Dr. Tomko grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was fortunate to live in a progressive medical community. Her first encounter with natural medicine was at a young age watching her grandmother use a piece of aloe to soothe a burn from a hot oven. This only led to further curiosity about plants, food, and the natural world.
Dr. Tomko obtained her naturopathic medical education at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She also holds a master’s degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science from Marywood University. Prior to becoming a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Tomko worked as a personal trainer and exercise physiologist in both a private studio and hospital setting.
While she is an advocate for conventional medicine, especially for emergency and surgical situations, she strongly believes that a holistic and integrative approach to health and well-being is the best model. Many chronic and debilitating diseases are better managed when dietary and lifestyle changes accompany conventional pharmaceutical treatment, giving patients better outcomes and quality of life.
Dr. Tomko started her naturopathic medical career as a rural doctor in the Fargo-Moorhead area of Northern Minnesota. She holds her Naturopathic Registration through the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, as North Carolina does not currently license naturopathic doctors. She is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NCANP), the North Carolina Integrative Medical Society (NCIMS), and the Naturopathic Medicine Institute (NMI).
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, crafting espresso drinks, and ‘horse-playing’ with Duke the dog (as well as her cats Danny and Freddie).