Meet Our Residents

Classical Chinese Medicine

Donald Spears, ND, LAc

Donald Spears is a licensed acupuncturist completing his first year of residency at the National University of Natural Medicine. He received his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from NUNM in 2018, graduating with high honors. Prior to attending medical school, Donald received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.

An interest in evidence-based nutrition, exercise and supplements brought Donald to NUNM where he was introduced to concepts of health emerging through a holistic lens and inspired by nature. He believes that within each individual lies a healing capacity (expressed through the symptoms one seeks help for) communicating the desire to revive its connection with nature; by observing this innate communication, Donald seeks to treat the source of illness while maintaining the holistic integrity of the individual. He elected to complete a one-year residency in Chinese medicine to further train to perceive higher order processes through the guidance of the esteemed NUNM Chinese medicine clinical faculty.

During his six-year medical education, Donald was provided with training in both Western and Eastern medical thought. He completed multiple primary care rotations along with year-long clinical mentorships in cardiopulmonology and gastroenterology. Through his studies in classical Chinese medicine, he was afforded the opportunity to learn multiple styles of acupuncture and body work, including gentle, non-insertive needling techniques.

Outside of the clinic, Donald practices taijiquan, performs guitar and dance spectacles for his cat, Tiger, and marvels with his partner at life’s splendor.

 


Naturopathic Medicine

Paul Christensen, ND

Dr. Paul Christensen is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his second-year residency at NUNM. He received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from NUNM in 2017. Prior to his studies at NUNM, he received a bachelor’s of fine arts, with an emphasis in three-dimensional art, from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

Dr. Christensen is a naturopathic primary care physician focusing in integrative mental health care. He strongly believes in the power of creating lasting and trustworthy relationships with all patients while emphasizing the importance of prevention. He excels at supporting patients on their journey to creating healthy lifestyle changes. During his clinical education, he completed a six-month rotation in naturopathic cardiology and pulmonary medicine, holistic mental health care, and physical medicine. He also traveled to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, with Naturopaths Without Borders to serve patients in rural medical clinics. During his first year of residency, Dr. Christensen completed external rotations in primary care for underserved populations and outpatient services for patients suffering from addictions and trauma.

In his free time, Dr. Christensen enjoys cooking as much as possible, exploring the Columbia River Gorge, listening to records, reading sci-fi and astrophysics, and, as always, rooting for the Portland Trailblazers.

Erin Conlon, ND, MSiMR

Dr. Erin Conlon is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her second year of residency in a split position between National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and A Woman’s Time naturopathic medical clinics. She graduated from NUNM, achieving honors in both her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research programs.

Her clinical interest is in evidence-based primary care with an emphasis women’s health. She has robust experience in diverse clinical settings including outpatient primary care, community clinics, hospital care, and as a global medical volunteer. She has also completed additional specialty rotations in naturopathic women’s health and conventional gynecology and obstetrics. Her integrative approach to patient care is founded in evidence-based medicine where she incorporates both standard-of-care as well as naturopathic treatments such as diet, lifestyle, and botanical medicine.

While completing her master degree, Dr. Conlon conducted and presented research on topics such as chronic vaginitis, interstitial cystitis, breast cancer, and integrative medicine. Dr. Conlon continues to write and publish research on naturopathic and integrative medicine and recently received a Making A Difference Award for Excellence in Research.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Conlon can be found hiking, exercising, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joshua Corn, ND, MSiMR

Dr. Joshua Corn is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his third year of residency at NUNM. He graduated with honors from NUNM in 2016 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research. Prior to medical school, Dr. Corn received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Corn’s clinical education focused on primary care and included a one-year mentor-ship in naturopathic cardiopulmonary medicine and numerous rotations working with undeserved populations in NUNM’s community health centers. In addition to his training at NUNM, he completed external rotations in HIV management, pediatrics, pulmonology, and primary care. Dr. Corn traveled to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, with Naturopaths Without Borders to provide care at rural medical clinics. Dr. Corn’s clinical interests include infectious disease, LGBTQ care, and men’s health.

