About Dr. Laurell

Dr. Laurell with Otter

      Dr. Laurell Matthews, ND

Northwest Arkansas Natural Health

Fayetteville, AR


Dr. Laurell Matthews is one of only four medically trained naturopathic doctors in Arkansas. She was raised in Fayetteville and earned her bachelor’s in biochemistry from University of Kansas. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle.

Bastyr University is one of five accredited naturopathic medical schools in the United States offering a four-year, graduate level naturopathic medical program with educational standards recognized and approved by the US Department of Education. The program includes education in biomedical sciences and laboratory diagnosis as well as natural therapies such as botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, bodywork, hydrotherapy, and counseling.

Dr. Laurell also completed over 950 hours of clinical internship at the Bastyr Center For Natural Health, where she saw over 400 patients. Upon completion of her training, Dr. Laurell passed national board examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners.

Dr. Laurell focuses on treating the cause of illness while supporting the body’s innate healing abilities in order to prevent and treat many chronic conditions. She blends centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the most effective healer with current research on health and human systems.

Dr. Laurell has experience treating a wide variety of acute and chronic complaints, but her specialties include digestion, detoxification, mood, and women’s health. She uses nutrients and herbs to balance neurotransmitter levels, making life-changing differences in health conditions such as depression and anxiety. She advises on lifestyle and diet modifications where she loves to share her passion for nutrition and cooking. She also utilizes botanical medicine, nutritional supplements, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and craniosacral therapy when appropriate. Her integrative approach to health care will not only provide you with an insightful path toward health, it will also help restore lasting balance to your life.

10 responses to “About Dr. Laurell

  1. Dr. Matthews my name is Lori and you helped me at Ozark Foods yesterday. You told me that taking Ashwagandha and Aconitum Napellus might help me with extreme anxiety. I purchased both and I have had the best 2 days maybe in my whole life! I want to thank you for your patience, kindness and knowledge! I’m starting to feel like living again! It’s been years since I have felt like this. Again THANK YOU!!!!!!! I did not feel like I needed Xanax all day! I went ahead and took a very small amount just so I would not have any withdrawl symptons. I believe this just might change my life!!!!!! Again THANK YOU SOOOOO VERY MUCH ! Lori Goseland

  2. Sounds great! Wish we had someone like you closer to Hot Springs! Been having alot of stomach issues and would like to talk to someone besides gastro doctor!!

    • Sorry it is such a drive from Hot Springs to Fayetteville, but if you want to work with me, after the first visit we could likely do follow up appointments over the phone. I don’t know practitioners around Hot Springs enough to recommend someone else to you.

  3. I hate to ask this but how much are your first visits? I might be very interested. I’ve been looking for someone that has other solutions besides prescription drugs. I’m on meds for my stomach and cholesterol right now (well really I stopped taking on Saturday, was trying to do some natural things). Thank you so much!

  4. Most of my first office visits last an hour or an hour and a half because I really want to get to know the person and custom tailor the interventions for them. I charge $150 for that kind of visit.

  5. Dr. Laurell,
    I spoke with you by phone today regarding referrals for Thermography and/or holistic practitioner in the Little Rock/North Little Rock area. I found the practice you had suggested. The web site: http://www.phoenixintegrativehealthcare.com/
    Dr. Ann Arouh (501) 664-4886
    Thank you for your help!

  6. joanna morris

    Hello, I like your site and look forward to continued postings. Is there a naturopath that you can recommend in the Houston Texas area? I am interested in services primarily for my children who are 9 and 6. I was reading the postings, would you recommend Ashwagandha and Aconitum for children with extreme anxiety and obsessive issues?

  7. Natalie Mannering

    Hi Dr. Laurell, I am interested in a phone consultation. I will email you about that as well. Please let me know if you are available for that, and how to proceed. Thanks!
    Natalie Mannering
    Eureka Springs

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