Rabbi Dr. Selah Givens


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    Dr. Selah Givens is a holistic naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to providing patient-centered care. As an Orthodox Jew, a queer woman, and an advocate for LGBT rights, Dr. Givens brings a unique perspective to her practice. She firmly believes in the importance of considering each individual’s unique medical profile and empowering them to take control of their own health journey, encompassing the body, mind, and spirit.

    Dr. Givens holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) and is actively working towards a Masters in Pastoral Counseling, a PhD in Jewish Studies, and her Doctor of Metaphysics. Her comprehensive training allows her to provide holistic care that goes beyond traditional medicine. She has gained expertise in various disciplines, including Family Medicine, Naturopathy, Psychiatry, Endocannabinoid Therapies, Pediatrics, and Queer Care.

    Dr. Givens adopts a holistic approach to healthcare, considering the interconnectedness of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. She recognizes that every person has the ability to heal their own body and aims to empower her patients to make informed decisions about their health. She understands the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community and provides a safe and inclusive environment for queer care. She values patient education, open communication, and collaboration to ensure that each patient receives individualized care tailored to their specific needs.

    In her free time, Dr. Givens enjoys immersing herself in nature through hiking and finds solace and balance through yoga. She has a deep appreciation for the fall season, embracing the themes of change, transformation, and renewal. She is passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the importance of nutrition in overall well-being. As an autistic person, she is committed to understanding the unique needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. Dr. Givens is also a vegetarian and promotes the integration of plant-based diets for both personal health and environmental sustainability. She emphasizes that health is a fundamental right and is dedicated to advocating for the well-being of all individuals, regardless of their background or identity.

    Professional Endeavors: Dr. Givens established Darkheart Apocathery in 2019, a venture that combines her passion for holistic medicine and her dedication to educating and empowering individuals to make informed health choices. She previously ran a vegan catering and holistic education company, further demonstrating her commitment to promoting wellness through nutrition and education.

     Provider Philosophy:   Dr. Givens believes that health is not just the absence of disease but a state of overall well-being. Her philosophy is rooted in the belief that each person possesses the innate capacity to heal their own body, mind, and spirit. She embraces her Orthodox Jewish faith and infuses it into her practice, promoting compassion, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals. Dr. Givens approaches healthcare with a deep understanding that patients deserve to be active participants in their own healing process, and she is dedicated to providing them with the support, knowledge, and tools they need to achieve optimal health and well-being.