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Meet Dr. Anna Tarabrina of Orian Wellness Clinic in Carlsbad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Anna Tarabrina.

Dr. Tarabrina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story starts in Russia where I was born in a small town in the south called Elista. I’ve had a happy childhood and lived in my birth city until I finished high school, after which I moved to another bigger southern Russian city to go to college to study journalism.

When I turned nineteen years old life brought me to the United States and by a faithful combination of the events, I found myself living in San Diego. Short of two years after moving to San Diego I experienced the loss of my husband, who passed away after battling cancer. I found myself alone in a different country figuring out how I am going to live through the loss and take care of myself.

The experience of witnessing how cancer can transform and destroy a perfectly healthy twenty-one-year-old body got me thinking about a purpose in life and how precious life is. Through this experience, I’ve learned to appreciate my time on earth and eventually found my purpose in life. Time passed, I was back on my feet and pursuing higher education which brought me to where I am today, a licensed Naturopathic Doctor.

Naturopathic medicine is a growing field of medicine, which incorporates the ancient wisdom of traditional medicine with the latest evidence-based interventions. To become a Naturopathic doctor I successfully completed a rigorous, science-based, four-year, post-graduate doctorate degree at Bastyr University, the accredited naturopathic medical college. I am trained to diagnose, prevent and treat acute and chronic illnesses focusing on finding and address underlying causes of illness.

I am trained to treat the whole person through clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, targeted supplementation, and individual counseling. Treating the whole person requires thorough medical intake and patient-centered care. I feel confident in engaging and empowering patients to make lifestyle changes, proven to improve health outcomes.

Has it been a smooth road?
I have to overcome a lot to get to the place I am today. Moving to a different country, leaving my parent and my friends on the other side of the ocean, learning a foreign language, going through the experience of losing a loved one, sustaining myself without any support, and going through four years of rigorous medical school education — were challenging experiences, to say the least. But I strongly believe in the saying: “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” I am a better person after overcoming life challenges and learning a great deal from it.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Currently, I am working at Orian Wellness clinic in Carlsbad. Our clinic has three full-time Naturopathic doctors and one functional nutritionist. We treat a variety of health conditions using targeted supplementation, IV nutrition, bioidentical hormones, ozone therapy, prolotherapy and other treatment modalities.

The main principle in my approach to health can be summarized in the following: I do not treat disease I promote health; it’s not what are we do to fight the bad what are we do to promote the good. I am passionate about the basic foundations of health, which are optimal diet, sleep, movement and fulfilling relationships. I am successful with applying these foundational principles of health to the treatment of different illnesses. I believe that the human body has the ability to heal itself, my job is to figure out how can I support this innate ability.

I find my greatest results with diseases of the lifestyle and diet origin, which comprise the majority of the nowadays diseases. The examples of diseases of metabolic origin are adult-onset diabetes, hypertension, obesity, digestive problems, and many others. I love educating my patients about their bodies and how to take care of them to bring back their health and vitality. The happiness and empowerment I see in my patients brought about by the realization that degenerative disease can be reversed are priceless.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan to keep learning new modalities and treatment protocols to better be able to help my patients to heal. I want to create an educational course for San Diego Continuing Education for the general public. I want to call my course Hygiene 101. Hygiene “is the science of health and its maintenance; a system of principles for the preservation of health and prevention of disease”.

One of the tenants of Naturopathic medicine is Docere, which translates from Latin as Doctor is a Teacher. I believe strongly in this principle and want to dedicate part of my time to that. I find it unfair and irrational that hygiene is not the part of the required educational requirement in school or college. We learn a lot of useful information about the world in our formal education, but there are no courses on how to take care of your own body so we can keep it healthy and thriving.

Eventually, I want to open my own clinic which would specialize in the treatment of diseases of metabolic origin and concentres on a basic foundational principle of health.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 5650 El Camino Real #240, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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  • Phone: (760) 593-4613
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Megan Borman, Sebastian Voortman, Jen Seelye

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