Dr. Del Alba is a naturopathic doctor who has been practicing in a family practice setting since 1999. She graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, one of four accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America.
Dr. Del Alba approaches the practice of naturopathic medicine from an anthroposophical point of view, and has worked in this capacity with several Waldorf schools. In addition to having the tools of her naturopathic profession, she has extended her medical practice by attending anthroposophical medical training and conferences in the United States, Canada and Switzerland. During her eight year stay in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she Waldorf- homeschooled her six children, Dr. Del Alba developed a sensitivity for the therapeutic effects of the Waldorf curriculum and the importance of working with class teachers. The use of therapeutic eurythmy has become an integrated and important part of her medical practice, along with other anthroposophical therapies.
Anthroposophical Medicine, although less well known in the United States, is well established in Europe, especially in Germany and Switzerland, where there are government sponsored anthroposophical hospitals and university professorships in anthroposophical medicine. Initiated in the early part of the 20th century by Austrian born spiritual scientist Dr. Rudolf Steiner in response to requests from members of the medical community, it takes its place alongside other gifts of anthroposophy, such as Waldorf education and biodynamic farming. Until recently, anthroposophical medical training in the United States was open only to M D’s and D O’s. In recent years, the training has been opened on a space available basis to other medical providers, including naturopathic doctors.
Naturopathic Medicine, although based on older, traditional healing methods, has become more formalized within the last century. The training now incorporates modern medical modalities including prescription medications. Currently, there are four accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America, which offer a rigorous, science based, 4-year post-graduate curriculum. Naturopathic doctors are licensed as primary care health care providers in 13 states, including Oregon, and in Washington D.C.
An anthroposophically informed practice of naturopathic medicine allows the doctor access to uniquely anthroposophical medicines and therapies as well as the opportunity to expand his or her understanding of naturopathic therapies. An anthroposophical medical understanding does not aim to revert to ancient traditions of herbalism, clairvoyance, or faith-healing, but rather to extend the scientific method of modern medical systems, leavened with spiritual insight.