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One of our fundamental values at Studio Within is that care is compassionate and non-judgmental, provided in a way that patients feel respected, listened to and in charge. Our community, tribe, family or support group that we keep close to us can be a significant tool in our health journey. We want to be part of your community and we want you to be part of ours! 

We decided that we also needed a village, so in our search for a place to call home we looked high and low for a clinic that embraced this same idea and we found it! Synergy Family Physiciansin White Bear Lake, MN was exactly what we were looking for - a primary care clinic that also saw the value of having a multidisciplinary office, offering the expertise of many different practitioners from different healing traditions working together to serve you! 

Dr. Tamara Darragh practices as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) at Studio Within, located within Synergy Family Physicians.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage an individuals' inherent self-healing process.  The practice of Naturopathic Medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. 

Naturopathic Philosophy

  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic doctors follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient

  1. Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;

  2. Avoid when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms; and

  3. Acknowledge, respect, and work with an individuals' self-healing process

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent.  Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

  • Identify and Treat the Cause/s (Tolle Causum): The Naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

  • Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum): Naturopathic doctors treat each person by taking into account individual physical, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental, social and other factors.

  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

  • Prevention: Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

ND Scope of Practice 

Depending upon the legislative jurisdiction the scope of the Naturopathic practice can differ.  The most extensive scope of practice includes the use of nutrition (oral and intravenous), botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical/manual medicine, acupuncture, counseling, use and prescription of pharmaceuticals, obstetrical care and minor surgery.  The most common differences generally encompass the ability for NDs to use and prescribe legend drugs, perform minor surgery, administer intravenous (IV) nutrients and provide obstetrical care.

The State of Minnesota does not currently allow NDs to prescribe legend drugs, perform minor surgical procedures, administer IV nutrients or provide obstetrical care (unless the ND also has a professional license which includes these in their scope of practice, i.e., CPM, MD, etc.).  Thanks to the hard work of several people in and around Minnesota, NDs that have graduated from an accredited four-year residential Naturopathic Medical School and have passed a set of extensive board examinations can be registered as Naturopathic Doctors in the State of Minnesota by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. This legislation is very important, as it ensures preservation of the Naturopathic profession through a continuity of high academic standards and clinical training, proficiency of medical knowledge, the maintenance of yearly continuing education and most importantly provides for the safety of the public.

If you would like to learn more about Naturopathic Medicine, please visit the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physiciansand the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians websites.  

​The Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians is currently working to: 
  • Maintain the rights of Naturopathic Doctors to provide healthcare in Minnesota
  • Modernize the scope of Naturopathic practice in MN to include prescription rights and eventual insurance coverage
  • Increase awareness of Naturopathic Medicine

If you would also like to support Naturopathic Medicine in Minnesota by facilitating our legislative

work, please visit this link. 

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that expands the paradigm which addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.  By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.  Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.  In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Why do we need Functional Medicine?

  • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders.

  • The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. This is a much needed form of medicine, but with the increase in chronic disease, now being seen in younger populations as well, care options need to be expanded. Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease.

  • Many physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies which apply to reestablishing a basis for health which can be utilized to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients. 

How is Functional Medicine Different?

Functional Medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex, chronic disease.  Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:

  • Patient-centered care. The focus of Functional Medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.

  • An integrative, science-based healthcare approach.  Functional Medicine practitioners look "upstream" to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient's history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness.  The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body & spirit) and external (physical & social environment) factors that affect total functioning.

  • Integrating best medical practices. Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered "alternative" or "integrative" medicine, creating a focus on prevention through lifestyle medicine; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, stress-management techniques and/or pharmaceuticals, etc. 

If you are interested in learning more about Functional Medicine, please visit The Institute for Functional Medicine website.

Studio Within is dedicated to you and your unique health care needs.

"It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."  


Are you wondering about our name? We feel that when this quote by Hippocrates is truly embraced, when people are seen as individuals with unique experiences and histories, then medicine becomes an art. And so our "Studio" becomes a space for creating wellness and not just a clinic.  We feel that true wellness is created from "Within" and optimized by how we take care of ourselves, internally (mind, body, spirit) and externally (physical and social environments).  Wellness is a journey, accomplished on a daily basis by baby steps.  Often we need partners in this wellness journey, someone to understand our stories, help us to decipher a new path with new goals, someone to hold our hand and encourage us. The old adage that "it takes a village" is so true.

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