Meet Dr. Alice Fong
My name is Dr. Alice Fong and I am a naturopathic doctor licensed in the states of California, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. However, I serve people all around the globe! If you have an internet connection, you can join my community! I am much more than just a doctor. I use an integrative approach to health and wellbeing. Good health, in my opinion, is not just a lack of physical symptoms. Having love and happiness for yourself and for your life are important factors. I look at the psychological and spiritual components also. I view my role as a wellness coach; someone who educates, inspires, motivates, and encourages people to live life to their fullest potential.
I specialize in weight loss and management. And often times, weight issues can be coupled with anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, digestive problems/IBS, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, food allergies, and/or thyroid/adrenal problems. I look at all these factors when I work with you!
The current medical model in healthcare is a retroactive, passive approach focused on the disease and drugs to mask the symptoms. My naturopathic approach is a proactive, health-oriented one. Rather than focusing solely on the disease, I focus on optimizing your health. My model is not about ‘fixing’ it, it’s about why you got the disease in the first place. It is not about managing the condition, but identifying the factors in your life that made you susceptible to acquiring the condition. You will need to be actively engaged in your own health and wellbeing. One of the most important foundations of health is NUTRITION.
I also strongly believe that the mind-body connection is an essential component of health. Mental and emotional wellbeing can contribute to one’s physical health, and vice versa. I help people develop more awareness of their minds and bodies to give them the power to heal themselves. My goal is to help you be the best that you can be at whatever stage of healing you are at. In addition, I want to help you accept that this is a process which comes with challenges and frustrations that may get in way of being able to love yourself. In facing those challenges however, can we grow, develop, and heal ourselves. Self-healing doesn’t occur overnight, it is a lifelong journey.
Lose weight in a healthy long-term sustainable way! AND feel great in your body too! Never be hungry too!
We will give you structures to set you up for success with your weight goals WHILE managing your stressful and busy life!
By staying a part of our community, it will help you maintain the weight you lose and stay on track with your health and wellbeing! Accountability and community support are key!
My Journey to Becoming a Doctor
I wanted to do naturopathic medicine before I even knew that naturopathic medicine existed. When I was teenager, I had a strong interest in plants and I cultivated my own garden of herbs and vegetables in my parents backyard. In the summer of 2002, I attended an herb festival in my hometown and met my first naturopathic doctor. I was overly excited to hear about what he did, and when I went home that day, I eagerly researched everything I could on naturopathic medicine and found out about Bastyr University, one of the leading naturopathic medical schools in research. From that moment on, at the tender age of 17, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.
I was incredibly fortunate to have figured out my path as a healer early on because it helped me pave the path to becoming a doctor. I knew I wanted to study naturopathic medicine even before I knew what my major would be in college. Luckily, I choose a major that complemented my goals – psychology. I believe that health of the mind and being able to understand people is a critical component of healthcare. The mind-body-spirit connection is a part of holistic medicine. At Bastyr, I was able to further expand my knowledge on this process with counseling and biofeedback training. I also studied hypnotherapy with MaryLee Labay, which complemented my counseling interests. In addition, I attended a few meditation retreats for my own self-growth and healing process, as well as being able to incorporate it into my medical practice.
After attaining my undergraduate degree in psychology and completing my pre-med requirements at the University of Puget Sound, I went on to receive my massage license and found the value of physical medicine. In 2008, I started my naturopathic medical program which involved hundreds of hours in the classroom, studying, working on assignments and papers, clinical training, and working with patients. This journey has been almost 10 years in the making and it did involve a significant amount of blood, sweat and tears (the blood mostly being from my second year of med school, when we learned how to do blood draws and run tests on each other…for an entire year). Looking back now, at the hardships and challenges I’ve had to endure over the years to get where I am, I would not change a thing. I love what I do and where I am in my life. I am excited to help people get better and help support them on their healing journeys.
After graduating from my naturopathic medical program, I went on to practice in Seattle for 3 years, and then in Southern Maryland for another 3 years. I decided to move back to California to be closer to my family, but this time I decided to have a larger global impact by taking my practice completely virtual. There are so many people who do not have acesss to a naturopathic doctor, and my goal is to help as many people as I can live happier and healthier!