Dr. Elias Kass is a naturopathic physician and retired licensed midwife, providing care to all kinds of families in the Seattle area.
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Note: Dr. Kass wrapped up midwifery (pregnancy and birth) services at the end of 2014. He is continuing to accept new babies and children into his pediatrics practice, as well as select adults (generally parents of children in the pediatrics practice, and adults seeking gender-affirming hormones).
Elias Kass, ND (formerly ND, LM, CPM)
Dr. Elias Kass graduated from Bastyr University as a Doctor in Naturopathic Medicine and received his Certificate in Naturopathic Midwifery at the same time. Bastyr University is a highly regarded institution, accredited for both naturopathic medicine and midwifery. He also holds a Bachelors in Science in Engineering (Computer Science Engineering) and a BA in English and Creative Writing (Highest Honors) from the University of Michigan. He is board certified by the National Association of Naturopathic Board Examiners (NABNE) and by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and was awarded the title of Certified Professional Midwife, which is a national credential. A family practice requires creativity, ingenuity, playfulness, and a love of challenges and problem-solving. As a software engineer turned physician-midwife, and with extensive training and experience in a variety of settings, Dr. Kass is uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive naturopathic family care. In 2014, Dr. Kass retired the midwifery portion of his practice, and in 2017 decided not to renew his midwifery license, thus dropping the LM and CPM and significantly shortening the length of his signature!
Dr. Kass currently specializes in the naturopathic primary care of babies and children, including well baby and well child checks, immunizations, and medications and referrals if needed. He further specializes in breastfeeding and infant feeding problems, including tongue tie and milk supply challenges. He also helps people induce lactation (bring in milk) even if they have not been pregnant (for example, lesbian couples who both want to breastfeed, or adoptive parents who want to breastfeed).
Dr. Kass has previously been a professional member of the Midwives Association of Washington State, and has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. He was also a member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP) and the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP).
In 2009, Dr Kass spent two months working in the maternity ward of Port Vila Central Hospital in Port Vila, Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific, getting to know a talented and dedicated group of nurses, midwives and obstetricians. Women traveled from all over the island, sometimes neighboring islands, to give birth with the midwives. He also assisted a Canadian family physician volunteering as the sole physician on the island of Tanna, where he performed island rounds, treating patients in a tiny jungle dispensary with no electricity and very limited medications. In 2013 he returned for several weeks, working with many of the same midwives in the midst of a population boom!
Naturopathic medicine is about supporting the person to heal…
For Dr. Kass, naturopathic medicine feels like an extension of midwifery: supporting the body in healing, even if that means getting out of the way. Guided by the naturopathic principles, he enjoys learning the pharmacological actions of herbs, building a foundation of immunity with vaccines, harnessing the power of food, and working with patients to establish individualized treatment plans to achieve their goals. Over the course of his training, he worked with patients at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, including specialty pediatrics shifts; in private naturopathic family practices; with low income people at Country Doctor Clinic, and with homeless teens at the 45th St Youth Clinic. He’s worked for years as volunteer medical staff at a residential summer camp, most recently running the clinic as Medical Lead. He also volunteers with the Seattle-King County Public Health Reserve Corps, preparing to deliver medical care during disasters.
Tolle causum: identify and treat the cause
About naturopathic physicians: A licensed naturopathic doctor is someone who has been rigorously trained in both conventional diagnostics and treatment and in natural ways to approach health and disease, in order to deliver safe, effective, natural medicine, and has been licensed by the state to deliver this care. Naturopathic medicine is firmly established in Washington State, especially in the Seattle area, home to Bastyr University, one of the foremost accredited universities offering training to naturopathic doctor. In Washington State, naturopathic doctors have full primary care scope, including prescribing most medications and tests.
About licensed midwives: A licensed midwife is someone who has been rigorously trained in delivering safe, effective maternity care in an out-of-hospital context for normal, low-risk pregnant people, including attending over 100 births, and has been licensed by the state to provide this care. This includes prenatal care, lab testing, pregnancy monitoring, labor management, delivery, and care of the newborn until 6 weeks. Referrals are made for ultrasound or higher-level care with obstetricians, perinataologists, or maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Referrals/transfers in labor are made to the University of Washington Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, and other area hospitals as needed.