About Me

Bio _timHi everybody! My name is Tim Ammons. I am a 6th Trimester naturopathic student here at NUHS.

I love to talk and tell stories, yet when presented with the honor of sharing my experiences here at NUHS, I had to think for a bit. After all, I would be exposing my life to everyone on the web. After some thought, I decided that I believe in family and I care deeply for the family of students (of all programs) and faculty we have at NUHS. If I can express that confidence and share some of the fun, trials, challenges, successes, failures, and joys along the way, then we stand to build a stronger family as the years pass at our little school!  After all, Rachel and Miravone (our previous ND bloggers) painted an honest picture of life at NUHS. I am honored that they would consider passing the torch for me to carry. So, here we go! 

I was born and raised in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Mars Hill is a small town of about 1,500 people just north of Asheville in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. Being from a small town and a large family are two things for which I am eternally thankful. We grew up simply, raised our animals, and tended our garden (both literally and in the spirit of Voltaire).

I earned an undergraduate degree in business management from UNC-Asheville. Then I embarked on a career that involved middle management in the food processing industry along with many positions in information technology at corporate headquarters in construction and banking. Being a first generation college graduate from humble beginnings, I was your typical American worker who grew up believing the answer to life was to work hard and play hard, while saving a little for retirement along the way. That lifestyle paid off well with regard to a paycheck, but did little for mind, body and soul, or for meaningful healthy time in relationships. The bottom line, while always important, became the determining factor as to whether my life was a success. That was a mistake for me.

I found naturopathic medicine through a very close friend in a very challenging time in my life. I was your typical 'Joe Six Pack', sitting in a cubicle and working all day just to go home, plop on the couch and catch up on whatever show was hot enough to talk over coffee at work. I paid no attention until a severe wake-up call in 2008. During and after that time, the principles of naturopathic medicine helped to bring me back to a state of health. By working with re-establishing a healthy mindset on the important things in life, along with respecting and aiding the body and its ability to restore itself to health, the path to a happier spirit and return to family was opened to me at that time of my life. 

Naturopathic medicine and its principles had such a huge impact on my life that I started rethinking my life plan. After some research about naturopathic medicine vs. traditional western medicine along with the differences, similarities, treatment model comparison and conversations with MD friends, I decided to leave the bank and pursue a degree as a naturopathic doctor.

Once that decision was made, I needed to find the right school. This would be a school based in the sciences. After all, the body's functions are the body's functions. We all need to understand how things work before we can learn to fix them. Along with the sciences though, I needed a school that taught the philosophy of the Naturopathic Principles, their special fit in each unique person's life and the necessity of understanding which of the principles fits most appropriately at the appropriate time (I didn't know how to phrase that back then, I just knew it :).

When I visited NUHS, I was able to see the solid scientific foundation of study immediately upon arrival (and believe me I felt it during the first two years, too!). As I spoke with other ND students and faculty during the visit, I was able to get an excellent read on their viewpoints of naturopathic medicine. To have a professor discuss the intricacies of a biochemical process in a passing conversation and end with 'Namaste' was almost surreal to me at the time, given my mindset developed from the manufacturing and banking worlds.  I think this example is best at getting my thought across that the science is serious and so is the philosophy at our school. 

NUHS has been one of the most fulfilling, challenging and joyous experiences of my life, and I've been around the block a couple of times. It has also been absolutely the most humbling time of my life. Come to this school prepared to show up for class, work hard, be relentless in your study, and learn a lot! Being a truly integrated medical school with naturopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and acupuncture gives the students at NUHS a distinct advantage with the real world and the growing practice of cooperative care for patients in our society.

If you choose NUHS, you will build a family while here, both in your field of practice and your complementary colleagues who will enter practice along with you after you graduate. I think we all agree that the world is a little smaller when we have a larger family to share it with! 

Always feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions. I'll do my best to answer them. If I don't have the answer, I'll find someone who does!

My best to each and every one of you! Much success with each of your decisions and may they embark you on 'Your Appropriate Path'!