Preeta Kuhlman, ND CST
Dr. Preeta was born in Zimbabwe, Africa. She was introduced to natural medicine when she was 5 years old by her grandfather, who introduced her to vegetables, fruits and herbals in his garden. He grew his own herbs to treat his wife, her grandmother, who had diabetes. Preeta’s mother was also a naturalist, treating her childhood maladies with Ayurvedic medicine, holistic medicine from India, instead of conventional medications.
She left Zimbabwe when she was 19 years of age to pursue her undergraduate at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. She graduated in 1991 with a Bsc (Hons) in Physiological Sciences: physiology, biochemistry and genetics. Thereafter, she became interested in pursuing a medical degree. On her journey, she found Bastyr University, an accredited naturopathic medical school in Washington. She graduated in 1996 with a doctorate in naturopathy, ND and a license to practice naturopathic medicine.
While at Bastyr University, she met Tim Kuhlman, a fellow naturopathic physician, who became her friend and husband. They set up a family practice in North Carolina for the next 16 years. There Preeta used various modalities in her practice, including, naturopathic medicine, massage, craniosacral therapy and reiki. She also worked part-time as a massage school instructor. During those years she became an American citizen.
In 2014 they decided to move back to Washington to pursue primary care medicine. Currently Preeta practices at Naturopathic Health Center, PLLC. She sees people of all ages with any acute or chronic condition. She specializes in treating people with gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, food sensitivities and gut infections. She also treats people with hormonal imbalances and pain conditions. Preeta is also a certified craniosacral therapist; she treats people with pain conditions, childhood trauma and adult trauma with her therapy.
On a personal level, she enjoys reading mystery novels and historical romance, writing short stories and poems, goes hiking regularly in the woods, is attempting to play the Irish flute and violin and enjoys ballroom and Latin dancing with her husband.
Cora Baker, Office Manager
Cora was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. She is a single parent who moved to Washington state in July of 2014. She has been an activist in the Medical Cannabis movement for 14 years. She got her start in the industry working for a small start up medical collective in her hometown of Hayward, California in 2001. From March 2003 through May 2013, she worked for the Patient ID Center (formerly known as Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative), which was the first ever city licensed medical collective in the United States. She is still an active Board Member with the Patient ID Center. While working for PIDC, she had the unique pleasure of working on the official state Medical Marijuana ID Card Program for Alameda County under contract. Alameda County was the only county in the state that had subcontracted out the state card program. All other counties issued the state card directly through the Department of Health. From October 2011 through May 2013, she also worked a 2nd job at Oakland Organics, a medical collective in Oakland, California. In 2004, she ran for a seat on the Hayward City Council.
Cora has assisted thousands of patients over the 16 years she has been working in the medical cannabis field. She works hard to educate patients on the law and make sure they are well informed. If she doesn't know the answer, she will work to find the answer for you. One of her favorite parts of working in the industry has been the patients. She loves to see and hear of how cannabis has helped so many patients improve their lives. There is no better feeling at the end of the day than knowing you are helping people feel better!
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son and exploring all that Washington has to offer. She also enjoys going to concerts, listening to music, and reading.
Julie Haynes, Massage Therapist
Julie began her massage career in 1985 by attending the first certified school of massage in Alaska. As a child, Julie considered becoming a Physical Therapist when she grew up. After attending her first massage training experience, Julie felt very much at home and pursued a career in massage. Upon leaving Alaska and returning to her home state of Washington, Julie continued her massage training at the Seattle Massage School and graduated in 1994 with honors. Julie has practiced massage in Washington state for many years and had a very successful practice in Snohomish County. Julie has continued her massage education by taking continuing education classes in Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Myofascial Release, Cupping Massage, Thai Massage, Hot Stone Massage and basic Swedish Massage. Julie has developed an imaginative, innovative approach to whole-body healing using several modalities that integrate bodywork with spiritual and meditative elements. Julie is passionate about listening to the needs of the client and uses massage, emotional/stress release techniques (Rapid Eye Technology) and Flower Essence support to help facilitate healing.
Julie has 2 adult children and 3 grandsons and lives with her young daughter that she had the pleasure to adopt a few years ago. Julie enjoys hiking, farmers markets and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Tim Kuhlman, ND
Dr. Tim lived in Fairfax, Virginia as a child. He was raised by nutrition-oriented parents who took him to a homeopathic doctor when he was ill, where he was impressed by how quickly he healed and in a gentle and safe manner. That began his interest in all things homeopathy.
His undergraduate work earned him a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He worked as a certified nurse assistant before graduating from Bastyr University in 1997, an accredited naturopathic medical university. He then became licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State. He met his wife at Bastyr University and they subsequently set up a family practice in North Carolina for 16 years. There he specialized in treating children and people with gastrointestinal disorders and he focused on helping people with their mental/emotional well-being.
Dr. Tim now works at Naturopathic Health Center, PLLC. He specializes in natural family medicine. He particularly enjoys the profound improvement in helping those with mental and emotional challenges. He uses stress management, nutrition, herbal and homeopathic medicines for their safety and efficacy. He practices naturopathic medicine with his wife, Dr. Preeta Kuhlman.
He loves to dance salsa, ballroom and cha cha with his wife. He enjoys reading, hiking and writing poetry. He also plays the guitar.
Virginia Gaskins, LMHC
As a native of Philadelphia, Virginia Gaskins received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Holy Family University of Pennsylvania, in 2012. She completed her clinical internship at Arcadia University where she was able to fine tune her counseling skills while working with university students and staff members in need of therapy services. Virginia worked in the field of Higher Education and Student Services for several years until she shifted her focus to work within community mental health.
Virginia moved on to broaden her skill-set by counseling a diverse population, including counseling foster and adopted children using play therapy, providing therapy and crisis intervention to at-risk youth and young adults, using a youth driven therapeutic approach, counseling and educating pregnant and first time mothers with mental health diagnosis, counseling patients receiving drug and alcohol treatment and specializing in providing counseling to those struggling with weight management and obesity.
Virginia relocated to Washington State where she became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDPT), Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) and in 2018, Virginia started her own private practice. As an African American Therapist, Virginia’s desire is to close the gap of Inequality of care, lack of cultural competency, distrust, stigma and bias for people of color and create a safe environment where all people receive culturally sensitive care. On her off time, you can find her living out her passions of interior decorating, crafting, staying physically active, writing and traveling.
Leah Spellen, ND
Dr. Spellen is a licensed naturopathic physician. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga and completed her undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Al. Before deciding to attend Bastyr she worked for her local health department in the environmental health sector. In 2015 she graduated from Bastyr University with a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine in Seattle, WA. While matriculating through Bastyr she completed special clinic rotations in community health and oncology and received extra training in craniosacral therapy, herbal medicine, nutritional IV therapy, and colon hydrotherapy. During her studies at Bastyr she became very passionate about social justice and now works with non-profit organizations to close health disparity gaps in the neighborhoods of south Seattle. She also volunteers as a physician every third Sunday of the month with the Muslim Community Resource Center Free Clinic in Redmond.
Dr. Spellen believes in cultivating healing for the mind, body, and soul through the use of lifestyle modifications, diet, counseling, physical therapy, herbs, and medication. She has a strong passion for women and children’s health, adjunctive oncology care, pain management, counseling, and family medicine. She believes in being an advocate for patients and making sure they receive the care and compassion they deserve. Outside of work Dr. Spellen likes traveling, cooking, loves spending time with her husband, and loves visiting her family back in the south east.