About Serena McKenzie

Dr. Serena McKenzie has worked in healthcare since 1992. She obtained her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in 2004, and completed a family medicine residency at the Bastyr Center for natural health. She served as clinical and academic adjunct faculty at Bastyr University before entering private practice. Dr. McKenzie is board certified in integrative medicine through the American Board of Integrative Medicine, and her philosophy is founded in the combination of clinical science with the art of medicine to deliver holistic and integrative care for both men and women’s health needs. (read full bio)

Unmanageable periods? Could be endometriosis.

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

Do you know someone whose life becomes unmanageable around the time of her period due to intense pain or strange symptoms, like allergic reactions, digestive problems or fatigue? The problem could be endometriosis. Endometriosis is a painful condition that can cause digestive symptoms, abnormal menstruation and infertility. It occurs when the tissue that lines the [...]

Unmanageable periods? Could be endometriosis.2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

Which Exercises Improve Major Depression?

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

News we’ve been waiting for years to hear is finally in! A study in the May Journal of Psychiatric Practice has pinpointed what type of exercises are best for improving symptoms of major depression. Exercise is seen to improve the symptoms of depression, such as low mood and sleep and appetite changes, both as a solo therapy [...]

Which Exercises Improve Major Depression?2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

The Hormonal Poetry of Sex and Love

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

The hormones most directly related to love, bonding, romance and sexual arousal can be remembered through the apt acronym POET: prolactin, oxytocin, estrogen and testosterone. While both men and women respond to these hormones, they do so in different ways and with different results.  There is currently a great article on Medscape on the topic, Miriam E. Tucker. [...]

The Hormonal Poetry of Sex and Love2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

Outsmarting the Weight Loss Paradoxes

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

It is no secret that weight loss is challenging for many people. Why?  The short answer is our brain and behaviors tend to form paradoxes in the face of most weight loss attempts. Paradox #1 concerns some of the intentional and habitual behaviors that affect short-term weight loss, while paradox #2 concerns behaviors, hormones, and [...]

Outsmarting the Weight Loss Paradoxes2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

Why Am I So Tired: Hydration

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

From simple lifestyle habits to complex medical problems, why we feel tired can have many causes. In this series I’m tackling some of the lifestyle factors associated with fatigue that lend themselves to home-trouble shooting. This week’s topic is: Hydration We know water is vital to life. A small decrease in our hydration can lead [...]

Why Am I So Tired: Hydration2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

Why Am I So Tired: Nutrition

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

From simple lifestyle habits to complex medical problems, why we feel tired can have many causes. In this series, I’m tackling some of the lifestyle factors associated with fatigue that lend themselves to home troubleshooting. This week’s topic is: Nutrition What we eat is important. But even a diet made up of the best quality foods [...]

Why Am I So Tired: Nutrition2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

Why Am I So Tired: Movement

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

From simple lifestyle habits to complex medical problems, why we lack energy can have many causes. In this series, I’m tackling some of the lifestyle factors associated with fatigue that lend themselves to home troubleshooting. This week’s topic is: Movement: replenishing the energy that stress steals Stress takes it toll on us in a number [...]

Why Am I So Tired: Movement2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

Can a Pill make Sex Better for Women?

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

A Distracted View from the Middle by Dr. Serena McKenzie September 2019 What makes sex great for women? This is a question not even bothered to be asked until recent history. Since we have begun to inquire about female sexual satisfaction in the past several decades, art, psychology, and now science, research and medicine have [...]

Can a Pill make Sex Better for Women?2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

Practice Information Update

2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00

On or around July 15, 2019, Whole Life Medicine discovered that a ransomware attack was propagated against its facility and it’s associate company Washington Urology & Urogynecology, PLLC. The installation of the ransomware resulted in encryption of certain data contained on Whole Life Medicine’s system. In an effort to determine what information was potentially accessed, [...]

Practice Information Update2020-01-17T18:25:51+00:00
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