Updated: May 15, 2020
Dr. Natalie Geary is the founder, owner, and medical director of vedaHEALTH: Integrative medicine for Sustainable Wellness.
Dr. Geary’s passion for cross-cultural work began as a high school student working at a leprosy hospital outside of Delhi, India. Dr. Geary received her bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology at Harvard University, when the field was relatively new. Medical Anthropology examines how culture and society impact healthcare processes, individual healthcare beliefs, and health-seeking behavior. Dr Geary began her formal study of Ayurvedic Medicine, and her thesis analyzed health care beliefs and utilization practices in cancer patients, comparing patients at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and Tata Cancer Center in Bombay (Mumbai).
Inspired by these experiences, Dr. Geary attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and then completed her residency at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center. After practicing pediatrics in Manhattan for several years, Dr. Geary m
oved to New Mexico to work in a hospital-based clinic. She founded a non-profit, Mobile Pediatrics, to provide medical care to school children across the state. Dr. Geary drove her van to schools and other public facilities to screen children for developmental delays and underlying diseases. Dr. Geary and her staff provided vaccines, eye tests, screening tests, and overall assessments free of charge. She also continued to study Ayurveda, with coursework At the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque. Throughout her career, Dr. Geary has also worked in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malawi focused on nutrition and health maintenance for children and pregnant women. Most recently she provided relief work in Haiti beginning days after the earthquake.
In 2009, Dr. Geary accepted a position as Director of Executive Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and went on to become the hospital’s Director of International Health and the Chief Patient Experience Officer. After more than five years of senior hospital management, she resigned and established vedaHEALTH:
“vedaHEALTH is the integration of my training in Ayurveda and western medicine and more importantly, the framework for offering integrated care to my patients, families, and professional organizations.”
Dr. Geary is also an author and speaker. Her book, “The Food Cure for Kids: A Nutritional Approach to your Child’s Wellness,” is a guide for parents outlining the differences between food allergy and food intolerance. Her book with Dr. Agatston, “The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution,” provides advice on decreasing gluten intake to combat digestive concerns and support weight loss.
Despite her extensive training and experience, she credits her time raising three daughters as the most important learning experience of all. For the future, she will continue her efforts to assist, empower , educate and support sustainable wellness as a lifestyle choice for health and happiness.
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