About Dr. Ehly

Dr. Ehly’s Story

I remember the moment I decided that I was tired of being sick and tired. I woke up at 4:00 am, on the very brink of quitting medical school, and I decided enough was enough.

Although this decline in health had been happening gradually for the past 15 years, it was that morning where I realized I’d hit rock bottom. My mental, emotional, and physical health were at an all-time low.

Emotionally, my anxiety had intensified to the point where I was overwhelmed by fears that I wasn’t going to be an effective or successful doctor, that I wasn’t “good enough”, and that I had little worth as a person. I also experienced multiple severe bouts of depression. This made bonding with my fellow peers difficult and sparse, and I missed out on a lot of close interpersonal connections.

At the same time, my attention deficit symptoms flared. It was difficult to focus in class and on studying, forcing me to spend so much more time than my peers. This was fatiguing, frustrating, added to the anxiety I described above, and cost me a lot of well-deserved leisure time.

On a physical level, I had severe insomnia and was tired almost all the time. Yet I was too exhausted and anxious to sleep. I also began experiencing bloating, loose stool, excessive gas, and abdominal pain. These added to my fatigue, negatively affected my self-image, and made eating out with friends the occasional gamble.

I got sick more easily with longer recovery times, became more sensitive to the effects of alcohol, and was easily wiped out by hiking and other physical activities I enjoy. There were many times when I felt like skipping class or clinic shifts because I felt so wiped out and gross. To add insult to injury, my hair began falling out and I began gaining weight. I feel like I missed out on a lot of life as most of what little energy I had was reserved for school work.

My new journey began by engaging in non-drug interventions like nutritional changes and supplementation, stress reduction, botanical medicine, and homeopathy. Although it’s sometimes a struggle to maintain these health practices, they’ve helped me rebalance and be more resilient when life gets tough. Because of naturopathic medicine, my life continues to transform into a fuller and richer journey.

While it was a challenge, these experiences validate why I became a doctor. They support why I wanted to share this gift with others. So that I can empower people to create lives free from fatigue, sleepless nights, the discomfort of poor digestion, and the negative responses to chronic stress. To nurture resilience, strength, community, and the hope to create the lives of which we’ve always dreamed.

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Dr. Ehly’s Training and Experience

Dr. Cristine Ehly graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, where she developed a strong background in nutrition, botanical medicine, and homeopathy. Rounding out her core education, she also received additional training in craniosacral therapy, advanced hydrotherapy, and traditional Mayan medicine.

Passionate about supporting positive change, Dr. Ehly uses medicine to empower patients to take control of their own health, and ultimately transform their lives. Using patient education and implementation of the above therapies, Dr. Ehly helps to promote the inherent ability of each person’s body to heal itself. She is an expert in treating individuals with gastrointestinal concerns like IBS, leaky gut, and candida overgrowth, as well as insomnia, chronic stress, fatigue, and seasonal allergies.

While in medical school, Dr. Ehly was Treasurer of the Naturopathic Advocacy and Community Awareness Team in which she organized and participated in fundraising, as well as met with national legislators to promote naturopathic medicine. She also assisted in the Naturopaths Without Borders free community clinic in Rocky Point, Mexico, providing healthcare to locally underserved individuals. During her last two years of school, Dr. Ehly was the student sales representative for Wise Woman Herbals, a company that manufacturers professional-grade botanical medicines and supplements. This afforded her an added opportunity to increase her knowledge of medicinal plants and become a leader in her community, sharing this expertise with doctors and other students.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Ehly received her B.A. in Biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her studies were focused on Environmental Science, Plant Biology, and Anthropology. Before graduating, she wrote a research review on medicinal plant alternatives to antibiotics.

Currently, Dr. Ehly is fostering her role as President-elect for the Maryland Naturopathic Doctors Association (MNDA); advancing her training and skills in craniosacral therapy, botanical medicine, and homeopathy; creating her own line of botanical products; and educating the local community about naturopathic medicine.

Outside of medical practice, Dr. Ehly enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, exploring new places, and spending time with her friends and family.

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