I am one of the founders and medical directors of the American Center for Biological Medicine (ACBM), and I am happy to bring my medical expertise and compassionate care to ACBM.
I graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Exercise Physiology. I then pursed my doctorate degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. I have been blessed to have gained an international presence with clinics in both Canada and the United States and I am sought out regularly by organizations and elite athletes for my medical expertise. My supplement line, PeakBio (www.peakbiology.com), is being utilized by the best coaches and practitioners in the fields of health and fitness.
I pride myself on being a leading authority in the fields of European Biological Medicine, chronic and autoimmune disease treatments, detoxification, hormonal imbalance correction and customized sports medicine and nutrition programs. My love of medicine has evolved into a vast clinical focus treating men, women and children from the youngest to the oldest. My passion for learning has regularly led me to travel the world attending seminars, educating others and spending time with the most talented people in medicine.
Dr. Dickson Thom, DDS, ND has 40+ years of experience as a clinician and over 20 years as a medical professor. He lectures extensively throughout North America and is the author of two books, “Coping with Food Intolerances” and “Unda Numbers: An Energetic Journey to Homeostasis and Wellness.”
I bring my 40+ years of medical experience as a clinician and teacher to ACBM. I have been teaching doctors, students and the lay public in proven medical principles and business skills for over 35 years. My first post doctoral degree was obtained from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in 1974. I then received my first Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in Canada in 1986. In 1989, I completed a second degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. I was the past Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at NCNM and was a full-time professor teaching clinical and physical diagnosis, gastroenterology, x-ray practicum, neurology, and business entrepreneurship for 23 years. I have lectured extensively throughout North America and have written and collaborated on many articles dealing with energy medicines and nutrition.
I have authored two books, Coping with Food Intolerances and Unda Numbers: An Energetic Journey to Homeostasis and Wellness. In 2009, I received a very prestigious honor and was awarded “The Vis Award” from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for my commitment to the Healing Power of Nature as demonstrated through my work, life, and community service. In addition to being a full time professor, I had a private practice in Portland, Oregon for 23 years with a primary focus on the management of chronic disease, including autoimmune disease, neurological conditions, gastrointestinal problems, and endocrine disorders. The therapies I utilize focus on optimal lifestyle choices for each specific condition, including dietary, sleep, and exercise recommendations, supplementation and herbal medicine, a European form of homeopathy called ‘biotherapeutic drainage’, and hydrotherapy
For the last 5 years I have focused on building this state of the art clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. ACBM provides exceptional care to all patients from young babies to the elderly using the therapies and philosophy that was perfected from my 23 years in Portland. Health is a reflection of physical, emotional, spiritual, and energetic balance, and I remain committed to helping people overcome obstacles to achieving this essential equilibrium.
For fun, I am passionate about my family, including my 6 amazing grand children, ice hockey as I have been a loyal Boston Bruin fan for over 60 years and traveling around the world, mostly on cruise ships (17 so far and counting).
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
I have been part of ACBM since 2013 and can honestly say that I still love my job. I am proud to be a leader of what I truly believe in, and more importantly support and educate every patient that walks in that door to a better way of life. Some of my nick names here are “Captain Safety” and “Manic Megs”. I take patient safety very seriously and the constant flow of new information is one of the most exciting and fun things about my job.
I am part of the American Holistic Nursing Association and the Infusion Nursing Society.
I have always known of vitamin and herbal remedies, as I was surrounded by natural medicine my entire life. I didn’t realize how much I believed in them until my oldest daughter was diagnosed with ITP at the age of three. Conventional medicine wanted to give her immunoglobulin infusions in the hospital, but I insisted we take the natural route first. We started her on a strict dietary regimen and incorporated several supplements to cleanse her body. Within days her lab values began to rise, and her physical symptoms diminished. This was a true testament to what viruses can do to attack the body and how natural medicine can assist in the treatment of these.
I think that God had something bigger and better in store for me to learn. Shortly after this event occurred, a wonderful job opportunity presented itself to me with this company nad my journey with ACBM began!
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, and getting my hands dirty. I love to paint, build and explore the outdoors. My family and I enjoy the waters of SanCarlos, Mexico and the beautiful White Mountains in the summer but come fall and winter you can find me in the Sand! We love to go to the Sand Dunes, camp and ride around on “Toys”.
