As a highly successful and innovative healing expert, Dr. Surrago strives to heal her patients from within, using well-studied methods of alternative therapies. Inside every cell of your body is a highly intelligent healing force, which has the power to heal the mind, body and spirit. This healing force is the most powerful healing force on the planet yet it is the least understood. It often cannot be predicted or controlled, and it takes immense presence and support to encourage full healing. Every single doctor, surgeon and alternative healer is aware of this force and relies on the body's capacity to heal as part of their therapy. Dr. Surrago specifically tracks the innate healing response of the body and looks to support every stage of healing through energetic or holistic alternative therapies for incredible life-changing results.
In chronic illnesses, often the powerful healing force of the body has been weakened or suppressed. This can happen through stressful emotional life events, trauma, certain medications or environmental toxins. As she treats chronic illness, she is aware that the innate intelligence of the body will start "turning on" again and several side-effects can occur. These side-effects will indicate to her what stage of healing you are in and she will provide the appropriate support to ensure that your body goes through each stage successfully. With her medicines, she is able to utilize the internal power of the body and direct each stage of natural healing for quicker and deeper results.
Dr. Surrago practices Naturopathic Medicine, which is a field of medicine that recognizes the importance of healing from within each and every cell. There is no separation from the individual cell, mind, body, spirit and energy fields in Naturopathic Medicine and each area is addressed for healing. This is contrary to most medical treatments which force or shutting down cellular mechanisms through medications. She works to alter the cellular microenvironment, which is the fluid that surrounds each cell and the interactions between each cell. She guides you into healthier mental and emotional thoughts and behaviors. She does this through advanced testing, in-depth diagnosis, thorough education and holistic treatments that are safe for all ages and conditions. She treats the body as sacred with only the highest quality herbs, foods and therapies for deep internal healing.
She believes that anyone can improve their health & quality of life through daily health practices for the mind and body. As a passionate health advocate, she is starting to offer health & wellness education to the general public to inspire vibrant health throughout the community.
her calling into medicine
When she was 17-years-old, she woke up in the middle of the night hearing her father throwing up into the kitchen sink. She rushed to him, knowing that he had suffered from heart attacks since his mid 30s. Her dad brushed off her concern; saying it’s nothing – he feels fine. A week later, he passed away from a fatal heart attack.
Her father’s death sent her into a tailspin – emotionally and physically. A year later, she was diagnosed with Crohn Disease (Crohn's Disease), which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the gastrointestinal system, leading to major destruction of the intestines and colon. She didn’t know how to cope with the loss of her father – whom she looked up to and adored. In a short time, she lost 30 pounds. Her family doctor put her on medications and suggested soft food like pasta. She didn’t feel good about the diet, but deferred to her doctor. She always had exceptional common sense about the body and felt that the pasta diet was not right. The doctor also prescribed drugs for her condition – one of which resulted in major infection. Eventually she started listening deeply to herself about how to heal her condition and began extensive research into alternative medicine.
After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Mathematics, Dr. Surrago taught high school math for four years in New Jersey. All the while, she studied health, healing and Crohn Disease from every book and research study she could lay her hands on. When she was 23 years old, she found a diet and herbal protocol that cured her condition.
Dr. Surrago completed her doctorate at Bastyr University, the world’s leading research university in Naturopathic Medicine. While attending, she was trained in the interweaving of modern medicine with naturopathy. Her training in two very different worlds of medicine has given her the ability to work with patients undergoing pharmaceutical treatment while safely bringing their body back into greater function and balance. She is known for treatment of chronic immune dysfunctions, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine disorders and mood disorders. She has additional expertise in homeopathy, which is the use of highly diluted substances to create a healing response within the cells of the body. Due to her skill and passion for homeopathy, she served as clinical faculty at Bastyr University, teaching and overseeing her students use homeopathy successfully in the treatment of chronic illness. She currently practices out of her office in Santa Monica, CA.