Thea Marx, a fourth year student, is nearing the end of a fascinating journey in pursuit of a lifelong dream. Raised on a cattle ranch on the Wind River Indian Reservation of Wyoming, Thea judged livestock, held leadership positions in state and national agricultural organizations and served as an ag lender in the banking industry. With a degree in marketing she excelled as a business entrepreneur before becoming an acknowledged expert and published author in the field of western design and executive director of the Western Design Conference in Cody, Wyoming. She produced numerous runway fashion shows throughout the country and modeled in many others in New York City, Albuquerque, Indianapolis and Los Angeles. Following the passing of her grandmother at age 98, whom she had taken care of for the last 11 years of her life, Thea embarked on her dream of becoming a naturopathic physician. Thea has a love for medicine and helping others and recently returned from Namibia where she volunteered in a rural clinic on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Always busy with some project, Thea is also the proud mother of Aspen, her 18 year old daughter, who is a college freshman.
Rachelle is a 4th year naturopathic medical student at the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine. Her anticipated graduation date will be in May 2021. During her medical school years, she has taken on many leadership roles, two of which include NMSA UB chapter social chair and eventually president.
Natural medicine is strongly rooted throughout the world and should be recognized for its multifaceted uses. To Rachelle, naturopathic medicine means providing culturally-based, age-old healing modalities for all those in need, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized from more contemporary approaches to medicine. After graduating, Rachelle will focus her practice on general health care.
Prior to starting her academic career at UBSNM, Rachelle completed her B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. She also completed a Masters in Public Health. Following her masters, she worked as a research associate at a Connecticut-based federally qualified health center. The skills acquired from her past career will help her develop evidence-based treatment protocols for her future patient base