Ellen Goldsmith is co-founder of Pearl Natural Health, a naturopathic and Chinese medicine clinic in downtown Portland. She is a graduate of NUNM’s classical Chinese medicine program, with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine; is licensed as an acupuncturist; and certified in Chinese herbal therapy. Ellen has taught Chinese dietetics and its application in practice for NUNM’s CCM program for the past 12 years, and is currently adjunct faculty for the Master of Science of Nutrition program. She is passionate about creating courses, programs and presentations that cultivate body/mind health and engage people through food as medicine, mindfulness and self-transformation. Her international teaching has trained hundreds of health practitioners in the field of Asian bodywork, self-transformation, and end-of-life care. Ellen was formerly adjunct faculty at NYU’s – Tisch School of the Arts in the drama department, where she developed the course Optimizing Performance for undergraduate drama students to improve body awareness, focus, energy and presence.
She has hosted the podcast Health Currents Radio and is currently a monthly host on Pacifica radio station’s Healthwatch (KBOO.) Ellen’s commitment to increasing the public’s access to naturopathic and Chinese medicine is highlighted by her 11 years of service on NUNM’s board of directors, functioning on the executive committee and as its chair, as well as her eight-year tenure on the Acupuncture Advisory Committee to the Oregon Medical Board.