Classical Chinese Medicine
Andy Kelch is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in his first year as AOM resident at NUNM’s Lair Hill Health Center. He graduated from NUNM in 2017 with highest honors, earning a Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine (DSOM). Prior to attending NUNM, Andy earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he studied mathematics and education.
While at NUNM, Andy’s sincere passion for learning drove him to study extensively with numerous clinical faculty members, including year-long mentorships with Dr. Heiner Fruehauf, Brandt Stickley, Ken Glowacki, and Dr. Joon Hee Lee. In the summer of 2016, Andy joined a select group of students lead by Heiner Fruehauf in the sacred mountains of Sichuan, China to study qigong, meditation, and herbal processing (paozhi). Gifted in gentle forms of bodywork, he’s also trained in the arts of cranial sacral therapy, myofascial release, and qigong tuina, each of which he says, “beautifully complement an acupuncture treatment.”
In the clinic, Andy’s approach combines the precision of Shen-Hammer pulse diagnosis, the elegance of classical Chinese herbalism, and an amalgam of acupuncture lineages transmitted by his distinguished mentors. In his private practice at NUNM Health Center, he welcomes ALL patients in search of a holistic medicine that aims to nourish life and treat disease at its root.
A self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast, Andy spent several years living, working, and playing in the mountains of Colorado, before eventually heeding the call to study classical Chinese medicine at NUNM. When not in the clinic, he still loves to get outdoors in search of recreation and natural beauty as much as possible.
Elisabeth Vitale is a licensed acupuncturist and first year resident in classical Chinese medicine at the NUNM Health Center – Lair Hill. She graduated with highest honors from NUNM in 2016 with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine degree. Prior to studying medicine, she received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. There she studied Art History with a focus on ancient Greek and Roman archaeology, and went on to do field work in Athens.
While a student at NUNM, Elisabeth began her pursuit of further study of Chinese herbal medicine, pulse diagnosis, cranial sacral therapy, tui na, qi gong and tai ji. She bridges these modalities with acupuncture in clinical practice. Working with patients, she always seeks to understand their roots, trajectory, and whole being in order to treat effectively and with compassion. In her personal time, Elisabeth loves to be in the company of her family and friends, visit the ocean, move to music, and travel.
Dr. Paul Christensen is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his first-year residency at NUNM. He received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from NUNM in 2017. Prior to his studies at NUNM, he received a bachelor’s of fine arts, with an emphasis in three-dimensional art, from Pacific Lutheran University.
During his clinical education, Dr. Christensen completed a six-month rotation in naturopathic cardiology and pulmonary medicine, holistic mental health care, and physical medicine. His clinical interests also include primary care, dermatology, and minor surgery.
In his free time, Dr. Christensen enjoys cooking as much as possible, exploring the Columbia River Gorge, playing rock and roll, throwing pottery, managing a small business, listening to records, being an amateur astronomer and rooting for the Portland Trailblazers.
Dr. Erin Conlon is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency in a split position between National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and A Woman’s Time naturopathic medical clinics. She graduated from NUNM, achieving honors in both her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters of Science in Integrative Medical Research programs.
Her clinical interest is in evidence-based primary care with an emphasis women’s health. She has robust experience in diverse clinical settings including outpatient primary care, community clinics, hospital care, and as a global medical volunteer. She has also completed additional specialty rotations in naturopathic women’s health and conventional gynecology and obstetrics. Her integrative approach to patient care is founded in evidence-based medicine where she incorporates both standard-of-care as well as naturopathic treatments such as diet, lifestyle, and botanical medicine.
While completing her master degree, Dr. Conlon conducted and presented research on topics such as chronic vaginitis, interstitial cystitis, breast cancer, and integrative medicine. Dr. Conlon continues to write and publish research on naturopathic and integrative medicine and recently received a Making A Difference Award for Excellence in Research.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Conlon can be found hiking, exercising, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.
