Registered Naturopathic Doctor (NMD)
State of Minnesota
Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
About Dr. Maya:
Dr. Maya Sankaran received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to becoming a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Maya was a chemical engineer in Research & Development with an interest in developing environmentally friendly packaging materials. Dr. Maya credits her engineering background for strengthening her research and critical thinking skills and encouraging a detail-oriented focus and the ability to adapt to changing conditions. She feels that these skills help her in tackling complex patient cases.
She decided to pursue a career change to naturopathic medicine after encountering frustrations in conventional medical care for her own health. Through her own experiences as a patient, Dr. Maya dealt with many of the same frustrations her patients experience, including a lack of exploration into foundational aspects of health, such as nutrition, lifestyle, and environmental factors. The rushed nature of appointments offered limited opportunities to ask questions and delve into the reasoning behind treatment decisions, contributing to an overall sense of not feeling heard. Dr. Maya grew up with a deep appreciation of Eastern philosophies and traditional systems of health, including Ayurveda and homeopathy, and was drawn to naturopathic medicine as a field that blends the wisdom of traditional medicine with the diagnostic tools of conventional medicine.
Dr. Maya values a collaborative and individualized approach to healthcare. She believes strongly in healthcare that provides patients with the time and space to share their unique stories, goals, and preferences and views herself as a guide to help patients understand all of the factors that impact their health and ultimately become experts in their own health.
While new to Minnesota, Dr. Maya learned to embrace the cold while studying in Canada.
Dr. Maya’s Specialties:
With her research and clinical background, Dr. Maya enjoys doing a deep dive into the underlying factors that affect her patients’ health. This starts with collecting a detailed health history for each patient to prioritize laboratory testing and guide treatment plans. She is committed to meeting patients where they are in their journeys and provides a range of treatment options to guide patients to achieve optimal health. Dr. Maya is trained in lifestyle counseling, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. During her clinical training, Dr. Maya completed a mental health rotation and enjoys working with patients with a wide range of conditions. These are a few specific areas of interest for Dr. Maya based on her clinical experiences working with patients:
Integrative mental health
Dr. Maya can help address anxiety and depression and provide adjunctive care for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to dive deeper into areas that may have been overlooked in the past and address adverse effects from conventional treatments.
Nervous system disregulation
Struggle with headaches, migraines or post-concussion syndrome? Been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? Dr. Maya can help address these conditions using a combination of strategies.
Endocrine and hormonal imbalances
Dr. Maya can help address diabetes and insulin resistance, common thyroid conditions, such as Graves disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and hormonal conditions, such as PCOS, PMS, irregular periods, and hair loss.
Autoimmunity or autoimmune-like symptoms
Pain joint and swelling, mild-moderate Rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s, osteoporosis, osteopenia and fibromyalgia are a few of the conditions Dr. Maya can help you tackle.
Dr. Maya can help address skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Dealing with digestive symptoms? Dr. Maya can help get to the bottom of IBS, mild-moderate IBD, GERD, constipation or diarrhea.
Dr. Maya Sankaran, NMD