Dr. Rebecca Principe is a naturopathic physician in private practice in Portland, Oregon. As a primary care physician, she functions as her patients’ guide and ally, working on whatever obstacles stand in their way to being their healthiest selves. With a focus on treating the underlying cause of disease, and the belief that medicine must address the whole person, Dr. Principe uses nutrition, homeopathy, herbs, lifestyle coaching, vitamin/amino acid therapy, and the occasional medication to develop individualized treatment plans that compassionately meet her patients wherever they may be in their health journey.
As a primary care provider, she addresses any concern that walks in the door and has a special interest in digestive health, mental health, women’s health and hormone/thyroid balance. Regardless of the complaint or chosen modality, her background in psychology and passion for homeopathy have taught her that there is nothing more important than a physician who is truly present with people and listening to their story, and that awareness informs the open and comfortable space she creates in her treatment room and the classroom.
Dr. Principe grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in June 2000 with a BS in psychology. On her first trip out West, she fell in love with Oregon and has called it her home ever since.
Before discovering her calling to naturopathic medicine, Dr. Principe worked in social services and consumer/environmental advocacy, while making lots of time for international travel. These days, when not teaching or seeing patients, she spends her time rock climbing, hiking, gardening, traveling and enjoying her home in the forest with her husband and two large, cuddly pit bulls.
Dr. Principe channels her passion for naturopathic medicine into the volunteer work she does for the profession, currently serving as treasurer of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP) and Vice Chair of its Legislative Committee. A true educator and activist at heart, Dr. Principe believes that naturopathic medicine is the vehicle for change through which we can restore balance to our individual lives and our communities at large.