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Dr. Blankinship, a native of Kansas City, Missouri obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Management from National Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. She received her doctorate degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon, one of the worlds leading institutions in naturopathic medicine and one of only five accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. Dr. Blankinship enjoyed an 18 year corporate career in the areas of customer service, human resource training & development and executive administration prior to pursuing her dream to become a medical doctor. Instead, she chose to pursue a degree in naturopathic medicine because this field of medicine is closely aligned with her beliefs about healing, health and wellness.

The naturopathic medical education is similar to a conventional doctor including the study of biomedical sciences at a four-year accredited graduate medical school. This includes the biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, neurology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cardiology, minor surgery, etc. Naturopathic care diverges from conventional care in the use of extensive nutritional counseling, physical manipulation, botanical medicine and homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine (including acupuncture) and non-toxic approaches to therapy with an emphasis on disease prevention and wellness.

Dr. Blankinship has completed the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examination (NPLEX) which is required to gain licensure in any of the states which currently license naturopathic doctors.

As described by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, naturopathic medicine is a distinct method of primary health care, an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness...emphasizing natures inherent self-healing process through patient education and the rational use of natural therapies.

Areas of clinical emphasis for Dr. Blankinship include chronic degenerative diseases (diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, liver disease, digestive disorders, arthritis); weight management, chronic pain, as well as ADD-ADHD. She utilizes clinical nutrition, lifestyle modification and cellular detoxification in her approach to clinical assessment and treatment. Dr. Blankinship uses her training in mind-body medicine, homeopathy, oriental medicine, clinical laboratory diagnosis and other modalities to discover and treat the causes of illness and physical disharmony.

She has lectured as part of the Healthy Birth Initiative in Portland, Oregon and was the keynote speaker at the Symposium on Integrative Medicine at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, sponsored by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and keynote speaker for the American Heart Associations Annual Power to End Stroke Campaign; and delivered a talk on teen health and cardiovascular disease for the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, and the keynote speaker for the first annual NAACP Health Fair in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Blankinship is a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow - Ladder to Leadership program focusing on leadership training in community based health and wellness; co-sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Creative Leadership and the Greater Kansas City Healthcare Foundation.

She received most of her clinical training in under-served communities; part of which included rotations at Outside-In Clinic (as featured on PBS), providing low-cost medical care to the homeless and disadvantaged of Portland, Oregon. She has taught introduction to homeopathy and concepts of homotoxicology for an international homeopathic pharmaceutical company in the southwest United States. She has also served as adjunct clinical science faculty at Santa Fe Community College, College of Northern New Mexico, and enjoys taching clinical science.

In her spare time Dr. Blankinship enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Lori Blankinship, N.D.

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