Meet Doctor Stephen Benchouk
Dr. Stephen Benchouk is the owner and medical director of Hawaii Natural Medicine. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his pre-medical training at Hahnemann University and the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe Arizona.
Dr. Benchouk completed his clinical training at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center and in-patient and out-patient Naturopathic clinics in Sedona Arizona and Honolulu Hawaii. He also completed internships and residences in rheumatology, pain management, IV therapy, naturopathic oncology ,Gerson therapy, environmental medicine, and in-patient addiction recovery.
He has been a guest lecturer at Duquesne University, and has presented on naturopathic medicine in Shanghai China on several occasions. As a medical consultant he has also created wellness programs for practices in Shanghai China and here in Honolulu Hawaii. Dr.Benchouk is a member of AANP, OncANP, and HSNP.
Since making Honolulu his home, he has been providing traditional naturopathic care with an emphasis on advanced IV therapy, integrative oncology, anti-aging, chronic disease, and environmental medicine.
Dr. Benchouk believes in providing his patients with sustainable, patient-centered healthcare. His primary focus is identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body’s natural ability to heal. Above all, he believes that the role of a physician is to educate his clients so they can reach optimal wellness and access their full potential.
Meet Doctor Venesh Sharma
Dr. Venesh Sharma earned his medical degree from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon, and also earned a Master’s Degree in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR). While completing a mentorship with the SIBO Center in Portland he gained an interest in the human microbiome, gut health, and became fascinated in how it affects every other system in the body. His approach to treating people and not just diseases through whole-body systems approaches have been proven effective with evidence-based medicine and ancient wisdom.
After graduating from UH Mānoa with a degree in Psychology, Dr. Sharma worked in education and the non-profit sector for a number of years before dedicating his career to medicine. Dr. Sharma ultimately fell in love with naturopathic medicine after working in clinical research and pharmaceuticals. In addition to his dedication to being a healer, Dr. Sharma enjoys time in and around the ocean, whether it be sailing, surfing, diving, or just going to the beach. He believes that returning to self, spending time in nature, and aligning with the natural world is part of the core principles of being a naturopath, among many other things.
About Hawaii Natural Medicine
At Hawaii Natural Medicine (HNM), we use an integrative approach to medicine that treats the whole person through the use of modern, traditional, scientific and empirical methods which stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. Our goal is to identify and remove the obstacles to healing and stimulate the natural healing process. When we can identify the causes of illness, we can treat them directly, rather than focusing on symptomatic relief.