Hi, I’m Dr. Deborah Zucker, licensed naturopathic physician, transformational health coach, and author at Vital Medicine, and I believe “health” is the sum of your entire experience in this life. It’s not just the number on the scale, the lunch you had yesterday or whether you can successfully downward dog. It’s everything – from your intimate relationships to your spiritual inquiry to how you talk to yourself when no one’s listening.
It all matters. Every single part of you and your unique, precious life.
That’s why I call myself a Transformational Health Coach. Because my main mission – and the thing that lights me up most – is helping mindful, compassionate people revolutionize their health by learning how to love, nourish and heal themselves, on every level, so they can show up fully to help heal our world.
My clients are deeply capable people who want to create a more positive future for us all. The only problem is they often have trouble nourishing themselves in the way they nourish the world. They’re usually overwhelmed, exhausted and feel too “busy” to find the time to truly take care of themselves. They might have hit a period of transition – experiencing a significant loss, leaning into the next phase of life, making a career pivot, or taking on a new “role” as a parent or spouse – and realize, something’s gotta give.
They come to me when it feels like they’ve tried everything (pills, detoxes, diets) to have more energy and ease and feel strong in themselves, but still fear their health – and lives – are spiraling wildly out of control.
Here at Vital Medicine, I believe that we already hold the answers. Chances are, you don’t need more tips, techniques or tools. Instead, I empower my clients to strengthen their connection with their own inner wisdom and let go of the search for the One Universal Health Solution.
Vital Medicine is a path of awakening through profound appreciation and inquiry into our conscious embodiment. It recognizes the larger wholes within which we all stand, and how we affect and are affected by them: our communities, ecosystems, and entire world. It’s undertaking an intelligent inquiry into all the factors and competing commitments affecting your well-being. Above all, Vital Medicine is about creating the life you’re here to live.
When I am with Deborah, my experience is that of being in the presence of a wise elder. She listens with deep respect and understanding. I feel her commitment to fostering what is healthy in me and healing what is not – physically, emotionally, spiritually. She’s unflinchingly honest and unfailingly compassionate. She indeed helps me feel more vital!Wendy Visconty
About My Journey:
During my time on earth, I’ve uncovered a wealth of knowledge and wisdom about health and healing from the inside out. Thanks to a chronic health crisis that began over a decade ago, I made the choice to learn to heal on my terms. Today, I have taken what I’ve intimately come to embody, to serve others with an open heart, clear mind and deep respect for the human experience.
But it took a lot of learning, loving and letting go to get here.
I intimately know how frustrating it is to not feel good in your body or to feel out of alignment in your life…and I know how to change it.
Deborah is an exceptional healer, teacher, and leader. She brings a deep perspective and wide context to her work while holding the ability to be present to each individual’s needs and potential. In my experience, her work moves beyond healing for individuals and collectives to creating wholeness and richer evolutionary potential. It has always been a pleasure and inspiration working with Deborah.Kristoffer Nelson
Deborah is a holistic physician who has an abundance of capacities to support the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health of individuals and collectives. She is a certified physician, and also offers many other support specialties which is uncommon enough. In addition she has wonderful leadership capacities, group facilitation skills, and community building abilities. Most of all however I admire her personable and heart filled connection and care she carries innately within her; the true heart of a healer.Terri O'Fallon, Ph.D.
Over 16 years ago, I went through a health crisis that transformed my life forever. What began as chronic fatigue, depression, and a host of other symptoms quickly evolved into an intimate encounter with every level of my being: body, psyche, emotions, and spirit. Even when I could barely get out of bed, I felt compelled to share what I was learning about health, healing and life with others.
Becoming a doctor wasn’t what I thought I’d do with my life, but this experience awakened the healer in me. I felt truly called to guide others through their own (often lonely and scary) transitions.
Thus, I began my Naturopathic medical training. And while I loved much of what I was learning, I also felt sadly disconnected from the heart of the medicine I wanted to share. That’s when I took a 2-year sabbatical, traveled around the world and underwent a sort of “modern day spiritual quest.” This transformative time was fundamental in creating who I am, what I embody, and how I share that with the world through Vital Medicine.
It also solidified for me that Vital Medicine needed to be deeply rooted in nature and community, two foundational pillars of my own experience of health and wholeness. From the time I began camping at age 9, to my many years as a wilderness guide, the wisdom of nature has infused my life and relationships. I know intimately that the natural world is a powerful container for transformational experiences: it awakens our self-knowing and strengthens our alignment to the lives we’re here to lead.
And I know from my own healing journey that we do not become Vital humans by ourselves. We need each other, we belong to each other. Your healing is my healing is the world’s healing…this is a collective process from start to finish. What I offer through Vital Medicine emphasizes community, and the learning and healing process I facilitate is not rooted in traditional teacher-student or doctor-patient modes, but in relationship.
My own health journey, with all its ups and downs, is at the core of my path of awakening to life. Everything I’ve learned along the way – all the inner wisdom – has become my medicine. I intimately know the territory, obstacles, and what it takes to move through life with more ease and aliveness, feeling greater alignment and wholeness, with more empowered discernment and capacity to nourish ourselves.
My life so far has been one of learning and letting go … of connecting deeply with others and honoring the bigger picture in which I stand…of healing myself and guiding others as they embrace health as a path of awakening…
Everything I’ve learned has come through my own personal inquiry, and meeting the challenges and opportunities of life with softness and a willingness to continually grow beyond myself.
Today, I feel more at home in myself than ever before. I hold a soft, compassionate space for the entire range of this human experience — including the light and the dark, ugly corners. I understand transitions, challenges, and topsy turvy times – and I know they hold within them the possibility for great awakenings, renewed vitality, and deeper connections.
I’m a ‘wounded healer,’ meaning that I bring forth everything I’ve learned and become on my journey to support and empower you on yours.
- Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (2008), Bastyr University
- Licensed massage practitioner (2004-2013), Brenneke School of Massage
- Adjunct faculty, Bastyr University’s Naturopathic Medicine & Counseling and Health Psychology departments (2009-2012)
- Graduate and past mentor of the Generating Transformative Change program in Integral Leadership, Pacific Integral
- Affiliate staff member, Rites of Passage Vision Quest
- Certified Wilderness EMT (past) and Wilderness First Responder (present)
- Extensive training in psychotherapeutic counseling, biofeedback, & craniosacral therapy
I’m deeply honored to share this work with you. Please know that you can accomplish deep, radically positive shifts with fewer tears and less effort than you think. It simply takes willingness, commitment, and deep support. I’d be honored to support you, wherever you are in life’s journey.
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