I graduated in 1984 from John Bastyr College of Naturopathc Medicine with my doctorate degree, and completed my midwifery degree in 1985. I have wanted to be a doctor since I was 6 years old and am grateful to have found my profession. I believe that becoming a doctor is a ‘calling’ and I hold myself and my staff to the highest standard of quality and compassionate health care. Each day I am delighted to help coach my clients to reach their highest health goals and obtain the appropriate tools to take responsibility for their own health. My practice style is to be a true ‘family practice’ doctor, intimately aware of each of my client’s health goals and issues that inhibit them from reaching these goals. I attend families in labor, guardianship the growth of my pediatric clients, and guide women and men in their course of health through their adult lives. I am honored to be part of their health team.
Another strong aspect of my practice is my knowledge of both fields of medicine: allopathic and naturopathic. I have one foot firmly planted in both arenas and shift weight according to the need. I provide the filter that most people need to navigate through their often confusing health decisions. I strongly believe that each person needs a Naturopathic Physician to be their primary care physician because we can help design the preventative course of action and interface with our Medical Doctor colleagues to design the most integrative treatment regime.
In addition to my private practice, I have served my community in a variety of capacities. From 1985-1991, I was a distinguished faculty member at Bastyr College, serving as Dean of Naturopathic Medicine and Chair of the Midwifery Department. From 1987-1993, I was on the Board of the Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS), and have served as Treasurer to the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP). I continue to teach as a guest instructor at Bastyr University, and publicly lecture and write articles. My philosophical bent towards “physician as teacher” permeates Emerald City Naturopathic Clinic (ECN). It is a cornerstone of the service we provide to teach and inform our clients not only about healthy lifestyles, but also about political activism, networking opportunities, and environmental and spiritual issues.
Dr. Molly Niedermeyer was recently honored as one of Seattle’s “Top Doctors” for 2013 in Seattle Met Magazine, and has been featured on “The Naturopathic Perspecitve,” a Bastyr produced television production. To watch her interview and learn about her “Five Point Health Plan,” please click on the following link:
Paris Preston, ND
Dr. Paris Preston was born and raised in the Berkshire Mountains of New England. There she developed a deep and abiding love of nature. She went to the University of Massachusetts and received her BS in Zoology. In 1988 she moved to Seattle to follow a call of the heart to go to Naturopathic Medical School. Since graduating in 1992 from Bastyr University, Dr. Preston has been providing Family Practice medical care to people of all ages. Practicing for 22 years, Dr. Preston still finds deep joy in her work and passion for helping people restore health and balance in their lives.
Symptoms (dis-ease) are an expression of the imbalances in our lives. Using her understanding of nature as the guide, Dr. Preston looks to see where people’s lives are no longer in balance and as a result symptoms have occurred. With her knowledge in the medical sciences and her training as a Plant Spirit Medicine practitioner, Dr. Preston works to weave together a process of healing that is unique for each client. By addressing the source of the imbalance the result is the restoration of health and wellness on all levels.
In her free time Dr. Preston enjoys going for walks, reading books, cooking and spending time with friends.
Dr. Paris Preston brings another level of committed care to Emerald City Clinic as she is contracted with most insurance companies. Please inquire when calling to schedule an appointment about which companies she works with specifically.
Kathryn Hightower, ND
Dr. Kathryn Hightower began her journey toward naturopathic medicine while working as a dance artist in Seattle. Naturopaths taught her how to do contrast hydrotherapy and eat anti-inflammatory foods to prevent injury – and it worked! She was already curious about natural medicine, and this experience lit a fire within her.
Dr. Hightower firmly believes in the principles and therapeutic order of naturopathy. This is why she feels so at-home at Emerald City Clinic, where we treat the whole person, treat the cause of dis-ease, prevent illness and injury before they begin, educate our patients, and, above all, trust in the healing force inside all of us.
Dr. Hightower earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in June 2019. Her professional passions include LGBTQ+ health, biofeedback, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and counseling.
She has received additional training at the Kneipp Schule of hydrotherapy in Germany, New England School of Homeopathy, and Gender Odyssey. She has also trained in Biofeedback, Kinesiotaping, and Craniosacral Therapy through local educators and physicians. While at Bastyr University, she was a Teacher’s Assistant for the ND program’s courses in phlebotomy, IV therapy, and injections, and she enjoys doing blood work. Dr. Hightower pursued her passion for counseling by working in a competitive position as a mental health counselor for students at Bastyr University in her final year of school. This has been one of her favorite experiences as a clinician; she truly has a knack for listening and meeting you where you are.
Dr. Hightower is especially passionate about providing quality healthcare for transgender patients. She has presented research on the subject at the Praxis conference on mental health care for gender non-conforming clients, as well as at Gender Odyssey in San Diego. While at Bastyr University, she developed trainings for clinicians to do least harm when asking questions about gender identity. These trainings are set to be distributed to hundreds of schools and clinics around the country.
To feed her spirit and stay balanced, she remains involved in the dance community. She currently dances with Gender Tender, a Seattle-based queer and non-binary performance art group, and frequently takes local dance classes. For the last ten years, she has been teaching tap, jazz, and ballet to adults and children at Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy, which she absolutely loves. She also enjoys biking, crafting, and being in nature with her wife and kitty! She looks forward to helping you stay similarly well-balanced in your life.
I was born and raised in Seattle. I have had many adventures including being a baker on NOAA ships in the 70’s and 80’s, working at Microsoft Technical Support in the 90’s and living in Hawaii to study Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College in 1991 with a focus on mathematics and computer applications. I love to garden, both food and flowers, and dance the hula.
I met Dr. Molly in the 80’s when a friend referred me to a “really good naturopath” she had met. Dr. Molly has helped me with many different challenges through the years – no matter where I was in my travels. I am delighted to contribute my skills to the clinic.
Debra has had a long association with our clinic; she first met Dr. Molly when she and her husband decided they wanted a midwife to attend the birth of their oldest child. The choice was inspiring and life-changing. So much so that both of their children were born at home, and each birth was attended by Dr. Molly.
The entire family remains patients of Emerald City Clinic, and her daughters, Genevieve and Lilli, have received only naturopathic care for most of their lives.
Debra has worked as a production manager, stage manager and company manager for a number of theatre companies. She was employed in Seattle schools as a volunteer coordinator and an after-school drama teacher. Debra has sold cruises to Alaska, managed a file room for a real estate firm, reviewed construction documents and contracts and continues to be a knitting teacher and a charity auction MC. She has also had the quintessential Seattle job of barista.
All of these job opportunities have created a unique and diverse skill set which she is utilizing in her position at Emerald City along with a great love for naturopathic medicine.
I am one of those rare breeds of Native Seattle-ites. I have lived from Camano Island to South Tacoma and many points in between. Along this life’s journey I have almost 40 years of Administrative background as well as being a professional Actor, a Bookkeeper, an installer of wireless medical equipment and a brief stint as a Private Investigator-in-training. I have been gifted with travel; Australia, Peru/Bolivia, a few exciting cruises, many parts of Canada, where my family came here from and a few of our fair US States.
I’m quite proud of having achieved silver-hair at this age and am thrilled to bring all of my skills to this wonderful environment. I love to be of service and look forward to offering my smile and some kind words whenever we may speak.
**Portraits are courtesy Kate Baldwin Photography or ©Rosanne Olson Photography.**