Dr. Tara Wilcox is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who received her degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. As a native Montanan, Dr. Wilcox has returned to Montana and open a practice in the Bigfork area as a Primary Care Physician. Her background includes seven years of experience in the healthcare field prior to medical school as a rehab tech in the field of brain injury and later as a data analyst for the quality department of a major hospital. During this time, she realized that she loved healthcare and medicine, but wanted to have more options than was afforded a traditional medical practice.
As a licensed general family practitioner, Dr. Wilcox works with people of all ages, and has focused her work and training in the areas of women’s health, chronic and acute illnesses, hormone balancing, gastrointestinal health, stress management, body detoxification, permanent weight loss, healthy aging, autoimmune conditions, lyme disease, anxiety, and depression.
Dr. Wilcox utilizes a variety of testing and therapies to help her patient’s achieve their goals and optimal health. She employs a wide array of laboratory testing techniques, including Food Allergy Panels, Body Composition Analysis, Hormone Testing, Nutritional and Toxicity profiles to find the underlying cause of the problem. She has extensive training in Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Hydrotherapy, Botanical/Herbal Medicine, Natural Hormone Balancing, Functional Medicine, and Nutritional IV Therapy, PRP therapy. She approaches each patient as and individual and addresses all levels of health including mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Wilcox believes strongly in the power of prevention and educating patients. She understands the importance of listening and compassionately guiding patients in their journey toward achieving healing. She firmly believes that each person has the ability to heal. She focuses her assessment and therapies on finding and stimulating the body’s inherent power to heal. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Montana Naturopathic Medical Association (MNMA)
Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment. Qualified naturopathic physicians undergo rigorous training before they become licensed health-care practitioners.
Visit the AANP’s Professional Education page to learn about naturopathic education. NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.