Heather Buckle, ND, FABNO
Naturopathic Oncology Provider
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"I work at gathering information for patients to help them discern fact from fiction when scrutinizing the many natural options available for supplementation."
- Heather Buckle, ND, FABNO
- Doctorate, Naturopathic Medicine - Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA
- BS, Microbiology - University of Washington, Seattle
- Naturopathic Oncology - CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion, IL
- Fellow, American Board of Naturopathic Oncology
Practicing Since: 2008
“It’s in the best interest of patients for their naturopathic clinician and conventional physicians to communicate about their care,” emphasizes Heather Buckle, a naturopathic oncology provider at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois. “CTCA has pioneered this model, which I believe is the future of healthcare, as it should be.”
Buckle moved from the city she called home for 18 years—Seattle, Washington—to immerse herself in the unique, integrated clinical setting CTCA offers. She says it was well worth relocating halfway across the country to obtain the special training she’s received as naturopathic resident at CTCA.
“I don't know of any other circumstances under which I would be able to obtain such a comprehensive education in the field of integrative oncology care,” says Buckle.
After completing the two-year residency program in November 2010, Buckle officially joined the hospital’s naturopathic medicine team.
“I have a number of patients I meet with regularly, every time they come back to the hospital,” she says.
Buckle studies the latest research to find the most innovative, evidenced-based naturopathic treatments for her patients.
Buckle earned a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the University of Washington and a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. While at Bastyr, she was awarded a prestigious research training grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her research was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Buckle is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
She loves spending her free time with her family. “We all like to be active together, whether it’s cycling, hiking, swimming, or some other sport,” she says. “I spend as much time as I possibly can with my young son, watching him grow and explore. I'm very much enjoying being a mom!”