We are now Sonoran University Sage Foundation for Health. As you explore our new website, you may notice mention of SCNM in some documents and images. We are working to update this!

Interview with Lauren Salisbury, ND, MSAc, MS

Roosevelt Health Clinic Director

It’s an honor to introduce Roosevelt Health Center’s new Director, Lauren Salisbury, ND, MSAc, MS. Read on for a short interview with Dr. Salisbury!

Q: What is your background? How did you get into community health?
A: Before pursuing my degree in naturopathic medicine, I worked for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, in the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness. I responded to several Public Health emergencies during my time with HDHHS and worked with vulnerable populations throughout the Houston area. I also have a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and in acupuncture.

I saw firsthand the importance of Community Health and how we could impact our most vulnerable populations with simple interventions.

Q: What is your role at Roosevelt Health Center?
A: I’m the current Roosevelt Health Center Director- my role is a little bit of everything. I oversee student rotations, patient care, different administrative functions and working with community organizations to let them know that we are a resource here for those who need it.

Q: What drew you to working at Roosevelt Health Center?
A: While I love being a naturopathic doctor, I felt in my heart that I was ignoring a large part of what I absolutely love, which is working with the community. I love working with students and helping them develop their clinical knowledge while watching them grow into physicians, and I knew I wanted a position where I could do both. I was drawn to Roosevelt because it feeds both of these passions for me.

Q: Where do you feel really in your element at work?
A: I feel most in my element when I’m on rotation with students, helping them grow their clinical knowledge and when reaching out to community organizations. I love to collaborate and share resources so that we can all make positive changes in the community.

Q: Why do you feel community health is important?
A: I think Community Health is important for naturopathic medicine because we can effect the whole and the individual. A part of what makes our medicine so unique is that we can offer individualized care for those who might not have access to this type of care.

Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
A: My favorite TV show is the Price is Right! It’s such a guilty pleasure! I am the worst at guessing the prices, and if I ever made it on the show, I would depend on my husband to feed me all the prices! I also have a six month old son who is learning about the Price is Right as well.