Dr. Sandell grew up in a family that emphasized nutrition and exercise at an early age, so it was only natural that she decided to pursue a profession in the health field. Dr. Sandell attended the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness Promotion in 2009 with an emphasis in Sports Medicine and a minor in Psychology. She interned with holistic nutritionist, Dr. Liz Lipski, for 3 years during her time at UNCA, which fueled her passion for nutrition, alternative health and understanding the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
After graduating from UNC-Asheville, Dr. Sandell moved to Portland, Oregon to attend the National College of Natural Medicine. She graduated in June 2014 with her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree and her Masters in Acupuncture (MAc) in June 2015. During her time at NCNM, Dr. Sandell spent a year interning with Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis who specializes in complex gastrointestinal disorders including small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), inflammatory bowel diseases, gallbladder disorders, GERD, irritable bowel syndrome and others. By working with many of these patients with complex GI issues alongside Dr. Sandberg-Lewis, she learned how to coach each patient regarding a proper diet, lifestyle choices, stress management and appropriate supplementation. Dr. Sandell also spent extra time learning botanical medicine and completed advanced training in homeopathic therapies as alternatives to allopathic prescription medication for common conditions. Currently Dr. Sandell is learning multiple therapies for acute and chronic pain management including trigger point needling techniques, cupping, body work, supplementation, nutrition, and injection therapies. Dr. Sandell is very passionate about incorporating and balancing all aspects of life, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, in order to create optimal health.
When Dr. Sandell is not furthering her education and working, she loves to play sports, do yoga, snowboard, rock climb, be in nature, spend time with friends, and release her creativity via jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, and other artistic endeavors.
What people are saying about Dr. Sandell:
"Senstive, Thorough, Dr. Sandell is wonderful at working with you in determining what strategy will be most successful for you."
"Dr. Sandell's knowledge of the body, mind & energy and the reasons why symptoms manifest in the body amaze me. She is a gifted healer."
"Dr. Sandell is very professional and really knows how to better her patient's life and help them with overall healthy balance."