Meet Dr. Jenna Blasi. She’s a Naturopathic Doctor at Sedona Naturopathic, PLLC. She won ‘Best Physician in Sedona and the surrounding area’ for the last four years in a row. Naturopathic medicine is a blend of conventional medicine and holistic medicine so they can offer ideally what the patient needs to get to the root cause of imbalance and help them achieve optimum health.
She’s also a mom of two; a ten and three-year-old.
Q: What led you to your current career?
A: Couple of things. I was a theater major in college, and we didn’t have understudies. One evening before the performance, the Director said, “You’re not allowed to get sick.” He handed us a sheet of paper and said delete dairy and sugar from your diet. I have vitamin C if you’re not feeling well. I thought if this will help me when I’m sick, what kind of effects might it have if I implemented this choice when I’m healthy. That’s when I began to explore eating healthy, treating myself naturally, and realizing how much control we have over health and well-being. Afterward, I went to Naturopathic Doctor, and honestly, it was the best decision. Not only did it turn my health around, but also it inspired me. I knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life.
Q: In addition to all the things you do, Physical fitness is another. Can you tell us about it?
A: I’ve been a Fitness instructor for years. I initially taught fitness classes in college, and I stopped for several years. When I was in Naturopathic Medical School, I realized it’s tough to stay fit, but it was essential for my health as well as others. I became certified as a Fitness Instructor and started teaching Pilates and other Fitness Classes once again.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Sedona, and what do you love about it?
A: One of my favorite restaurants is ChocolaTree because I’ve been a vegetarian or plant-based eater for years. I have several dishes that they serve. I also actually like Picazzo’s because they have a variety of items on their menu, and have something for everyone. I can go there with my extended family, who is not vegetarian.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Sedona?
A: Ten years in Sedona but lived here for four years before school. I moved here in 1999 after completing massage and Naturopathic school.
Q: What is your favorite movie, OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: I love watching the Harry Potter series with my son. I enjoy a good romantic comedy, especially “While You Were Sleeping.” I don’t like movies that are disturbing since there are enough disturbing things in the world.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Find your joy. Life is short, and we are bombarded continually with reminders of that. Still, we never know what will happen tomorrow, so let’s not waste time worrying about things. Worrying does no good; it can cause harm in our body. Find what brings you joy, try to take hold of that, and make it a part of your life every day.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Sedona?
A: It feels safe here. It’s a safe place to raise kids. I also love the beauty of Sedona.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?
A: More of the same, I imagine. At some point, I would like to have more of an online presence. It would be nice to have online classes for patients. I want to do more public speaking. I enjoy giving talks, so maybe when my kids get a little older, that would be an option.
Q: What three words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Home is my family and my spiritual path.
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: Many people may not realize that I have advanced training in healing bodywork. When people think about Naturopathic doctors, they don’t think about the bodywork that is involved. I’ve been doing this therapy since after massage school, and I stayed with it. It’s deeply relaxing and healing in a way that continues to astound me. So, if people are searching for balance or relief from pain, whether it’s mental, emotional, or physical, they should consider doing this for overall well-being.
From an Interview with Jonelle Klein