RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Naturopathic Medicine is the newest offering at the Ridgefield Chiropractic & Wellness Center as Dr. Stephanie DeSousa, a naturopathic physician and Danbury native, joins the team.
“We are very excited to add Naturopathic Medicine to the list of services that our office provides. Bringing Dr. DeSousa's expertise and experience to our clients and the Greater Danbury community will be an asset to those seeking an alternative route for their health and well-being,” said Dr. Christopher Mascetta, founder of the center.
DeSousa began her studies at Western Connecticut State University in the Health Promotion Studies program, graduating in 2012.
A recent graduate of The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, she also studied at the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy, completed an internship at the University of Bridgeport clinics and worked as a nurse's assistant throughout medical school.
DeSousa's close ties to the community allowed her an opportunity to work at the free clinic stationed at the AIDS Project of Greater Danbury and to intern with both Danbury Hospital's Medical Education and Research Department and The Danbury Farmer's Market Community Collaborative.
Naturopathic medicine is different from conventional medicine because of its treatment methods. In both cases, a patient history is taken, a physical exam is done, and a diagnosis is made, but the treatment planis different.
“I treat the person, not the disease," DeSousa said. "I might have two patients with the same disease but they present very differently and respond to different treatment methods. In addition, I believe the body has an inherent ability to heal, it's just a matter of determining what the body needs to do so."
DeSousa can treat all diseases. She does not have a particular specialty but is most interested in treating people with migraines, insomnia, weight issues, gastrointestinal issues and pain.
“I like to think of naturopathic medicine as just another set of tools that I have to help treat people,” said DeSousa. “I use herbs, nutraceuticals (vitamins, minerals, other essential nutrients), homeopathy and hydrotherapy as treatment methods.”
She will be available Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those who need appointments after their work day.
If more convenient, select Saturdays are also available.
“If you always do what you have always done, you can expect what you have always gotten. If you want something to change, do something differently. I'm excited for the opportunities that lie ahead. I'm happy to be able to do what I love in a town so close to home. RCWC is a well-established chiropractic office and I am proud to be on their wellness team,” said DeSousa.
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