Dr. Corn continues to be involved in research at Helfgott Research Institute. His graduate research focused on exploring the antimicrobial and immuno-modulatory effects of herbs in both laboratory and clinical settings. His current projects include a survey project exploring medical education about anal HPV in men who have sex with men. His research interests include microbiology, botanical medicine, and public health.

In his free time, Dr. Corn enjoys exploring Portland’s food scene, talking about North Carolina, and being really good at Instagram.

Shannon Curtis, ND

Dr. Shannon Curtis is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her second year of residency at the National University of Natural Medicine. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2017 along with a certificate in natural childbirth. Prior to attending NUNM, she received a B.A. in music and a B.S. in biology from Northern Arizona University in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ.

During her medical education, Dr. Curtis completed rotations in women’s health, gastroenterology, IV therapy, community health, physical medicine, and primary care. She extensively focused on gynecology, fertility, and midwifery, and is passionate about incorporating botanical medicine, nature cure, and mindfulness-based therapies into her patients’ healing journeys. Dr. Curtis also has additional training in pelvic floor therapy and Maya abdominal massage.

Dr. Curtis is committed to promoting a patient-centered approach to naturopathic healthcare while trusting in the intelligence of each patient’s vital force and intrinsic healing processes. She fully believes in the healing power of nature and upholds the vitalist roots of naturopathic medicine in her treatment methods.
During her free time, Dr. Curtis enjoys herbal medicine-making, practicing yoga, attending births as a doula, and exploring the outdoors.

Kate Hampilos, ND, MSiMR

Dr. Kate Hampilos is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her second year of residency at NUNM. She graduated with high honors from NUNM in 2016, earning both a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research. Her clinical interests include primary care, cardiopulmonary medicine, and women’s health.

Dr. Hampilos is a naturopathic primary care physician who offers individualized, evidence-based medicine to patients of all ages. During her internship, Dr. Hampilos completed numerous rotations in primary care that built the foundation for her broad scope of practice. She also has extensive experience in cardiology through a year-long clinical mentorship in naturopathic cardiopulmonary medicine and a six-month preceptorship in preventive cardiology. Dr. Hampilos completed additional specialty rotations in women’s health, physical medicine, and minor surgery.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Hampilos received her Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from Oberlin College, where she double-majored in Biology and Music. After college, she worked as a laboratory scientist in plant biology at the New York Botanical Garden. It was through her research that she developed a fascination with medicinal plants that eventually lead to her passion for naturopathy. Dr. Hampilos continues to write and publish research on natural medicine; her master’s thesis focused on the use of green tea in the prevention of cervical dysplasia.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Hampilos enjoys spending time with friends and family, seeing old movies at the Hollywood theater, and playing with her dog Oliver.

Elliot Taxman ND, MSiMR

Dr. Elliot Taxman is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his second year of residency at NUNM. He graduated with honors from NUNM in 2017 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Integrative Medicine Research. His masters’ thesis, Conceptualizing Integrative Medicine: A Qualitative Study Using Focus Groups, provided further insight into healthcare and clinical practice. As a student, he was the president of the Student Alliance for Integrative Medicine, where he worked to foster an integrative medical community in Portland. He has a passion for clinical integrative primary care and family practice.

Dr. Taxman has completed several integrative rotations, globally and locally, in multiple hospitals and private clinical settings. He draws on this experience to develop individualized and evidence-based treatment plans for every patient. Dr. Taxman is excited to continue to help make naturopathic primary care more available to the community.

Outside of clinic, Dr. Taxman enjoys being active outdoors, at the gym, or playing ice hockey, tennis, paddle boarding, traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends.

Meredith Trump, ND

Dr. Meredith Trump is a licensed naturopathic physician entering her third year of residency at NUNM. She graduated with her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2016. Dr.
Trump received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Sports Science-Exercise Physiology in 2008 from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Dr. Trump’s clinical rotations include extensive experience in IV therapy, bio-therapeutic drainage, homeopathy, management of complex chronic disease states and an 18-month rotation specializing in mental health management. She has a passion for all modalities that naturopathic medicine offers and enjoys focusing on the foundational aspects of naturopathic medicine including diet, lifestyle, sleep and stress management.

