Dr. Nikodemas McNulty, ND
Licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor and Founder
As a young man, Dr. Nikodemas McNulty knew that medicine would be in his future; what he didn’t know was that his passion for helping people would lead him to study Naturopathic Medicine.
At University of South Florida, where he received his B.S. in Medical Science, he envisioned a career as a surgeon. However, while working in prostate and bladder cancer research, he observed not only the possibilities of modern cancer treatment, but its limitations as well. It was these limitations that caused him to reconsider his direction. At his parent’s suggestion he explored natural medicine, a care system that strives to find the root cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of the person.
Naturopathic medicine, according to Dr. McNulty, can be powerful as adjunctive or supportive care to conventional medicine. In fact, he regularly receives referrals by medical doctors at Scripps and UCSD, and provides supportive treatment to many patients undergoing cancer therapies. With his expertise in customized IV treatments, Dr. McNulty provides pain and symptom management for cancer patients at all stages. He works with patients diagnosed with severe neurological disorders – Parkinson’s Alzheimer’s, dementia – to slow its progression and provide relief. His patients also include people struggling with addictions who need help with detox and the alleviation of withdrawal response symptoms.
Nature & Science Medicine, as the name suggests, combines a rigorous adherence to scientific principles of medicine with an understanding and practice of whole body evaluation. In addition to adjunctive oncology care and nutritional IV therapy, his practice also offers nutrition and lifestyle counseling, and chelation therapy.
Though his childhood was spent in Ohio and Florida, Dr. McNulty chose San Diego as his home following medical school and residency at Bastyr University. Bastyr University, with campuses in Seattle and San Diego, is the world’s leading academic center for natural health arts and sciences. It trains doctors to use both conventional diagnostic testing and natural treatments. Besides running his daily practice, Dr. McNulty teaches advanced IV Therapy classes, Phlebotomy lab, and supervises student care shifts at his Alma Mater.
In the long term, Dr. McNulty envisions establishing a local health and wellness retreat facility, as well as founding a nonprofit aimed at educating people about healthy living in harmony with the principles of naturopathic medicine. When he isn’t working, Dr. McNulty can be found in the great outdoors, especially in the local deserts and mountains, and occasionally in the forests of Washington.
Erin Rhae Biller, NMD, BA
Erin Rhae Biller earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) degree from Bastyr University California before starting as a Naturopathic medical assistant for Dr. McNulty at Nature & Science Medicine. Having grown up in a family filled with doctors, attorneys and business persons, Erin has known that she wanted to be a doctor since her youth on the East Coast. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, she lived in Udaipur, India where she solidified her passion for health while working in economic development and women’s health through the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Upon returning home she completed Post-Baccalaureate studies in California and Arizona before starting Naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University Kenmore.
Alongside additional exposure to medicine volunteering in health camps in Nicaragua, studying Ayurvedic medicine in Sri Lanka, and sponsoring first aid relief during natural disasters, Erin has worked tirelessly to advocate access to Naturopathic medicine for all people through work in San Diego free clinics and in legislative efforts both at the state and federal level.
The cornerstone of Erin Rhae’s unique approach to healing is founded in the principles of patient education and finding the least invasive therapeutic options to treat the root cause of a person’s maladies. Erin Rhae has spoken to corporate and community groups to increase public awareness about Naturopathic medicine and living in alignment with Naturopathic medicine.
Erin Rhae Biller is an avid organic gluten-free chef and creator of a community dinner known as 'Tribe Supper Club’. In her free time she likes to find fun new ways to exercise, create natural products, art, and travel the world to seek other exposure to medicine, cultures and people.
Naturopathic Assistant and Co-Founder
One could say Verena's background in natural medicine started before she was even born. In Germany, her grandfather worked as a pharmacist and started a skincare company embodying the belief that true wellness and beauty is attained by the harmony of body, mind and spirit. This family passion of combining the best of science and nature continued with her father and his doctoral studies of pharmacognosy. Verena’s understanding of the family business began early as a child at the Eckstein family dinner table. Since her teen years, she shadowed her father during school breaks to learn the inner workings of the family skin-care company, and to learn all of the intricacies of how the skin functions and how to best care for it.
Having always been passionate learning about the human brain and emotions, Verena double majored in Cognitive Science and Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, where she earned her B.S in 2012. Continuing to pursue her strong interest in human well-being, she is now studying Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, graduating in the Fall of 2017.
Verena’s goal is to help individuals feel healthy, beautiful, and vibrant in their body and skin. To follow her passion and fulfill her goal she is studying to become a Naturopathic Doctor so she can be an expert on natural medicine, to help prevent disease and promote wellness. Having learned how to best care for the skin externally, Verena is excited to provide a whole body approach and be able to treat skin conditions by also healing from within. In addition to this, she is looking forward to combining her undergraduate studies of neuroscience and psychology, with effective naturopathic treatments, to help individuals lead fulfilling lives, and help manage anxiety and depression. When she graduates she will join Nature & Science Medicine where she will focus on mental health, rheumatologic and skin conditions.
When she’s not studying for exams or flying between the U.S. and Germany, Verena enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and practicing yoga – as part of a healthy lifestyle.