Dr. McKenzie Timmer

Dr. Timmer was born and raised in Bellingham, WA surrounded by a big, extended family.  She moved to Canada to earn her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria.  Her goal was to finish all the prerequisites for medical school while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and focusing on human and marine biology.  Throughout her undergraduate education, she immersed herself in the medical field.  She spent time volunteering at a local hospital in many different units including oncology and renal dialysis.  Her ultimate goal was to become a medical doctor, but she felt there was always something missing from this style of medical practice.

Before finishing her undergraduate degree, she completed a field study program in the Amazon Rainforest of Northern Brazil studying biology, permaculture, and indigenous communities.  It was there she discovered her inspiration and a different take on medicine and health.  She came back from the Amazon with a passion for medicines of the world, treating the cause of illness and health through changing one’s lifestyle and using more natural means, not pharmaceuticals.  She found Bastyr University’s Naturopathic Medical program and knew that was the type of medicine she was meant to practice.  She didn’t even apply to traditional medical schools and a year later she started schooling in the Naturopathic Doctoral program at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.

During her time at Bastyr, she developed a number of different passions within naturopathic medicine.  She trained as a general family practice physician, but her specialties also include women’s health, fertility for both males and females, IV therapy, treatment of chronic and autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as diet and nutrient therapy.  She now possess a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University.

Through both her undergraduate and doctorate degrees, Dr. Timmer has spent a great deal of time tutoring other students.  Teaching is another passion of hers.  She believes teaching plays a huge role in medicine.  While helping patients work towards wellness, she works to teach patients about their own health.  She hopes to empower patients in their work together as they strive to treat the cause of their illness or disease. She uses diet, nutrition, lifestyle modification, vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, physical medicine, exercise therapy, IV therapy, and when necessary, pharmaceutical medications to work to treat the cause of disease while making patients optimally functional in their own lives in the process.

In her spare time, she enjoys getting outside and spending time with her friends and family.  She loves kickboxing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, being on the water, traveling and exploring new places. She never feels quite at home unless she is near the water, so Gig Harbor is the perfect place for her. She is a bit of a foodie so when she can, she enjoys discovering new cafes and restaurants.