About Dr. Wilkinson

Becoming a Naturopathic Doctor

My journey to naturopathic medicine began as a patient. As a teenager I had allergies and was treated with allergy shots and anti-histamines through a conventional MD allergist. Weekly shots and medication was all I knew about and I did this for several years with moderate relief. Years later while living in Ottawa, Canada working as an engineer my allergies worsened. When I was looking for an allergist, I came across “Naturopathic Doctor” in the phone book (this was in the pre-Google era) and thought it was worth a try. During my first visit the naturopath talked to me about an approach to treatment that I had never experienced with conventional medicine. The naturopath explained how foods could cause allergies, and if I eliminated certain foods my allergies might improve. We also discussed ways to make my immune system less reactive without immune-suppressive medications and side effects. After a few dietary changes and some botanical medicine I was significantly better and without drugs. I was amazed at this naturopathic approach to treatment and was intrigued to learn more. I was a young engineer and had no desire to do anything different, but thought some day I might look more into becoming a naturopathic doctor.

I continued working in the semiconductor industry for 10 more years, including getting an MBA and Masters in Engineering. As I approached my early 30’s I thought more seriously about a career change until I finally decided I better stop thinking and start doing. I applied to naturopathic medical school and was accepted to several schools. In 2002 I closed the chapter of my engineering career and my wife and I moved to Arizona so I could attend the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe, AZ. I graduated in 2007 and began practicing as a naturopathic doctor.

Type of Care

Dr. Wilkinson offers medical care for all types of rheumatic (autoimmune) and chronic disease conditions, more common conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, fatigue, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, endocrine dysfunction, as well as preventive medical care. In addition to Dr. Wilkinson’s practice in Glendale, AZ, he also works at the rheumatology practice, Arthritis Health, in Scottsdale, AZ with rheumatologist Paul Howard, MD. At Arthritis Health, Dr. Wilkinson has a strong focus in rheumatic conditions and works with patients that want to integrate naturopathic care into their conventional treatment.

In adhering to the naturopathic principle – Doctor as Teacher – Dr. Wilkinson especially likes to help patients understand the important role they play in their own health. In adhering to the naturopathic principle of – Treat the Cause – Dr. Wilkinson places a strong interest in gastrointestinal health, food, and environmental medicine in his treatment approach.

Personal

Dr. Wilkinson is married to his wife Heather and has two daughters Molly and Megan.

Education

NMD (2007) – Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ.
MS Industrial Engineering (1997) – Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.
MBA (1997) – Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.
BS Industrial Engineering (1990) – Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.