Kären van der Veer. ND.
Dr. Kären van der Veer brings 20 years of clinical experience to her Naturopathic Primary Care practice. Based upon the principle of treating the whole person, Naturopathic Medicine focuses on disease prevention and wellness, and the use of natural healing modalities, including the food that we eat every day, to bring the body into balance. Naturopathic Physicians strive to treat the cause of illness, and empower patients in their own care, through engagement and education.
Originally from the east coast, Dr. van der Veer did both her undergraduate and graduate work in Fine Arts at James Madison University and began her professional life as a visual artist and gallery director. In 1993, while teaching at the University of New Mexico, she made the decision to pursue a career in Medicine because of her lifelong interest in healthcare and, in particular, the field of HIV. She attended Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and graduated with honors in 1998.
Specializing in chronic disease, Dr. van der Veer originally began her medical career as an HIV specialist and Medical Director of a large HIV and AIDS non-profit in Phoenix. Over a period of a few years, the program grew to become the largest of its kind in the U.S. and Dr. van der Veer became a well-known authority on the subject, training medical students from all over the U.S. and Canada and precepting new physicians in the field. For eleven years, she also taught third and fourth-year medical students Clinical HIV and Virology. Dr. van der Veer received the 'Unsung Hero Award' in 2002 for her service to the Phoenix HIV community and was nominated twice for the 'Health Care Heroes' community service award.
Since the inception of her practice, Dr. van der Veer has dedicated much of her focus to serious chronic disease and treatment of the wide range of complications and co-infections that accompany it, including liver, GI and kidney dysfunction and toxicity; autoimmune disease; fibromyalgia; depression, anxiety and sleep issues; fatigue, adrenal and endocrine disorders; as well as neurological complications and pain.
Since 2004, Dr. van der Veer has added two children to her life and a whole new aspect of health care to her primary care practice. In the realm of Women's and Family Medicine, Dr. van der Veer works with women and their families from preconception through pregnancy and postpartum, and with children from infancy through childhood. Preconception detoxification, pregnancy health and nutrition, postpartum recovery, postpartum depression, infant and child health and nutrition, ADD/ADHD, Autism spectrum and childhood allergies are areas of special expertise. Dr. van der Veer has also practiced acupuncture for over 20 years. It is an integral part of her practice and she employs its healing in the treatment of a multitude of issues from sports injuries, lower back and neurological pain to migraines, women's issues and gastrointestinal concerns
In addition to her practice of medicine, Dr. van der Veer teaches at Northern Arizona University, is an avid gardener and foodie, and is wildly in love with Flagstaff and her two children.