About Dr. Clapham
Dr. Lizzie Clapham earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2003 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America. She did extensive training in integrative medicine and spent five summers training and assisting in a rural health clinic on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. She also did medical rotations in a variety of health centers, clinics and hospitals in Nicaragua. After graduation, Dr. Clapham completed a residency program in integrative medicine and family practice at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine, Orlando, Florida with a doctor who is both a MD and ND. She is licensed as a primary care doctor by the California Board of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Clapham earned a BA in French from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She completed her junior year of college at the University of Tours, France, and spent a summer during high school in a village near Rennes, France, housed with a French family. She has also traveled to Haiti, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Peru. She enjoys experiencing the commonalities among people of different cultures.
Dr. Clapham is also a registered and certified yoga teacher. She completed a year and a half teacher-training program with JJ Gormley at Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Arlington, Virginia in 1996. She has spent extended periods teaching on the islands of Vinalhaven and North Haven, Maine. Dr. Clapham took a month long course at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandarim in Chennai, India, which deepened her knowledge of yoga philosophy and therapies, especially as they relate to integrative medicine.
Dr. Clapham views health as the complex interaction between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual influences. Disease, or “dis” ease, is the state of imbalance in the body that affects the whole person. The aim of health care, then, is to bring the body back into a state of balance through integration.
Dr. Clapham lives in Santa Barbara. When she is not at the Clinic, she is often at the beach on her paddle board or with her miniature poodle, Lulu.
She looks forward to discovering with each of her patients the intricate balance needed for optimal health.