Claire Zimmerman, ND



Current Roles:

Dr. Zimmerman is an adjunct faculty member at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, where she supervises student physicians in the Naturopathic Medicine Department. Dr. Zimmerman also teaches courses in physical examination, counseling, and botanical medicine. 


Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 2016.
Bachelor of Arts in Biology & Anthropology from Colorado College in 2001
Certificate in Clinical Herbalism from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism 2008

Teaching/Healing Philosophy:

Dr. Zimmerman's primary clinical goal is to empower her patients in their health journey. She views her role as a partnership in her patient's healthcare, helping to identify root causes of illness and working together to create plans for actualizing lasting healing and change. She has a strong passion for the mind-body connection as well as an individual's connection to their environment, and this framework helps to shape her clinical approach. 

Classes Taught:

Dr. Zimmerman teaches Physical Examination and Diagnosis, Behavioral Medicine, and Botanical Medicine Formulations courses. 

Clinical Interests:

Dr. Zimmerman's clinical interests include autoimmune disease, gastroenterology with a special interest in IBD, mental health, environmental medicine, mindbody medicine and biofeedback. Dr. Zimmerman has specialized training in craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and botanical medicine. 

Past Professional Experience:

Teaching Assistant - Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA, 2012 – 2016 

Freelance Educator, Owner - Actaea Botanicals, Seattle & Colorado, 2007 – 2012

Research Experience

 Botanical Restoration Researcher - ESCO & Associates, Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, 2005

Collected and assessed botanical data in grassland ecosystems for open-pit coal mining operations

Professional Affiliations:

Dr. Zimmerman has been a practicing clinical herbalist since 2008, seeing clients and also teaching at various herbal education programs. She worked as a field botanist for many years, and eventually formed her own landscaping business that specialized in edible, medicinal and native plants. She has been teaching sustainable livelihood, permaculture, herbalism, and botany for most of her professional life.