1991 Nasha Winters was on her way to becoming a conventional medical doctor when her own life threatening illness intervened and sent her onto a new path to pursue the field of Naturopathic Medicine.
Originally drawn to working with addictions in the Native American population as a Certified Addictions Counselor, Nasha got exposed to traditional Native American healing practices that stimulated her interest in traditional medicine from around the world. She has spent many years traveling through Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, Asia, India and Mexico, studying with a variety of healers and exploring diverse perspectives on healthcare.
In 1995 Nasha graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and minor in Biology.
She graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, NM in 2000 receiving a Masters in Chinese Medicine and is a NCCAOM certified Diplomate of Chinese Medicine with an emphasis in Chinese Herbs and acupuncture.
She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003 and completed a year and a half residency with Dr. Louise Edwards in Durango, CO. She currently carries her ND license in the state of Washington being that Colorado is not yet licensed.
Nasha has interned with many naturopathic physicians around the United States. Her clinical rotations in a variety of settings include: HIV/AIDS, residential dual diagnosis, pain management, Gerson Cancer Clinic, residential heroin and methamphetamine rehabilitation, general family practice, endocrinology, neurology and working on a fellowship in integrative oncology.
Dr. Winters had the honor of spending four summers working the medicine tent at the Little Big Medicine Sundance in the Four Corners catering to a diverse array of medical complaints from dehydration to diabetes. She is working on a grant to offer integrated health care and nutritional counseling to the native people in and around her community with an emphasis on addictions and diabetes.
Dr. Winters took over her esteemed-colleague, Louise Edwards, ND, L.Ac practice in 2004 blending ancient wisdom with modern science to bring individuals back to balance in mind, body and spirit. She works to enliven the vital force in all her clients with methods including diet and nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal and supplement therapy, lifestyle counseling, constitutional hydrotherapy, detoxification, and specialty laboratory testing. She has a particular passion for working with chronic illness such as autoimmune disorders, endocrinology, and supporting clients with cancer.
Nasha is excited to introduce the certified gluten free commercial teaching kitchen (Hippocrates’ Kitchen---Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food) in the newly relocated Namaste Health Center (Sept. 2011). Clients will be inspired to make healthy diet/lifestyle choices with a variety of cooking classes, consultations and “how to shop for and stock” a healthy kitchen. Nasha is also working with a group of health care professionals and interested parents along with the 9 R School District to create Durango’s local “Food Revolution” inspired by the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution movement spurred around the nation.
Dr. Winters is developing programs abroad for Healing Adventure Retreats. She has conducted Women and Cancer retreats in Mexico and others on the San Juan River. She is planning an Ayurvedic immersion experience in Kerala, India sometime in late 2012/early 2013. Another Women and Cancer retreat is planned for Costa Rica in 2012.