Dr. Jacquilen Foster Tomas is a Philadelphia-based naturopath who has helped people cope with problems as wide-ranging as broken bones, weight issues and toxicity.
About her clientele Jacquilen says, “I work with people who have tried several different ways – mainstream treatments and other healing modalities – and they’ve had limited or no results. I’ve come to realize that the patients that come to me are those that are ready to make changes in their lifestyle.”
For some people that might mean adjusting their eating habits. For others it might be about adopting new patterns of thinking.
Jacquilen uses an unusual billing model. “I don’t charge a fee for service because I saw there were clients that wanted help but didn’t have money for the fee. My services are based on donation.”
This approach seems to fit well with the philosophy of her practice. As she says, “I’m not doing this to get rich. I’m doing this to help people heal.”
Her inspiration to help others hits close to home. She was motivated to take an intensive 5-year naturopathic program while her husband, mother and father all fought cancer simultaneously.
“When I was studying to be a naturopath, I was also taking care of my parents and my husband. Everyone was sick at the same time.”
She had always had an interest in medicine and already held a certificate in natural healing. But with her family members suffering, she says, “I knew I wanted to do more and I finally said I had to go further and become a full-fledged naturopath.”
And although her career direction was born from adversity, she has no regrets. “I love what I do. I really love it with a passion.”
Jacquilen sees most of her clients in-person in Philidelphia but she’s also started treating long distance clients using Skype.
A first session typically takes at least 2 hours – her approach is to deeply get to know each client and to give them the space to open up.
Based on what she discovers in the first session, Jacquilen may recommend specific herbs and nutritional changes to help manage physical discomfort. All of her clients receive at least one BodyTalk treatment to get to the energetic and emotional root of the ailment.
Bodytalk is a form of energy healing in which the practitioner asks the body to reveal what healing needs to happen.
Jacquilen says, “With BodyTalk, it’s the person’s own healing energy doing the work. It’s not me. I’m helping them but they’re doing it. The speed and process they take is based on the needs of their own body.”
Contact Dr. Jacquilen Foster Tomas at (215) 360-4110 or info@DrAliND.com. Or you can find her via her VitalityLink profile.