• 3624 Ensign Rd NE, Suite B
    Olympia, WA 98506
    360-491-4131
    F: 360-570-2010

Dr. Melissa Kohler

I was born in Guatemala and spent much of my childhood in California. Growing up, my German mother and grandmother introduced me to eating healthy and using herbs to treat illness. As a child, I spent summers helping my grandmother work in her lush vegetable garden. We would also gather wild herbs for making medicinal oils, teas, and baths.

melissa-kohlerIn college, I became increasingly interested in many different healing systems, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I was also exposed to acupuncture for the first time and after several treatments, I decided to study Chinese Medicine.

At Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, I studied acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. During my years at Bastyr, I visited alternative medicine centers in Germany and Austria, where I had the opportunity to see medicine being practiced in the countries where naturopathic medicine originated. Upon graduating, I continued my studies of acupuncture in Beijing, China.

I see naturopathic medicine and acupuncture as helpful adjuncts to any illness, no matter how serious. I offer natural solutions for a wide variety of health issues for people of all ages. Diet therapy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrient supplementation, homeopathy and detoxification are mainstays in my recommended treatments.

The mind/body relationship is an important component in the path of healing. I encourage patients to adopt lifestyle habits that support a healthy mind and body, but I do so with a good measure of patience because I understand how difficult those changes can be.

That said, as the physician I can only provide a framework and support system for healing. The patients who embrace their personal responsibility for healthy living experience the best outcomes.