As a student, Dr. Trump served as President of Naturopaths Without Boarders NUNM chapter. She attended, organized and helped fundraise for numerous global health trips for NUNM students. She participated in a student brigade to India for 3 weeks and also an additional brigade to Haiti for 1 week. These diverse experiences highlighted the powerful role that naturopathic medicine can play on a global scale. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Trump enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, photography and spending time with her husband and toddler son.

Brittany Blackford, ND

Dr. Brittany Blackford is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated from NUNM in 2018 with her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Blackford received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Oregon State University.

Dr. Blackford’s clinical education focused on primary care with rotations in women’s health, IV therapy, community health, gastroenterology, cardiology and mental health. In addition to her training at NUNM, she completed external rotations in primary care with a focus on bioidentical hormone management and gynecology. Dr. Blackford is passionate about working with underserved populations and utilizes an evidence-based approach to patient care with integration of conventional and naturopathic modalities.

In her free time, Dr. Blackford enjoys spending time with her two dogs, watching movies, decorating for holidays, crafting and weight lifting.

Karissa Deane, ND

Dr. Karissa Deane is a licensed Naturopathic Physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated with her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2018. Prior to attending NUNM, she received a Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Alternative Medicine from Johnson State College.

During her medical education, Dr. Deane completed rotations in women’s health, primary care, IV therapy, and physical medicine. Her clinical interests also include endocrinology, LGBTQ care, botanical medicine and nutrition.

In her free time, Dr. Deane enjoys baking, spending time with friends and family, playing with her cat Theo, horseback riding and attending dance classes.

Matthew Knudsen, ND, MS, LMT

Dr. Matthew Knudsen is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his first year of residency at NUNM. Dr. Knudsen earned his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from NUNM. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Knudsen earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with an emphasis on cellular signal transduction mechanisms from the University Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Knudsen’s clinical interests include primary care, family medicine, cardiopulmonary medicine, and botanical medicine. Dr. Knudsen is also passionate about the healing power of touch and strives to integrate therapeutic massage into clinical practice.

Outside of clinic, Dr. Knudsen enjoys long distance cycling, racquetball, rock climbing, music composition, board games, cooking, photography, and wine tasting.

Emma Petshow, ND

Dr. Emma Petshow is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated from NUNM in 2018 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Her clinical interests include primary care, cardiopulmonary medicine, sports medicine, and women’s health.

Dr. Petshow’s clinical education focused on providing individualized, evidence-based, primary care to a diverse population of patients using a wide range of treatment modalities. She completed specialty rotations in cardiopulmonary medicine, IV therapy, mental health, transgender health, and women’s health. Additionally, Dr. Petshow completed rotations in the emergency department, a rural health center, and a medical brigade to Nicaragua, following her passion for bringing high-quality primary care and naturopathic medicine to underserved populations.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Petshow received her Bachelor of Science from Portland State University, where she double-majored in General Science and Health Studies: Health Sciences with an emphasis in pre-medical studies. During this time she competed at the collegiate level in track and field, which led to her passion for sports medicine. Currently she is a volunteer track and field coach for a local Oregon high school and is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Petshow enjoys bringing movement, fitness, and nutrition into the patient visit to help patients establish habits that support their overall health and healing.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Petshow can be found spending time hiking the gorge with her family and friends, pole vaulting with her track and field team, singing soprano in choir, and reading a good book with a cup of coffee.

Signe Poquette, ND

Dr. Signe Poquette is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated from Bastyr University in 2018, earning a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Seattle University. During her undergraduate time she focused her studies in Ecology, participating in research on the ecological health of the local Duwamish Watershed and its potential impact on the ecosystem at large. Through this experience, Dr. Poquette was able to integrate her love of nature and passion for health, inspiring her decision to attend Naturopathic medical school.

During her training at Bastyr University, Dr. Poquette completed rotations in primary care, adolescent health, women’s and community health. Outside of school she sought additional experience and training in women’s health, reproductive health, pediatrics and community health. She is passionate about making naturopathic care accessible to all, and is excited to work alongside patients to achieve their healthcare goals.

In her spare time, Dr. Poquette enjoys spending time with her partner and dog, cooking and eating delicious food, learning new crafts and visiting family and friends.

