Laura Mouriño’s life history juxtaposes two worlds of medicine. As a young child, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent multiple surgeries that left her with a 50-50 chance of developing a severe disability or possible paralysis. Her mother, having come from a family of curanderos, or natural healers from the Dominican Republic, used natural remedies to promote strength and healing throughout the process, greatly improving her child’s chance to fully recover without incident. Thanks to both the surgeons’ work and the treatments from her mother, Laura recovered wonderfully. Longing to connect with her ancestral roots, Dr. Laura was elated when she discovered naturopathic medicine, enabling her to study Western medicine that also supports the body’s innate wisdom to create balance and true healing.
As a bilingual clinician, she has been able to support a more diverse patient population through unique journeys. She revels in the ‘doctor as teacher’ aspect of naturopathic medicine and enjoys creating awareness around the many ways being healthy can be simple. Her clinical experience supports a wide array of health concerns in people of all ages; from well child visits, to depressed adolescents and epileptic adults Dr. Laura has become a beacon patients have come to rely on. She easily assists the navigation through complex medical histories including conventional care and the misusage of natural remedies. As an avid scholar, she has a passion for learning and is always reading up on the latest in medical research on both natural substances and pharmaceuticals to ensure that the benefits outweigh potential side effects. It is critical for patients to feel comfortable asking any questions they have about the latest health trends without judgment to empower them in making informed decisions about their health.
She is an active member of the national naturopathic association (AANP) and naturopathic state associations where she has family and close friends: the Ohio Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OHNDA) and the Florida Naturopathic Physician’s Association (FNPA), her native state. In these organizations the goals are to educate the public and state legislators about naturopathic medicine and encourage legislature where naturopathic doctors can fill the gap in primary care and work collaboratively with the larger medical community without vulnerability.
Dr. Laura relies on the philosophies of naturopathic medicine to address the whole person and identify the root cause of illness. By working with individuals on their diet and lifestyle, she encourages them to make feasible health-conscious decisions. With intentional work, optimal health can be achieved in all walks of life and passed down to future generations.
When Dr. Laura is not at the clinic or geeking out on PubMed, she enjoys Latin and ballroom dancing, yoga, international cuisine and watching the latest witty television series. Despite her Sunny Florida origins, she credits living in Oregon through med school to prepare her for fearless hikes and exploring nature regardless of Cleveland weather.
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