Little Lake Health Center Welcomes Dr. Terri Turner

June 2019

MCHC Health Centers welcomes Dr. Terri Turner, an experienced internist/osteopath who specializes in functional medicine for adults. Dr. Turner joined the Little Lake Health Center team in May, where she will see patients and oversee midlevel providers.

Dr. Turner is a medical doctor and an herbalist, and she has worked in a variety of settings, both acute care (hospitals) and outpatient (health centers). She uses an integrative method and osteopathic manipulation to treat her patients and is especially adept at diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and illnesses related to the neurotoxins found in mold. She uses a hands-on approach to reduce pain and is passionate about helping to create healthy communities.

Dr. Turner’s route to becoming a physician began in a somewhat unusual manner: with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Washington State University, Pullman in 1979. After working as a hospital nurse supporting patients through all sorts of illnesses—everything from cardiovascular problems to HIV—she became frustrated by the limitations of not having a medical degree, so she went back to school. In 1992, she received her Doctor of Osteopathy from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

She worked in hospitals throughout Northern California, including several years as a hospitalist and the chief of staff at Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, while also maintaining a private practice. She also served as an assistant clinical professor at Touro University in Vallejo and at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, Washington.

In 2013, she returned home to Spokane, Washington to serve as a hospitalist at the Veterans’ Hospital. The next year, while maintaining her work in Washington, she began working a few days a month with Dr. Robert Gitlin in Redwood Valley. Eventually, it was this connection that encouraged her to relocate to Mendocino County.

Dr. Turner is a teacher through and through, whether she is working with patients, healthcare professionals, or medical students. She helps patients understand the mind-body connection and supports a blend of traditional Western medicine with other types of healing.

“I stay approachable, listen, and figure out what to do,” she said.

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