I am passionate about medicine and the Biological approach we have here. My job is extremely rewarding and I love creating special bonds with my patients. Some of my patients are now some of the greatest people I call friend. Every patient that passes through our doors has a story, I am blessed with the opportunity to serve and comfort these people and privileged to be part of their stories.
My name is Jacque Scott, short for Jacquelyn, pronounced “Jake”. I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona with my 6 younger siblings. I have been an RN since the summer of 2014 and have worked at ACBM since August 2014. I met my husband in high school and we were married in August 2012. We live in Mesa with our son Camden who was born in March 2016. I spend all my time not at work with him and love being a mom! I love playing the piano, reading and decorating. Prior to working at ACBM I knew very little about biological medicine. As I have worked here and started my own family I have become more passionate about natural health and lifestyle.
Brandie is a profoundly qualified massage therapist and dedicated educator who’s knowledge, and 15 years of experience, promises unparalleled results. As a teacher of advanced massage modalities and holistic healthcare principles, Brandie’s love for massage is born out of a desire to provide comfort and encouragement to others while supporting their unique personal goals. Her mindful dedication is perfect for discovering deep relaxation, as well as improving physical performance at the highest level. Her balanced approach to health and happiness, along with her techniques of structural integration, have allowed Brandie to provide improved mental and physical balance for many of her clients.
Daniel provides compelling and effective massage therapy supported by a degree in holistic healthcare and specialized medical massage certificates. His expertise ensures a massage experience that is guided by your individual needs and specifically addresses the fulfillment of your therapeutic goals. Daniel’s passion is driven by the belief that everyone deserves a healthy, stress free body, and he is confidant, that massage will play a critical role for anyone seeking to improve their overall wellness. Whether the goal is to reduce stress, improve injury, or lessen symptoms, he is dedicating to ensuring the very best results for his clients
Hello, my name is Richard Heacock. I am the Front Desk Coordinator for The American Center for Biological Medicine. What I love most about our clinic is the unique healing environment our doctors and staff are able to create for our patients. The doctors at ACBM are truly the best in their field and are constantly educating and promoting the process of obtaining optimal health. I enjoy sharing what I am learning about biological, natural, and holistic medicine and the process of treating the physiology of the body.
I live in Scottsdale with my partner, Tommy, and our Jack Russel terrier, Zak. In our spare time we love to be outdoors enjoying the beautiful Arizona weather. Our favorite activities are hiking, biking, and spending time in the pool.
Hi, my name is Amanda and I’m an IV certified LPN with ACBM. I’ve been with ACBM for 3 months now, however, I’ve been a nurse for over 5 years. I have worked in many different aspects of medicine all of which seemed to lead me to natural and biological medicine.
When I’m not working I am soaking up family time with my husband, baby boy, and 2 dogs. We enjoy hiking, yoga, working out, fishing, and reading. I am a huge animal lover and whenever I can sneak out of the house for a couple hours I can be found volunteering for the rescue AZK9. I also make my own herbal tea blends outside of work and enjoy researching natural medicine.
I love working at ACBM because the patients are so diverse and so ready to heal. It’s so important to me that I finally feel that I’m working somewhere where I am only helping, not hurting.
My name is Shari Yates, I am a native Arizona farm girl but I’ve spent most of my adult life in southern California. I’m married to my best friend, a rodeo clown/actor/entertainer and we have a family of horses and dogs. We love to hike, bike, ride horses and motorcycles when we’re not in the gym. After 30 years as a Plastic Surgery Patient Coordinator and 12 years as a Personal Trainer and fitness athlete/model, accepting the Patient Relations and Business Development Manager position at ACBM was the marriage of my dream jobs in an industry worthy of my passion for living fit, living happy and living healthy! I believe in an open door policy and want every patient to feel comfortable and welcome to stop in my office to share their patient experiences with me! My goal is to create a larger community awareness about ACBM and ensure patient satisfaction throughout the entire patient experience.
Health is not just the absence of disease, but the actualization of one’s health, freedom, and expression of self.
It was necessary that I addressed my health through naturopathic medicine because I was so chronically ill, it was truly a matter of life and death.
My personal healing journey began over a decade ago when my own health was suffering and my quality of life had dwindled. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on the digestive, nervous, and immune system. I had witnessed the near death of my mother due to complications of Crohn’s disease, another digestive autoimmune disease, and had to consider my own mortality. I was scared to think of what my life was going to look like in a couple years if I was unable to find out what was causing these problems. I refused to accept a quickly declining health and mental state of being. I was vehemently driven to discover the source of my illnesses, so that I could root them out and become whole and vibrant!
