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:
Dr. 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.
Dr. Emily Mohar, ND
I value connections and as a doctor I am privileged to have time to connect with patients, to actually see and hear them, to learn their story, and to watch their transformations. As guided by the Naturopathic principle of docere I am able to teach patients ways to connect with their own physical, emotional, and spiritual selves, to increase awareness, and take responsibility for their own health. I believe primary care medicine is the best way to practice the principles of Naturopathic medicine including treating the whole person, identifying and treating the cause, and prevention. Even if symptoms may be presenting individually, a person’s vital force or vis often needs whole-body support to overcome the disease.
Discovering naturopathic medicine was the first time I ever felt like there was a medical program that aligned with my personal and professional philosophies instead of always trying to “fit” in a model that wasn’t quite right. My clinical practice is grounded in creating a safe environment for each patient, primarily focusing on the foundations of health, restoring balance by removing obstacles to cure or change, and empowering patients to connect with their innate power to heal. Influenced by my background in and personal passion for nutrition, botanical medicine, and food growing I often reach for food and plants as my first line treatments when appropriate.
I am excited and grateful to be completing my residency training at Emerald City Clinic because I believe this clinic is Naturopathic medicine in practice: a clinic full of students and practitioners with varied experience that welcome curiosity while having high standards for quality and compassionate care.
Dr. Emily Mohar brings another level of committed care to Emerald City Clinic as she is contracted with Premera and Lifewise insurance companies. Please inquire when calling to schedule an appointment about which companies she works with specifically.
Dr. Lily Stokely, ND, LMP
Lily Stokely is the first year resident at Emerald City Clinic. She is passionate about primary care and has additional interest in treatment of eating disorders and eating disorder prevention. She studied naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, graduating in June 2016. While at Bastyr, Lily received extra curricular training in homeopathy, kinesio taping, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, biofeedback, as well as a two-year counseling internship as a student counselor at the university.
She has a bachelors of science in dietetics from The University of California, Berkeley where she gained additional training in teaching Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating models. Additionally, Lily is a yoga teacher of 7 years with experience instructing private and public classes as well as yoga teacher trainings. She is also a licensed massage therapist with a focus in myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation.Lily has experience as a group facilitator for support groups of varying topics including eating disorders, intuitive eating, relationships, and movement/exercise.
Lily lives and practices from the perspective that every individual has their own unique definition of what it is to be healthy. She is passionate about aiding people in their health practice and loves to work from an integrative, whole body, mind, spirit perspective. She believes that it is important to practice what she teaches and does her best to live from a place of self-care, kindness, and compassion as she hopes to help others do the same.
Prior to her work in health, Lily grew up in a very small, rural community in the far northern mountains of California. She was raised learning to care for the land through gardening and tending to the farm animals. This childhood allowed her to develop a deep appreciation for nature and a passion for discovering the human connection within it. In her spare time she currently enjoys spending time with family, hiking, camping, skiing, gardening, and playing frisbee with her German Shepherd.
Debra Fox, Office Manager
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 was born in Nigeria and moved to the US with my family when I was 15 months old (so I don’t remember much from living there). I grew up in Shoreline and studied at Shoreline Community College before transferring to the University of Washington. Right now I’m working on completing my B.A. in Communications.
While this is my first time working in a naturopathic setting, I have many years of experience working in the healthcare industry, mostly working with adults and children with disabilities. I’m grateful for the time I’ve worked at Emerald City Clinic because not only have I greatly expanded my medical knowledge, but I’ve also learned so much about naturopathic medicine and ways to improve my own lifestyle and health.
In my spare time I like to spend time with friends and family, relax at home, or take walks around my neighborhood. In addition to completing my education, one of my major goals is to open my own Nigerian-themed food truck. I’m hoping to make it happen within the next 3-5 years, so when you do see my truck, please stop by and say hello!
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.
**Portraitsare courtesy Kate Baldwin Photography ©Rosanne Olson Photography.**