ABOUT DR. BALA
Dr. Saru Bala
Dr. Bala is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Prior to attending medical school, she received her Bachelor's degree in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has done extra training in the areas of women’s health and naturopathic endocrinology. Currently her primary focus is on managing chronic hormonal issues such as PMS, period pain, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, Hashimoto's, fertility, and other women's hormonal health concerns.
I had a lot of struggles growing up with my own health- I was diagnosed with IBD at 13 years old (which is extremely young for this diagnosis) and was on and off harsh medications that made me feel awful for months before deciding this wasn’t the route for me. I was able to turn to naturopathic medicine and change my diet and add in herbs/supplements that have let me lead a completely normal life without medications.
My biggest turning point was when my mom battled stage 4 ovarian cancer while I was in college. I watched her get told by multiple doctors over and over that she only had a few months left to live, but being the determined woman she is, she didn’t give up. She turned to naturopathic medicine and was able to be in complete remission. Seeing the hope and life come back to her after finding integrative options made me realize, this is exactly what I wanted to do for others.
My most recent inspirations have been other women suffering with the lack of knowledge about their bodies and feeling dismissed by their providers. The only option presented for hormonal concerns is birth control. I wanted to be able to give women the understanding of their body, their health, and their LIFE, so they can feel more connected to themselves and feel that “Beyonce” energy that shines through when you feel your best.
"Before working with Dr. Bala, I was tired most days and I had a hard time getting up in the morning. I had painful periods with a lot of gas and bloating. After working with Dr. Bala for 6 months, I feel so much better. I have more energy now and my period pain is almost gone at this point. Working with Dr. Bala made me feel like it wasn't in my head, and I felt like she gave me a lot more options than my other doctors and was very informative. She would explain everything to me and I really appreciate that."
Eleanor N, 22
"I was having irregular periods, painful periods, and extreme fatigue. Dr. Bala helped me see that there was something else going on in my body. We ran labs and tests that other doctors didn't, and found out I had a thyroid disorder and gut health issues. She helped me address this naturally, without any birth control or medication and my periods have been coming regularly. I don't worry about when or if I'll get a period anymore."