Hi, my name is… Dr. Jenna Dye.
I’ve lived in North 32nd for almost 10 years and I love it because… I am from a small town in northern Arizona and this neighborhood gives me the small town feel with an amazing sense of community.
A typical day in my life includes… Starting the day with getting myself ready for work and two kids ready for school followed by the neighborhood carpool student drop off. After the kids are safely off to school, I head to the office for the day. I am a naturopathic physician (drjennadye.com) and my days consist of supporting patients with their foundational health, immunity, and health goals, which is very rewarding. After work, it’s time to take the kids to gymnastics, swim team or T-ball practice. I squeeze in a quick workout on my Peloton, make a healthy dinner, and read with the kids before bed. This leaves about an hour to spare to hang out on the couch with my husband and watch a show. And then we repeat it all the next day!
My family is… Awesome. I have two amazing daughters—Ivy is 9 years old and in 3rd grade and Autumn is 6 years old and in kindergarten. They are the coolest kids and best friends. They are kind human beings who love the earth, nature, and their family. My husband, Ben, is the best human I know. He is a chemist and scientist and loves teaching the girls all things science-related. He is my biggest fan, an amazing father, and a wonderful partner. We are a close family and we love to hang out together.
One thing I cannot live without is… My vegetable garden. I love to garden and, here in Phoenix, I can garden year-round. I feel that it is very therapeutic for me. I love teaching my girls how to grow our own food right in our backyard. I have an outdoor vegetable garden, a tower garden, and an indoor aero garden.
My favorite movie I could never get tired of watching and why… We are a “Star Wars” family. We love them all! As a kid, I was not into them but a few years ago we watched them in chronological order with our kids and we all became big fans.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… A doctor. I remember wanting to be a doctor in the second grade. It was not until high school that I chose naturopathic medicine.
The song I would sing at Karaoke night is… “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John. It is my favorite song in the world. I could play it on repeat indefinitely.
The people who motivate me are… My daughters. Every day they motivate me to be the best version of myself.
The last thing that made me laugh out loud was… Watching my girls dress up in dance outfits and make up dance routines in front of their bedroom mirror. My sister and I used to do the same thing growing up.
The perfect day… Would start with a cup of coffee with frothed oat milk at home followed by a breakfast burrito from 32 Shea. I would then enjoy a hike in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve with my Irish Goldendoodle, Harper. I also would love to spend some time in my backyard vegetable garden and maybe a family bike ride. The afternoon would be spent hanging on the front patio with neighbors while all the kids from the street run around. A family dinner followed by game night or a movie would be the best way to end a perfect day.
My favorite local nonprofit is… I have a very close friend whose family started Camp Patrick (camppatrick.com). It is a wonderful organization that raises money to take kids with Spina Bifida to camp. Another favorite local nonprofit is One n Ten (onenten.org). This is an amazing organization that supports youth and young adults in the LGBTQ+ community here in Phoenix.
My life is… Busy but full of joy. We are a busy family and life seems to get busier each year. I cherish the quiet time when we have it. We make sure to take the time to have days with no activities and just hang at home, get out in nature, and find a healthy balance in life.
My dream vacation would be… After the past two years, I just want to travel. I want to show my kids the world, experience different cultures, and explore. This past summer we took the girls on their first big road trip. We explored Yosemite National Park, the Redwood Forest, and the Oregon coast. They are great travelers, so we are looking forward to many more adventures in the future.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received… Is to set personal boundaries. As a small business owner, it can be difficult to fully take time off without worrying about the business, my patients, and my to-do list. Over the past two years I have worked with a business coach to help me organize my life, my business, and to set boundaries with home and work.