The spa doctor, Naturopathic Medicine
Total years in practice: 20
Dr. Trevor Cates is the author of the USA Today and Amazon bestselling book Clean Skin From Within and the founder of The Spa Dr. Natural Skin care. She has also been featured on TV shows including The Doctors and Extra TV. Dr. Cates shares her experience from 20 years of seeing patients as a naturopathic physician using a holistic approach to skin care.
Laying the groundwork to become an ND with a focus on dermatology
“I’ve always had finicky, sensitive skin. I had bumps, hives, and eczema as a child, acne as a teenager, and rosacea in my 30s. You name a skin issue, and I’ve probably had it. The itching and discomfort I experienced as a child was awful, but what really hurt was the hit to my self-esteem. I was embarrassed by my skin and never felt like a normal kid. I tried so many medications, which made me feel worse, and I developed allergies to a lot of them. But, after years of antibiotics, antihistamines, and topical steroids my parents introduced me to a natural, holistic approach that changed everything. As if by magic, my infections, allergic reactions, and itchy skin rashes disappeared. My skin cleared up, and I finally found some relief, both physically and emotionally. This journey led me to becoming a naturopathic physician.”
Finding fulfillment as “The Spa Dr.”
Following graduation from National University of Natural Medicine, Dr. Cates went on to become the first female licensed naturopathic physician in California. Since the launch of her clinic in Santa Barbara, Dr. Cates sold the practice and relocated to Park City, Utah where she began working at the Waldorf Astoria and became known as “The Spa Dr.” Dr. Cates created her own company, wrote Clean Skin From Within and traveled the country with her PBS special – Younger Skin from Within. Currently, Dr. Cates mentors other naturopathic doctors and skin experts while running The Spa Dr. online from her home office in Park City. Dr. Cates believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with natural and non-toxic ingredients.
“Over the last two decades, I’ve helped thousands of patients improve their self-care, lifestyle, and overcome underlying issues plaguing their health and skin. The concept that’s guided my practice, and now The Spa Dr. Company, is simple. Your skin is a magic mirror that gives you great clues about your overall health. Pay attention to the clues, and you’ll be able to improve your health and enjoy clear, glowing, more naturally youthful-looking skin.”
In her free time, Dr. Cates enjoys mountain biking, trail running, wake surfing, skiing, and spending time in nature with her family and friends.