Growing up in Connecticut, Andria Orlowski had an interest in healing, but very little interest in conventional medicine. Interests included parapsychology and shamanism, art, science, religion and ancient history. At 16 she graduated early from high school and spent an eye opening year abroad studying art in Chile. Her first degree was a BA in psychology with a minor in Spanish. She spent a few years being married, working at a psychiatric hospital, riding horses and continuing her education. Shortly after a divorce, Andria found herself suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Disappointed that she could not will the condition away, she searched for alternatives including nutrition, herbs, homeopathy and Chinese medicine. She traveled to Southeast Asia and South America. Her health improved with the use of certain rainforest plants and lifestyle changes. At this time her goal became to preserve the rainforest. She wished to study plant medicines with shamen in order to preserve their knowledge before it was lost.
With this goal in mind, she continued to take science classes and studied massage therapy and bodywork techniques including acupressure and cranial sacral therapy. She then moved to Arizona to study Naturopathic medicine and Acupuncture. In 1995 she met her husband, Jorge, a Peruvian native on a trip to the Amazon to study medicinal plants with native shamen. They were married in 1997, shortly before her graduation from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine with a doctorate. In 1998 she completed her Master’s in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has two children, Kiya born in 1999, and Kassandra, born in 2002.
Doctor Orlowski has practiced at the A.R.E. medical clinic and the Southwest Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine. She has taught classes in Nutrition, Environmental medicine, Amazon Herbs, Acupuncture and Naturopathic medicine at numerous institutions including the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.
Working closely within the philosophy of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Orlowski combines her knowledge with intuition and energetic feedback techniques to help her patients heal holistically. Often attracting clients that continue to have problems after exhausting conventional and other alternative therapies, Dr. Orlowski has a high success rate with her patients. Her goal as a practioner is to help her patients achieve optimal health and balance in their life on all levels so that they can actualize their higher visions and goals without physical or emotional hindrance. Her success revolves around her ability to look at her patients holistically and from a variety of healing perspectives. She combines modalities in innovative ways to maximize their effects, and she works closely with, and refers to other types of practitioners as needed to help her patients meet their needs. Constantly fighting to maintain balance in her own life, Dr. Orlowski is currently working on a book about stress.