Meet the Experts is a series from Carrot highlighting the healthcare professionals helping our Carrot members every day. From OB-GYNs to doulas, reproductive endocrinologists, and mental health professionals, Carrot members have unlimited access to Carrot Experts through our comprehensive fertility and pregnancy telehealth platform.
Name: Raquel Hammonds, NMD, MPH
Area(s) of expertise: Pre-pregnancy care, fertility and fertility planning, gut health, IVF/IUI nutraceutical support
Years of experience: 3+
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University
- Board Certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
- Master of Public Health, Mercer University School of Medicine
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about working in fertility is reframing infertility diagnoses and empowering my patient to see themselves from a new lens. I thrive on empowering my patients — the empowered patient not only has the knowledge to forge their own path but the will to persist despite the odds. Nobody knows your body like you, so I want to hear your story — how were you raised? What are your fears? What motivates you? How can we collaborate to create the best health outcomes? This is how you get to the root cause — not of a disease but of a whole, human being.
What do you like to do for fun?
This is going to sound very (very) weird, but post-medical school, my favorite thing to do is reading for leisure.
I love Jesus. Golden Girls is on constant repeat in my home. I’ve read “The Alchemist” way too many times to count. My mother is my earthly angel.
If you’re a Carrot member going through a fertility journey, schedule time to talk to Raquel today.