Welcome to Our Practice

Naturopathy

At Northern Sun Family Healthcare, we provide comprehensive medical care for all ages. We offer regular check ups for the whole family, and incorporate conventional testing and treatment options with naturopathic medical care. We also provide complete midwifery care and continued medical care for mother and baby.

Midwifery

Families are increasingly choosing to have their babies in the safety and privacy of their own home, or in a home-like setting such as the Birth Center. At Northern Sun, we offer a unique blend of midwifery services and naturopathic medical care for the whole family that can continue after the birth, much like an old-time general family practice.

Birth Center

Birth at a birth center provides a familiar, warm environment where women can give birth and find healthcare that respects their desires and nourishes their dreams. Both the intimate, home-like quality of the setting and the welcoming, reassuring, professional nature of the staff embody the fundamental idea that birth is an essentially normal and powerful event.
Overview

In this section, we welcome you to learn more about our naturopathic doctors, and the team at Northern Sun.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at Northern Sun, please call us at (207)798-3993 or email us.

We specialize in both naturopathic medicine and midwifery. We combine naturopathic therapies and nutrition with a traditional check up, much like old-time family practice doctors. Our naturopathic doctors enjoy getting to know people and being a part of a families’ healthcare. They also provide annual exams, well baby/child visits, sports physicals and integrate diagnostic lab work as needed.

As a midwife, Dr. Ackerly is committed to offering individualized education and counseling during prenatal care and continuous hands on care during labor, birth and postpartum. Our naturopathic doctors see babies for their well-baby care and throughout their childhood. They enjoy seeing the little ones grow and thrive, and are happy to offer continuity of care for our families.

Dr. Sarah Ackerly - Naturopathic Doctor and Midwife

Sarah is a Naturopathic doctor and Certified Professional Midwife. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and went to college in Boulder, Colorado. Sarah spent time in the Appalachian region of rural Kentucky and decided to go to Naturopathic medical school as a way to integrate her interest in medicine with her love of herbs and natural therapies for healing.

She completed her medical training and did a two year residency in Naturopathic Family practice at the Portland Naturopathic Clinic in Portland, Oregon.  As part of her midwifery education, Sarah spent time in El Paso Texas, learning much from the midwives and Mexican women.  She believes in education and gives her patients lots of information and tools to make the best choices for them. Sarah has been on the faculty of Birthwise Midwifery School since 1996.

She is a member of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors (MAND), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives (MACPM), and International Lyme and Associated Diseases (ILADS).

Sarah lives with her husband, Jay and their two children, Aidan and EmaRae in Topsham. She enjoys gardening, tennis and playing in the outdoors in her spare time.

Dr. Alicia Thomas - Naturopathic Doctor

Alicia is a Naturopathic Doctor and Topsham native.  She studied Anthropology and Spanish at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where she was introduced to the world of integrative and holistic health in one of her medical anthropology courses.  It was in Ithaca that she volunteered at the Ithaca Free Clinic, which was one of the first and few free clinics to offer integrative medicine options, and solidified her desire to become a naturopathic doctor.

Her naturopathic studies were completed at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.  There she focused on botanical medicine, homeopathy, epigenetics and personalized nutrition.  Alicia is also part of the midwifery team at Northern Sun, as the Midwifery Assistant.

After being away for many years, Alicia has returned to Topsham where she grew up, and she could not be happier!  She returns with her family in tow: her partner Tom, their daughters Indigo and Penelope, and dogs Moon and Roxy.  When she is not in the office she is out camping with her family, or helping Tom with renovations around their house. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors (MAND).

 

Dr. Sarah Buck - Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Sarah Buck is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Maine. She loves naturopathic medicine because of its signature blending of the science and art of medicine. Dr. Buck enjoys drawing upon her strong science background from her training for diagnosis and to guide her therapeutic choices. She also relishes the more creative process of working together with the patient to create a unique treatment plan. Each patient requires a blend of select therapies, and Dr. Buck uses combinations of botanical medicine, nutritional medicine, pharmaceutical medicine, naturopathic hydrotherapy, counseling, and homeopathy to treat her patients. No two patients will have the same treatment plan, as no two patients are exactly alike. Gastrointestinal health, sleep, and autoimmune health are a few of her areas of interest, although Dr. Buck is a bit of an omnivore when it comes to conditions. She is passionate about finding what works for each patient to make them feel healthy and vital

Dr. Buck’s life outside of the office is most often spent with family. Stepping into nature daily helps to ground Dr. Buck, she spends time walking her dog, rolling in the sand, grass, or snow with her daughter, casual hikes, skiing, or bike rides with her husband and tending to her outdoor or indoor gardens (depending on the weather!)

It is Dr. Buck’s belief that each person holds the keys to their own vibrant health, and she enjoys passing on the knowledge that she has acquired to those seeking to restore or support their own wellbeing. 

Dr. Mikaela Arredondo (Dr. A) - Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. A is a Naturopathic Doctor certified in Pelvic Floor Therapy as well as Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage. She is originally from Texas where she received her Bachelor’s in Biology/Pre-medicine and Psychology. Growing up in a Mexican-American household where traditional methods of healing were common, she knew she wanted to integrate this medicine into her future practice. After years of struggling with the conventional medical model, she has discovered more effective methods of treatment through her own healing journey, such as botanical medicine and natural therapies. She is thankful to have found the efficacious approach of Naturopathic Medicine and is proud to uphold its holistic principles.

During her studies at The National University of Naturopathic Medicine (NUNM), Dr. A also completed three years of Integrative Mental Health where she learned techniques focused on the mind-body connection. She enjoys combining all areas of medicine that she has learned over the years when treating patients. She also has a private Naturopathic practice in South Portland, Maine.

Dr. A lives in Gray with her partner and enjoys spending her time hiking, trail running, and supporting her favorite women’s soccer teams. After having lived in and traveled around the U.S., she is proud to call Maine her home!

Allison Latterell - Office Manager

Allie works as the Manager in our welcoming Front Office Staff. She recently moved from Western New York to Sagadahoc County with her husband and son. Previously a licensed and certified Massage Therapist and then stay at home mom, Allie now enjoys working while trying to keep up with a toddler, being actively involved in her church community, and finishing the occasional crochet project.

 
 

 

Jennesa Fabbri - Administrative Assistant
 

Bio to come!

Christine Coughlin - Phlebotomist
 

Christine grew up in Lisbon Falls and has always had an interest in naturopathic medicine. She has been working as a phlebotomist since 2005 between CMMC and MMC and is now working with our office on Wednesdays at Northern Sun. When she is not working you can probably find her hiking the local trails with her dog, Molly or working on a knitting a project.