Dr. Ruth Carden (she/her)

Dr. Carden is a primary and specialty care physician who sees patients across a wide range of conditions and life experiences. She believes strongly in the importance of listening to the patient and values the wisdom people have about their own bodies and health. Dr Carden especially enjoys helping patients with issues related to metabolic, endocrine and gynecologic conditions, pelvic care, mental health and GI conditions.

Dr. Carden incorporates both gentle and pragmatic treatment modalities. These include everything from but are not limited to: hands-on therapies, herbal medicine, nutrition, supplements, flower essences and medications, as appropriate. She is a leader in herbal naturopathic care, with extensive training in botanical medicine, including many years of formal clinical herbalism studies prior to medical school.

Before studying medicine, Dr. Carden was involved in her community as a social worker and brings this lens to her work. Her care is compassionate and trauma-informed, with a whole-system, whole-person approach. She delights in working with people of diverse backgrounds, including those with international ties or roots, having spent many of her formative years in another country. Another value of Dr. Carden’s is for her care to be accessible and comfortable to all people across the gender spectrum.


  • Primary care and naturopathic adjunctive care ages 7 & up
  • Myofascial release and other manual therapies
  • Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Visceral Abdominal Techniques
    • A type of abdominal massage beneficial for GI, pelvic and urinary conditions as well as sacrum and back pain in patients of all genders and ages
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Botanical medicine


Dr. Carden commonly treats include, but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes, metabolic syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain
  • Menstrual irregularities, perimenopause, fibroids
  • Vulvar health and vulvar skin conditions
  • PCOS
  • Infections
  • Headaches
  • STIs
  • Anxiety, depression, and panic attacks
  • Bipolar disorder
  • PTSD
  • Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and others
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Celiac disease
  • GERD or heartburn
  • Autoimmune conditions including thyroid disorders


  • Residency – CNME-accredited Family and Primary Care residency through the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM)
    • focus and rotations in Mental Health, Pelvic and GI Health, Gender Affirming Care, Community Health and Addiction Medicine, Cardiology, Metabolic Disease and Chronic Pain
  • Botanical Medicine
    • Clinical Herbalism Certificate from David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and Northeast School of Herbalism

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