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Dr. Deborah Zucker supports women navigating intense life transitions, helping them cultivate resilient well-being, embodied compassion, and a deeper understanding of what truly ignites their vitality.

Dr. Deborah Zucker supports women navigating intense life transitions, helping them cultivate resilient well-being, embodied compassion, and a deeper understanding of what truly ignites their vitality.

If you’ve been…

● Disoriented by life’s unexpected events

● Navigating through cycles of chronic burnout, anxiety, depression, illness, loss, or grief

● Questioning “Who am I?” or “What feels authentic and aligned to who I’m becoming?”

● Feeling stuck and riddled in shame or confusion about why you feel so disconnected from a sense of vitality and aliveness

● Wanting to disentangle from old patterns and start a journey of becoming uniquely you…

I want you to know you are not alone. We simply aren’t taught the fundamentals of being human and how to take good care of ourselves. We need a supportive community and often a guide to help us walk through difficult transitions in life that often leave us questioning our identity.

Please know that you can accomplish 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.

“Dr. Deborah Zucker is a wise guide who will help anyone go beyond the ‘merely material’ to find what genuine health is all about.”

Larry Dossey, MD, Author of One Mind

I help women learn to nourish a deeper relationship with themselves, where they feel at home, authentic, vibrant, confident and alive.


It took a lot of learning, loving, and letting go to get here.

  • Over 20 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 called to guide others through their own (often lonely and scary) transitions.

  • Thus, I began my Naturopathic medical training at Bastyr University. 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, travelled around the world, and underwent a sort of “modern-day spiritual quest.” This transformative time was fundamental in creating who I am and how I share that with the world through Vital Medicine.

    In 2009, I officially started my business and dove into an intense few years of building programs to support and engage clients on their healing journeys. I loved being an entrepreneur but cycles of burnout continued to show up behind the scenes, pointing me to deeper opportunities to awaken to my own healing.

    Despite all of my education, I felt there were deeper principles of healing that were often missing from the conversation. I identified 9 Keys to Deep Vitality that dramatically helped me heal from chronic fatigue and my clients on their own healing journeys.

  • In 2016, The Vitality Map was published and became an award-winning book that has helped countless people.

    Yet as the book took off, a lot was going on behind the scenes personally. For several years, I had been exploring the desire to have a child and become a mama. After the end of a relationship, I realized that this was a huge priority in my life, and I began my fertility journey to try to have a baby on my own.

    The next few years were a rollercoaster of ups and downs as I continued to make key decisions to support my health, business, and life. I chose to go back to school to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, move to Oregon and begin a new relationship (with my now husband), all while continuing my fertility journey on my own.

  • I learned to lead myself through a series of unconventional life choices. Even when things didn’t look the way others thought they should (or I thought they should), I continued to honor my internal leadership and follow the dreams that were present in my heart. 

    At 45, my daughter Aimee was born, and I went through the rite of passage of becoming a mother. When Aimee was 17 months old, my partner proposed and later began the process of adopting Aimee. We were both really invested in our healing journeys and each of us attended to what wanted to be healed. This supported the unfolding that led to us having a family.

    I chose to be a full-time mama to Aimee during her early years, and let my professional identity rest for a while. I am so grateful for that time. Now seeing Aimee thriving in her Waldorf preschool, I am welcoming back my professional self, reconnecting with this important work I love to do. 

    Learning to have mutual respect for the various parts of myself has been essential to my journey, both personally and professionally.


    My Credentials

    • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (2008), Bastyr University

    • Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2020), Southern Oregon University

    • Award-winning author of The Vitality Map: A Guide to Deep Health, Joyful Self-Care, and Resilient Well-Being (2016)

    • Aletheia Advanced Coaching Program – Level 1 (2023-24)

    • 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

    • Licensed massage practitioner (2004-2013), Brenneke School of Massage

    • Certified Wilderness EMT (1995-2001) and Wilderness First Responder (2001-2019)

    This is my work in the world…

    I help women cross the threshold to the next version of themselves. 

    Our lives are filled with transitions and who we are from one stage of life to another is constantly changing.

    From one career to the next,
    From one role as a daughter, sister, mother or partner,
    From one health challenge to the next,

    Who we are throughout our lives goes through key periods of transition, each offering the opportunity to bring us closer to our true selves.

    I help women see that they are not alone and that there is tremendous healing and support available through nature, community, and skilled professionals who have walked the path. 

    Become the author of your life and learn to guide yourself to more authenticity, freedom, and vitality.

    I’d be honored to support you, wherever you are in life’s journey.

    Women’s Circles
    Group Coaching with Dr. Deborah

    Now Enrolling for Fall 2024:

    These super-nourishing virtual group coaching sessions are a safe place to be seen, held and realize you are not alone as you walk through key transitional periods in your life.

    We are relational creatures. We need community.
    Join others on an intentional healing path, and step into a life of more vitality. 

    Virtual One-on-One
    Health Coaching

    An explorative, life-changing collaboration with Dr. Deborah through a virtual series of personalized, transformative sessions.

    Here we will explore the very depths of your relationship with yourself and your well-being. We’ll look at the whole picture, from your lifestyle, to your relationships to your physical health, to your deepest yearnings and callings.


    Dr. Deborah’s Signature Program

    Vital U – 9 Months to Get Unstuck and Rediscover Who You Are

    A Guided Journey of Retreats and Sacred Space
    to Renew, Reclaim and Reemerge

    Next Cohort Begins Spring 2025

    Vital U is a compassionate and deeply supportive offering for women in times of transition, who are ready to experience re-emerging from chronic burnout into a place of renewed authenticity and abundance.

    This 9-month journey includes four in-person retreats, private health coaching with Dr. Deborah, and partnership with a community of your peers. It’s a holistic lifestyle program that encompasses and honors all that you are becoming, and gifts you incredible tools and extraordinary support so you can devote yourself to nourishing your vitality and creating profound transformation in your body, mind, and heart.

    The Vitality Map

    A Guide to Deep Health, Joyful Self-Care, and Resilient Well-Being


    The Vitality Map is an award-winning, in-depth holistic guide to building a strong foundation for long-term vitality and well-being.

    Based on Dr. Deborah Zucker’s 9 Keys to authentic self-care, the book is an easy-to-read roadmap for becoming deeply healthy.

    Wondering about how to nourish deep health, joyful self-care and resilient well-being?

    I’d Love to Connect with You.

    It’s my greatest passion to share this journey towards profound well-being with you. I love helping women step into everything they are and live with more wonder, energy, and ease. 

    If you’re curious about how I can help, schedule your free, 20-minute discovery consultation.
    We’ll talk about where you’re at in your journey and explore which programs or one-on-one sessions could best support you.

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