Dr. Gerstmar (everyone calls him DrG) has spent the past 10 years specializing in helping people with digestive and autoimmune issues.
After his father suffered a severe stroke and DrG became one of his main caretakers, he began obsessively studying medicine, learning about the best of both conventional and natural treatments. He went on to graduate from the most prestigious naturopathic medical school in the world, Bastyr University.
DrG has spoken for audiences both nationally and internationally, and is a member of the Affiliate Clinical Faculty of The School of Naturopathic Medicine of Bastyr University where he helps to train and mentor senior medical students to practice as doctors.
A big sci-fi and fantasy nerd, DrG and his wife live in the Seattle area with their two children, one dog, and three cats.
A few of the things DrG likes:
Food: Great BBQ
Vacation: His family trip around Oregon to see the 2017 full solar eclipse
TV Show: Firefly (cancelled way too soon!)
Movie: The Princess Bride (“You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means”)
Band / Group: Nirvana
Book: An Epidemic of Absence (health); Stephen King’s Dark Tower series (fiction)
Game: Dark Tower (an epic, hard-to-find 1982 board game), Dungeons & Dragons and role-playing games
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, RPG’s, archery, gardening, spending time with family & friends
Loralei is one of the friendliest people you’ll meet, and one of her favorite things in life is meeting new people and making new friends.
DrG hand-picked Loralei to join the team after she came to the office with a Myers-Briggs profile and a strength analysis showing why she’d be a perfect addition to the practice.
Loralei had a stroke at 8 years old after suffering a traumatic brain injury and grew up in England to the age of 21. She, her husband and four kids ran an organic farm until an unfortunate series of events, including a house contaminated with toxic mold forced them to close their farm.
Loralei is the warm and welcoming voice on the phone and through emails, who’s always ready to have a chat with you.
A few of the things Loralei likes:
Place: Anywhere – laughing with friends
Movies and TV shows: 300, Central Intelligence and documentaries
Food: Steak with butter…YUM!
Restaurant: Any Brazilian Steakhouse
Stuff outside: Crossfit and hiking
Quote: “You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. Don’t ever waste it” -unknown
Books: Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson, and Unstoppable by Christine Caine
Groups: Maroon 5
Hobbies: “I’ve got to say that one of my hobbies has to be my two sets of twins…they are both under 10 right now and hectic and FUN little people. (Yes…you DID read that right…TWO sets of twins!) Eating has to be another fave of mine! lol! (Nom nom!) I also LOVE hiking on my own, going where I want to go and seeing how far I can hike whilst listening to fun music. Above all, I am a real extrovert and love spending time with people.”
Handpicked by DrG, Jim has earned a reputation as one of the finest health coaches in the Pacific Northwest, working with a wide variety of clients over the past eight years.
After helping himself and his team recover from burnout, discouragement, sickness and weight issues, Jim left Microsoft to become a health coach. Jim graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and has gone on to do extensive continuing education including working with the Institute for Functional Medicine to become an expert health coach.
Jim works alongside DrG with a proven track record of helping people with digestive and autoimmune issues get better results much faster.
A few of the things Jim likes:
Food: Ethnic food of all kinds
City: Scottsdale, AZ
TV show: “The Good Doctor” Film: Gladiator, but have many favorites, like sci-fi, animation, and inspiring true stories.
Book: It’s a list, not one book, just ask him for recommendations!
Hobbies: Reading, writing, speaking, hiking, camping, golf, racquetball, snorkeling or scuba diving, movies.
Rachael was hand-chosen by Dr. Gerstmar from over 100 people who applied for the position. She is a bubbly and fun addition to our team, with over 10 years of working in customer service she loves getting to know people and always has a smile on her face.
She moved to Washington State a few years ago after living in Yosemite, California for 5 years, where she worked for a resort and spent all her free time enjoying Yosemite! She spent her childhood in Augusta, Georgia where she got her very first job at the Augusta National Golf Club Masters tournament, and she still visits family down there often.
She loves being outside, whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing… she loves it all. She enjoys baking delicious goodies in her kitchen and she really loves spending time with her family and friends.
A lot like Loralei, Rachael has a warm and inviting voice over the phone and through emails and is always happy to have a conversation with you!
A few of the things Rachael likes:
Place: Really anywhere outside, that’s my comfort zone!
Dream Vacation: To go to Ireland!
Movies and TV shows: Cloud Atlas, Friends, Bones, Parks and Rec
Food: Sushi… or Thai (close second!)
Stuff outside: Hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, paddle boarding, surfing… I really enjoy getting out!!
Quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”
— Mark Twain
Books: I love Nicholas Sparks books and most autobiographies.
Music: Fleetwood Mac, Styx, Steve Miller Band, Alan Parsons Project… I really like music!
Hobbies: I love baking, and I crochet a lot!
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"Before I saw Dr Gerstmar I had been following the GAPS diet, but unfortunately after a year and a half I found things were getting worse for me, instead of better. Dr Gerstmar was very helpful in helping me get my digestion and my health back on track. He zeroed in on the problem right away, was knowledgeable and friendly and helped lay out logical and reasonable treatment plans that have me feeling so much better and back to recovering my health. I would happily recommend anyone having digestive troubles seek out Dr Gerstmar for care."