Joshua Corn, ND
Dr. Joshua Corn is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his second year of residency at NUNM. He graduated with honors from NUNM in 2016 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research. Prior to medical school, Dr. Corn received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Corn’s clinical education focused on primary care and included a one-year mentorship in naturopathic cardiopulmonary medicine and numerous rotations working with underserved populations in NUNM’s community health centers. In addition to his training at NUNM, he completed external rotations in HIV management, pediatrics, and primary care. Dr. Corn traveled to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, with Naturopaths Without Borders to provide care at rural medical clinics. Dr. Corn’s clinical interests include infectious disease, LGBTQ care, men’s health, and pediatrics.
Dr. Corn continues to be involved in research at Helfgott Research Institute. His graduate research focused on exploring the antimicrobial and immuno-modulatory effects of herbs in both laboratory and clinical settings. His current projects include a clinical trial assessing the effects of an herbal supplement on chronic knee pain in endurance runners and a survey project exploring medical education about anal HPV in men who have sex with men. His research interests include microbiology, botanical medicine, and public health.
In his free time, Dr. Corn enjoys exploring Portland’s food scene, talking about North Carolina, and being really good at Instagram.
Dr. Shannon Curtis is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at the National University of Natural Medicine. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2017 along with a certificate in natural childbirth. Prior to attending NUNM, she received a B.A. in music and a B.S. in biology from Northern Arizona University in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ.
During her medical education, Dr. Curtis completed rotations in women’s health, gastroenterology, IV therapy, community health, physical medicine, and primary care. She extensively focused on gynecology, fertility, and midwifery, and is passionate about incorporating botanical medicine, nature cure, and mindfulness-based therapies into her patients’ healing journeys. Dr. Curtis also has additional training in pelvic floor therapy and Maya abdominal massage.
Dr. Curtis is committed to promoting a patient-centered approach to naturopathic healthcare while trusting in the intelligence of each patient’s vital force and intrinsic healing processes. She fully believes in the healing power of nature and upholds the vitalist roots of naturopathic medicine in her treatment methods.
During her free time, Dr. Curtis enjoys herbal medicine-making, practicing yoga, attending births as a doula, and exploring the outdoors.
Crane Holmes, ND
Dr. Crane Holmes is a licensed naturopathic physician who strives to discover the underlying cause of ones’ system imbalances. His clinical internships included rotations with medical professionals in both the naturopathic and conventional medical fields. These allowed him to gain extensive experience in cardiopulmonary medicine, family medicine, acute care and minor surgical procedures.
He is entering his second year of residency at 8 Hearts Health and Wellness after completing a year at NUNM Health Centers focusing on primary care and working along-side Dr. Sandberg-Lewis in gastrointestinal medicine. This allows him to confidently integrate naturopathic modalities of nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, nature cure, and pharmaceuticals into achieving optimal wellness.
Dr. Holmes continues to works collaboratively at NUNM with student interns to provide high quality, compassionate and individualized care to patients in the greater Portland metro area. Creating specific, individualized treatment plans for seemingly similar conditions is what makes being a Naturopath rewarding. When he is not in clinic, Dr. Holmes can be found fly fishing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Saba Jhaveri is a licensed naturopathic physician in her first year of residency at National University of Natural Medicine. She earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine with honors from NUNM in 2017. Prior to medical school, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles. During that time, she was extensively involved with neuro-imaging research and co-authored two articles on the coding and retrieval of spatial information and the formation of spatial memories. She then went on to receive a Master of Public Health from UCLA with a focus in environmental and occupational health. This field led her to work as an industrial hygienist for Intel Corporation preventing and mitigating occupational health exposures. Working directly with employees in preventative health reignited her passion for medicine and reminded her of the significant impact direct (doctor-patient) collaborations have in improving health outcomes.
Dr. Jhaveri’s clinical focus is integrative primary care for all ages. Her other clinical interests include endocrinology, women’s health, IV therapy, and dermatology. She also has additional training in the management of diabetes and thyroid disorders and completed a one-year rotation that focused on diabetes and chronic disease management in under-served populations.
In her spare time, Dr. Jhaveri enjoys traveling the world, exploring new cultures and cuisines, and educating others on the wonders of naturopathic medicine.
