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Meet Meagan Strodel of Shine Natural Medicine in Solana Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meagan Strodel.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It was around the age of twelve or thirteen that I visited my first Naturopathic doctor, and after that visit, even though I didn’t know it at the time, my life was changed forever. Even though I was young, I had been experiencing a variety of chronic health issues for several years, like a scaly and painful rash on my scalp which caused me to lose my hair, chronic constipation, heavy periods, weight gain, and many more symptoms that I don’t remember now. The rash and constipation were the worst offenders and impacted my life immensely, especially since I was active in the volleyball circuit. It hurt to braid my hair prior to games. I’d be constipated and feel full and bloated. I remember my mother saying to me during these first years of my health journey, “we can’t send you to college like this.” I whole heartedly agreed.

My first ND new exactly what was going on, but I was resistant to change my diet or to take supplements. Then we ended up going to another ND, who worked with me slowly, and we discovered I was gluten intolerant, and had a slow thyroid. Changing my diet and taking thyroid medication were HUGE game changers for my daily functioning. We also worked extensively on fixing my constipation, and while we made strides of improvement, this was the hardest issue to solve. After removing gluten 100% from my diet, I no longer had the rash, I lost weight, my stomach issues improved, and my bowel movements improved. In high school, I adopted a workout routine, including running, which I fell in love with, and drastically changed my diet, all in order to help with weight loss.

I went to college, 100% rash free. While in college, I got even more into cooking, food, and nutrition. I started a food blog, I created my own recipes, and I discovered the healing benefits of eating traditional foods and later on what the Paleo diet was. I trained extensively for volleyball, and my own fitness goals. But sadly, like so many young women, I took the process too far, lost too much weight, and developed multiple disordered eating patterns. I lost my period, I lost my hair, I was anemic, and I was irritable. The list goes on. I refused to believe that I wasn’t eating enough to support my training, but I wasn’t.

In medical school, I learned about intuitive eating, and that changed my relationship with food and my body. I learned how to be a doctor and a counselor. And this is when everything started making sense to me: how to nourish your body, mind, soul, and spirit, and that doing so is essential to being a well-functioning human. This philosophy impacts my medical practice each day.

I am thankful now for my health challenges, because I can empathize with what my patients are experiencing. Because I have been there, it easier for me to understand their struggle. My own health journey also taught me a lot about health and medicine through my own research, before I became a doctor, and that still serves me to this day.

Has it been a smooth road?
Going to school for eight years straight is kind of like “living in a bubble.” Looking back on the first years out of school, I would go home at night and be shocked I didn’t have any studying to do. This was a huge adjustment for me as a new doctor. Now, I will sometimes research at night or finish up some patient charts. But it’s a different kind of pace.

Another thing that was hard, was the sacrifice of being a full time student. On one hand you are dedicating your life and your time to your studies and to your future career (and you are happy about that), but on the other hand, you desperately want to go out and be social. I consistently felt torn between the two, but always found myself choosing school, because I knew it would be worth it in the end. And it was. I remember getting a lot of flak from my classmates, because I would always turn them down, but I was happy with my choices in the end. Tests and clinical rotations were not as stressful for me as they could have been.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Shine Natural Medicine – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am an Associate Physician at Shine Natural Medicine in Solana Beach. We have three doctors on staff, including an ND who is also a chiropractor, and a nutritionist.

We also do lots of vitamin injectable therapy, so we have an IV room for vitamin drips, and anyone can walk in and get a B12 shot OR a customized vitamin shot, whenever we are open. I’ve seen IVs totally change people from non-functioning to being functional again. The benefit is so tangible. If you’re a hard stick and can’t seem to get your blood drawn or get an IV from anywhere else, come see us, we have a team who are great at “pokes.”

In my practice, I see a lot of women who are chronically fatigued, wish to fall pregnant, have hormonal imbalances like heavy periods or menopause, have thyroid/adrenal issues, allergies, and autoimmune disease. I also work a lot with gastrointestinal system: gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, SIBO. I work with a variety of adolescents and whole families too, which is always very rewarding. IV therapy is big specialty of mine as well.

I do this cool technique called Nasosympatico, which is a great way to help combat chronic sinus infections. It’s better than using a Netti pot. It uses essential oil swabs placed in the nasal cavity to help open up the tissues and kill the bad bugs, so sinuses can drain. It’s quick too, so people in my office love this therapy when they get sick.

We are different than a lot of other holistic medical clinics because of the way we approach patient care and disease. We are known for our beach-themed office and caring staff. I work with my patients to find the root cause of their symptoms, so we do a lot of comprehensive lab testing (blood, urine, and stool), depending on the patient, to figure out exactly what is causing their symptoms. Then we make recommendations for them and get their health journey started.

The ND who is also a DC does a special therapy called prolotherapy, which is a very specific joint regenerative non-surgical therapy, which I’ve also seen change lots of lives. It’s very effective.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
San Diego is really a treasure trove of things to do. It’s impossible to get bored. I love seeing all the different neighborhoods, like Little Italy, Encinitas, and La Jolla. Coronado is my favorite part of San Diego, by far. I love the community, the pace of life, the adorable houses, and how easy it is to access the beach.

The thing I struggle with most in San Diego is the people. The culture here is very different than the culture in New England, where I grew up, and I find it odd that people will flake on you so quickly or will never fully commit to a plan. I like to make plans and stick to them!

Pricing:

  • My consultations are $300 for 1-hour new patient visit, $250 prepaid
  • Follow up pricing based on time, i.e. 15 minutes, 30 minutes
  • $175 for custom nutrient IV
  • $35-65 for a custom vitamin shot

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