Dr. Bentley is a board-certified internal medicine physician with a fellowship in the American College of Physicians. She specializes in treating adult patients with multiple complex diseases, but also focuses on primary prevention of illness and maintaining health through screening, vaccination, nutrition, and exercise.
She did her undergraduate work in zoology and chemistry at Weber State University and graduated from the University of Utah Medical school. She also did her internal medicine residency in Salt Lake City, with work at the VA, Huntsman, Intermountain, and University of Utah hospitals and clinics. She worked as a hospitalist for several years and had an outpatient practice in Ogden prior to moving to Salt Lake to join Sacred Circle. She has been here for over two years and loves the chance to learn from and try to help the Tribal Community, as well as those in the downtown area and beyond. Many of her patients are refugees and she feels fortunate to be able to try to help them medically while also learning about their culture. She loves that at Sacred Circle, she has more time to spend with each patient, and feels she can see them as whole people, try to understand their problems, and figure out the best course of treatment. Although it is a challenge, with the current pandemic, she is very grateful to have the technology to see patients virtually and is happy to see patients via Zoom or on the telephone or other platform, to enable the safest, timeliest care possible.
Outside of work, she spends time with her Australian Shepherd, Rockstar- who actually comes to work with her as well. They recently took first place in their first novice agility trial. She has run the Boston NYC marathons and also traveled to Germany for a piano music festival/performance. She also spends time with her goddaughter, niece, and nephews and does gardening, painting, and other art.
She is currently pursuing additional training through Integrative Medicine Fellowship, through the Academy of Integrative Medicine in LaJolla, CA. She feels that this is crucial knowledge to share with patients, as so often traditional pharmaceuticals or surgeries may be expensive and do not lead to better health, and appropriate use of complementary healing provides safe and effective alternatives or additives.
She also believes that the health of our planet is of paramount importance and strives to live and practice in ways to minimize environmental damage and use the healing properties of nature, while adhering to the tenet to first do no harm, in a global sense.