and domestic travel happens whenever possible and usually includes a lactation conference and gaining a global perspective on all things breastfeeding.

For more information about Renee and her other services please visit her website at: second9months.com. This site includes a popular blog about breast and bottle feeding. It’s our hope that you find it helpful as you navigate your breastfeeding journey.

Tessa Vogel, IBCLC

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Tessa’s interest in lactation began after having difficulty breastfeeding her son and daughter. Between low milk supply, mastitis, donor milk and formula supplementation, there is a good chance she’s been in your shoes. Tessa has completed her internship in clinical lactation under Renee Beebe IBCLC in addition to completing coursework in lactation through Portland State University.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Tessa and her husband Dan moved in Seattle over 10 years ago. When not learning more about breastfeeding and parent support, you can find Tessa, Dan, and her school age kids trying to determine the city’s best bakery.

 

 

 

 

Recent Professional Development
Gold Learning Tongue Tie Symposium 2019
The Art of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Supporting Breastfeeding Workshop 2019
Lactation Consultants in Private Practice Conference 2018 and 2019