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About Me

Nicole McCarter  is a naturopathic doctor in Los Altos, CA. Naturopathic medicine address the root cause of disease using functional medicine testing and naturopathic modalities. She specializes in anti-aging medicine, holistic dermatology, hormone replacement therapy, and holistic gastroenterology.

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I encourage you to schedule a complimentary 10-minute consultation here or by calling (650) 485-2758 to discuss  how I can help you reach your health goals 

Health, the condition of being sound in body, mind, and spirit...

I believe that you truly can be healthy and vital at any age, regardless of your diagnosis. That’s why I’m dedicated to addressing the root cause of disease and using natural medicine that works with your body rather than against it.

I work with patients in addressing a multitude of health concerns, focusing on digestive disorders, hormonal imbalance, skin problems, and preventing disease. I look beyond your diagnosis and want to know why. Why are you having your symptoms, what went wrong and how can we fix it? I utilize nutritional assessment and lifestyle counseling, herbal medicine and nutritional supplements and homeopathy to stimulate the natural healing processes of the body.


I grew up in Reno, Nevada, and graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It was during this time, on a quest to heal my own health issues that were unsolvable by conventional medicine, I found my love for natural medicine.


Inspired by my own health transformation I then attended medical school at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, known as the most comprehensive nutrition and herbal medicine curriculum in the country. After graduating, I spent one year in residency in Portland, Oregon with the talented healthcare team at Grain Integrative Health.

My post-doctorate education and training in Functional Medicine has been through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). I continue to study naturopathic and functional medicine to stay up to date on the most innovative therapies. 


Prior to moving to the Bay Area (for my husband's career and to be closer to family) in 2016 I had a successful private practice in Manhattan. 


In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, snowboarding, yoga, music, reading, and the outdoors. I have a passion for helping clients recognize and accomplish their health goals and look forward to helping you start, or continue, your journey to optimal health. 

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About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine works by stimulating the body's innate ability to heal itself. NDs (naturopathic doctors) focus on treating the cause of disease and bringing the body back into its natural state of harmony rather than suppressing symptoms. Naturopathic doctors are experts in natural medicine and licenced physicians in the state of California.


Naturopathic doctors attend a 4-year medical school where they are trained as primary care doctors. Their training focuses on current medical sciences including conventional pharmaceutical treatments and diagnostics as well as alternative therapies such as nutrition, homeopathy, IV therapy, anti-aging medicine, environmental medicine, herbal medicine, physical manipulation, mind-body medicine and hydrotherapy. There are currently 5 naturopathic medical schools in the US and 2 in Canada. To find a list of accredited schools click here.

Naturopathic doctors are often referred to as naturopaths however whenever visiting a naturopath be certain they graduated from a 4 year accredited school and are a naturopathic doctor with an ND behind there names. Practitioners who call themselves naturopaths do not have the rigorous education, clinical experience or qualification to practice medicine. 


Currently, 17 states, 5 Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands all have laws regulating NDs (naturopathic doctors). In these states and provinces, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from a four-year, residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license. Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill continuing education requirements annually, and have a specific scope of practice defined by the law in their state or province. To find out more about licensure visit the AANMC (Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges) here.

Click here to find out more about insurance coverage for naturopathic care and how to improve insurance coverage so you can choose the kind of care you want.

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Nicole McCarter practices functional medicine in Palo Alto. Functional medicine doctors address the cause of disease using natural medicine. This includes holistic nutrition, herbal medicine, bioidenical hormone replacement therapy, and IV therapy. Her specialties include holistic dermatology, naturopathic endocrinology and gastroenterology.

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