Shauna Young is the owner and Medical Director of the Assertive Wellness Center of Durango, CO, which first opened its doors in 2001. Since its humble beginnings, her center has now to date had the distinct pleasure of seeing many thousands of clients who have had the confidence to travel from every U.S. State and even several foreign countries based almost exclusively on referrals from other practitioners and clients who have been pleased with the consultation, products and help.
Shauna completed her initial education and obtained her degree as a Naturopath under a regimented correspondence curriculum through the Herbal Healer Academy, a school duly certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Association. Since 2001, she has since been practicing as a Traditional Naturopath within the disciplines of her continuing education and certification with the American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB) and as a Certified Biofeedback Specialist (CBS) with the Natural Therapies Certification Board (NTCB).
In 2005, after four years of clinical observations and experience, Shauna began targeted research regarding her theorized negative effects of excess and stored manganese on the human neurological and sensory input systems and their possible symptomatic connections to Autism and many other neurological, learning and behavioral disorders in both children and adults. Based on her nonconforming theories and promising success resulting from only her early research and singular clinical work, originally referred to as “The Popeye Protocol” and currently as the Spectrum Balance® Protocol, Shauna received her first invitations for professional speaking presentations and was subsequently awarded Distinguished Awards of Excellence in both 2006 and 2007 from the internationally-recognized Global Foundation for Integrative Medicine.
Shauna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Sciences and based on the merits of her research, theories and doctoral thesis on Manganism as it relates to Autism, was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Natural Sciences from the University of Natural Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In February of 2008 she was also knighted into the international Sovereign Medical Order of the Knights Hospitaller in recognition of the unique impact of her work with Autism and for positively advancing the field of natural medicine in general. The mission of the Knights Hospitaller is to promote higher levels of international health and to establish, equip, staff and maintain humanitarian and medical treatment centers worldwide.