Dr. Alicia McCarthy is a licensed naturopathic physician currently in her first year of residency at National University of Natural Medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2017 where she completed multiple clinical rotations in primary care, IV therapy, and women’s health, as well as a six-month rotation in cardiopulmonary medicine. During her training she also had the opportunity to provide health care at a free clinic in Ometepe, Nicaragua, with Natural Doctors International.
Dr. McCarthy received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2008 from California State University of Fullerton. Prior to and during medical school she worked as an emergency room technician. It was in the ER that she first recognized the need for preventative care and the importance of treating the whole person.
In her free time she enjoys taking her dog to the park, camping, snowboarding, and enjoying time with her family and friends.
Dr. Constance Ohlinger is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated from NUNM in 2017 with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to that, Dr. Ohlinger completed her Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society from Wellesley College with high honors, a unique degree which brought together courses from anthropology and biological sciences. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Ohlinger also completed numerous medical research projects, finally completing an undergraduate thesis project investigating the interactions between lifestyle changes, epigenetics and weight gain.
During her clinical studies at NUNM, Dr. Ohlinger sought additional experience and training in women’s health, pediatric care and medical research. She particularly enjoys working with families as a group to implement sustainable long-term improvement in health. Dr. Ohlinger is thrilled to help patients of all ages, gender identities, backgrounds and cultures reach their healthcare goals.
In addition, Dr. Ohlinger enjoys travel, having spent much time in the South Pacific (The Republic of Palau), South America and Germany. In her free time, she likes to rock climb, scuba dive and is always looking for new outdoor activities to enjoy!
Laura Rogers is a licensed naturopathic physician in her first year of residency at National University of Natural Medicine. Prior to her studies at NUNM, she worked as a project manager in healthcare IT, implementing tools to help doctors provide better medical care for patients. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with highest distinction from the University of Virginia, where she spent most of her senior year at the health center working with patients and conducting research.
Laura’s clinical interests include family practice, gastroenterology, women’s health, and mental health. Laura is especially passionate about botanical and nutritional therapies. Laura strives to meet patients where they are in their health journey by empowering them with knowledge and tools to improve their health.
When not at the clinic, Laura enjoys spending time with her partner, three dogs, and doing any activity outside.
Dr. Brittany Stamer is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated from NUNM in 2017, earning a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, as well as a certificate in Natural Childbirth.
During her training, Dr. Stamer completed rotations and has interests in women’s health, primary care, IV therapy, and community health. Dr. Stamer has a passion for serving the community, completing rotations in various community clinics in the Portland area, and as a volunteer at a free clinic in Ometepe, Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International. She also completed a nearly two-year apprenticeship in midwifery, women’s health, and pediatrics with a private practice in Portland.
In her free time, Dr. Stamer enjoys spending time with her partner, friends, and cat. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, watching movies, traveling abroad, and exploring the food scene in Portland.
Dr. Esther Tak is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her second year residency at the National University of Natural Medicine. She received her Doctor in Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2016. Prior to attending medical school, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pacific Union College. Her clinical interests include primary care, women’s health, fertility, and aesthetic medicine. Over the course of this year, she will have the opportunity to expand her knowledge and experience in women’s health during her mentorship with Tammy Ashney, ND.
Dr. Tak’s clinical education focused on primary care and included over 200 hours of preceptorship in primary care for under-served populations, a six-month clinical mentorship in naturopathic cardiopulmonary medicine, and a one-year clinical mentorship in women’s health. In addition, she has completed specialty rotations in IV therapy, physical medicine, and minor surgery. Dr. Tak’s passion for working with the under-served community allowed her the opportunity to serve in a free community clinic in Ometepe, Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International in 2013 with Tabatha Parker, ND. In addition, she has received training in Holistic Pelvic Care training with Tami Kent, MSPT and in classical homeopathy through the New England School of Homeopathy with Amy Rothenberg, ND and Paul Herscu, ND.
Dr. Tak takes an integrative, evidence-based approach to patient care, utilizing a wide variety of naturopathic modalities and conventional therapies when appropriate. She enjoys working with patients to create individualized treatment plans and help them achieve their health goals.
Outside of clinic, you can find Dr. Tak cooking up a new recipe, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with her family, partner, and her nine-year-old cocker spaniel, Tucker.
