Dr. Jina Ethelbah ND, RDH.

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(Scroll below for Dr. Jina Ethelbah’s longer, but partial list, of symptoms and conditions that she commonly treats)

My name is Dr. Jina Ethelbah ND, RDH. I am a naturopathic Doctor and Registered Dental Hygienist. I originally come from the White Mountain Apache reservation in Arizona. Growing up, my family was very much influenced by living off the land; we had several gardens, a corn field, chickens, spring water, and we hunted for our meat. We lived very much connected to the land that our ancestors had lived, doing many of the same things. My parents chose to continue life close to nature, and they instilled in me a responsibility to our environment. Throughout my life, my family, friends and community, have taught me about my land, my culture, history, where I come from, and who I am. These things have stayed strong within me to this day.

As long as I can remember, I have always been interested in plants, and my family’s legacy of understanding herbs. As strong as my attraction to medicine was, I was not willing to pursue a degree in health care. I decided to go into biology instead. I wanted to be close to the land and had several jobs working on wildlife crews. I was fascinated by science, physiology, anatomy; the more I learned in school, the more I saw parallels within my culture and what science had “discovered”. As a whole, my job, my school, my family were all teaching me more about the environment, about health, nature, spirit, and identity. Eventually I ended up changing my mind about going into wildlife biology and became a dental hygienist. I loved working with my hands and it turned out dentistry was very interesting. The mouth was, in many ways, a window to the rest of the body.

My first job as a dental hygienist was as a commissioned officer on the Hopi Indian Reservation which was fairly close to my home. I wanted to work in the Indian Health Service (IHS) and begin making a difference for native patients. I was learning a lot about patient care, and looking for new things that would benefit my own people one day. During that time, my grandma, who I was very close to, began having more health problems related to her diabetes. She struggled between using traditional Apache medicine, and western medicine. She longed to utilize our own family’s methods. But her doctors advised against it, making her afraid of drug interactions, poisoning, and death. Even though I worked within the same type of facility that she was getting her care, I still felt unable to help her. I wished I knew how our medicine could work with her western medications. I felt that there had to be a space for both modalities to work together.

My grandma was adamant that the medicine she knew was better for her. She felt like the right things were sitting there within our own cultural grasp. She knew deep inside what could have helped her, and unfortunately she was made to be afraid of it. My grandma passed away from complications resulting in recurrent infections. The high dose antibiotics she had been repeatedly put on for over 2 years, her diabetes, and hospital trauma lead to her death. The vulnerability of her health issues, of her being an American Indian woman, a traditional elder, left her without access to the healthcare that she wanted.  My desire to find a better way for the two worlds of medicine to work together, grew, and I began my journey towards becoming the doctor I wish I could have been for my grandma.

The first American Indian dentist, a doctor by the name of George Blue Spruce Jr, helped me begin the arduous journey of taking my premed classes. He involved me in many programs and meetings that helped me to become a better professional, meet other students like myself, and prepare for dental school. Just as I was finishing up my remaining premed classes, I found Naturopathic medicine. Once I read what naturopathic medicine was about I knew I had found the exact type of medicine I wanted to be a part of. Naturopathy fell in line with my personal and professional beliefs. It utilized natural medicines, looked for the cause of disease, patient empowerment was fundamental, and it considered all aspects of the human condition in treatment. It was a wonderful marriage between ancient medicine and modern medicine. I knew I had found the right career for me.

I survived the trials and tribulations of medical school, and I graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. I am an Apache woman. I am a naturopathic doctor. The healing power of nature, the importance of culture, and the significance of identity, heritage, and history live in all of us. It is my hope to help patients with their own healing journey. I wish to bridge the gap between conventional and natural medicines, so that patients have the option to utilize both. I look forward to working with all of you and I appreciate this great adventure/opportunity.  

A longer list of symptoms and conditions treated by Dr. Jina Ethelbah, ND, RDH 

Irregular menses:

  • lengthy periods
  • frequent periods
  • heavy bleeding
  • irregular cycles
  • cramping
  • spotting
  • pain

Endometriosis:

  • painful periods
  • stagnant periods
  • pain with intercourse
  • high stress levels
  • digestive issues during menses

Fibrocystic breasts:

  • Swelling, tenderness, inflammation
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Cravings
  • Fatigue

Fertility support:

  • Trouble conceiving
  • Preconception planning/support
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • High stress levels
  • Anxiety/depression

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

  • Abnormal PAP smear
  • New partner
  • Unprotected sex
  • History of multiple partners or partner has a history of multiple partners

Intestinal health:

  • Digestion impacted during menses
  • Dysbiosis
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Candidiasis or yeast issues vaginally, intestinally or in the skin
  • Constipation/diarrhea

Urinary tract infection

  • Burning or pain with urination
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections

Menopause:

  • Hormonal irregularities
  • Emotional concerns
  • Insomnia
  • Transitional concerns
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido
  • Fatigue
  • Low motivation
  • Irritability
  • Hot flashes
  • Digestive issues
  • Hair loss

Menstrual cramping

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Pain
  • Irritability
  • Digestive issues

Mental/mood concerns

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Major life transitions
  • Foggy thinking
  • Poor memory/concentration
  • Low motivation

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

  • hormonal imbalance
  • Blood sugar imbalance
  • Hair loss
  • Weight changes
  • Cravings
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Cramping
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cravings
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Appetite changes

Skin concerns:

  • Acne
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • urticarial
  • allergies
  • malasma
  • fungal issues

Uterine fibroids

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Cramping
  • Trouble conceiving
  • fullness in the pelvis
  • Digestive changes

Vaginitis

  • Discharge
  • Itching
  • Odor
  • Pain
  • New Partner
  • High stress
  • Dietary changes

Weight management:

  • Job hazards
  • Cravings
  • Emotional connections to food
  • weight fluctuations
  • Digestive concerns
  • Habits

Additional therapies:

IV nutritional therapies:

  • Acute and chronic illness
  • High stress levels
  • Cachexia/malnutrition
  • Macular degeneration/ophthalmic support
  • Asthma
  • Immune boosting
  • Anxiety
  • Flu
  • Wound healing
  • detoxification
  • History of addiction
  • History of heavy medication use

Environmental medicine

  • Occupational hazards
  • Chemical exposure
  • Heavy metal exposure
  • Contaminated drinking water
  • Living near busy freeway or industrial complexes
  • Living near or in a superfund site
  • Living in farming or agricultural

Hydrotherapy

  • Chronically fatigued
  • Suffering from chronic illness
  • Poor circulation
  • History of addiction
  • Quitting smoking or other drugs