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Stephanie Draus, ND

Dr. Stephanie Draus teaches naturopathic medicine at National University. In this video, you'll hear why she thinks National--and the midwest--is the best place to learn how to be a naturopathic doctor.

"...The longer I practice the more interested I am in the idea of treating the cause and treating the whole person." -- Dr. Stephanie Draus

About Dr. Draus


Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences

Stephanie Draus, ND, has been a member of the NUHS faculty since 2009.  She teaches advanced problem solving, introduction to naturopathic counseling, and naturopathic practice management and is a frequent guest lecturer in classes throughout the naturopathic and chiropractic curriculum.

As an instructor, she is known for her dynamic approach and for her emphasis on compassion and creativity as tools of the physician.

Dr. Draus is a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. A native of Chicago, she returned home after graduation to found Stellaria Natural Health, an innovative natural wellness practice. She holds undergraduate degrees in theatre and anthropology from Loyola University Chicago. She is one of the first trainers to be qualified in the Watson-Northwestern Method of Medical Improv, which uses improvisational theatre exercises to teach communication skills to medical professionals.

Dr. Draus is also a performer, with a long background in theatre and dance. While a student at NCNM, she founded The Warrior Project, which used improv exercises to teach "Self Defense through Self Esteem." Her private practice in Chicago focuses on working with artists. She is the creator of Feeding the Muse, a website providing information on Health for Artists. She continues her theatrical training at the renowned Second City Training Center.

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