About Dr. Slezak
The heart of Dr. Michael Slezak’s professional approach lies in connecting with people. He relishes building relationships, understanding his patients on a deeper level, and offering hope to those who have endured countless conventional treatments without success.
Dr. Slezak approaches patient care as if solving intricate puzzles. He meticulously connects symptoms and signs to uncover the root causes of each patient’s condition, aiming for comprehensive solutions. Continuous learning and research drive Dr. Slezak’s practice. He stays engaged, applying newfound knowledge to his own growth and patient care, emphasizing that naturopathic medicine offers an ever-expanding wellspring of information.
His journey into naturopathic medicine was driven by an unusual source: intellectual curiosity rather than personal health issues. Despite his good health, he felt a deep calling to care for others after working as an EMT and lifeguard in California. This experience kindled his passion for understanding the human body.
What distinguished Dr. Slezak’s career choice was the comprehensive curriculum offered by naturopathic medical schools, particularly the Naturopathic Doctorate (ND) program. He recognized that this education provided a broader spectrum of treatment options beyond conventional medicine’s limitations of drugs and surgery. He sought a more comprehensive holistic approach, often overlooked in traditional medicine.
Educating skeptical patients is another crucial aspect of his practice. Dr. Slezak emphasizes that naturopathic doctors share the same fundamental medical curriculum and understanding of the body as their mainstream counterparts. However, ND programs dive deeper into nutrition, nutrient therapies, and alternative modalities to identify and remove the root causes of health issues.
Dr. Slezak’s educational journey includes a BA degree in biology from UC Santa Cruz (1994) with an emphasis in molecular and cellular biology, a ND from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA (2001), and a residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health (2002), which established his footing into private practice. Licensed as a ND in California since 2005, he has been in private practice in both Southern and Northern California.
Although he practices general medicine, his areas of expertise encompass persistent digestive issues, chronic fatigue, skin diseases, cancer, chemotherapy recovery, and detoxification. Dr. Slezak embodies the spirit of naturopathic medicine through empowering his patients to explore their healthcare with openness and curiosity. Doing so has transformed his life, his practice and the patients he serves.
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