Leah Mollohan Oster, BS, ND
Leah Mollohan Oster (BS, ND) has over 12 years of experience in naturopathic practice.
Mrs Oster—originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada—began her journey to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) at a very young age, as she struggled with very severe eczema that rendered her hands practically impossible to use for day-to-day activities. After trying several traditional and alternative treatments she found success under the direction of a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor. Through exploration of food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies she learned how to manage her eczema.
Mrs Oster completed her post-secondary education in Rochester, New York at Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology. The prior experience with the ND lead her to continue her studies in the four year medical program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, one of only seven accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in North America. In 2006, after graduating as a Doctor of Naturopathy and completing her Licensing Exams for North America and the regulatory board examinations for the province of Ontario, Mrs Oster and her husband David—also a Naturopathic Doctor—started their own private practice in the small town of Collingwood, Ontario.
In 2007, Mrs Oster attended a DONA certified Doula Course and began working as a Birth Doula attending labors and deliveries working side-by-side with midwives and obstetricians for both home and hospital births. The wealth of experience and knowledge she gained during her time as a doula proved to be invaluable when working with pregnant women in private practice. Over the six years she spent in Collingwood her clinical focus naturally evolved into prenatal, pediatric and infertility care.
In December 2012, Mrs Oster and her family moved to Newnan, Georgia after her husband accepted a position as a Naturopathic Physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). With this big move to the south Mrs Oster decided to stay at home with her 2-year-old daughter. In April 2013 she and David welcomed their second daughter into their family. After spending two years at home, Mrs Oster began feeling the pull back to working with patients.
In September 2014, Mrs Oster passed the board exams for the State of Vermont allowing her to practice as a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the State of Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians (GANP) and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP).
Learning to manage a child diagnosed with chronic allergies or immune system deficiencies can be an overwhelming task for which Mrs Oster provides counseling and mentoring to see our patient families find success in that journey. Her counseling focuses on the whole person and getting to the root cause of the symptoms. Diet and lifestyle are central to her recommendations. Mrs Oster offers guidance in the use of nutraceuticals including botanical medicines, dietary supplements and isolated nutrients to manage a wide range of health concerns—all to promote the body to heal itself.
What about Georgia?
The State of Georgia being an unlicensed state means that anyone can refer to themselves as a “naturopath” or as providing naturopathic treatments until licensure of the state is obtained. It is up to patients to research any and all persons referring to themselves as a “Naturopathic Doctor” and to know what questions to ask them regarding their level of education and if they hold a state license to practice. All properly educated Naturopathic Doctors in Georgia maintain a license with another state. Scope of practice regulations vary among licensed states, as do the parameters and restrictions for practitioners located in unlicensed states. Naturopathic Doctors practicing in the State of Georgia do so with a scope of practice substantially less than their education.
Visit www.ganp.org for a list of all licensed Naturopathic Doctors in Georgia.