Dr. Tim Birdsall is an experienced Naturopathic Doctor who has had the privilege of working in a wide variety of clinical settings, including primary naturopathic care and hospital-based oncology. While seeing patients of all ages with a broad range of health concerns, Dr. Tim has a particular interest in helping people with chronic disease.
Philosophy of Care
“My favorite part of patient care, beyond helping my patients get better, is to assist them in understanding the biology of their disease and the science behind both their conventional and natural therapeutic options. I am committed to translating medicine and science into easily understood concepts, since we are all empowered through knowledge. Patients make the best decisions for themselves when they fully understand their health condition and treatment options.”
“I am passionate about really listening to my patients. There are many layers and complexities when an individual is diagnosed with a chronic disease. I believe it is critical to understand everything I can about that person, including their lifestyle, stressors, diet, and overall health. Too often, a diagnosis is quickly made, and treatment recommended, without necessarily understanding what is right for that person. I see myself as a health detective, uncovering the clues that will lead to the most effective therapeutic strategies for each individual.”
Education, Licensing and Certifications
After receiving his undergraduate premed training at Grace College, Dr. Tim earned the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) degree from Bastyr University in Seattle in 1985, and went on to complete his residency at Bastyr, and subsequently served on the teaching faculty there for 5 years. He is licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor in Alaska, Washington, Arizona and California, and is board-certified in Naturopathic Oncology by the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.
Extracurricular Activites & Personal Interests
Dr. Tim is active in numerous state and national professional organizations, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He has authored over two dozen research abstracts which have been accepted at major medical meetings, including the American Society for Clinical Oncology, the Society for Integrative Oncology, the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In addition, Dr. Tim has authored numerous scientific articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Dr. Tim is happily married to Dr. Shauna Birdsall, and enjoys hiking with their Bernese Mountain Dog, reading, cooking and traveling.