Dr. DeJarra “DJ” Sims

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Dr. DJ Sims,

Naturopathic Doctor

*Each Nourish Medical Center associate provider is an independent contractor working collaboratively to provide complete wellness care for our patients.
Credentials, Education, & Achievements:

Licensed by the State of California Naturopathic Medicine Committee

Doctorate in Naturopathic from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Associate Professor, Attending Physician and Core Faculty, Bastyr University California teaching Dermatology, Addiction Medicine, Community Medicine, Naturopathic Theory & Practice and Advanced Business & Leadership

Member of California Naturopathic Doctors Association

Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Immediate Past President of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Alumni Association

Former Adjunct professor and Attending physician at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Former Board Member for the California Naturopathic Doctors Association

Training in Therapeutic Injections for Pain Management and Aesthetics

Naturopathic Medical Student Association Teacher of the Year Award Recipient

Advancing SCNM Alumni Award Recipient

Why I became a doctor?

My parents are in healthcare and growing up with a mom who is a nurse and a dad who is a nurse anesthetist, I was inundated with medicine from the beginning on my life. However, my parents were not into using prescription drugs as the first line of treatment. So, when I decided to go to medical school, my dad suggested I try a different route. As he put it, “medicine in its current state is failing us and we will need another way and I think Naturopathic Medicine is that way.”

Having already entered my last year of traditional medical school and going on residency interviews, I found myself at a crossroads of anger, confusion and sadness. How can I say that I want to treat the “whole person” with only the tools of drugs and surgery? In the face of fear, I decided to take the “Natural” path less traveled and have never looked back.

Whether I am helping a busy entrepreneur have more energy, to increase their bottom line, or watching a young woman’s self-esteem blossom by helping her treat an unknown skin condition that no other doctor had been able to treat successfully, I believe that my role as a doctor is to inspire my patients to find true health. Health, in its truest form, is not just the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. I believe that the “art of medicine” is in the ability of the doctor to meet the patient where they are and give them an understanding of their own optimal health. Coupling this knowledge with support, encouragement and lots of laughs, my patients make the necessary lifestyle changes to improve their quality of life and that is why I became a doctor.

What conditions I love to treat:

Skin Diseases such as acne, eczema and psoriasis

Microneedling/ PRP Facials

Hair Loss and Skin disorders in people of color

Hypertension and Heart Disease

Thyroid Disease

Digestive Disorders

Insomnia

Acute Care

Supportive Nutrient IV Care for those in Recovery from Opiate or Alcohol Dependence

Things you may not know about me:

I am from Texas and speak with a slight southern accent

I trained in Improv and Comedy writing at the infamous Second City in Hollywood.

I am a prolific speaker and have spoken everywhere from churches to comic book conventions

I worked 6 years in an inpatient Drug Rehabilitation Center

I teach Improv to doctors to help them with empathy and communication skills

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