Stacy first became intrigued by the unique nature of plants soon after winning first place at a local science fair back in junior high school. As a mid-westerner, she always enjoyed gardening with her dad, but never knew just exactly how nature would play a role in future career. Her journey began by taking many science based classes like Biology, Botany and Chemistry while earning her degree in Radiology at Ball State University. She enjoyed working with patients as a Nuclear Medicine technologist, but often wondered what happened to the patients after they received their test results. In order to satisfy her curiosity regarding the clinical side of medicine, Stacy then moved back to Illinois with the intention of pursuing a degree as a Physician Assistant. Meanwhile, she started reading more books by Andrew Weil, Carolyn Myss, Deepak Chopra and Bernie Segal. She became interested in nutrition and herbal medicine and started learning about the mind-body connection and its role in disease…she yearned to discover more.
In her quest for knowledge regarding alternative medicine therapies, Stacy happened to find an internet entry about naturopathic medicine…or did it find her? She was so elated to find that there were ways to integrate her love for plants and nutrition with her passion for healing! She headed west to continue the journey at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. In this setting she had the opportunity to train with many different physicians who nurtured their patients using herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and nutritional therapies. These healers treated a wide range of acute and chronic diseases. She also had the opportunity to learn about addictions and mental health issues ranging from acute care at the Mission of Mercy, to the chronically ill patients at AIDS Project AZ.
Dr. Mulkey’s total healthcare experience spans over 25+ years, including 10 years working in the conventional hospital setting prior to attending naturopathic medical school. She is extremely grateful for that time she spent working in the hospital because it gave her a sense of satisfaction and appreciation in caring for people. However, she soon learned that despite all of the advances that have been made in modern medicine, there were still too many people with chronic diseases that were not being helped. Her basic philosophy includes helping others discover the root cause of symptoms and addressing the person as a whole body, mind and spirit in order to help the body heal itself. She believes that the best way to accomplish this goal is by blending together the best of our time-honored nature cures, such as herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and nutritional therapies, with more recent advances in medicine such as neurotransmitter testing and colored light therapy.
Dr. Mulkey earned her B.S. in dual majors of Biology and Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993. She graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2004 and established a busy private practice in Phoenix and was extremely excited and honored to join the very talented practitioners at Namaste Health Center in 2010. Her practice has evolved to specialize in chronic disease, which includes but is not limited to chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, digestive disturbances, thyroid and other hormone imbalances, chronic stress and integrative oncology. Dr. Mulkey has a family practice and enjoys helping people of all ages along their path to optimal health.