Dr. Samantha Desmond ND, MACP, BHC, LMP

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Referred to by one patient as the “Pendragon of healthcare” due to her efforts to unite the different kingdoms of our healthcare system, Dr. Samantha Desmond is leading Gumshoe Health to become a model of what is possible in quality healthcare for patients. After working her first seven years as a licensed massage therapist and interacting with the healthcare system both professionally, personally, and through her patient’s experiences, Dr. Desmond decided to further her education in order to better serve a greater number of people and to effect a positive change in the larger system. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University, her Business of Healthcare Certification from Johns Hopkins, and is currently finishing both her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Washington and AHIMA Medical Coding Certification programs.

Dr. Desmond is past president of the Seattle Storytellers Guild, and plays a variety of instruments including the harp. She has an intense love of travel and the outdoors. She has two cats, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Sage Watson. She is currently accepting Premera, Lifewise, United, Aetna, Cigna, Community Health Plan of WA, L&I, PIP, and Cash patients.

Dr. Samantha Desmond ND Specializes in:

  • Counseling
  • Endocrinology
  • Chronic Pain
  • Immunology
  • Complimentary Oncology
  • Primary Care
  • Health Administration


  • Medical Massage Therapist: Monroe Therapeutic Massage for 12 years
  • Counseling Intern: Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest
  • Naturopathic Physician: Gumshoe Health
  • Doula: since 2006
  • Instructor: Monroe therapeutic Massage
  • Guest Instructor: Lake Washington Technical College, independent groups
  • Volunteer health assistant: Mamfe Hospital, Ghana

Featured Publications:

  • The convergence of gamers and health with Pokemon Go’s augmented reality bubble. July 2016.
  • Contributing author to upcoming Naturopathic Urology Textbook, 2017
  • Contributing author to upcoming Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine textbook
  • Application of TPS Principles in Healthcare – University of Washington, 2016
  • Herbal Medicine 101 – Shield sisters ceremonial group, 2016
  • Massage Therapy in the Hospital Setting – International Massage Therapy Research Conference, 2016
  • Type 2 Diabetes and Primary Care – Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 2015
  • Depression and Primary Care – Bastyr University, 2014
  • Comparative Healthcare Practices Across the UK – presentation Bastyr University, 2012
  • Essentials for Health – presentation Halau Hula O’ Lehua Lani, 2011
  • History and Practice of Wing Chun – presentation Bastyr University, 2011
  • Medical Massage Therapy course series, Monroe Therapeutic Massage, 2006-2010


  • University of Washington, Masters in Health Administration, anticipated 2017 graduation
  • Bastyr University, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, 2015
  • Bastyr University, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, 2015
  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts in cultural Anthropology, 2008
  • Brian Utting School of Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, 2004
  • Shoreline Community College, AHIMA Medical Coding Certificate, anticipated 2017 graduation
  • Johns Hopkins, Certificate of Business in Healthcare, 2016
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Quality Management Certificate, 2016
  • Seattle School of Midwifery, Doula Certification, 2008

Volunteer Work:

  • Healing Story Alliance, 2013 – present
  • Seattle Storytelling Guild, 2015 – 2016
  • Naturopaths Without Borders, 2013
  • Elghana, 2010

Professional Associations:

  • Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians
  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Massage Therapy Association
  • American Health Information Management Association

Hobbies and Fun:

  • Storytelling
  • Harp
  • Chado
  • Ikebana
  • Hula
  • Hiking


Fun Fact:

Often spotted as the Nordic Heritage Museum troll on the 17th of May in Ballard.

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