Dr. Alan Christianson

Class of 1996

Alan Christianson, ND, is a Phoenix, Arizona-based Naturopathic Endocrinologist with a focus on thyroid disease.

Dr. Christianson was a member of the premier class of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Sonoran). He has been actively practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1996 and is the founding physician behind Integrative Health.

He is a New York Times bestselling author whose titles include The Metabolism Reset Diet, and the Thyroid Reset Diet.

Dr. Christianson is the founding president of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and is the founding co-president of the American College of Thyroidology.

He has trained physicians internationally on the management of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, hypothyroidism, and subclinical hypothyroidism.

He frequently appears on national TV shows like Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Today Show, and CNN as well as print media like Shape Magazine, Women’s World, and Natural Health.

Dr. Christianson resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Kirin, and their two children.

How has naturopathic medicine allowed you to impact the health of your patients and become a successful physician in a specific area of focus?

I focus on autoimmune thyroid disease. Naturopathic medicine has allowed me to treat my patients more comprehensively. I incorporate lifestyle medicine, especially diet therapy. I am also able to help patients recover by considering optimal health as the goal, not just absence from disease.

What made you decide to attend Sonoran? Why would you recommend Sonoran to prospective students?

I chose to attend Sonoran because of its strong focus on natural medicine as a natural extension of modern science. Sonoran impressed me with their vision of academic rigors and their leading faculty.

What advice do you have for those interested in a career in naturopathic medicine?

I’d encourage those interested in naturopathic medicine to be ready to consider their views of the medical system as a whole. All fields in medicine can improve greatly in the coming years. We need those who are eager to build bridges with other disciplines and help us all move forward together.