As the daughter of two pharmacists, Dr. Holly was well versed in the Western medical approach: “You don’t feel well? Here, take this pill.” Even at a very young age she was troubled by this approach to health and always wanted to know “WHY?”
Dr. Holly Lucille grew up in the mid-west as the daughter of two pharmacists and witnessed her father’s climb up the corporate ladder at one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. She was well versed in the Western medical approach: “You don’t feel well? Here, take this pill.” At a very young age she became troubled by this approach to health and seemed to always want to know “Why?” She would ask question after question hoping things would make more sense to her:
- What will it do for me?
- Will it hurt me?
- Will I need it all the time?
- How much does it cost?
She thinks she literally drove her parents crazy, leading them to hypothesize they had taken the wrong baby home from the hospital. However, her ability to question and her desire to know more did not stop there. Her professional journey began more than two decades ago when she decided to become a nurse because she simply wanted to help people. The inspiration came during a class for volunteers at a local hospital. In that class she learned that when people become ill or needed to be hospitalized they give up some of their personal rights, rights such as the right to privacy, the right to choose, and the right to be informed and understand all of what was going on.
Incensed, she thought, “I have to get into this system and help.” But becoming a nurse didn’t subdue the query of a reductionist approach or her desire to help. Soon, she was disillusioned with the simple directive of carrying out doctors’ orders. She continued to want more rationale behind some of the decisions being made, and craved a more active and effective role in caring for people. In her quest to find a satisfying place for herself in healthcare, she joined the American Holistic Nursing Association.
Completing a post-graduate program in holistic nursing provided her with an environment in which she was guided by instruction and a philosophy that supported and treated people, not just their diagnoses, symptoms or lab tests. This felt perfect! After seven years in nursing, becoming a Naturopathic Doctor seemed like the next natural step. As a Naturopathic Doctor she has enjoyed over ten years of a diversified career in private practice, education, as a consultant and media figure, fulfilling her passion of partnering with and helping each and every individual she can to feel and be well!
Dr. Holly Lucille, a.k.a. “Dr. Holly,” is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant and television host. Dr. Holly is also the author of Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health.
An acclaimed expert in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Holly lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics. Her appearances include national media programs and networks including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Lifetime Television for Women, Montel Williams, PBS’s Healing Quest, The Hallmark Channel and Discovery Fit & Health channel. She is on the editorial advisory board of Alternative Medicine and Natural Practitioner and is also regularly quoted as an expert in both consumer and peer journals. In 2007, Dr. Holly was listed in Time Magazine’s “Alt List” as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People”. In 2012 she launched her own talk show “Myth-Defying with Dr. Holly” on the Veria Living network and is the co-host of “It’s Your Health & It Ain’t Rocket Science” radio show on RadioMD.
Dr. Holly believes in the science, art and mystery of healing and has a heartfelt passion for the individual wellness of all people. Built on this foundational belief, Dr. Holly’s private practice in Los Angeles, Healing from Within Healthcare, focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care.
Dr. Holly is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association where she worked to ensure the availability of safe naturopathic health care by spearheading a lobbying effort to have naturopathic doctors licensed in the state of California. She has also worked with the LA Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention in the public health system and recently was awarded the “SCNM Legacy Award” for her “contribution to the advancement and development of the field of naturopathic medicine.” Dr. Holly graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ where she received the prestigious “Daphne Blayden Award” for her “commitment to naturopathic medicine, academic excellence, compassion, perseverance, a loving sense of humor and a positive, supportive outlook.”
In her “off time” Dr. Holly enjoys being with her family, riding her motorcycle through the mountains and along the beaches of Los Angeles, as well as playing various instruments and touring with her band.
Here’s a Fun Video of Dr. Holly In The Lab With Celebrity Interviewer Arthur Kade
Fun Dr. Holly Facts:
3 Surprising things about me:
- I have ridden motorcycles since I was 7 Years old. I currently have a pearl white, belt driven Suzuki Boulevard 650 and I absolutely love it. I love it so much that after I crashed my first one (yes, I had a very bad accident in 2006) I bought the exact same bike! :)
- During my last band tour I actually played drums and bass at the same time. Can you say the girl has got rhythm? :)
- I am painfully shy and extremely sensitive. I think my seemingly gregarious nature is a defense for how introverted I actually am. I care deeply about people and I am devastated when someone is hurt or in pain.
- (sorry- one extra) One of my biggest pet peeves in life is that someone chose to abbreviate the word “etcetera” — etc. DO you know how many other words that are super hard and super long that I could have used some abbreviation with?5 Things I Can’t Live Without:
- My “Stretch out Strap.” One of my challenges is flexibility. I found this simple little strap that assists me in contorting my body to points of total uncomfortableness. I love it and hate it so much at the same time. To help ease the pain I have taken to watching “Breaking Bad” on my Ipad while I am lying on the floor in pain.
- Crossfit. I have been doing Crossfit as my fitness activity of choice for the last year and I am addicted. My first competition is in February. Me, at 47 and some 20 year olds…..should be fun! ;)
- My cats. Samantha Kate and Sydney Bear. I didn’t have any two legged kids but tend to treat the furry 4 legged ones just like they are my own children! I learn from them, love them, worry about them, miss them…ETCETERA!
- Vegetables: There is just not enough words. Plant Strong/Nutrient Dense/Full of Fiber and LOVE
- Forgiveness and Compassion: We are all so fallible along this journey and I feel like those two acts are vital for our thriving along the way. I need them and I need to give them.