Whole Systems Healthcare Boulder Clinic

Bring life to healthcare

Whole Systems Healthcare Boulder Clinic is a non-profit holistic medical clinic utilizing naturopathic and Chinese medicine. Our holistic approach to personalized clinical care combines modern medical science with complementary healing modalities. This helps us to address nuanced health care needs in our patients more comprehensively while maximizing their treatment options.
We are committed to helping you reach your health goals by offering personalized health care tailored to your unique biology and worldview.
We currently have two providers at our office, clinic director Dr. Donald Spears, ND, MSOM, LAc and naturopathic clinician Dr. Shannon Curtis, ND. We look forward to meeting you and helping you with your health journey.


Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine (NDs) are trained as primary care providers who address the underlying cause of disease through individualized and natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors are unique in their ability to bridge both conventional and holistic medicine perspectives, allowing them to utilize the best of both worlds safely and effectively. The goal of a naturopathic doctor is to employ the safest and most effective therapies that support and promote the body’s natural healing process, helping patients to reach their health potential. As professional leaders and pioneers in science-based natural medicine, naturopathic doctors advocate for the development of professional standards, accountability, and regulation of all forms of medicine in all jurisdictions to maintain public safety and freedom of choice in healthcare. Further, they support broad inclusion, collaboration, and equal access in the healthcare system at all levels.

Primarily, a medical doctor (MD) is trained through a clinical orientation toward saving lives and managing symptoms–focusing on the use of pharmaceutical medications and surgery as methods of treatment. This medical approach is best used for managing severe infectious diseases, trauma, symptom palliation, and necessary surgical procedures.
A naturopathic doctor (ND) is trained as a holistic healthcare provider with a focus on restoring health. Therefore, NDs are trained in an array of modalities that may be helpful for their patients in their pursuit of health and wellness, such as botanical medicine, nutrition, counseling, homeopathy, physical medicine, and lifestyle medicine. NDs focus on treating the person rather than their disease.

We do not treat conditions or diseases but rather work with the human condition. From the perspective of naturopathic and Chinese medicine, any human condition can be addressed because the emphasis here is focusing on the wholeness of your unique life: from genetics, family dynamics, environment, psychology, physiology, and anatomy. Two people can experience the same disease very differently–this is why one-size-fits-all approaches have their limitations. We have a passion for treating patients who are motivated to engage with us in a cooperative therapeutic relationship towards healing.
If you have questions about your particular condition, you can schedule a complimentary discovery call to learn more about our services.

No. Naturopathic doctors are trained extensively in the use of pharmaceuticals, and in some states have equal prescribing rights to MDs. Pharmaceuticals play a significant role in saving lives and managing severe symptoms, including chronic symptoms that impair activities of daily living. However, NDs are trained to take a conservative approach to the use of pharmaceuticals, and, depending on the patient’s needs and goals, try to utilize other treatment options first. Our intention is to support health and healing by using the least invasive intervention possible.

Direct care medicine creates a relationship between a patient and a healthcare provider in which the patient pays a monthly membership fee for services. This is opposed to a fee-for-service model in which insurance codes determine the level of reimbursement, thereby creating a transaction instead of a relationship. Direct care resolves the issue of motivation that is part of fee-for-service, also referred to as provider-driven demand. The practitioner is not paid by the code, so there is no incentive to give a treatment that will pay more. For the patient, since they are paying regardless of whether they seek care or not, there is every incentive to come in early with any illness, thus saving themselves undue suffering and making it easier to provide less intensive and invasive care.
In exchange for the monthly fee, patients have more flexible scheduling options and receive reduced costs for services.
We spend about 30-120 minutes with patients depending upon the visit and the patient’s needs.

Payment for services can be made by one of the following options: Direct Care Membership or Time of Service.
Details are provided by finding the payment option selection under the Patients tab.
We accept all major forms of payment: cash, check, credit card, and debit card. We also accept Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) as payment for services provided.

No, our Boulder Clinic does not currently accept health insurance.
We can provide a form, known as a superbill, for you to submit to your insurance company. You may be able to receive reimbursement from your insurance providers for our services. You may also use a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for visits, labs, and medicinary items.

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