Meet Our Team
Dr. Heather DeLuca, ND
Founder & Naturopathic Doctor
Welcome to my website!!! I am hoping you find some great information here and that you are encouraged to use naturopathic medicine and natural therapies in your life. Many of you who know me, know that I was born and raised in the Wyoming Valley. Growing up, I had wanted a career in medicine but was not sure that the conventional route was for me. I have always been interested in nutrition and thought this was how I would serve my community.
However, finding a job at a local health food store allowed me to not only cement the idea that I wanted to work in health care but that I can do this in a way that I did not have to compromise what I believe to be a very effective form of medicine.
This is when I found out that there are schools that teach primary care medicine with a philosophy that supported the body, mind and spirit, using education that medical doctors are taught but the focus on treatment included not only clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, orthomolecular medicine, homeopathy, counseling, physical medicine but also the clinical diagnosis, standards of care and in certain states will provide the ability to use pharmaceuticals, if necessary. This was very exciting to me and so, I applied to Naturopathic Medicine school at Bastyr University, just outside of Seattle.
What a journey that was. I left PA in 1999 and my first two years finished my BS in nutrition. After that was another 4 years and in 2005, received my doctorate in naturopathic medicine.
Working in the health food, in such supportive environment and meeting so many wonderful people searching and trying to figure out how to optimize their health. I had long ago decided that I would return to PA. And I did, in the fall of 2005. Of course, I also had family here that supported this decision.
I started my practice in 2006. Currently, I work out of two practice locations and the first, which is my primary and is where I started, is on Pierce Street in Kingston. I feel very fortunate to be able to bring naturopathic medicine to the area and hope that this will be a small part of transforming health of the individuals seeking a better life through gaining health.
I am also hoping that you feel naturopathy and access to naturopathic therapies are something you deserve. PA does not currently license naturopathic doctors (ND’s). However, is 2016, we succeeded in gaining registration and are currently working for licensure and scope of practice.
I believe it is very important to have licensure, not only for the safety of our community and to differentiate between different types of practitioners but to provide you with the most advanced natural therapies available.
If you agree, please visit the PANP page link on the left. As naturopathic practitioners, it is very important for us to know that people who seek out and choose to use naturopathic medicine have that choice and more importantly, have access those trained in practicing safely.
Heather DeLuca Bio (brief)
Heather DeLuca, ND (Naturopathic Doctor) specializes in natural medicine. Naturopathic medicine can help you address a wide variety of health problems using clinical nutrition, therapeutic diets, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress management, cranial sacral and more to help support health and reduce risks of disease. Prevention and health optimization are the hallmarks of naturopathic medicine.
Heather returned to her home in Northeastern PA in 2005 to offer her expertise in alternative and complementary medicine. It is her passion to work with each person to design individual wellness programs and also to work with conventional healthcare practitioners providing co-treatment to patients who are already under care.
Heather DeLuca BS, ND holds a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the highly esteemed, Bastyr University in Seattle Washington, a world leader in naturopathic education, where she graduated in June of 2005. She currently maintains a Washington medical license and is one of only thirty license eligible Naturopaths in Pennsylvania. She is an active member of The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians where she is currently holding the position of vice-president.
Naturopathy is not regulated in the state of Pennsylvania. While she is a licensed primary care provider in the state of Washington, Heather DeLuca is not licensed as a physician in Pennsylvania. In this state, Ms. DeLuca functions as a healthcare counselor. Patients requiring a medical diagnosis should seek care elsewhere. Naturopathy is an excellent compliment to the care offered by your traditional physician. Naturopathic Wellness Center would be happy to work in conjunction with your physician to coordinate treatment recommendations.