Residency Program

Champlain Center for Natural Medicine is proud to host a Bastyr University affiliate residency program. Affiliate residency programs are highly competitive and attract graduates from the most prestigious Naturopathic institutions throughout the US and Canada. A recent graduate Naturopathic Doctor resident progresses from a purely observational role into an independent role over the course of one year. This progression is monitored and facilitated by each of the physicians on staff. Our experienced physicians are always available and on call to support and consult when the physician begins to see patients on their own.

Dr. Jessica Pirkey, ND

Dr. Jessica Pirkey earned her Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She is trained extensively in primary care medicine and works diligently to use evidence based natural therapies as her first line interventions. Dr. Pirkey is passionate about holistic primary care. Her special interests include women's health, pediatrics, preconception care, brain and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as digestive health and rheumatologic conditions. She enjoys getting to know her patients and their personal values and then uses these values to guide treatment options.
Dr. Pirkey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida. During her undergraduate training she designed protocols for testing the efficacy of plant-based natural medicines. She has traveled to India and South America to study the traditional use of medicinal plants. Her love of herbalism and ethnobotany is what inspired her to become a Naturopathic Physician.
For fun, Jessica likes to take hikes and responsibly forage for wild edible mushrooms and herbs. Jessica also studied Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra. She is a certified yoga teacher and loves to share her knowledge on yoga postures, breathing and meditation. Jessica  is originally from Central Vermont and is so thrilled to be returning to and practicing Naturopathic Medicine in her home state.