About » Dr. Allen
Dr. Allen attended Vassar College in New York where she studied pre med sciences and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biopsychology. As an undergraduate she spent time working as a research fellow in neurophysiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1998, she enrolled in Bastyr University, the United States’ foremost institution of science–based natural medicine. A Bastyr education combines the knowledge of modern science with the wisdom of traditional healing methods and insists on consideration of a whole, individual person. Dr. Allen focused her studies on children’s health and midwifery. She developed a special interest in the way a mother’s health and her children’s health are interwoven. She graduated with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and certificate in Naturopathic Midwifery in 2003. After graduation, she traveled to the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu and worked in the maternity ward of the Port Vila Hospital assisting many women with the birth of their babies. Back in the US in 2004 she completed the lactation specialist and educator course through Evergreen Hospital. In 2009, Dr. Allen became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In 2010, Bastyr University added Dr. Allen to their adjunct faculty to teach in one of her areas of expertise: neonatology.
Currently, Dr. Allen has a family practice with special emphasis in pediatrics and women’s health. Mother & Child Natural Medicine is a La Leche League Breastfeeding Resource Center. Dr. Allen is also a professional member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She supports the work of the Nature Conservancy, the Washington Toxics Coalitions, and the Environmental Working Group. She lives in Carnation, WA with her husband Joshua and their two sons. She especially enjoys cooking, mothering, gathering medicinal plants, drinking a hoppy beer, and hiking.