Elyse Ortiz, ND

Dr. Elyse Ortiz is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at the National University of Natural Medicine. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2018. Prior to attending NUNM, she received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Economic Development from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.

Dr. Ortiz is passionate about providing culturally competent healthcare to all individuals and making naturopathic medicine accessible and affordable. During her medical education she completed rotations at numerous community health clinics. Her clinical interests include primary care, minor surgery, IV therapy, LGBTQ+ care, mental health, and pediatrics.

During her free time, Dr. Ortiz enjoys playing lava tag with her nieces and nephews, searching for the most beautiful hiking trail in Oregon, and trying to train her newest foster dog to give high fives.

Christopher Randolph, ND

Dr. Christopher Randolph is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his first year of residency at NUNM. He graduated with high honors from NUNM in 2018, earning a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to his studies at NUNM, he received a B.A. in Globalization and the Environment from New York University.

During his clinical education, Dr. Randolph’s focus was predominantly on primary care, which he augmented with rotations in minor surgery, IV therapy, physical medicine, mental health, and community health. His clinical interests include primary care, dermatology, minor surgery, IV therapy, physical medicine, infectious disease, and working with underserved populations.

In his free time, Dr. Randolph enjoys spending time with his partner, traveling abroad, and trekking through all the beautiful mountainous forests the Pacific Northwest has to offer. He also enjoys singing, swimming, and creating herbal remedies.

Mario Tarasco, ND

Mario Tarasco is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his first year residency at NUNM. Dr. Tarasco received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine in 2018 at NUNM. On his journey to becoming a physician, Dr. Tarasco studied botanical medicine, completing two year-long apprenticeships in herbal medicine before completing his undergraduate degree. He would ultimately go on to graduate summa cum laude from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science.

Dr. Tarasco is passionate about health equity and primary care, and spent much of his clinical training providing care to those most in need at local Community Health Centers as well as NUNM’s own Beaverton Health Center. In addition to providing high-quality and evidence-based primary care, Dr. Tarasco has a special interest in mental health, cardiology and diabetes management. His personal philosophy focuses on preventive care and addressing social determinants of health whenever possible.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Tarasco enjoys cooking for friends, maintaining an active yoga practice and hitting up the beautiful trails in Oregon.

Brittany Krake, ND

Dr. Brittany Krake is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at National University of Natural Medicine Health Center. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from NUNM in 2018. Dr. Krake also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a certificate of Conflict Resolution from Pepperdine University, and a master’s degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine School of Law.

During her clinical education, Dr. Krake completed numerous rotations, including focused training in primary care, women’s health, physical medicine, gastroenterology, and mental health. Her approach is additionally informed by exposure to functional neurology and endobiogeny through external clinical rotations. Dr. Krake has completed training in injection therapies and prolotherapy, for which she is continuing external mentorship with Tyna Moore, ND, DC throughout her residency.

Dr. Krake is passionate about using culturally-informed and patient-centered approaches to healthcare and increasing access to naturopathic medical care for all individuals. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Natural Medicine and volunteers with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

In her free time, Dr. Krake enjoys spending time with her partner and their dog, managing her small business, exploring nature, taking dance classes, and cheering on the Portland Trailblazers (RipCity!).

Samara Stevens, ND

Dr. Samara Stevens is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2018. Prior to medical school, Dr. Stevens received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Oregon State University.

Dr. Stevens’ clinical education focused on primary care and included a two-year mentorship in mental health, numerous rotations in community clinics, IV therapy, and women’s health. In addition to her training at NUNM, she completed external rotations in pediatric, adolescent, and adult eating disorder care and treatment, as well as adolescent psychiatric inpatient care.

Dr. Stevens’ clinical interests include complex mental health and diabetes management, LGBTQ care, and providing primary care to underserved individuals in community clinics. She has particular interests in the intersection of medical complexity and mental health cases, with an emphasis in the medical management of eating disorders. Dr. Stevens continues to sit on the local executive board of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and currently works as the Clinical Nutritionist for Kartini Clinic, a Portland, OR pediatric and adolescent eating disorder treatment center.

In the time she spares, Dr. Stevens enjoys hiking with her partner and pets, participating in triathlons, and on rainy days can be found baking or crafting.