Hatha Gbedawo, ND
Naturopathic Physician – Specializing In Pediatric Medicine
Dr. Hatha Gbedawo (Buh-Doww) was born in New York and raised in the Colorado Rockies. She has been practicing in Seattle for over ten years and continues to love living in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Gbedawo is a licensed primary care physician and is board certified in naturopathic medicine specializing in pediatrics. She encourages and sustains a curiosity in medicine and continues to stay current on novel treatments and existing research. Dr. Gbedawo believes that healing the whole family provides the best environment for healthy children.
For the last decade, Dr. Gbedawo has been hybridizing her proliferative biomedical training with a naturopathic perspective providing unique and comprehensive care. In addition to her extensive background in working with pediatric neurological, neurodevelopmental and behavioral concerns she has a strong clinical aptitude helping children with immune regulation disorders, gastrointestinal complaints and malnutrition/ picky eating. Dr. Gbedawo helps families prioritize treatments, coordinate specialized diets, and manage the biomedical options for sustainability of care.
As one of the many underlying contributing factors to neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders, Dr. Gbedawo works extensively with PANDAS/ PITANDS/ PANS/ CANS cases; autoimmune reactions that are triggered by chronic illnesses or environmental influences that contribute to mood regulation including anxiety, aggression and temper tantrums, as well as other significant behavioral concerns such as impulsivity and obsessive/ compulsive/ perseverative behaviors. Dr. Gbedawo counsels families, that with any chronic illness there may not be a “magic bullet”, and she helps patients navigate the flares and remissions associated with these conditions with expertise and compassion.
Dr. Gbedawo also works with children with other neurological concerns such as epilepsy/ seizures, Tourette’s and tics; she applies the same principles of addressing underlying triggers of inflammation and oxidative stress to these complex and often chronic neurological conditions. Dr. Gbedawo has also opened up her practice to working with patients interested in exploring CBD (cannibidiol) for pediatric seizures and is investigating its application for tics, anxiety and stimming behaviors. Medical Cannabis is still considered a controlled substance, and in the pediatric population utilizing this treatment has to be done with caution and transparency with all providers and care givers of the affected children; Dr. Gbedawo can help families navigate this process.
In addition to helping children with chronic conditions, Dr. Gbedawo addresses common complaints in neurotypical children, such as atopic diseases (allergies, asthma, eczema), irregular bowels, and sleep issues. And, of course, Dr. Gbedawo continues to and enjoys providing primary care for healthy children! She also believes strongly in patient education and supporting families to make informed choices around immunizations (ISP).
Dr. Gbedawo is a member of the PedANP (Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians) and Vital Kids Medicine, PLLC is an accredited residency site through Bastyr University. She is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Culture Medicine (www.culturemedicine.org), and is on the medical advisory board for Jamii Moja (www.jamiimoja.org); these are platforms through which she is following her dream of doing clinical work with children in different African nations. Dr. Gbedawo spends her free time hiking, urban trekking, and preparing raw food delicacies!