Meet our Team

Elisse Evans, ND

Founder

Dr. Evans is passionate about working with people who are looking to achieve real health results, naturally. She grew up in Bakersfield, CA, moved to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry.  Dr. Evans first learned about naturopathic medicine after having her own personal success story.  After graduating from Westmont College, she went on to earn a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.  While at Bastyr University she worked as a teaching assistant for the Advanced Gynecology and Anatomy courses. 

Her areas of focus are men and women's health and natural fertility, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, IV therapy, thyroid management, Wilson's Syndrome, and hormonal health. Dr. Evans believes it is important to understand and treat the whole person.  Each person will receive a personalized treatment to enhance their healing process.   

Dr. Evans is the only certified doctor for Wilson's Temperature Syndrome on the central coast.  To learn more about Wilson's Temperature Syndrome click here.  

When not at Origins Integrative Medicine she enjoys spending time with her husband and her fun loving french bulldog.  Hiking, playing volleyball, cooking, skiing, and cycling are some of her favorite hobbies. 

Dr. Evans is a proud member of:

The American Association of Naturopathic Medicine

California Naturopathic Doctors Association

The Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

Michelle Cárdenas, ND

Dr. Cárdenas grew up in Santa Barbara, California, surrounded by nature in her family’s Mission Canyon home. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. 

Dr. Cárdenas returned to Santa Barbara after graduating from UCSC to help her parents run their family music business (SOhO Restaurant and Music Club) before resuming her studies in Oregon at Portland Community College and Portland State University. There, she took her pre-med requirements in anticipation of attending naturopathic school at the National University of Natural Medicine (formerly National College of Natural Medicine), from which she graduated in 2013. After completing her National Board examinations, she again returned to Santa Barbara to begin her practice as a Naturopathic Doctor. 

 

After setting up a solo practice and seeing patients for a number of years in Goleta, Montecito, and Bakersfield, Dr. Cárdenas got the opportunity to join Pathways to Natural Health, where she practiced for 4 1/2 years. Most recently, to continue her growth as a doctor and to pursue the collaborative work environment she’s always sought, Dr. Cárdenas transitioned to working alongside Dr. Elisse Evans at Origins Integrative Medicine. Dr. Cárdenas continues to help her patients attain optimal, sustainable health, believing strongly that the body’s innate healing mechanisms should be reinforced and not suppressed. 

Dr. Cárdenas welcomed her first child, Río Alexander Cárdenas, into the world with her husband Eric in 2019. They spend their time absorbing the many lessons brought on by parenthood while enjoying music, good food, the outdoors, the ocean, friends, family, and snuggling with their cat, Badger.

Jaime entered into the realm of holistic healthcare after experiencing first hand the power that natural medicine has for healing and achieving lasting wellness. She studied the science of holistic nutrition & gastrointestinal healing at Nutritional Therapy Association & Restorative Wellness Solutions where she became certified as a Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner & Restorative Wellness Practitioner.

 

Jaime was born and raised in San Diego prior to moving to Santa Barbara over 12 years ago. She lives downtown with her husband and two cats and loves spending her leisure time hiking, cooking and socializing with friends.  Prior to joining our team, Jaime worked in the wine industry and owned Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in downtown Santa Barbara. After making a welcome career change, she is thrilled to get to apply her passion for helping people via natural & holistic healthcare at Origins Integrative Medicine! 

Jaime Heer, FNTP

Naturopathic Assistant

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