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Patient Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction

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Walnut Creek Naturopathic

120 La Casa Via, Suite 104
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598

(925) 939-0300 | Phone
(925) 939-3181 | Fax

Office Hours

9:30am – 5:30pm
Monday – Friday

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Dr. Mel is a truly an exceptional physician. She really cares about her patients and actually listens to them. She also has a stellar “bedside manner,” and I highly recommend her–great doctor!

Edward C.

Dr. Gastellum is the best, kindest, and most compassionate doctor I have been fortunate enough to work with since I moved to Tucson 20 years ago. I cannot recommend her services highly enough.

With most doctors, you are lucky if you get 5 minutes of their attention before being pushed out the door with a prescription or two in your hand. Dr. Gastellum on the other hand, schedules large blocks of time for her patients to describe their condition/s in detail, she asks insightful questions, and determines the best course of action to resolve your challenges.

With Dr. Gastellum, you feel like you are partners in your health, both focused on the best possible outcome for you. Again, I cannot recommend her highly enough. Make an appointment- you will not be disappointed.

Trilby D.

Dr. Heather Barrett and her team at Walnut Creek Naturopathic far exceed the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm” by making health “care” the core philosophy driving everything they do. She leads a team of extremely qualified and dedicated doctors along with an office staff that is so incredibly committed to service that you forget you are in a medical facility.

Dr. Barrett’s engagement with traditional medical practitioners in oncology and her diligence to be as knowledgeable as anyone in her field of practice allows her to bring to bear the absolute best in complimentary treatments for those of us fighting cancer.

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Michael S.—Cancer Thriver

When I was diagnosed with  Nasopharynx adenocarcinoma with metastasis I tried to combat it with alternative medicine. After 8 months, the tumors count had gone from 4-10 and I was in great pain. At that point I knew I had to do  chemotheraphy in order to survive.

Fortunately at the same time I started chemo, I also started seeing  Dr. Barrett at Walnut Creek Naturopathic. The program she put me on supported me tremendously during my  sessions of chemo. I honestly don’t think I could have handled the chemo without the program I was on with Walnut Creek Naturopathic. I am thrilled to report that just this week I was told by my oncologist  that  absolutely no cancer is detected in my body.

Even my oncologist was shocked. I have no doubt that God worked powerfully through the loving, caring and incredibly  knowledgeable staff at Walnut Creek Naturopathic. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Devon G.

Thank you so much for your expert, heart-filled care in the past years…

K.M.

Four years ago you helped me to reverse a precancerous condition, and now when I decided it was time to take charge of my health again, you have helped me slowly and methodically shed over 30 pounds over three months!  I feel great and I can comfortably wear clothes I have not been able to wear in years.

M.O.

My medical experience was expensive and fruitless until my friend recommended you.  Now I know what my body needs and what it doesn’t.  I am newly interested in taking care of my health because it is no longer a futile experiment.  Thank you for the increased confidence, increased energy and easy to access information that is accurate, intelligent and personal.

G.R.

My medical experience was expensive and fruitless until my friend recommended you.  Now I know what my body needs and what it doesn’t.  I am newly interested in taking care of my health because it is no longer a futile experiment.  Thank you for the increased confidence, increased energy and easy to access information that is accurate, intelligent and personal.

G.R.

My 19 year old daughter was a patient back in 2007 and I have noticed a tremendous improvement in her health ever since.  She has the spark of life back in her eyes.  Thank you for all you are doing.

E.C.

I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Barrett! 

I have a laundry list of health issues that I have been battling for the past few years.  Every doctor I saw before her made me feel as though I was imagining my symptoms and it became really frustrating and depressing.  She helped me get to the bottom of my issues and I am finally starting to feel better. 

I have referred several family members to her!  I will continue to be a patient of hers and urge others to check out this clinic.  They are simply amazing!

K.A.

Dr Mel is a willing listener. She takes the amount of time you need to work through questions and concerns. She is totally present, looks you in the eye, take notes.

She is available, helpful, and a breath of fresh air in this crazy world of medical confusion. I’m thankful she is a part of my medical journey. No….my health journey.

Cathy B., Tucson

I have been a a patient of Dr. Heather Barrett for the past 6 months. When I came to see her, I had both cholangiocarcinoma and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I have been going through traditional chemotherapy for the cholangiocarcinoma, along with naturopathic support from Dr. Barrett.  I have been receiving mistletoe IVs for the majority of the time, with occasional ozone and high-dose vitamin C IVs, in addition to various supplements.

