Nancy Scarlett, ND

  • Focus: Ethics/bioethics, urology/nephrology
  • Education: National College of Naturopathic Medicine, ND, 1997

Dr. Nancy Scarlett has been teaching in NUNM classrooms and clinics for more than 20 years. Her undergraduate studies were in biology and religion (not a lot of overlapping credits!) at the University of Puget Sound. She then studied bioethics on a graduate fellowship at the University of Tennessee. Searching for a profession that would pull together her interests and passions, Dr. Scarlett found a perfect fit with naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Scarlett received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 1997 and then completed two years of family practice residency. She is currently an attending physician on the Collaborate Care Rotation—a clinic shift bringing together naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine students (and providers) to help patients suffering from chronic pain.

Areas of interest and expertise:

  • Medical Ethics and Bioethics
  • Physical Diagnosis
  • Urology and nephrology
  • Inter-professionalism
  • Health justice

As one of the original Vanguard faculty members of the Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Scarlett received training in, and consequently implemented, evidence-based medicine into the curriculum. She was an investigatory in a pilot research study on interprofessional attitudes at CAM institutions.

In addition to teaching in the naturopathic program, Dr. Scarlett also teaches courses in the graduate program (integrative research and global health), classical Chinese medicine program, and undergraduate program.


  • CLS6230 Urology and Nephrology Block
  • CM777 Clinical Physical Diagnosis
  • IM321 Critical Thinking for Pre-Health Professionals
  • SS421 Ethics and Philosophical Dilemmas
  • RES505 Bioethics
  • PHL5110, 5120 Naturopathic History and Philosophy I & II
  • Content expert in Clinical Education block, Cardiology block, Gastroenterology block (& more)