What’s an ND?

You may have been wondering why my posts have become so sporadic of late, so I thought I’d share the news that I am now a fully-fledged Naturopathic Doctor (ND).

These last 6 months have been a major push to complete my degree from Trinity School of Natural Health, but after several years of diligent learning I can finally add the credentials to show the knowledge I have gained.

I’ll admit that I asked my awesome business coach, Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD, for permission to slack on my posting schedule in order to pour more attention into my studies, and she gave me the go-ahead.

Isn’t it funny when sometimes you just need someone to “give you permission” to do something you know you should do? As a solo entrepreneur for almost twenty years, I’m used to keeping my own counsel when it comes to running my business. I knew what it would take in terms of  time to make my self-set June deadline to complete the requirements for the degree I began in 2008, but I also knew that I could not accomplish it and maintain my regular workload while still being a good mom to my kids and supportive wife for my husband, who was also receiving his PhD from the University of Denver in June. I needed permission to put my focus where it was needed and let some other things, like my blogs, slide for a bit.

Thank, you, Coach Lee, for giving me that permission and helping me realize this goal.

So, now I’m a doctor… Dr. Yarnell, at your service!… and my postings will start to pick back up again and be rolling along by fall, when kids go back to school and my time opens up. Thanks for sticking with me while I’ve been working to enrich my knowledge so that I can continue to share it with you. 🙂

Remember, too, that my virtual practice is open for private health, nutritional, or food sensitivity consultations to clients in chronic physical distress nationwide.

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  1. Dao Mai at |

    Dear Ms Yarnell,
    First of all, congrats to your success in getting the degree Naturopathic Doctor.
    I’m a wheelchair MS patient in Vietnam. I’ve just learnt that food can make my symptoms worse. From all the MS diet I’ve read, there’re so many contradictions about what food we should and should not take. I deleted red meat, diary, soy, gluten, chocolate, and corn from my food list last month. Basically, now I only eat rice, fruit, vegetables, grain, chicken and sea food. However, I worry that this diet won’t give me enough energy. I’m very thin (90 pound). May I ask for your advice regarding this matter? Thank you very much for your help.


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