Hi,  I'm Jacqui Villalobos, thank you for taking the time to visit my website.   My journey towards Naturopathic medicine began here in the desert.  I am a 4th generation El Pasoan, and am in love with the desert!  It inspired me to learn about the medicine of the Earth.  The seemingly sparse Southwest landscape provides nutritious, medicinal foods like Nopales (Prickley Pear Cactus) and Yucca root.  Both of my grandmothers treated their families with simple herbal remedies.   In 1990 I decided to learn more about herbal medicine by enrolling in a course offered by Tieraona Lowdog on Basic Herbal Therapeutics.  Tieraona went on to receive her MD and is a nationally respected advocate for integrative medicine.  Each Saturday morning for 6 months I sat in her class and my heart sang as I learned about the workings of the human body and the amazing applications of herbal medicine.  I heard my calling!  I enthusiastically began to practice on my family and friends.  A dear friend asked me to help her grandmother who had a liver tumor.  I was taken aback.  Was it cancer or something else?  It was at that moment that I realized that it was irresponsible of me to prescribe powerful herbal therapies without a clear understanding of medical diagnosis.  I set out to find a profession that included scientific diagnostic tools and the softer therapies of nutrition and herbalism. I discovered Naturopathic medicine.

 

I left the sunny Southwest in 1994 to attend a 4-year Naturopathic Medical School in rainy Portland, OR.  I graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2000.  After passing my National board exams and being licensed by the state of Oregon I began my practice.  I was hired by a small community health center whose focus was to serve the under-served.  There were 50 of us working at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Hillsboro, OR.  I was the sole ND among MD's, PA's and NP's.  It was a wonderfully collaborative clinic and we all learned from one another.  By the time I left VGMHC in 2015 to return to the Southwest, it had grown to a clinic of 500 staff members!  My skills as a physician both natural and allopathic were well honed.  Initially, I was on fire to share the healing power of nature.  I offered natural medicine to all of my patients.  I soon learned that some people were more accustomed to prescription medications and so I met them where they were at.   I gained expertise in the many modalities in which I was trained; diet and lifestyle counseling, herbal and homeopathic medicines, clinical and physical diagnosis, as well as acute and chronic disease management through prescription medications.  Oregon is one of the 21 states in the US who license ND's as primary care physicians with full prescribing rights and insurance parity.  The part of being a doctor that I continue to love the most is the doctor-patient relationship.  I am honored to be the person in whom people confide and take that privilege seriously.  

 

I loved my 21 years in Oregon but it was time to return to the Southwest to be closer to my aging parents.  In 2015, I bough a small farm in La Mesa, NM and am building a new life as a Naturopathic Doctor in private practice and as an organic farmer.  The states of New Mexico and Texas do not license ND's to diagnose or treat disease so I rely on the expert diagnoses of licensed healthcare providers to guide my recommendations.  I have the privelage of continuing to offer therapeutic diet and lifestyle counseling as well as other natural products.  I continue to be passionate about the healing power of nature and I delight in sharing information with my clients that can help to transform their lives. 

In 2019, the New Mexico legislature passed a bill to license Naturopathic Doctors in the state!  The bill takes effect in July 2020.  This means that I will be able to return to practice to the full extent of my training.  I will be available to offer physical examinations, order labs and imaging and offer medical diagnosis and treatment including prescription medications.