My most recent CT scan showed that my Hodgkin’s lymphoma has completely disappeared!

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In addition, only two of six previous bile duct tumors remain, and the two remaining have shrunk to the point where they can now be ablated! My oncologist says that I have far exceeded his expectations!! He was not only surprised with the success of the cholangiocarcinoma (which was the primary target of the chemotherapy), he was very surprised that the Hodgkin’s has disappeared because the chemo used to fight the bile duct cancer is not what is used to fight Hodgkin’s Lymphoma!

After my experience with Walnut Creek Naturopathic, I feel that every cancer patient should be paired with both an oncologist and a naturopathic doctor. Not only will the support of the naturopathic doctor make the process much more comfortable, the eventual outcome could be far superior than working solely with an oncologist.

In addition to all of the supportive IVs and supplements I received, I also believe that part of “beating” cancer is a patient’s attitude. My experience with everyone at Walnut Creek Naturopathic has helped me to maintain an optimistic spirit.  Dr. Barrett and her team are all very professional, and extremely caring and compassionate. They are expert at explaining all of the procedures and their IV skills are exceptional. The front staff handle the office duties extremely well and everyone makes you feel like family. Every time I walk in the door I feel like I have ‘come home.’

Vicki O.

Prior to moving to Arizona, Dr. Melissa Gastellum used to practice Naturopathic Medicine at a clinic in Southern California. One Dr. Mel’s responsibilities at this clinic was to do most of the IV’s, and I was one of her regular clients. She administered IV’s to me at least once a month; from March of 2013, until the time that she left that clinic in March of 2017.

Over the course of the four years that I received IV pushes from her, I’ve always felt 100% safe and comfortable under her care. She has a very gentle touch and is impeccable about attending to all of the minutiae of proper hygiene and protecting IV solutions from heat and light.

I will also add that Dr. Mel is a highly empathetic person in general.

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As such, she’s very dialed into the needs of her patients on all levels. Although I am thrilled that Dr. Mel will be starting a new exciting chapter of her life, I have to admit that I’ve been pretty bummed out that she’s no longer on my healthcare team and I already miss her! I came to feel like she was the caring sister I never had. I always looked forward to my pushes, because she was so much fun to chat with. I also felt that she gave me good advice, not just with regards to health concerns… but also with regards to my personal life.

I’m very grateful to have benefited from Dr. Mel’s compassionate spirit and gentle, yet impeccable care! It was an amazing stroke of luck that I found her in my small city of Pasadena, CA. If you’re lucky be within commuting distance of Modern Elixers and you are in need of IV therapy, I wholeheartedly recommend her.

Jordan D.

Great prices and service!

My girlfriend and I got B12 shots for “happy hour” (wednesdays). Dr. Choi administered the shots, she was amazing  the shots were completely painless, I couldn’t even feel them, she is that good!

I notice a huge increase in energy and vitality, I’ll definitely be making this part of my monthly routine!

Jordan D.

Thank you so much for fitting me in today!  WOW WOW WOW!! I did all of the suggested items, and I feel a TON better!! WOW!! That is kind of amazing!!

P.W.

I just wanted to let you know that we will be moving back to the east coast, and to thank you for all the wonderful care you have given us over the past few years. I feel very blessed to have known you and partnered with you concerning our health. Thank you so much! There is a lot we will miss about California, and you guys are one of them!

K.H.

I can’t believe it!  You asked me to make a few dietary changes and I am shocked at how different my entire body & mind feel!  Symptoms, I had no idea could be related to the food I was eating, have vanished!

T.B.

I’ve been in a bit of crisis mode and your steady hands and guidance has been truly invaluable. Thank you for your help, patience, care, advice, engaging discussion and professionalism.I can’t believe it!  You asked me to make a few dietary changes and I am shocked at how different my entire body & mind feel!  Symptoms, I had no idea could be related to the food I was eating, have vanished!

J.S.

Thank you all so very much for all of your support, advice, and wisdom and for keeping me healthy through all the twists and turns of my pregnancy.  It certainly took a village to have a healthy babe and thank you all for being such a considerate, caring, and compassionate village of friends.

P.W.

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Walnut Creek Naturopathic

120 La Casa Via, Suite 104
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598

(925) 939-0300 | Phone
(925) 939-3181 | Fax

Office Hours

9:30am – 5:30pm
Monday – Friday