We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley de Luna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
To be honest, there was not very much thought behind opening my own medical practice. I had always envisioned becoming a member of an already established business so I could learn some essential skills before choosing my next step. I had spent the last 10 years diving deep into studying the human body, but not business! However, the universe had different plans for me, and I quickly realized that I was meant to open up my own medical practice right after graduation. I had basic foundational knowledge from a business course or two in school, but it was absolutely a continuous learning process. I was so exhausted from the relay race that is medical school that I wanted everything to be as easy and straight forward as possible. I started dipping my toe in how to structure a business, began renting a room, building my own website, leaning into my connections within the community, and before I knew it, had a thriving business.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a naturopathic doctor and craniosacral therapist specializing in gut health, hormone balancing, mental health, and preconception. I focus on root-cause care for my community. As a functional medicine and naturopathic medical provider, my work is dependent on the information that I am able to gather through discussion, observation, and examinations. A lot of that information comes from fancy functional testing and bloodwork, but most of it comes from listening and guiding conversation. I love spending time with my patients and listening to their stories because every part of the story is relevant. I believe that I am where I am today because of my ability to compassionately listen and guide my patients in their healing process. The work that we do together is based in the philosophy that the body can heal if the obstacles are removed and if it is given the tools needed to thrive. Working with me is a reminder of what your body is capable of and empowers you to live a life that is in alignment with health.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
At the top of the list is Sunset Cliffs and Ocean Beach. I love to highlight all of the health conscious and delicious options in San Diego. Our days would start with my favorite coconut coffee from Vili’s Café, followed by healthy treats to go from People’s Co-op for a picnic at the beach. The day would be complete with Kombucha from Tap Shack and watching the sunset overlooking the ocean, and a gluten free feast at Cesarina. The week would be full of outdoor yoga at my favorite yoga studio (Reunify Yoga), dog parks, and plenty of playtime soaking in the San Diego sunshine.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be here without my family and close inner circle of friends who would always be there to feed me when I was hangry and to remind me of who I was when I was too exhausted to remember. However, this shout out is for the incredible community that is naturopathic medicine, especially my cohort at Bastyr University. It was so beautiful being in a medical program where we all deeply supported one another. We shared notes, studied together, and genuinely wanted to see everyone cross the finish line. That support continued after graduation with business tips, collaborations, and consistently uplifting one another. We truly all want to see one another thrive. I could not have opened a business without the guidance and support of others in my field.
Linkedin: Dr. Ashley de Luna