Portland Monthly “Top Docs” List Honors NCNM Faculty & Graduates

PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 9, 2014) —Eleven National College of Natural Medicine faculty and 15 of the medical school’s graduates were featured in Portland Monthly magazine’s annual “Top Docs” issue, which is on newsstands this month. This was the first time that the magazine included complementary medicine in its listing of top medical practitioners. Portland Monthly compiled this year’s list by including Portland-area acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians, chiropractors and massage therapists alongside medical doctors and nurse practitioners in its yearly survey.

More than a third of the practitioners listed in the magazine’s Top Docs section on complementary medicine, including acupuncture, naturopathy and touch therapy, are NCNM faculty:

  • Acupuncture: Dr. Satya Ambrose; David Berkshire; Dr. Xiaoli Chen
  • Chiropractic: Dr. Daniel Delapp
  • Naturopathic Medicine: Dr. Satya Ambrose; Dr. Regina Dehen (NCNM Chief Medical Officer); Dr. Carrie Jones; Dr. Martin Milner (cardiopulmonary medicine); Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis (Gastroenterology); Dr. Kimberly Windstar (Women’s Health)
  • Touch Therapy: Michael McMahon

The Top Docs issue is one of the magazine’s most popular, with a readership of approximately 394,000. The list is viewed as a patient guide for the finest healthcare practitioners in a city known for its prominence in medical education in both conventional and natural medicine.

NCNM President David J. Schleich, PhD, and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Andrea C. Smith, EdD, both offer their congratulations to the NCNM faculty and graduates who were named in the issue. Schleich noted “This is a bellwether of the changing face of medicine. It shows the very positive contribution National College of Natural Medicine has made locally as well as nationally—and an acknowledgement that the general public values natural medicine and the health benefits it produces.”

Schleich added that it was a particular honor for NCNM Clinic, “which continues to treat thousands of patients every year and where students hone their medical skills under the supervision of so many of our dedicated and talented healthcare professionals.”

Founded in Portland in 1956, NCNM is the oldest naturopathic medical school in North America and an educational leader in classical Chinese medicine and CAM research. NCNM offers three accredited four-year graduate medical degree programs in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine, as well as a Master of Science degree in Integrative Medicine Research and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition. NCNM practitioners and students attend to approximately 40,000 patient visits per year at the campus-based NCNM Clinic and numerous low-cost community clinics located throughout the Portland area. Until July 2006, NCNM was known as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. The name change reflects the diversity of the college’s programmatic degree offerings.

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