For the first 27 years of my life, I had no idea that such a thing as naturopathic medicine even existed. During this time, I often witnessed or experienced medical practices that just didn’t seem to make sense. Even though the doctors were obviously concerned, conscientious, and skilled, there were obvious shortcomings in their model. Appointments were short and there was often very little time to ask questions, to discuss options, or for patients to truly understand their illness and the therapies available to them. Symptoms were covered up or “treated” with medicines that did nothing to address the cause of the problem. Antibiotics were used in large quantities with little regard for the consequences.
My first trip to Oregon in 1991 was a turning point for me, as it was during this trip that I learned about naturopathic medicine. It made sense almost immediately, as things began to come together for me personally in terms of integrating my love of science with my psychology background and my need to work with and help people. In naturopathic medicine, I found a model that allows me to combine many of the strengths of conventional medicine such as a thorough medical history, physical exam, lab tests, imaging studies, and other diagnostic methods with ages-old disciplines such as homeopathy and botanical medicine, common-sense lifestyle changes, and the somewhat newer discoveries of therapeutic nutrition, bioidentical hormones, and the respectful use of certain prescription medications.
It is my hope that this website will provide information that might help you with making medical decisions you feel positive about. Please feel free to contact my office to schedule an appointment. For prospective patients wanting additional information, I also offer a free 15-minute consult so that they can meet with me and ask questions to help determine if naturopathic care is right for them.
Focus: Primary Care/Family Medicine
Special Interests: Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Natural Hormone Replacement, Thyroid Management, Digestive Illnesses, Complementary Cancer Treatment, and Diabetes prevention and treatment.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a math minor from Texas A&M University, PreMed at University of Alaska, Anchorage. Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University
Philosophy: I do not choose to view the medical profession as “us and them.” While working from a naturopathic model of health care, I view all medical disciplines as possessing inherent value and strive to gain the best from each whenever possible. As a part of the spectrum of health care options, I believe that naturopathic physicians are uniquely positioned to be able to bridge the gap between conventional and traditional medicine and dentistry.
Bio: I was born and raised in Montana. Upon graduation from high school, I received a scholarship to attend Texas A&M University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a math minor in 1989. I worked in hospital laboratories and pathology departments in Montana and Alaska, completing my pre-med coursework requirements at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. I received my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 2001. I then accepted the position of resident physician at the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic, a busy primary-care clinic in Montana, in order to continue to sharpen the skills I learned in medical school. I've always loved Portland, OR and have wanted to live here for many years, so when I completed my residency in 2004, I relocated to southeast Portland and started a practice. My current practice location is on Win Sivers Drive, just off Airport way and 122nd. Hope to see you there!