Rebecca Meldrum, ND, is a naturopathic physician and founder of Aerial Integrative Health. She earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington and her BA in Human Biology and MA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University.
Dr. Meldrum has enjoyed coaching people of all ages and all abilities in anything from handstands to triathlons, but her passion is helping other women and their families take back their health. Her goal is to help people reach their own health goals by building personalized, integrative plans that focus on foundations of optimal health. Like a tree firmly rooted to the earth as it grows toward the sun, one must be grounded in basics and foundations in order to achieve goals and expertise. Parents grounded with foundational health behaviors for themselves are the best teachers and examples for their kids, who will then form and habituate health behaviors that contribute to their own optimal health and resilience.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Dr. Meldrum spent her childhood as a gymnast. She competed at the elite level, was a member of the U.S. National Team, and earned a full scholarship to the Stanford University Women’s Gymnastics Team. After four years as a Division I NCAA student-athlete, she started training and racing triathlons while earning her master’s degree. At Stanford, her lifelong interest in health and healthy aging became less focused on the conventional medical model and more focused on prevention and encouraging healthy lifestyles. After school, she helped build a kids’ sports program in Japan. When she returned to the United States, she helped organize triathlons and lead bike tours in the Southwest. She also encouraged people of all abilities as Sports Manager for Special Olympics Nevada. Energized by her position at Special Olympics, she mustered up the courage to audition for Cirque du Soleil. She subsequently spent nearly three years performing as a professional acrobat in KÀ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas inspiring 4,000 audience members a night. While performing 10 shows a week, she continued to participate in full-distance triathlons. Dr. Meldrum was then introduced to naturopathic medicine during a 4,500-mile, self-supported bicycle trip with her husband, during which they witnessed the unequivocal interconnectedness of environment and health. After meeting, working with, and living with people from diverse cultural backgrounds around the country and through parts of the world, Dr. Meldrum’s interest for a healthcare system grounded in scientific evidence and traditional use was ignited. Naturopathic medicine was a natural next phase.
When Dr. Meldrum is not with patients, she enjoys her greatest endurance endeavor: parenthood! As a mom of three young boys, she understands the juggle of home, work, school, play, self-care, and all the roles that come with motherhood. She continues to practice balancing all of these daily. Whether she is practicing health care; walking the beaches of the Sound; hiking PNW trails; flying at iFly Seattle; cheering at soccer games; practicing breathwork; or cooking, gardening and playing at home, her passion is promoting an energetic, balanced, healthy life for her family and her patients.
Dr. Meldrum is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Bodies for Birth.