Dr. Elliot Taxman is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his first year of residency at NUNM. He graduated with honors from NUNM in 2017 with a Doctor in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research. His masters’ thesis, Conceptualizing Integrative Medicine: A Qualitative Study Using Focus Groups, provided further insight into healthcare and clinical practice. As a student, he was the president of the Student Alliance for Integrative Medicine, where he worked to foster an integrative medical community in Portland. He has a passion for clinical integrative primary care and family practice.
Dr. Taxman has completed several integrative rotations, globally and locally, in multiple hospitals and private clinical settings. He draws on this experience to develop individualized and evidence-based treatment plans for every patient. Dr. Taxman is excited to continue to help make naturopathic primary care more available to the community.
Outside of clinic, Dr. Taxman enjoys being active outdoors, at the gym, or playing ice hockey, traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Meredith Trump is a licensed naturopathic physician entering her second year of residency at NUNM. She graduated with her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2016. Dr. Trump received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sports Science-Exercise Physiology in 2008 from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Dr. Trump’s clinical rotations include extensive experience in IV therapy, mental health, bio-therapeutic drainage, homeopathy, chronic disease states and community health. She has a passion for all modalities that naturopathic medicine offers and enjoys focusing on the foundational aspects of naturopathic medicine including diet, lifestyle, sleep and stress management.
As a student, Dr. Trump served as president of Naturopaths Without Boarders NUNM chapter. She attended, organized and helped fundraise for numerous global health trips for NUNM students. She participated in a student brigade to India for three weeks and an additional brigade to Haiti for one week. These diverse experiences highlighted the powerful role that naturopathic medicine can play on a global scale. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Trump enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, photography and spending time with her husband and toddler son.
Dr. Tuson-Turner is a licensed naturopathic physician currently completing her first year residency at the National University of Natural Medicine. Following undergraduate training in medical anthropology, Dr. Tuson-Turner completed masters’ degrees in integrative medicine research and global health, a certificate in natural childbirth, and a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. She is adjunct faculty in the School of Graduate Studies at NUNM where she teaches courses in the Global Health and Integrative Medicine Research departments.
Dr. Tuson-Turner’s clinical education focused on primary care and included a year-long mentorship in women’s health along with additional clinical rotations at NUNM’s community health centers. She also received extensive supplementary training in applied kinesiology and pelvic floor therapy. Her chief clinical interests are physical medicine, sexual and reproductive health, women’s health, and dermatology.
Out of a desire to create equitable sustainable development alongside cooperative global health educational opportunities, Dr. Tuson-Turner has lived and worked in Ghana, West Africa part-time since 2009. She has worked with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health to study cultural perspectives on health and healing. Additionally, she conducted her master’s thesis, a mixed-methods research study which she designed and piloted, on maternal experience of childbirth in Ghana. Her research examined factors that influence a woman’s perception of her medical care and its relationship to her utilization of integrative therapies. Her current research interests include the ethics of global educational engagement, women’s health, reproductive health justice, and integrative medicine. She is a recipient of the Globe Trotter Award from NUNM for her dedication and work establishing relationships and creating lasting partnerships in the field of global health.
Dr. Amanda Watters is a licensed naturopathic physician and the chief resident at National University of Natural Medicine. In 2017 she served as the lead pediatric clinician for the Soy Sano/I’m Healthy Grant, which helped provide access to medical care for uninsured pediatric patients, and she is in the process of applying for board certification through the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She earned her doctor of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in 2015. She enjoys offering primary care services, and has particular interests in mental health and pediatric medicine, with an emphasis on developmental and behavioral health. She received a bachelor of science in therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she graduated summa cum laude.
A large inspiration for her in choosing this career path came from the one-on-one work she did during her undergraduate career with a boy who had developmental disabilities. Over a period of two years, she supported him in making significant strides toward independence, and developed communication tools that allowed him to more effectively interact with his world. She saw then that presence and perseverance provide a strong basis for connection and healing; this discovery informs the way she interacts with patients today.
When outside of the clinic, Dr. Watters enjoys spending time with her partner, practicing yoga and meditation, exploring the outdoors, and traveling abroad.