Dr. Kristine Williams grew up in Upstate New York, where the summers were beautiful, but short. She doesn’t miss the winters. At the age of 10, her mother was diagnosed with MS. Mom had always been dedicated to food and nutrition. “I grew up being the kid with fresh fruits and veggies in their lunch box,” Dr. Williams said.
Her mother’s diagnosis prompted a life overhaul. She refused many medications and continued doing her own research, which led her to improving her diet, reducing stress, and engaging in various therapies. The neurologists were impressed, but couldn’t offer much more, given their medical training. “My mom is still doing great,” said Dr. Williams. “She currently has a doctor whose training is similar to mine, as well as my own support and still remains pretty much symptom free.”
Dr. Williams began college majoring in communications, but during the last semester of her undergraduate studies, her mother sent some information about a naturopathic medical school. It was something that resonated. Not having many science courses, she had to start with prerequisites, but Dr. Williams stuck with it, choosing to attend the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, and earning both Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Acupuncture degrees.
Dr. Williams had visited Hawaii in 2006 before going back to school for her medical degrees. She practiced in New York for a few years, and then decided to move here permanently in 2018. She joined our practice in November, 2023.
The decision to specialize in women’s health arose from her own health challenge. After completing medical school, Dr. Williams started experiencing severe pain under her rib cage around the time of her monthly cycle. It caused her to miss work as well as time with friends and family. Gynecologists and other conventional specialists were stumped and could not offer a diagnosis. Fortunately, something clicked from her naturopathic training, she connected the dots, and realized she most likely had endometriosis, a very painful condition having to do with female hormones.
From there, Dr. Williams’ naturopathic training led her to seek out practitioners who treated her using naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and high quality supplements and herbs. It worked, and the condition is under control. Her experience inspired her to specialize in women’s health and hormones, an expertise that she now brings to our practice.
Now she feels a deep desire to prevent the pain, frustration, and lack of understanding that she had to endure. “There are many effective options available that women may not have yet discovered,” she said, “and I want them to know there is a better way.”
Asked what she enjoys most about being a naturopathic physician, Dr. Williams said, “My favorite part is getting to know the patient. Hearing their story. Forming a relationship. Watching them progress as they heal and make breakthroughs. When you actually get to know someone, you can help them on a much deeper level and more completely.”
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