DR. HANNAH LOLLAR: FOUR QUESTIONS WITH FOUR MOONS’ NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR
By: Dr. Hannah Lollar
Define Naturopathic Medicine in your own words.
The basic foundation of Naturopathic Medicine is understanding that, given the optimal environment, the body has an innate capacity to heal. From this perspective, we can begin to investigate the cause of dysfunction from a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perspective. This is one example of where conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine differ. Your naturopathic doctor is licensed to treat and diagnose medical conditions, same as your conventional doctor. However, naturopathic medicine aims to understand the “why” and works towards finding the root cause of your illness. Naturopathic medicine is for anyone who is open and willing to prioritize their health and well-being. When we are struggling with health concerns of any kind, we aren’t able to step into our highest version of ourselves. My philosophy with health is that people want to feel like themselves and at home in their body. When working with my patients, I aim to discover any obstacles to achieving optimal health, supporting them back into an aligned version of self. As a naturopathic doctor, my role is to walk next to you and provide you with the necessary tools to achieve your health goals. This may be through the use of botanical herbs, supplements, nutrition, homeopathy, physical medicine modalities, lifestyle changes and pharmaceuticals.
What is your area of specialty?
The majority of my patients are coming to me with hormonal imbalances, gut issues, skin conditions and mental emotional concerns such as chronic stress. I am also passionate about preventative wellness and longevity. At the end of the day, my goal with patients is to help them along their health journey to allow them to step into their highest versions of self. One of my favorite quotes comes from Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a medical doctor who pioneered medical homeopathy. It reads “The physician wants to make people healthy so they can use their bodies to get on with the higher purposes of their existence. In the state of health, the spirit-like vital force animating the material human organism reigns in supreme sovereignty... the organism can thus freely use this healthy living instrument to reach the lofty goal of human existence.” This quote illustrates the motivation behind the work that I do, and speaks to the facts that we all have a higher purpose to achieve. When we are not well, there are additional challenges that come into play. When working with patients, I help them discover these obstacles and help them re-align with their path.
What does it look like to work with you?
There are a few different ways to work with me. The onboarding process of becoming a patient starts with a thorough investigation of your medical history, current symptoms presentation, understanding your health goals and learning about who you are as a person. From there we discuss any labs we want to run to provide us with quantitative information to best direct treatment. At that point you will be given a detailed treatment and next steps to get you on the road to achieving your health goals. Other services I offer are nutritional IVs, vitamin shots, PRP facials and injections, neural prolotherapy and craniosacral therapy. If you have any questions about these offerings, please schedule a 15-minute complimentary discovery call with me.
What are the must have items everyone should have in their medicine cabinet / wellness arsenal?
The building blocks of naturopathic medicine is to create the optimal foundations for health. Based on this idea, the must have items everyone should have in their wellness arsenal is a daily practice of mindful breathing, movement, and an awareness of how efficiently we are moving things out of the body. An easy breathing practice is 5 minutes of 4 square diaphragmatic breathing. This entails inhaling for a count of 4, holding the breath for a count of 4, exhaling for a count of 4, and holding again for 4 a count of 4. The movement piece can be daily 30-minute walks and bonus if it is first thing in the morning or during sunset to help support your circadian rhythm. And for elimination, stay hydrated and make sure you are getting plenty of fiber. These are simple concepts, but they are crucial for establishing health. We like to complicate things, but life is already complicated enough! I’m always an advocate for the simple basics.
About: Dr. Hannah Lollar, ND received her B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She has also received advanced training in Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Applied Kinesiology, Regenerative Injection Techniques, Homeopathy, Flower Essences, and Advanced IV Therapy. Areas of interest include women’s health, integrative dermatology, stress management, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine disorders and anti-aging medicine.