meet the staff


She received her medical degree from Bastyr University, the nation’s leading naturopathic medical school and completed most of her clinical internship from Bastyr Center For Natural Health in Seattle, Washington. Bastyr is one of four accredited naturopathic medical schools in the United States offering a four-year, graduate level naturopathic medical training program with educational standards recognized and approved by the US Department of Education. Dr. Pate began her schooling at the University of Washington where she completed her pre-medical courses. She received her bachelor degree in Exercise Science from Bastyr University. As a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Pate utilizes the healing power of nature to maintain and restore health in her clients. Every illness has an underlying cause, often an aspect of the lifestyle, diet or habits of an individual, Dr. Pate is trained to find and remove those underlying causes of disease. The overall goal of naturopathy is to prevent illnesses from developing into more serious, chronic or degenerative diseases and Dr. Pate educates her clients on the principles with which to live a healthy life so that they can prevent major illnesses.
Dr. Pate has spent over 10 years working in women’s health and with those who suffer from autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue and many others. She also spent over 800 student clinical hours in Washington State as a primary care provider dedicated to weight management, women’s health (PCOS, infertility, menopause, hormone balancing, and more), nutritional counseling, exercise prescription and chronic illness, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.


Dr. Fotino received her medical doctorate from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in Bronx, NY, completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Tulane University Health Sciences Center and is now Board Certified. Dr. Fotino has also obtained a Master of Public Health degree at Tulane School of Public Health with an emphasis on epidemiology. She graduated cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in Italian language and literature and concentration in music history. Dr. Fotino joined the Tulane University Health Sciences Center in 2004. She works as a Clinical Assistant Professor and regularly sees patients there. She works mostly in primary care, with time spent as a hospitalist at University Medical Center (formerly University Hospital).

Dr. Fotino has a special interest in incorporating nutrition into medical care. She grew up in Boulder, CO where from an early age she was exposed to a healthy lifestyle and to different approaches to healing and achieving well-being. She has attended several conferences on nutrition and Functional Medicine, and had the opportunity to observe a Chinese medicine practitioner with a particular emphasis on nutrition in Lima, Peru. Dr. Fotino has given lectures on nutrition at Tulane University and runs an elective for medical students on complementary treatments, including lectures on nutrition.