Paola Tapia, ND

Paola Tapia, ND

About Me:

I didn't start naturopathic medical school with a typical science background. I actually studied international business and thoroughly believed that was the area I would work in. But certain health conditions that were not being addressed accurately or holistically by traditional medicine led me to delve deep into many disciplines that are under the naturopathy umbrella. My perspective was so changed and I felt so moved by this that I rearranged my entire life in order to pursue this field instead.

Even though I had already completed my undergraduate studies, I went back to school to complete another round of classes. This time, in sciences, hoping to enter the competitive medical field. I was thrilled when I chose SCNM to be my medical school, and I'm even prouder to be chosen as a resident. It's been an incredible experience to learn so much in this field of study and I'm incredibly honored to impart this knowledge onto my patients.

When I am not seeing patients I enjoy hanging out with family and friends. Some of my non-medical passions involve all things cooking (including watching America’s Test Kitchen and The Great British Baking Show), creating kitchen beauty products, reading and relaxing with a good classic film


General Family Medicine; Prevention and Wellness; Homeopathy (Acute and Chronic Conditions); Nutrition.


Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, 2017); University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A in Global Studies; B.A. in Business Economics, 2008)

My Mission:

I strive to provide personalized, comprehensive healthcare in a relaxed and friendly environment. I believe in treating the whole person by fully assessing the mind and body, giving the body the tools it needs to self-heal. Utilizing the principles of naturopathic medicine to address disease, I have seen the powerful impact individualized holistic care yields where traditional medicine has been futile. With an array of modalities at our disposal I hope to work along side you to achieve and maintain your health goals while preventing future health risks.