I committed myself to finding the answers and it became my mission to heal myself. When I discovered naturopathic medicine, and began medical school I wholeheartedly embodied “Physician Heal Thyself.” The years that followed were aimed at restoring my own health and thus allowing me to support and empower others to achieve optimal vibrancy and health! I learned more than I ever thought possible and within time I renewed my vitality, my health, and my love of life!
I had a private practice in Boulder, Colorado for 2 years with a primary focus in management of chronic disease, including mental and emotional conditions, autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine disorders, infertility, women’s health, aging, and neurodegeneration. I utilize foundations of lifestyle balancing through individualized daily practices, nutrition, movement, and proper sleep hygiene. The therapies I provide are biotherapeutic drainage (a European homeopathic system), gemstone therapies, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. In chronic disease, the nervous system invariably contributes to the worsening of the disease or limits the healing. I provide nervous system balancing through lifestyle, therapies, and treatments individualized to each patient.
My schooling was multifaceted, dabbling in Photography at the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY), then studying my passion for Music Therapy at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, singing, playing piano and guitar. I then became a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked with troubled youth and geriatric populations providing the best care I could at that time. I graduated from Penn State University – Mont Alto with a B.A. in Letters, Arts, & Sciences because of my eclectic background, experience, and desire to become a naturopathic doctor. I graduated Southwest College of Naturopathic College (SCNM) in Arizona and have since enjoyed the privilege to support patients on their journey to health. Being a doctor allows me to fulfill my commitment and passion of life-long learning and supporting patients to thrive, not just survive.
My passion is to educate and empower others to achieve health, balance, and what they are committed to in life. I enjoy speaking to the public and medical professionals on all things health and medicine. I have participated in a Plant-Based support community, where I provided education through talks on digestion, nutrition, food preparation, diagnostics, and naturopathic medicine. I love hosting destination health retreats because of my love to travel and I am passionate about providing healing, fun, and education in intimate, small group settings.
I love to play, spending time hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, and spending special time with my family and friends around meals. I am involved with creating at home permaculture, composting, and sustainable communities. I love to volunteer at animal rescue centers and spending time with my three pups.
We understand where we are going, if first we understand where we have been.
The first patient I ever treated was myself.
I did what doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Hospital would not do; I found the cause of my adult onset epilepsy. Following a decade long career as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, I was diagnosed with epilepsy by neurologists at the renowned Johns Hopkins. The diagnosis came after having seizure number two of the more than 20 that I would have over a nine-month period. Being unsatisfied with pharmaceutical intervention that turned my brain off, I researched and found a physiological cause of seizures, applied what I had learned, and stopped them from happening literally overnight. That experience drove me to naturopathic medical school and thus a profession that I was always meant to be a part-of.
As an athletically inclined male, I aged with aches and pains through my twenties and thirties because I did not understanding the human body’s natural laws. I was living a lifestyle that has been commercialized and sold as being healthy, but when true be told, it was feeding my pain and accelerating my physiological age. As a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, I have empathetically chosen to gear my practice towards health optimization through regenerative medicine, while focusing on endocrine protocols and regenerative injection therapies.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Baker University (KS), a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (OH), and for medical school, I graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (AZ).
Barbara Saint John is a nationally-acclaimed lecturer, author, grief recovery specialist, certified hypnotherapist, relationship consultant, transformational therapist, and businesswoman. Saint John has been a leader in her field for over 35 years. She has consistent success in applying specialized tools and techniques to help clients from all walks of life deal with stress, anxiety, abuse, and grief. Saint John is runs Life Phases International, which assists and guides those in every phase of life toward an understanding that garners intentional change and internal and external shifts to his or her experience.
Dawn Nasta is a professional certified Colon Hydrotherapist who is honored to be a part of The American Center for Biological Medicine. She has been practicing colon hydrotherapy for over 12 years. Her experience is diverse and includes working with patients overcoming heart conditions, auto immune illnesses, extreme toxin exposure, substance abuse, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, skin disorders, weight loss, fitness enthusiasts, as well as professional athletes. She has been a clinical supervisor for a colon hydrotherapy certification program helping other therapists begin their career. She has also consulted with several physicians and medical clinics, trained their therapists, and helped them integrate colon hydrotherapy into their practices successfully.