Dr. Lizzie Clapham opened Pathways to Natural Health in 2006 to serve a need in the community for holistic naturopathic medical care. Dr. Clapham moved to Santa Barbara upon completion of her residency and a 6-week trip to India to study the therapeutics of yoga. The clinic has continued to grow and expand and we now are currently in a 1200-square-foot commercial building.
Our clinic serves as a family medical practice treating patients of all ages from toddlers to seniors with a variety of health conditions from acute care to chronic disease. Both of our doctors have extensive experience providing guidance and care to patients with a variety of health conditions, listed here.
Our philosophy is to serve the community with natural treatments and educate our patients about health and wellness and, ultimately, preventing future disease.
Emily Brooks, Front Desk Assistant
Emily joined Pathways to Natural Health in April 2017. She grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Duke University in 2016 with a BA in English and Creative Writing. After graduation, she relocated to Santa Barbara. She loves living near the beach and experiencing the culture of Santa Barbara. She can usually be found writing at a coffee shop or at the beach with her dog, Houdini.
Emily did not know about the naturopathic approach to medicine until she started as a temporary employee at Pathways to Natural Health, but she firmly believes that treating the person, not the diagnosis, is the only way to achieve true health. She enjoys getting to know all of Dr. Clapham’s and Dr. Hansen’s patients and helping them however she can on their journey to wellness.
Samantha Feldman, Medical Assistant
I always knew that I wanted to work in the health care field since I took an elective EMT class in high school. I wanted to learn as much as could starting from the bottom up. I was always afraid of having my blood drawn so my first educational goal was to become a Phlebotomist. Working at Pathways, I see many patients come in for a blood draw that are terrified because they’ve had a bad experience, and my goal is to have them leave with a positive experience.
I am certified as a Phlebotomist, CNA (Nursing Assistant), MA (Medical Assistant) and am certified in IV Therapy. My long term educational goal is to become a Nurse, and then a Midwife. I have always wanted to make a difference whether it is drawing their blood or helping deliver their baby. I am a patient advocate and will always be there for patients in whatever capacity they may need.
In my spare time, I enjoy creating and cooking new recipes, crocheting, scrapbooking, carpentry, gardening, sewing and reading. I love most outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, scuba diving, swimming, and camping.
I love working at Pathways because I see what a difference that the natural holistic approach makes in people’s lives. It could be as simple as a diet change that can turn their whole life around. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” is the Naturopathic philosophy and I truly believe it is accurate.