Dr. Delayne Gratopp is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor trained in general family medicine with an expertise in nutritional therapies for chronic illness. Her didactic training was a comprehensive blend of conventional western medicine including Pharmacology, as well as alternative medical modalities including Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine, Medical Nutrition, Acupuncture, and Botanical Medicine. Dr. Gratopp’s clinical training encompassed the full scope of naturopathic therapies including intravenous therapy, mesotherapy, trigger point injections and minor surgery. Her additional specialized rotations in plastic surgery served as the focus of her doctoral thesis on Naturopathic Modalities for Surgical Wound Healing. She received her medical training at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and the UB College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a current candidate for a Masters in Science in Human Nutrition at UB, one of the only programs in the country with a graduate degree in Human Nutrition.
Dr. Delayne Gratopp currently serves on the Board of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) Connecticut Chapter, and is honored to hold memberships to various professional organizations in her field including the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP), Connecticut Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CTANP) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA).
Personal Passion for Natural Medicine:
Dr. Delayne has always been interested in health. In college her major was Communications and her minor was Nutrition. She went on to a Master’s program in Film, but it was her own health crisis that led her down the path to natural medicine. While in Film school she had Acid Reflux so badly that the doctor finally said “I don’t know what else we can do besides surgery to retard the flap of your stomach so this doesn’t happen.” WHAT?!? “No, thank you!” she said, and went to find a different answer. She found that answer in natural medicine. She began studying it and realized that she spent all of her extra time learning the medicine, so she set out to find a school that taught it. It took some searching on her part, natural medical schools were hard to find in those days, but she found them and knew instantly that it was the right fit for her. She had three years of pre-med classes to complete to get in to school and she packed up and moved cross-country to start the new journey.
While in medical school another health crisis arose. The late nights studying, poor food choices and high stress environment had caused her to gain 100lbs and she began having angina and pitting edema. The doctors were worried about her heart and her joints, and her health was declining rapidly. Knowing she had to do something quickly, she took a break from school to get her health back. She used naturopathic medicine to do that, and combining her film background, she filmed it so others could see the journey too. She lost the weight, regained her health and went back to finish medical school.
It is Dr. Delayne’s personal experience that makes her such a strong advocate for natural medicine. It saved her life, more than once. She remains committed to sharing with others the benefits of changing their lives for the better and “taking back their health”.