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 HeeR, FNTP

&

Naturopathic Assistant

Jaime's ultimate goal is to help clients learn how to fuel their body & mind so that you can look and feel amazing, naturally! She understands the power that food, regular movement and lifestyle modifications have for optimizing digestion, remedying nutritional deficiencies and bringing balance to sleep, mood and hormones. She works closely with each of her clients to create individualized protocols that are catered to your personal health goals. 

Jaime studied the science of holistic nutrition and gastrointestinal healing at Nutritional Therapy Association & Restorative Wellness Solutions where she became certified as a Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) & Level 2 Restorative Wellness Practitioner.

 

She was born and raised in San Diego. Studied Early Childhood Development at Santa Barbara City College & achieved her Bachelor of Science in Child Development from San Diego State University. She relocated to Santa Barbara in 2008 where she lives downtown with her husband and two rescue cats. She loves spending her leisure time hiking, cooking, and socializing with friends and you can often find her soaking up the beautiful SB weather on the Playa Azul patio. 

 

Before joining the OIM team, Jaime owned Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in downtown Santa Barbara. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue her passion for helping people via functional nutrition at Origins Integrative Medicine! 

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