Call for a 15 minute free
Hi, I am Malinda Horton, a Nurse Practitioner and I totally love what I do!
I am fascinated with how the human body works and I love having the opportunity to help people heal. My work is fulfilling and exciting because I am able to indulge my passion for using natural therapies to reduce chronic pain, fatigue and anxiety. The result is a better quality of life so that you can accomplish your goals and have a more vibrant, happy life.
In the past I worked in the oncology field and found myself feeling so angry as I watched young children lose a parent or parents grieving over the loss of a child to cancer. I listened to patients ask what else they could take or do to help themselves, but I felt helpless to “do something more” for them other than just give them conventional medications. This is partly due to the system I worked in and my own lack of knowledge. Some of my frustration came from knowing that our food and environment are full of toxins that cause cancer and other immune problems but most people have never been taught what to avoid or how they can reduce their exposure to these dangerous toxins. I also felt that my patients needed more information on using food as medicine or the use of dietary supplements to calm the inflammation in their immune systems and help them work better.
Over the course of time I became more and more disillusioned with medicine’s focus on “a pill for everything” and not teaching people how to prevent disease. I even reached a point where I seriously considered completely changing my career because I felt that I wasn’t helping patients the way they needed to be helped. Fortunately, I attended a nutrition conference sponsored by The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine which changed the course of my career and life. I went on to complete the integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Weil, and completed it in 2013. I knew after the first week of the program that I could never go back to conventional medicine as I knew it and I have never looked back.
Holistic medicine allows me to help the body heal itself as I believe God intended. I create treatment plans that are tailored to each patient's own beliefs about health and healing. I have been given a second chance in my career to really affect change in people’s lives and I now have that “something more” to offer! I am energized by interacting with my patients and excited to share information.
At the end of my career I would like to look back and know that I fulfilled my calling by giving people hope and the tools to live a better life, even if they have a chronic health condition. I would also like to feel that I contributed to educating the public about how to prevent disease by being aware of toxins in their food, skincare products and their environment. Since the field of integrative medicine is growing rapidly, I will always need to read and study about new ways to treat or prevent disease and continue to grow my skills in functional medicine.
I am excited to share what I know and partner with you to find your best path to a better quality of life!
More about my training:
I graduated from the University of Utah in 1988 with a Master's of Science in Nursing and am board certified as an APRN.
I am a certified aromatherapist through the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy and have received training in biofeedback as well as Frequency Specific Microcurrent therapy. I am trained in herbal medicine and am currently continuing my training with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, a physician and internationally known herbalist.
I am all about real food and in 2009 I received training from the Institute for Responsible Technology so that I can bring awareness to the public about the contamination of our food supply with genetically modified organisms (GMO) and what we can do to avoid them!