How many times have we all said we wish our Dr. would listen to us more? How many times have we thought that we deserve more than 7.5 minutes with our doctor? Many of us I have no doubt have thought that. So today Tucson Retroflection would like to salute Dr. DeeAnn Grimes Saber NMD. Saber practices Naturopathic medicine. Which means she spends quality time with her patients and makes sure they are getting the best kind of medical attention.
Dr. Saber has been into natural medicine since her childhood. She says, “My mother was into health and nutrition and she and my father introduced us kids to and insisted on having us do gardening, sprouting, baking and learning about vitamins and organic foods.” She was fascinated with natural health in high school she met a chiropractor who helped her clear up her back and headaches. Saber says, “She taught me about the power of touch and how soft tissue injuries can impact a body’s bones and muscles. Then I loved the local health food store where my mom shopped, it was interesting, funky, and seemed mysterious. I wanted to know what were these products from herbs and why would people use them and how did they get made.”
DeeAnn, who grew up in Seattle which was filled with alternative healers, met Bill Mitchell, ND, one of the founders of Bastyr University. He was her doctor for a while and she loved the fact that he knew so much about plants and herbs. After studying at the University of Washington she left with a Theater degree and made a go at acting but the call of nature, or shall I say natural, was calling her and she wanted to learn more varieties of natural medicine. Off to Russia she went to learn about mud baths, moxabustion, water therapies, massage, acupuncture, herbs and the Russian bath spas called Banya.
“For 10 years I traveled and worked extensively in the former Soviet Union, finally I decided to shift gears and began studying bodywork at Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle,” says Saber. “It was a year of eye-opening healing and beauty. While at Brenneke I was re-introduced to Natural Medicine via a cadaver class held at Bastyr University. I decided while in Massage school that I wanted more tools for healing so after I finished massage school I started in pre-med studies.”
She knew that going back to school would be challenging but in 2000, she was accepted into Bastyr University and started medical school. “It was the toughest thing and the most rewarding thing I have ever done – it brought me to my knees a few times but I persevered.” So after getting a BA from the UW and an LMP from Brenneke and her associate degree from NSCC and her ND from Bastyr she felt it was time to put what she had learned to work.
Dr Saber says she loves to hear people’s stories and then matching up what they tell her with their physical issues. This is why she offers her patients more than just 7.5 minutes. She takes the time to get to know them and offers the appropriate physical exams plus looking at the science through blood work and/or saliva testing. “This complete picture helps me help my patient find answers toward their optimal healing.”
When asked what were some of the most common health issues she said, “Thyroid issues, hormone imbalances, food allergies, and adrenal dysfunction. I also see folks with liver issues, blood sugar regulation concerns like Diabetes, and the common cold.” She emphasizes the importance of treating the whole person and not just the dis-ease.
I have known Dr Saber both on a personal as well as professional level for several years. She is a warm, friendly, and very comprehensive and complete with every person she sees. When I say complete, I really mean complete. She really goes out of her way to go through all of her patients records and because of her functional medicine training she can find possible medical issues through evaluating the lab work before they become a big problem. She works with her patients as if each patient meant something to her. Perhaps that is because each patient does mean something to her. She takes medicine back to its original form, and that is caring for the patient, not the insurance company.
Dr. DeeAnn Grimes Saber NMD cares enough for her patients that she has earned herself one tall and proud salute from Tucson Biz Beat. It is wonderful when a doctor really does take the time to care about their patients and the Tucson community should be excited to have such a caring physician. Dr. DeeAnn Grimes Saber NMD.