In the interest of protecting the vulnerable we are currently only offering telemedicine appts. As we get adequate protective gear we will be able to offer IV therapy as well. For medicine and supplement pick-up please call ahead and we will arrange payment and set out your items in the hall or foyer for pick-up.
If you are unwell: Please fill out the form below if you are able to. Then call us to schedule telemedicine visit.
During this outbreak we are offering new patients an abbreviated new patient appointment for those needing acute care for viral illness. Insurance accepted can be billed for this. Cash rate will be $150 (reg $250)
Naturopathic medicine is individualized medicine and is tailored to your specific underlying health issues and stage of viral illness. We are happy to serve during this critical time. Call us if you are sick! Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the community. Sending so much love!
Originally from Toronto, Dr. Franks received her degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She began practicing in Renton, Washington in 2008 under one of the founders of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and is fluent in the complex interactions of hormones and the endocrine system. She served as a consulting physician for medical doctors using 24 hour urine hormone testing to monitor bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. She co-authored the article “Estriol: Its Weakness Is Its Strength” published in August 2008 by Life Extension magazine and is mentioned in Suzanne Somers’ book, Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer.
She is one of few physicians in the Northwest Region, trained in breast thermography and has been using this FDA approved screening tool to help women successfully prevent breast cancer. Dr. Franks offers chelation therapy to remove heavy metals and also offers detoxification classes. She has successfully helped people with a wide variety of health issues through the combination of proven natural therapies and identifying root causes to illness: from high blood pressure, menopause, menstrual disturbances, autoimmune issues, digestive problems, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, prostate enlargement, Meniere’s disease, fibromyalgia, cancer prevention, low thyroid and other endocrine ailments to ear infections, headaches and seasonal allergies. Dr Franks is pleased to bring her skills to the local community. Dr. Franks welcomes all new patients.
Dr Franks is currently contracted with:
Premera, Regence, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Asuris, Cigna and Lifewise.
Plans are ever changing, we recommend you call your insurance company and ask about 'Naturopathic Benefits' and while you are at it also ask about your 'Diagnostic Lab Benefits'. Some companies that we are not contracted with like Aetna may have 'Out-of-network' benefits that allow you to see an outside provider several times a year. Its worth knowing if you have this benefit.
Dr Franks is NOT contracted with:
Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-care, and Apple Health
Our rates with be increasing in April! Dr. Franks has generously kept her rates lower than she charged ten years ago to allow access to her care. Starting April 1st fees will increase as stated below:
Sublingual Immunotherapy is an effective way of desensitizing the body to common environment allergens such as hay, tree pollens, molds, cats, dogs, horses etc. Instead of using weekly shots, drops are taken under the tongue daily at home, making this a much more convenient, pain-free, effective treatment.
Get help with overuse and repetitive use injuries, tension, increase in range of motion, relaxation, chronic illnesses. The talented Samantha Held is now practicing massage at our Ellensburg office. Use your insurance benefits!
Give yourself a boost of nourishing energy that won't deplete you like stimulants such as caffeine do. B complex and Methylcobalamine (B12 in its easiest to assimilate form). B vitamins are used by essentially every enzymatice process in the body. Everyday stress, whether good stress or bad stress causes our body to need more B vitamin. This along with nutrient depleted food – either highly processed or grown in nutrient depleted soil from modern farming practices leaves most of depleted in B vitamin. Expect a noticeable boost in your energy.
A short treatment of Magnesium given by IV. Studies have shown this to be a clinically significant benefit to migraine sufferers. One study showed 86% responded with resolution of their migraine by 20min. PMID: 1251702
A cocktail chocked full of Vitamin C, Trace minerals, Calcium, Magnesium, B complex, B5, B6 in its most active form and B12 in its most active form. This is an overall health boost great for immune boosting, adrenal health, before and after endurance athletic events, and before and after travel. It can be tailored to your individual needs.
A strong IV of high doses of Vitamin C and electrolytes. Studies have found that in high doses Vitamin C can help the body’s fight against cancer.
Chelating agents such as DMPS and CaEDTA are use to grab metals and safely transport then out of your body. The full IV with both agents in used before testing to check body burden of metals. Subsequent IV’s to remove metals depend on your results. Heavy metals are now found in fertilizers applied to farmer’s fields and thus in our food supply, fatty fish such as the mercury found in Tuna, water from lead cauterized pipes in old homes, air, makeup, and many other sources. When we are exposed to metals some will be excreted but often some ends up stored in our tissues – fatty tissue, organs, even our bones. Thus our exposure over time accumulates. Pre/Menopausal women starts to turnover bone and are often are re-exposed to metals during this hormonal shift. This is a great time for chelation. Conversely, women preparing to get pregnant are also advised to check metal levels as these metals are passed to our children through breast milk. Heavy metals contribute to neurological problems.
Kodi Murphey is our right hand at Swiftwater Naturopathic. She is a registered nurse previously providing care in oncology. She attained her nursing degree at Shoreline Community College and then went on to work at Providence Oncology department. When asked what drew her to nursing her reply is “My mom says I proclaimed it from a very young age - no one in my family is in medicine so who knows, but I love it and it's a natural fit for me and the human connection is the best part.”
Meet her once and you will easily get that she genuinely cares about people. Her favorite part of being a nurse is the great diversity of things to learn about in medicine and the diversity of people we encounter. No two days or two people are alike which makes nursing a very interesting and continually educational career.
