Hi and welcome.
I am Dr. Marissa Castello and I’m happy you found your way here!
I grew up in a pretty healthy household, at least in the more formative years. My dad introduced me to steamed vegetables and jogging when I was just a young little lady back in West Texas. Those things had a lasting impression on me as an adult and doctor. Thanks Dad!
I officially began my professional journey into health and wellness when I was a young college student living in Tallahassee, FL. Conventional methods of addressing the mind and body had left me vexed and yearning for more. After working as a chef in a local health food store and earning my Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing, I enrolled in culinary school, searching for more wisdom and knowledge with which to equip myself.
The alternative Macrobiotic/Raw Vegan/Ayurvedic style of preparing food got me ready to work with people suffering from disease and also instilled a deep sense of reverence and love for food. It was then that I realized that food can either be a friend or a foe and that every person’s constitution is uniquely attuned to their needs.
Culinary Arts led me to the official Healing Arts and in 2011 I enrolled in the Naturopathic Doctorate program at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, which is recognized worldwide as a prestigious academic leader in natural medicine and science.
My 5+ years training included a two year internship at the school’s downtown Seattle clinic as well as specialized work in counseling, IV Therapy, environmental medicine, classical homeopathy, and dermatology. While in Seattle, I completed an internship at a busy medical spa and one at True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, medically supervising patients who were participating in the center’s water and juice fasting protocol.
Aside from a heavy academic load and a cerebral focus at Bastyr, I endeavored on many healing journeys, studying Hypnotherapy with Mary Lee LaBay in 2011, journeying to Peru for a solo retreat in 2014, and total immersion in Craniosacral Therapy from 2014-2016. These experiences through the mind and into the spirit taught me important lessons about the interconnectedness of our entire world and human experience.
Healing is multi-dimensional.
I have sat with masters and journeyed with shamans, practiced with yogi’s and learned from legends. I have touched the bottom of the abyss and found my way back into the light. I understand the complexities of parenting and maintaining passion for one’s vision. And it all brings me back to this place of recognizing this one Universal truth- that healing is a beautiful journey; a journey of discovery both inward and outward.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I offer a wide variety of healing techniques. That’s the fun part of what I do! It’s an adventure to seek out what holds us back, and how to create lasting change and evolution within our body-mind-spirit network.
If what I say speaks to you, feel free to reach out- I offer virtual consults all over the world and in person visits in Santa Cruz, CA.
💙Dr. Marissa Castello
My extensive interests and professional trainings have included:
Needlogics Microneedling Training
Hypnotherapy Practitioner Certification
NLP Practitioner Certification
Craniosacral Therapy- Upledger Institute, San Francisco
Sound Healing Training
Health Coaching Program- Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Reiki Master Training
Art of Needling Course taught by Dr. Tyna Moore
Advanced IV Therapy Training-IVNTP
Flower Essence Practitioner Training
Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, Professional Chef Training, Austin
The Naturopathic Physician’s Oath
I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic medicine.
I will honor my teachers and all who have preserved and developed this knowledge and dedicate myself to supporting the growth and evolution of Naturopathic medicine. I will endeavor to continually improve my abilities as a healer through study, reflection, and genuine concern for humanity. I will impart knowledge of the advanced healing arts to dedicated colleagues and students. Through precept, lecture, and example, I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves, our families, and future generations.
According to my best ability and judgment, I will use treatments which follow the principles of Naturopathic medicine:
1. First of all, to do no harm
2. To act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature
3. To address the fundamental causes of disease
4. To heal the whole person through individualized treatment
5. To teach the principles of healthy living
6. To focus on the prevention of disease through diet and lifestyle modifications
I will conduct my life and the practice of Naturopathic health care with vigilance, integrity, and freedom from prejudice. I will abstain from voluntary acts of injustice and corruption. I will keep confidential whatever I am privileged to witness, whether professionally or privately, that should not be divulged.
With my whole heart, before this gathering of witnesses, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I pledge to remain true to this oath.