If I was to describe myself I would say I am a natural medicine doctor intrigued by both the physiology AND the soul of human beings. I found my way to natural medicine and becoming a naturopathic doctor due to my own winding journey through health, mental and emotional challenges.
As a little girl I was a gymnast and it defined who I was through and through. I didn’t quite fit in with my schoolmates but where I found solace and grounding was with my teammates and in the gym. Once that period of my life ended abruptly, I began to struggle with finding my place and purpose in the world. The one downside that came with gymnastics was the exposure to the high value put on being petite and thin. Coupled with a social environment focused on outer appearance, my struggles resulted in full blown anorexia nervosa by the time I was 17 years old which landed my 90 pound bag of bones on a 5’6″ frame in the hospital 2 months after my high school graduation.
That healing journey spanned 3 years, rewiring my connection with myself, food and the world. Rebuilding relationships, discovering what I love and learning to trust my body in relation to food. 1,095 days to trust myself, trust that I could eat a bagel and my body wouldn’t expand exponentially, eat some ice cream with sheer joy without negative self-talk dominating my mind crowding out any possibility of being present in the world.
Fast forward 5 years, I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Biology, pre-med planning to head to medical school the following year. And then, after taking the MCAT and starting to apply I just could not continue the process. Everything I knew about conventional medicine and from volunteering and consulting with many doctors it simply did not feel in alignment. It was not a brand of medicine (although it was the only type of medicine I knew of at the time) I could commit to for the rest of my life…and so I walked away.
As I walked away from medicine, I found myself once again lost in the world. I spent nearly 8 years floating from one thing to the next, I worked in the fitness industry, I managed a gym and then shifted to the corporate arena in area of operations. However, I was so unfulfilled. And then I turned 30 and I said enough is enough I have to do something drastically different. I quit my job and went overseas, first to Israel for 6 months and then traveled throughout Southeast Asia for 4 months on my own. It was during that trip I happened to come upon both Naturopathic medicine and holistic health coaching, as I sat in an ancient city in Thailand and as I wandered my way around Bali. I finally found it, I knew this was the medicine I aligned with. Its principles, the blending of both modern western medicine and ancient traditional modalities like botanical medicine, homeopathy, nature cure, Chinese medicine and Ayurveda…Yes! I finally found it…this I could do for life.
And so I applied…on my phone, as I moved from one city to the next, from one country to the next Thailand, then Laos, than Vietnam, Cambodia and finally Bali where as I sat on the beach in the Gili Islands, wrote my personal statement and hit “submit” on my applications.
At 31 years old I began my journey through medical school in Arizona, one of the hardest things I have done and was inches away from quitting as I completed my second year. I started to suffer from debilitating panic attacks and anxiety…I believe sheer determination pulled me through. The stress, the overwhelm and once again putting myself in a misaligned environment because I lost my ability to listen to my inner voice nearly destroyed my dream.
Fast forward one more time, to today, 7 years later, now proud to be able to call myself a Naturopathic Doctor licensed to practice medicine in the state of California, a graduate from Bastyr University San Diego, incorporating 20+ years of self-development and mindset work, I’m now committed to paying forward all that I have learned both through my schooling and my journey through life.
Dr. Yacobi holds a doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University California, a four year medical school blending traditional medicine approaches with modern conventional medicine.
Further training in:
- Botanical medicine
- Craniosacral therapy
- PRP injection therapies
- Advanced training in integrative endocrinology and female metabolism
- Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) practitioner candidate
- Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Precision Nutrition.
- Metabolic damage and dysfunction
- Gastrointestinal dysfunction
- Hormone balancing
- Pscyhoneuroendrocine healing
- Mindset coaching