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Meet Dr. Marlene Ehrler of Motherhood Medicine in North Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Marlene Ehrler.

Dr. Ehrler, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I moved from my hometown of New York City to San Diego for medical school back in 2012 and fell in love with California. The changes were intense, but I welcomed them with open arms. When I was in med school, the last thing I ever thought I would be specializing in was women’s health. I had nothing against it, but it just didn’t call to me. That all changed when I met my husband (who is also an ND — we met our first year of med school!), and we had our son.

Becoming pregnant and becoming a mother, truly unveiled my life’s purpose. It was dark, but also incredibly vibrant. My path became so clear to me: how to show up for my family, how to show up for my community, how to show up as a doctor, how to show up for the world.

Then, Motherhood Medicine was born.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Big picture, yes, it’s been incredibly smooth. But the day to day struggles has been trying. When I was newly postpartum with my son, my husband was doing his residency and I was home alone with the baby day in and day out. I struggled with an undiagnosed perinatal mood disorder — a jumble of anxiety, depression, and OCD coupled with extreme postpartum depletion. The only thing that kept my head above water was naturopathic medicine. Through supporting my mental, emotional, and physical health with homeopathy, nutraceuticals, botanical medicine, nutritional therapy, and more, I was able to not only survive but thrive. Through that incredibly challenging experience, the foundation of Motherhood Medicine became concrete. When working with patients and prescribing treatment plans, I need them to set women and mothers up for success, not a failure. Everything must be 100% individualized to their unique health, needs, environment, capabilities, and finances. So ultimately, my biggest struggle yielded the lived experience and inspiration that has served the Motherhood Medicine community so well.

Please tell us about Motherhood Medicine.
I created Motherhood Medicine as a tangible resource for women interested in an intentional, wise, + natural way of healing. A way based on connection + empowerment, not fear + dichotomy. My offering is to bring vitality to a woman’s life, + to get her back in touch with the healing power of nature.

I am a licensed naturopathic doctor, mother, speaker, writer, medicine maker, + sustainable lifestyle leader. I draw inspiration from my medical training, ancient wisdom, lived experience, + natural gifts as a true healer.

When I create a treatment plan, lecture, workshop, or product I want it not only to be dynamic + vital but also to work synergistically to heal + enhance your mind, body + spirit on the deepest level.

Motherhood Medicine goes far beyond private consultations, speaking events or products. It’s a healing force, a way of finding the root cause of our ailments, + a celebration of our commitment to wellness + vitality not only for ourselves but for the entire planet.

After hearing the same concerns from women + mothers over and over again, I accepted the call to develop elegant, potent, + easy to use medicinals that would serve as comprehensive tools for reconnecting with self, igniting sensuality, protecting energy, improving sleep, enhancing the radiance of the skin, and unlocking vitality. In 2017, I branched out from my private practice and started a line of medicinal-grade herbal body oils.

Unlike internal supplements that we mindlessly knockback, herbal body oils require attention + intention. Setting aside a few minutes of our day to nurture our largest, most bioavailable organ, our skin, has incredible clinically-researched therapeutic properties. Couple that with the targeted actions of our infused 100% organic botanicals, and you have a recipe for deep nervous system relaxation + a full body reset.

We utilize the transformational healing power of 100% organic botanicals grown right here in our urban garden in San Diego, CA, as well as small farmers that grow organically or sustainably wildcraft here in the USA. Our products are handmade in small batches + are purposefully potent to ensure medical-grade strength. Our commitment to sustainability + responsible business practices is unwavering. We use the least amount of packaging possible, which happens to be 100% biodegradable + all items are glass only.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
So far, nothing! It feels like this path was carved out for me and I just show up every day to do the work. It sways between a feeling of effortlessness and extreme effort, mostly because all of my work comes directly from the heart and is sourced from a profound passion.


  • Secrets Women Share Sensual Herbal Oil, 2oz. $42.00
  • Eyes of the World Psychic Herbal Oil, 2oz, $42.00
  • Light of the Moon Illuminating Beauty Oil, 2oz, $52.00
  • New Patient Intake, 180 minutes, $475.00

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Merrill Melideo

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