She loves natural medicine because mother nature makes complete sense to her. She is in awe of science and the natural world. Her parents were also hippies and taught her to garden organically and to get outdoors and live life. Besides gardening and being the best nurse and assistant any naturopath could ask for Kodi loves careening down the mountains on her mountain bike, creating new vegetarian meals and exploring the west coast with her husband and cute dog Summit in their RV.
Samantha Held was born and raised in Seattle Washington and graduated from The Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts in West Seattle. She was drawn to massage therapy As part of her own constant progression toward overall health and wellness she was drawn to massage and its ability to facilitate the body’s potential. By integrating Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique and Trigger Point Therapy she adeptly addresses clients individual needs helping to aid in recovery, injury prevention, repetitive or overuse injury, increase range of motion, reducing pain, tension and stress.
Sam moved to Ellensburg because she values the sense of community that is ever present with all of the welcoming and kind-hearted people she has encountered. Moving to Eastern Washington has been such a pleasure for Sam as she has been enjoying her time gardening, cooking, biking, hiking, doing yoga, enjoying the local establishments and playing with her best friends dog. With a therapeutic touch, Samantha looks forward to helping her clients along their wellness journey.
Gracie Loen is a 2019 Ellensburg High School Graduate and a 2-year running start student at Central Washington University. She currently attends CWU and plans to attend the Washington State University nursing program in 2020. After becoming a nurse, Gracie hopes to travel with Doctors Without Boarders.
Gracie is a member of the CWU rodeo team and enjoys riding her horse and competing in barrel racing on her free time. She was one of the 2019 Ellensburg Rodeo Princesses and serving her community is very important to her. Gracie is very excited to be apart of the team at Swiftwater Naturopathic!
"I had my thyroid removed in 2009. For 2 years after I struggled with conventional medicine and doctors but no one could get my thyroid hormone normal. I then switched to a naturopathic physician and compounded medication. For 7 more years she struggled to get my thyroid hormone normal but never did. I saw Dr Franks in November of 2018 and with one change in my compounded medication my thyroid hormone is normal for the first time in 9 years. I totally trust Dr Franks to help me improve my health in so many ways."
- Carolyn Porter, ARNP
I came in to see Dr Franks due to poor digestion, allergies, sinus headaches, anxiety and depression. She ran an allergen blood panel which showed a high amount of food allergies. I proceeded to eliminate all my food allergens over the past two months and the results were amazing! I no longer suffer from poor digestion, anxiety, depression and all my allergies, asthma and sinus symptoms have greatly improved. I am convinced that a lifestyle of healthier eating will continue to support my overall health.”
- JC, Snohomish
Dr Franks is amazing! I’ve had visual migraines for years that would happen 3-4 times a week. After seeing many doctors and being on many medications with terrible side effects, they told me there was no way to get rid of them and it was just something I would have to live with. I decided to see a Naturopath to see if they could help… I found Dr Franks. She took the time and listened to my concerns, took the time to find the answers to my problems… and now for the last 3 years I don’t have migraines ever any more and I don’t take a bunch of medications that make me feel like a zombie. She is the best! Thank you!!!”
- Kate Davis
I just wanted to send a quick note saying how happy I am with my service from Olivia Franks. I had been suffering from severe stomach pain since February 2012. After seeing multiple other doctors, I was referred to your clinic through the positive recommendations of several co-workers. I started seeing Olivia in June. Finally, this month, she has helped my stomach pain go away! Not only that, we are now focused on bringing me to optimal health. She is always willing to order lab tests to make sure I am totally healthy. She is very honest about costs and is very well educated about every condition. I haven’t felt painless in months, until now. Dr. Franks has helped me to get past my current chronic pain issues and onto maintaining great health. Thank you!
- Anonymous, Marysville, WA
Dr Franks has great expertise in the area of Bioidentical Hormones, and has helped me tremendously to navigate peri-menopause. On top of that, the hormone tests revealed that I had adrenal fatigue, which we are successfully treating. I could go on and talk about all the problems she’s successfully treated, but the bottom line is that in only three months I felt better than I’ve felt in YEARS and I now have a doctor I can trust to find the correct diagnosis and suggest a safe and effective treatment for the cause – not the symptoms. Dr Franks has given me my life back. I literally feel like a new person. I have energy, I’m free of congestion and my immune system is strong again. I feel like I want to get out of the house and do things, meet new people, and get back into my career. I love feeling well and optimistic! If you wonder where your energy has gone, why you get sick every winter, and why you simply feel unmotivated, don’t wait another minute. Don’t accept less than complete wellness, just because you’re sick again. Make an appointment to see Dr Franks and get real answers and safe, effective treatment.
Dr Franks Thank you for helping me on my journey to feel better. I appreciate the excellent care and concern. I am truly blessed to have you as my ND.
My husband and I did a return trip during the Christmas holidays to the East Coast. Knowing how the airports and planes are filled with bacteria, germs and recirculated air, we decided to get the IV Vitamins with Glutathione from Dr. Franks. We had the IVs done about three days prior to our departure. Our visit entailed staying at hotels, visiting with family, friends, toddlers and primary school aged children, over a course of two weeks. This is the first time that we have done this return trip that we did not catch as much as a sniffle. We will definitely get the IV Vitamins with Glutathione every time we plan on travelling. We highly recommend this treatment!