Feel free to call me Dr. Laura, Dr. B, or if you're up for the challenge, Dr. Badalamenti (formerly Kwiatkowski)
As a child I struggled with being overweight. I felt unattractive, and even though I was an active kid and played a lot of sports, I had trouble losing weight. Eventually, my mother started exploring more natural approaches to health. She taught me and my sisters to make healthy lunches to bring to school, as well as how to read ingredient labels. We transitioned our diet over time, made healthier decisions where food was concerned, and purchased organic foods whenever possible. I ended up seeing a doctor who was more holistic in their approach to my healthcare, and found out my thyroid was functioning less than optimally. Also, my gut needed some repair since I had a history of using multiple antibiotics for ear infections as a young child. When I started treatment from my doctor, and cleaned up my diet by eliminating refined sugar and carbohydrates, the extra weight I had been carrying for most of my childhood melted away.
My health journey inspired me to become a Naturopathic Doctor, so I could play a role in teaching patients how to reach their optimal health and wellbeing. When we are able to wake up and spend every day feeling healthy and full of energy, we can focus on achieving and living a happy and fulfilling life.
I grew up in Michigan and attended Oakland University where I graduated summa cum laude with my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Then, I moved to Arizona for medical school and after 4 years graduated with highest honors from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in 2014. I then completed a 2 year residency in family medicine at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. I was adjunct faculty at SCNM and taught botanical medicine courses for a few years. Currently, I am in private practice at East Valley Naturopathic Doctors in Mesa, AZ.
I love my life in Arizona where I enjoy spending time with my husband, friends and family, and of course our puppy. Some of my hobbies include cooking and exploring farmer's markets, going to the gym, hiking, and playing golf and tennis.