Dr. Luciano Garofalo, ND, MS

Dr. Luciano Garofalo, ND, MS


Dr. Luciano Garofalo is a naturopathic physician and Tacoma-lover. In addition to clinical practice, he is a postdoctoral research fellow in complementary and integrative health at the University of Washington. Dr. Garofalo is passionate about healthy equity. His current research focuses on how to do more within schools to deliver healthcare, which could improve health, behavior, and educational performance for children regardless of race or income.

Dr. Garofalo prioritizes building relationships and collaborating with families in their medical care. Using conventional and natural treatments, he helps patients meet their health goals with whatever resources are available to them. He is skilled at addressing mental health, infectious disease, gastrointestinal disorders, skin disorders, sports medicine, sexual/reproductive health, and herbal medicine. He loves discussing immunization with families and he loves working with teenagers.

Dr. Garofalo received his medical degree at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, where his clinical training was focused in integrative primary care and community health. Before medical school, he worked 2 years as a scribe with emergency medicine and orthopedic physicians, seeing 6,000+ patients.

Dr. Garofalo supports vaccinations for all children. His patients should anticipate that vaccinations will be discussed at all well-child examinations and vaccinations will be offered at all appointments to children who are due for vaccines. Dr. Garofalo promotes and follows the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) Immunization schedule.

He and his wife, Emily, are proud to raise their two children in Tacoma, where they met when working in the L’Arche Tahoma Hope community.


​Sadowski A, Garofalo L, Welsh A, Bradley R. Naturopathic Doctors: An Underutilized Resource of Whole Health Delivery in Primary Care. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. January 2022. doi:10.1177/2164957X221079787

Garofalo L, Nakama C, Hanes D, Zwickey H. Whole-Person, Urobiome-Centric Therapy for Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection. Antibiotics. 2022; 11(2):218. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics11020218

Garofalo L, Zwickey H, Bradley R, Hanes D. Naturopathic Management of Urinary Tract Infections: A Retrospective Chart Review. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2021 Aug 23. doi: 10.1089/acm.2021.0163. PMID: 34424727.

Garofalo L, Corn J, Sperandeo M. Pertussis Infection in a Naturopathic Primary Care Setting: Reflection on a Case. Permanente Journal. 2020;24:20.065. doi: 10.7812/TPP/20.065. PMID: 33202213.

Garofalo L, Bell T, Poling G, Patterson D. Assessing the Feasibility of Rural Primary Care Residency Training for Naturopathic Doctors in the Northwest: A Qualitative Study [abstract]. In: ICIMH 2020 Abstracts. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 2020;9:1–204. Poster at 2020 Annual Conference of the National Rural Health Association.