Dr. Laurena Patarkatsi
Dr. Laurena Patarkatsi, NMD, is a first year Resident Physician at Natural Endocrinology Specialists (NES). Laurena was born and raised in New York with her parents, younger brother, and three dogs. Growing up as an athlete and in a home where food was treated as medicine, she wanted to expand her knowledge in the field of nutrition, exploring the biochemistry, but also the psychological aspects of food. She attended New York University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She further continued her education at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. While looking at food and nutrition as one key aspect to optimal health, she wanted to have the ability to assess all aspects contributing to her patients’ health and help them achieve optimal wellness. Her belief is that in order to heal, we need to look at the whole individual, listen to and understand their story and only then can we really begin to unravel the root cause of their symptoms. Empowering her patients to be their best health advocate and strive to live their healthiest and most authentic lives is why Dr. Laurena pursued medicine. Her hope is to guide, educate and assist her patients on their healing journey.