Dr. Ashlyn Zikmund
CREDENTIALS, EDUCATION & ACHIEVEMENTS
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bridgeport University
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Susquehanna University
Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Member of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute
Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the State of Vermont
WHY I BECAME A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR…
Interestingly, I never envisioned I would become a doctor. I loved to dance and at one point considered a career teaching others dance therapy. For me, dance was the key factor in my life that always helped me to express who I was, kept me mentally and physically healthy, and truly made me feel like a whole person. I really wanted to find a career that helped people feel whole and empowered in the same way dance helped me.
In addition to contemplating dance therapy, I was also interested in nutrition. I grew up being influenced by healthy food, but still often felt I was struggling to find what nutrients were most suited to my body. On my personal health quest, I stumbled across the term Naturopathic Doctor while reading “Eat Right for your Type” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Once I began researching the principles of Naturopathic Medicine and the education requirements, everything aligned and I felt excited and anxious to pursue this career path.
I can honestly say that going to Naturopathic Medical school changed my life. It was rigorous and hard, but it gave me so many tools that have improved my life tremendously. I feel extremely lucky and privileged to be able to pass on what I have learned to others so they too can feel the strength and empowerment from learning to deeply care for themselves.
THINGS YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT ME
I am extremely afraid of rodents! Unfortunately, I realized this fear when I came face to face with it during my year long undergraduate thesis where I had to handle live rats every day.
I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for six months. While there, I went bungee jumping and shark cage diving among many other fun adventures!
I never know the correct lyrics to songs but sing along the entire time anyways.
When I am working out, I am in my happy place. Preferably running, biking or hiking outside. I also love hot yoga, spin classes and lifting.