We warmly welcome Dr Doug McDonald to our team as we transform into an Integrative Medical Practice. We are so happy and very honored to have such a wonderful provider join our team! He is a wealth of medical wisdom with many years of experience. Please read more below and tell your husbands! Finally a male doc to manage healthy aging and bioidentical hormone replacement for our men - and women.
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.
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.
Dr. Douglas McDonald MD is a Board Certified Family Physician, and started a successful family practice in Redmond, Washington after completing his residency in 1985. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine.
He says “I have always been interested in discovering the scientific evidence behind the treatments and therapies we employ—to find out what is actually true. I combine that with an excitement and fascination with the research supporting therapies aimed at wellness, disease prevention and optimal aging management. I consider this to be the cutting edge of medicine, rather than some ‘alternative’ or fringe branch of medicine.” As a result, he began studying the emerging field of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and has been certified since 2014. He has treated hundreds of patients in the last several years, with humor and compassion, and finds it fascinating, rewarding, gratifying and lots of fun!
He retired from his practice of family medicine with Swedish in March, 2021 and is excited to carry on helping patients improve their quality of life, as well as reduce the risk of degenerative disease, as they travel through the aging process. He has patients from across the country who are enjoying improved energy and well-being through the science-based use of bioidentical hormones.
Unsurprisingly, this has led to developing progressive expertise in other interventions, such as peptide treatment and use of evidence based supplements, to live as healthy and vigorously as possible as people get older. “I see myself as an educator and guide in shared decision-making with my patients. It is so important that they understand and have confidence in the plan we make together. I strive to have the most current medical data to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that arise in the health care field.”
He and his wife Karen recently relocated back to Cle Elum. Although Dr. McDonald grew up in the greater Seattle area, his family roots are here in Cle Elum. His grandfather was a coal miner in Ronald, his father grew up here, and he spent much time gathering mushrooms, fishing Lake Cle Elum and enjoying family holidays here. “Coming back here feels like coming home.”
He looks forward to lazy sunny days fishing the rivers, exploring the region on motorcycle, bicycle and foot, and getting involved in the community.
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.
"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!