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. Chambers 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.

Her specialties include, autism, autoimmune disease, weight management, chelation therapy, thyroid function, anti-aging medicine, functional medicine, nutritional counseling, women’s health, pediatrics, and detoxification. She has spent over 1000 hours investigating and documenting research on weight loss resistance and the hormonal connection to obesity. She has also spent over 800 residency hours and eight years in private practice as a primary care provider dedicated to weight management, women’s health, nutritional counseling, exercise prescription and chronic illness, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Dr. Pate is a DAN! certified doctor and has also been involved in the treatment of autism since beginning her practice in 2007. She treats patients utilizing the underlying philosophy of the Defeat Autism Now!® approach. Autism affects 1 in 110 children and Dr. Pate has dedicated her time to understanding the development and treatments necessary to help those with this disorder. Autism is treatable; recovery is possible.

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.


meetTheStaff_beckyBECKY CORTEZ , RDN, LDN, LE, CPT

We are so very excited to have Becky Cortez joining our team. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist working as a consultant dietitian in southeast Louisiana with over 2,000 hours of clinical experience. She graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, and completed an internship through North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, Louisiana. She received certification as a Lifestyle Educator through Metagenics, and has recently become a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Becky has studied nutrition for over 10 years and has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 9 years. She specializes in weight loss, detoxification, food allergies, Candida and gut restoration plans, and meal planning.



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.