Dr. Meghan WillettHealth Coaching, Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy
Hi, I’m Dr. Meghan
My primary goal is to ensure that my patients feel genuinely heard, supported, and empowered throughout their healthcare experience.
It’s a vulnerable experience meeting a new practitioner and opening up about your health.
You’re talking to a complete stranger about things you might be embarrassed by or that have you on the verge of tears because they’re just so overwhelmingly frustrating.
In my experience, deep and lasting healing only happens when you can wholeheartedly embrace your vulnerability, bringing your whole self into the room, and it’s my goal for you to be able to do that when you feel ready.
It’s my priority to create a comfortable, welcoming environment where you can feel at ease discussing your concerns so you can make faster and more complete progress with your health.
In this same vein, I love working on multiple levels of your health at once because the body, mind, and spirit are all connected.
In addition to counseling and lifestyle support, I specialize in integrating hands-on treatments like acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, and massage techniques into your appointments.
Hands-on therapies often provide immediate benefits such as pain reduction, relief of both physical and emotional stress, increased emotional stability and enhanced motivation, among others.
It brings me immense joy to know that after each session, you’ll leave with the tools and resources you need for long-term healing, in addition to the instant support provided by hands-on treatment.
I work best with people who want to get to the root cause of their issues and who like to be proactive about their health.
My favorite conditions to treat are:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Upper respiratory issues like coughs, sinus congestion, and asthma
From a young age, I had an innate feeling that my role in this life was to be a healer, though I wasn’t sure what form it would take.
At the age of seventeen, I was diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a neurological condition that mirrors symptoms of a brain tumor without an actual tumor being present.
This condition left me grappling with constant and intense all day headaches, nausea, and even a temporary episode of blindness. It felt like there was continuous pressure in my head, as if it were being squeezed like a toy.
Idiopathic means “of unknown origin” which essentially meant that my doctors were at a loss in understanding the root cause of my condition and didn’t know what to do with me.
This was deeply unsettling and shook me to my core as I had grown up believing that Western medicine had all the answers for health and healing. I also assumed that all doctors treated patients, especially terrified teenagers facing life-altering challenges, with empathy and compassion, but I discovered that this was not always true.
This newfound awareness highlighting the shortcomings in our healthcare system intensified my sense of isolation, and with each passing day, my hope for a pain-free future continued to diminish.
After a year of exhausting various forms of Western medicine treatments, I eventually found tremendous help for my health in alternative forms of medicine like Chinese medicine and Naturopathic medicine.
Working with a Naturopathic doctor (ND) was a transformative experience for me. Their approach made me feel truly heard and understood for the first time. After my first visit, I left with a profound sense of self-awareness that I had not gained in the entire year prior.
I came to realize that the belief that my condition was fixed and unchangeable simply wasn’t true.
Our bodies are adaptable, intelligent, and capable of healing when we provide them with the right tools.
I began to understand that if I had faith in my body’s ability to heal and the courage to stick with the process through the ups and downs I would really start to heal on a deep level.
One of the most impactful lessons I encountered in my healing journey was the necessity to confront, embrace, and befriend my pain.
When pain transitions into a chronic state, it has the capacity to dominate our thoughts, deplete our vitality, and, if we grant it the authority, become the central focus of our lives.
My pain felt like an all-encompassing darkness that drained me to the point of utter exhaustion.
It was a relentless monster, perpetually screaming in my face. But instead of listening to it, I turned away from it.
In the beginning, I could easily mask the pain by using potent pain medications, which didn’t alleviate the pain but provided a temporary distraction.
The pain medications started causing additional issues in my body and I had to stop their use, but I continued to emotionally withdraw.
After several months of continuous pain I finally had to acknowledge that I had arrived at a point of profound despair, where I questioned my desire to continue living.
I had hit rock bottom, and this experience compelled me to deeply introspect about my life and the path I wanted to take.
I knew there was so much I still wanted to explore in this life – meeting new people, savoring new experiences, wholeheartedly pursuing my passions, and sharing my love with the world.
Over time and with the guidance of my ND, I started to understand that instead of battling my pain or disassociating from it, I needed to stay present and get curious.
Why was it there? What was it trying to tell me?
I learned that avoidance only amplifies our body’s desperation to get our attention and creates more suffering.
I began to acknowledge the presence of my pain and offer it love and understanding. This mental shift played a crucial role in reducing and mitigating its impact on my life.
I surprised myself by openly expressing my feelings to both myself and others, which I had struggled to do before. I started seeking support from those around me and broke my cycle of inner isolation that had been holding my healing hostage.
I dedicated time to self-discovery, understanding my body, and providing the love and nourishment that I lacked.
The old adage “the only way out is through” now made sense on a visceral level for me.
As I worked through these layers of growth and release, I realized that experiencing less pain was not only possible but within my grasp.
Pain remains a part of my life today, but I’ve come to understand that it doesn’t define me. What transformed for me was my perception of pain and the control I allowed it to have over me.
I realized I am more than my pain; finding new coping tools reassured me that life extends beyond it, and I am determined to embrace the life I’ve been given.
Since then, I have been committed to continuously working on myself, working with my own pain and suffering instead of ignoring it and becoming my own healer.
After this experience I knew I wanted to help others walk the same path.
The principles and practices of Naturopathic and Chinese medicine deeply resonated with me as a patient, resulting in profound changes in my healing journey.
My own experience with them is what inspired me to pursue degrees in Naturopathic medicine and Chinese medicine and become the practitioner I am today.
Fun things about me:
I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I moved to Washington state to follow my dream of becoming a Naturopathic doctor.
My husband and I have a little dog named Charlie and she’s the light of our lives.
My favorite place is Lake Tahoe as I find solace being in nature and spending time by the water. Puget Sound is pretty great, too!
It’s typical that you’ll find me dancing at some point each day. What can I say I just love to sway, groove, and give a little shimmy action. 😀
When I’m off the clock I enjoy painting, kayaking, golfing, antiquing, going to concerts/ theater shows and most importantly spending quality time with my loving family and friends.
Dr. Meghan is a licensed acupuncturist practicing in West Seattle. She received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Go Banana Slugs!
She has additional training in 5 Element Acupuncture, Pelvic Floor Therapy, and Acutonics. She loves learning and will always be a student of life!
Let me start by saying that Dr. Elizabeth Carter is absolutely wonderful. I decided to find a naturopathic doctor to help me on my journey to getting healthier.
I previously found out that I have adrenal fatigue and wanted to do something about it asap. I did some research and was delighted to find Dr.Carter. Not only does she have a practice in West Seattle (and Queen Anne). Her WS practice is very close to my house.She also has some evening appointments which is perfect since it is hard for me to leave work during the day.”
“Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.”