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MEET THE DOCTORS

Licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctors  | Encinitas, Ca.

 
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DR. APRIL
DAY, ND
OWNER

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DR. SAM
LARKIN, ND
IV SPECIALIST

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DR. GISELLE CATALINA, NMD

 
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ABOUT DR. APRIL DAY

Dr. April Day is a Naturopathic Doctor who completed her doctorate at Bastyr University, San Diego. Her undergraduate degree was from Belmont University in Nashville, where she studied Psychology. She spent several years working in social services and the nonprofit sector.  Her journey into Naturopathic medicine began with her own struggles with digestive complaints while dealing with severe adult acne. After trying many mainstream treatments and prescriptions, she realized something was missing. She spent several months using naturopathic medicine to address her digestive issues, which also healed her acne. This experience inspired her to seek a new career helping others wanting to heal from the inside out.
Dr. Day has advanced training in treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and is in the process of completing additional training through the Institute for Functional Medicine. She has also completed training in functional lab analysis and assessing the thyroid and its function. Dr. Day loves to travel and has spent time in Germany to learn more about the benefits of hydrotherapy as a modality for healing the body.
It is her passion to help patients optimize health using individualized treatments to target underlying causes of imbalance. She has special interest in autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, as well as skin conditions, and healthy aging.
In her free time, Dr. Day enjoys working out and spending time outdoors. She admits while going on walks, she can’t stop herself from petting all the dogs!
Professional Affiliations: Professional Development committee with California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA).

ABOUT DR. SAM LARKIN

Dr. Larkin has over four years of experience administering IVs on thousands of patients. She received her B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University and her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. In the past, Dr. Larkin has worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, at the Salk Institute in the laboratory of genetics doing neurodegenerative disease modeling, and as an associate professor at Bastyr University training students on IV Therapy. She enjoys working with her hands in other ways as well, such as: jewelry making, flower arrangement, and gardening. She is thrilled to be a part of the SKIN team!

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ABOUT DR. GISELLE CATALINA

Giselle Catalina is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from Bastyr University in San Diego, California. Originally from Maine, she holds a B.A. from Georgetown University in Sociology and is fluent in Spanish. Her ten-year teaching career in Madrid, Spain, taught her how to motivate, support, and inspire confidence in others.

As a child, she suffered from recurrent infections and as an adult, chronic acne, PCOS, and a multitude of digestive problems. Years of suppressive treatments and dismissive doctors left her always wondering why her body wasn’t working as it should.  After finally discovering compassion and lasting solutions through holistic medicine, she set out on an inspiring path to heal others.

Dr. Catalina treats a wide variety of conditions, with an emphasis on autoimmune, dermatological, and cardiometabolic afflictions and the role of the gut microbiome. She looks at all aspects of a person’s mental and physical health, along with environment, genetics, and lifestyle, to create a personalized and dynamic treatment plan. She applies her extensive training in functional medicine and advanced labs to identify dysfunctional biochemical pathways, treat root causes of symptoms, and pave the road to optimal health. She utilizes a range of modalities including botanical medicine, nutrition, counseling, bioidentical hormones, IV therapy and PRP aesthetics to heal patients from the inside out.   

Dr. Catalina knows the struggle of getting to the bottom of one’s health issues. A precise diagnosis is crucial for finding the motivation to make lifestyle changes. Her patients always have a voice and a choice when it comes to treatment. Her goal for her patients is to acquire the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions and thrive as their best selves. 

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DR. CHIL KHAKHAM, NMD
CO-FOUNDER

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DR. STEPHANIE HENDERSHOT, NMD
CO-FOUNDER

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ABOUT DR. CHIL KHAKHAM

Dr. Chil is licensed from the Naturopathic Medicine Committee in California as a Naturopathic Medical Doctor. He utilizes a harmonious blend of natural and conventional medicine to give individualized care to his patients.
Dr. Chil obtained his doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.  In addition, Dr. Chil is certified from the National Laser Institute in Medical Aesthetics.  He is also certified by the Naturopathic Board of Physicians as a Chief Medical Officer to conduct Preceptorships. Dr. Chil  also has a certification in Functional Medicine for thyroid and comprehensive blood analysis.
Dr. Chil's passion for natural medical aesthetics and healing the skin internally as well as externally started during medical school when he started to experience acne breakouts. The breakouts started leaving extremely dark scars. He tried all the different topical agents, but nothing worked. He then looked at his food sensitivities, started doing PRP treatments, and started a pharmaceutical grade botanical skin care regime.  The breakouts and scarring diminished significantly. Ask him about his story and what he uses!
Dr. Chil also has an interest in optimizing patients health,  and pain relief through regenerative therapies. He loves utilizing individualized functional lab testing so he can create a naturopathic protocol tailored to each patient.
Professional Affiliations: Membership in the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association, California Naturopathic Doctors Association.
In his free time he enjoys cooking and having new food experiences (he considers himself a self learned "foodie").  He also loves nature, working out, running outdoors with his dog, Rue, yoga, meditation, and spending time with his family and friends.

ABOUT DR. STEPHANIE HENDERSHOT

Dr. Stephanie Hendershot is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of California, who received her Doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. 
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University in 2006, majoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Crime and Control.  After working in Law, Dr. Hendershot felt compelled to follow her passion for helping others and was drawn to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor, of which she knew was the perfect fit for her.  She has always believed in using natural modalities to treat herself and wanted a deeper understanding of using age old remedies combined with modern science.   Dr. Hendershot believes wholeheartedly in treating the cause of illness, restoring vitality, and preserving health.  Dr. Hendershot understands the journey to wellness having struggled with digestive difficulties and skin concerns herself and has healed through utilizing naturopathic medicine. 
Dr. Hendershot is originally from Michigan but has always considered San Diego home.  After completion of her Naturopathic doctorate training, her love for the beach and perfect weather have brought her back to San Diego once again.  In her free time, Dr. Hendershot enjoys running, yoga, cycling, DIY projects and playing her violin.
Professional Affiliations: Membership in the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association,  Professional Development committee member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and teacher at Bastyr University.
Dr. Hendershot looks forward to helping you on your journey to health through wellness and pro-active healthcare!

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