Dr. Lauren Tessier
Greetings, and congratulations on taking your first steps towards your life after mold!
I am Dr. Lauren Tessier, a Naturopathic Physician licensed by the state of Vermont. My practice, Life After Mold, uses a patient centered approach to help recover those suffering from mold related illness. My approach is informed by my Naturopathic Medical education, in combination with Functional and Integrative Medicine. These tools allow me to truly address the entire person who establishes care with me.
As a Shoemaker Certified Physician I specialize in the treatment of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) as a result of exposure to mold and water damaged buildings. I also specialize in the treatment of non-CIRS mold related illness: mycotoxicosis, mold allergy and etc.
There are many ways one can become sick from mold exposure, and thus many ways their case can be addressed.
My passion for treating those with mold related illnesses started when I moved to Waterbury, Vermont in 2013. I wanted to serve a small community in rural Vermont, however, nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see in my office.
Waterbury, two years later, was still recovering from an unimaginable flood caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Patients sick with unexplainable rashes, allergies non-responsive to treatment, fatigue, breathing difficulties, neurological complaints, headaches, nausea, and general immune system dysfunction came to be seen, day after day. When the traditional western medicine and Naturopathic approaches didn't seem to work, that was when I decided to "dive deep" into what I suspected to be mold related illness.
Over several years and as a result of much time spent in research, education, and application of various protocols, I was able to develop approaches that got results. And after seeing many successful patient outcomes, I decided to develop a practice dedicated solely to the treatment of those suffering from illnesses relating to mold, biotoxins, mycotoxins and water damaged building exposure. I take great pride in that fact that Life After Mold is New England’s only certified CIRS (formerly) Naturopathic Medical practice; and the only formerly certified CIRS literate Naturopathic Medical practice east of the Mississippi!
Now, as mold illness specialist, I enjoy helping those who are looking for an answer to their mold related health concerns. I travel around the United states giving lectures regarding mold illness, and I operate as an indoor environmental health advisor for various companies. Additionally, I am the current President of ISEAI; a non profit dedicated to the advancement of medical knowledge surrounding Environmentally Acquired Illness or EAI.
As the years have passed, I have come to believe that EAI underscores all chronic illness. EAI includes, but is not limited to: mold related illness, heavy metal exposure, glyphosate exposure, chronic infections (Lyme & con-infections , EBV, CMV), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), just to name a few.
As a Licensed Naturopathic Physician I am able to help patients from all around New England, in my physical office location in Waterbury, Vermont. I am also able to act as a long distance consultant for clients looking for direction about their mold exposure concerns. Many clients, who may not be able to travel to see me in office, find consultant sessions greatly helpful!
As for my training, I should mention that I received my Bachelors in Science from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, where I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Premedical Sciences and Health Psychology. I then went on to undergo training as a Naturopathic Physician at the prestigious Bastyr University in Kenmore Washington. After earning my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, I returned to New England, finally calling Vermont my home.
Naturopathic physicians are trained to treat the whole person, to determine and address underlying causes of illness, to educate the patient and to develop preventative strategies for maintaining health. Although such components are integral to my practice, I believe they must be accompanied by empathy and compassion in order to be truly effective. I have made this simple human truth the cornerstone of my practice. I believe that patient-centered care, education, and personal empowerment are the keys to success. We will work side by side as we achieve your goals on your journey towards health.
My interests, aside from my practice, share the underlying commonality of environmental awareness and appreciation. I support eco-conscious living, locavorism, and sustainability. I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family, and doing the things I love most-- such as cooking, gardening, skiing, snowshoeing, yoga and hiking.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about myself and my practice. I look forward to hearing from you and hope to work with you soon.
Dr. Lauren Tessier