About Dr. Monica Liddle

Dr. Monica Liddle studied Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. During her training, she had the privilege of traveling to India and East Timor. Cross-cultural perspectives on health and healthcare, and the impacts of diet, lifestyle, and spirituality that she observed during her experiences in Asia, have shaped Dr. Monica’s philosophy and practice of medicine and midwifery throughout her years of clinical practice.

In 2003 after completing her education at Bastyr, she moved to Duluth, Minnesota. She opened a private practice in naturopathic medicine and midwifery and provided comprehensive maternity care and home births, as well as natural health care, for families in Northeastern Minnesota.

Dr. Monica has spent seven years practicing medicine and midwifery in East Timor. She has also worked in free-standing birth centers in the Twin Cities, providing care alongside CNMs, CPMs, and obstetricians for women in the childbearing year.

In 2020, after an 11-year hiatus, Dr. Monica returned to Duluth, a community where she feels at home among people who love the outdoors and embrace life in the Northland. She lives with her husband, Tom, and has two children, both born at home.


  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA
  • Certificate in Naturopathic Midwifery, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Registered Naturopathic Doctor, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
  • Licensed Midwife, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
  • Certified Professional Midwife, North American Registry of Midwives

East Timor

Dr. Monica Liddle has split her professional life between Minnesota and East Timor, a small nation in Southeast Asia.

After completing her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine and her core midwifery coursework and clinicals in Seattle, Washington, she traveled to the newly independent Southeast Asian nation of East Timor in 2003 to round out her clinical training. There, she provided safe deliveries alongside Timorese midwives at Bairo Pite Clinic in the capital city, Dili. This experience began a lifelong relationship between Dr. Monica and the people of East Timor.

After six years of clinical practice in Duluth, Minnesota, Dr. Monica returned to East Timor in 2009 to serve in Clinic Immanuel, a rural medical clinic that provided primary health care services to the local community of Lospalos. During her seven years of service, she trained the staff in basic midwifery skills, initiated the provision of routine prenatal care and laboratory testing for pregnant patients, and in collaboration with the local government hospital, the clinic became a recognized prenatal care site in the district. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Monica provided medical supervision for all patient care at Clinic Immanuel. Acute and chronic infectious diseases including pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrhea, and sexually transmitted infections, as well as anemia and chronic malnutrition, were commonly treated conditions. Clinic Immanuel provided laboratory diagnosis and standard medical treatment to all patients, free of charge. During her tenure, Clinic Immanuel Lospalos achieved formal accreditation as an authorized polyclinic through the national Ministry of Health of East Timor.

Dr. Monica maintains her connection to supporting health care and midwifery in East Timor through her engagement and board membership with Minnesota-based non-profit, Partnership for Community Transformation.