Gaia J. Mather, ND

Assistant Professor
  • Focus: Hydrotherapy
  • Education: National College of Naturopathic Medicine, ND, 1990

Dr. Gaia Mather graduated from NCNM (now NUNM) in 1990 with certificates of specialty in Homeopathy and Obstetrics.  She began teaching as adjunct faculty in 1991 and has been a full time Assistant Professor since 2009.  She coordinates the curriculum for Hydrotherapy in the classroom and the NUNM teaching clinic. Gaia is dedicated to teaching the Principles of Naturopathic medicine and helping to preserve those modalities which are foundational to our profession.   

Dr. Mather was introduced to Naturopathy when her brother and sister-in-law graduated from NCNM in 1982.  The experience of learning about natural medicine first-hand through her family convinced her to change the course of her education from pre-med toward Naturopathic medicine.  She has a passion for homeopathy and has completed the New England School of Homeopathy two-year course twice.  She is also very interested in Ayurvedic medicine and has studied with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute as well as studying online with the California College of Ayurveda.

Gaia considers herself a lifelong student of Naturopathic medicine and feels it is a privilege to be a part of this profession and to teach others.  She is a Portland native who loves the Pacific Northwest.  When not in the classroom, she finds joy in spending time with her family, friends and pets.  Music has always been an important part of her life – whether playing the piano, playing the Celtic harp or singing in a choir.


Guest Lecturer:

Cardiology/Pulmonology Block: Guest Lecturer 2017-present

EENT Lecture: Guest Lecturer 2017-present

EENT Labs: Guest Instructor 2017-present

Urology/Nephrology Lecture: Guest Lecturer 2017-present

Hematology/Oncology: Guest Lecturer 2017-present

Pediatrics/Geriatrics Lecture: Guest Lecturer 2017-present

Reproductive Health Lecture: Guest Lecturer 2017-present



Microbiome Elective 2017-present

Nature Cure Elective 2018-present

Bodywork I: Introduction to Massage 2000-present  

Bodywork II: Advanced Massage 2001-present  

Bodywork III: Energy Work 2003-present  



  • Case Integration Mentorship
  • Psychology & Mental Health Tutorial
  • Therapeutic Modalities I: Hydrotherapy Lecture
  • Therapeutic Modalities I: Hydrotherapy Labs
  • Therapeutic Modalities I: Hydrotherapy Tutorials
  • Therapeutic Modalities II: Homeopathy Tutorials
  • Surface Anatomy Lab I & II
  • Hydrotherapy Shift Supervisor