Dr. McElveen grew up in Clearwater, Florida, where naturopathic medicine was not very common. She was always drawn to medicine, but nothing quite felt right when looking at allopathic medical schools. She decided to take some time off from college to travel, ending up in Port Townsend, WA, where she learned about naturopathic medicine while doing computer work for a local naturopathic doctor (ND). This inspired her to go back to undergraduate school, this time at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and earn her pre-med biology degree. In September of 2002, she began her journey at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), world renown as the first and oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in the US, where she graduated in 2007. Due to the amount of clinical internship incorporated into the core curriculum in naturopathic medical school, residencies are not currently required for NDs and are extremely competitive as there are very limited positions available. Dr. McElveen was awarded not one, but two years residency due to her excellence in clinical care and teaching. In the fall of 2009, she was offered a 3rd year residency position, but decided to move back to the East coast to be closer to family and friends and to enjoy the Maine way of life. Dr. McElveen was very excited to grow her practice here in Maine and is honored to be the first naturopathic medical clinic in the Sanford/Springvale area. In 2010, Dr. McElveen introduced the First & Last Program, providing low-cost, naturopathic healthcare to those needing financial assistance. As of Spring 2014, Dr. McElveen has personally donated over $27,000 in services and products to this program. Sadly, due to lack of funding, this program has since closed. Bare Medicine will be closing on July 31, 2015 and Dr. McElveen will be focusing on her new venture, Whole Health Starts Today, where she can reach a broader audience and continue to educate the public on whole health as well as support and consult practicing NDs in business and marketing.
Dr. McElveen's Mission Statement
I vow to educate people about whole health and well-being using any naturopathic modality that fits their needs and lifestyles. Through speaking, teaching, volunteering and setting an example in my community, I will do my best to provide a resource for wellness for all populations.