Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND

 
Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, N.D. is a licensed naturopathic physician focused on infertility, reproductive, and genitourinary health.  Her practice, Perfect Fertility, has helped couples balance their hormones and grow their families and her passion to share this knowledge has led her to teach thousands of doctors to expand their understanding of hormone balance and integrative fertility care.  Dr. Chasse also works as VP of Medical Education for Emerson Ecologics, the largest provider of vitamins and supplements into the medical community.  Dr. Chasse is the Past President for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and has served on the boards of several organizations including the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, the American Herbal Products Association, and many others. 
 
 
Interest in naturopathic endocrinology:
I was 17 years old and knew it was odd that I hadn’t started my period.  I recall when I went into my first ObGyn appointment, nervous that they were going to tell me something was majorly wrong.  The doctor didn’t even investigate- she prescribed me a birth control pill to “fix” the problem.  I remember asking, “what about when I want to have children?  Shouldn’t we find out what’s wrong and FIX it?” and the doctor replied something to the effect of, “there are fertility drugs for that”.
 
I was totally flabbergasted.  How could a doctor not CARE that a totally normal process wasn’t occurring for me?  How could she not WANT to know like I wanted to know what was causing this?  Why was she okay with me taking a medication FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE JUST TO DO SOMETHING NORMAL?!?  And that, my friend, is what led me to a different path.
 
Thankfully, I found my answers through naturopathic medicine.  I have four beautiful children today (and am blessed with 3 more through marriage), but, that experience is what sparked my lifelong mission to find a different way for other women and families, particularly around hormone health.  It spurred my interest in an integrative approach, where we use more in-depth testing and patient interviews to dig deeper to the root cause, and we always start with lifestyle to correct the problem versus covering it up with medications.  
 
It’s no different with fertility- using ICSI with IVF to fertilize an egg and get pregnant doesn’t correct the reason why that process can’t happen on its own- it simply overrides it.  While I’m so grateful that we have that amazing technology, I’m dedicated to helping patients get to the bottom of their hormone imbalances and fertility challenges.  Solving the problem.  Allowing their bodies to conceive healthfully.

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