NUNM Welcomes Fives New Faculty Members

Dr. Marianne Marchese, Dr. Jeremy Mikolai, Dr. Erika Sigrist, Dr. Meg Chuang and Dr. Weilu “Willow” Zheng bring expertise and passion to their respective fields.

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The National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is thrilled to welcome five distinguished faculty members to our academic community, each bringing a wealth of expertise and passion to their respective fields. All faculty started January 1

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Dr. Marianne Marchese 

Dr. Marianne Marchese, a highly accomplished naturopathic physician, brings over 22 years of experience focused on balancing women’s hormonal health, thyroid disorders, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, PMS, menopause and perimenopause. Dr. Marchese will serve as the course director for environmental medicine and oversee a student clinic shift focused on women’s health and environmental medicine.

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Dr. Jeremy Mikolai 

Dr. Jeremy Mikolai, our new Chief Medical Officer (CMO), brings a special focus and passion for cardiovascular health. Dr. Mikolai is dedicated to assisting patients with conditions of the heart, lungs and blood vessels. His expertise also encompasses areas such as diabetes, hormone balancing and neuro-endocrinology. Dr. Mikolai started October 2, 2023.

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Dr. Meg Chuang 

Dr. Meg Chuang, a graduate of NUNM with her ND and DSOM in 2019, draws from both Eastern and Western perspectives to provide culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed treatment. With a profound understanding of classical Chinese characters and having completed our CCM doctoral program, Dr. Chuang will teach Classical Texts II.  

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Dr. Erika Sigrist 

Dr. Erika Sigrist, a graduate of NUNM in 2008 with an ND and 2011 with a MAcOM from OCOM, will be teaching Biomedicine II. With expertise in two distinct fields and years of experience teaching integrative medicine at OCOM, Dr. Sigrist combines acupuncture and Chinese Botanicals with Naturopathic modalities to address chronic and acute pain, gynecological issues and stress management. 

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Dr. Weilu “Willow” Zheng 

Dr. Weilu “Willow” Zheng, a distinguished educator and artist, will be contributing her expertise by teaching Chinese History and Culture II. She holds BFA and MFA degrees from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China, and since moving to the U.S. in 1988, she has become an experienced teacher at Washington State University, Vancouver and other various institutions. 

We look forward to the valuable contributions each of these esteemed faculty members will bring to NUNM and the enriching experiences they will provide for our students.