Dr. Wahji Kasten is Dene-Suline, a registered member of the English River First Nations band in Patuanak, Saskatchewan. Wahji Kasten, ND, LAc received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Antioch College in 2002. After working in a laboratory for several years she decided to pursue a career in medicine where she would be able to help people and utilize her scientific background. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2015 with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters in Acupuncture. She joined the staff of the Lower Elwha Health Clinic in August 2016 as a medical provider in order to offer naturopathic medicine and acupuncture to the tribe and community. As a primary care provider she sees people of all ages for all kinds of health concerns, but she has additional training in non-pharmacologic pain management, utilizing injection therapies, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, homeopathy, physiotherapeutic modalities, physical medicine in the form of Naturopathic Manipulation Technique, as well as acupuncture, cupping and moxibustion.
Dr. Kasten provides medical care to clients at Klallam Counseling Services as part of an integrative model to support recovery and provide holistic care. She was awarded a Bloomberg Fellowship in 2021 to complete a Masters in Public Health with a focus in Addiction and Overdose at Johns Hopkins University.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, she has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade, and now calls it her home. As a Canadian First Nations woman herself she is dedicated to improving the health of Aboriginal peoples everywhere. When she is not treating patients Dr. Kasten enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest and the world. She has enjoyed gardening and cooking since a young age and believes that learning to prepare healthy, nourishing food that tastes wonderful can be an empowering way for everyone to improve their health.