Dr. Mel Schottenstein
Chief Health Officer
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Mel Schottenstein studied Women, Gender, Sexuality, and History of Science at Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. Interested in learning skills of medical mediation and to promote cultural competency among health care providers, Mel completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She then acquired a Naturopathic medical degree at Bastyr University in WA. While in school, she received additional training in Biological Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland. Additionally, she completed training in Neural therapy, Biofeedback, Homeopathy, Naturopathic Oncology, Aromatherapy, and Irlen syndrome screening. Post-graduation, Mel entered a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, received training in Medical Aesthetics from the National Laser Institute, became certified as a Wahls Protocol Health Professional and is receiving post-doctoral training in Functional Neurology from the Carrick Institute and Ayurvedic Medicine at Bastyr University.
Mel has professional experience in the field of Holistic Medicine and Oriental Medicine. As Co-Founder of Natnex, she has experience in the field of telemedicine where she was responsible for designing a comprehensive communication system for licensed holistic providers. She created promotional materials, videos, T-shirts, marketing strategies, and served as a representative for Natnex at trade shows. Mel was also responsible for maintaining the company’s HIPAA compliance, making decisions relative to product development, formulating tiered pricing structures and training staff on product usage and sales techniques for trade shows.
As Co-founder of What’s Sup Doc Holistic Medical Consulting, Mel has helped establish holistic medical practices, medical marijuana clinics, and MedSpas. Mel’s responsibilities have included hiring and training staff and physicians, creating medical forms, designing medical protocols, selecting and programing EMRs specific for practice goals, composing text for website and videos, creating marketing plans, developing nutraceutical gateways, providing education on state/federal laws and medical board recommendations for staff and physicians, and composing standards of practice/policies. Mel has experience as a consultant in the establishment of clinics in all phases of operation.’ In addition, Mel is currently serving as director for several MedSpas in the greater Phoenix area.
What does Find Your WHEN® mean to you?
Hillel says, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14
Having had chronic illness for most of my life, I constantly searched for a physician who could help improve my health. Visiting numerous hospitals, emergency rooms and clinics across the United States, I was endlessly told that my problems were genetic, metabolic or even un-diagnosable. I couldn’t locate any form of help. Stranded, feeling forlorn, and forsaken, I was prescribed one pill after another to palliate symptoms, and at one point, as a teenager, my pharmaceutical arsenal rivaled that of a chronically ill 80-year-old!
It was not until I started researching natural medicine that I appreciated why those physicians could not help me. They wanted to chase symptoms, not causality. I became immersed in a great revelation that illuminated the meaning behind a phrase taken from the Hippocratic Oath, which stated: “Physician, heal thyself.” In that moment, I realized that for my health to improve, I needed to acknowledge my body’s innate consciousness’ ability to affect change.
Consequently, during college and graduate schooling, I made significant dietary, nutritional and lifestyle changes — taking my health into my own hands. Since making these changes, I have eliminated all my pharmaceuticals, reduced or eliminated most symptoms, and now possess enough stamina to ride my mountain bike all over Scottsdale’s desert trails. More importantly, it is because of this change — because I empowered myself to heal — I can help empower others. My journey is not solely for me to become healthy; it’s for me to help others find their own paths to wellness.