Residency Programs

Meet Our Residents

First-Year Residents

Aubrey Corbett, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Aubrey Corbett is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at National University of Naturopathic Medicine. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2019 from NUNM. Prior to medical school, Dr. Corbett obtained her B.A. in Biology and Holistic Health at Stockton University in New Jersey.

Dr. Corbett’s clinical education focused on primary care, women’s health, and cardiology. She completed additional rotations in the emergency department and local community health centers. She has a passion for providing healthcare solutions to underserved patient populations. Dr. Corbett is also trained in holistic pelvic floor therapy and is a licensed massage therapist.

While not practicing medicine, Dr. Corbett can be found outside surfing, rock climbing, hiking, or camping in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Angela Hardin, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Angela Hardin is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in 2019. Prior to medical school, Dr. Hardin received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy from Texas State University.

Dr. Hardin’s clinical education focused on primary care with rotations in mental health, IV therapy, transgender health, and cardiology. In addition to her training at NUNM, she completed external rotations in primary care with a focus on gastroenterology, functional neurology, bioidentical hormone management, and nutritional counseling. She is also a licensed massage therapist and has completed additional trainings in craniosacral and pelvic floor rehabilitation therapies.

Dr. Hardin’s mission in medicine is to create and uphold a safe, unbiased healing space for all patients. She is especially passionate about serving medical care to transgender individuals and military veterans.

To keep life in balance, Dr. Hardin enjoys taking her two dogs to the coast, watching Turner Classic movies, playing Call of Duty, and daydreaming about starting another rock band.

Katie Pickworth, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Katie Pickworth is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She received a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research in 2019. Prior to her studies at NUNM, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychological Science and Biology with highest honors from Albion College.

Dr. Pickworth’s clinical education focused on mental health and primary care. She also completed specialized rotations in women’s health, IV medicine, physical medicine, and homeopathy; in addition to extensive internal and external rotations and training in mental health. Dr. Pickworth is passionate about providing evidence-based care that treats the whole person, and gives the patient equal opportunity to take part in their health care. She practices with a Health at Every Size (HAES) and trauma-informed approach, believing that every person has a right to superb care.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Pickworth was a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. During her time there, she studied the relationship between depression symptoms and diabetes risk in teenage girls. She continues to conduct research at NUNM by heading up the International Cohort on Lifestyle Determinants of Health (INCLD Health) study, which will characterize NUNM students’ lifestyle behaviors and health over the course of their time as a student.

In her continued efforts to figure out work-life balance, Dr. Pickworth enjoys spending time with her partner and pets, enriching her life with pop culture content, and making elaborate spreadsheets of her OrangeTheory workout stats.

Marie Benkley, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Marie Benkley is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at National University of Natural Medicine. She graduated from NUNM in 2019 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to medical school, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, where she double majored in Biology and Community Health.

Dr. Benkley believes fully in the innate healing ability and wisdom of the body. She has a passion for vitalistic naturopathic medicine and her therapeutic approach emphasizes botanical medicine, homeopathy, and other modalities that support the body’s intrinsic healing processes. Her clinical interests include reproductive health, sexual health and wellness, mental health, and endocrinology.

Dr. Benkley is passionate about providing affirming care for queer, transgender, and gender diverse patients. Her work is guided by an intersectionality framework and she is committed to a clinical practice that is patient-centered, collaborative, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Benkley enjoys riding her motorcycle, backpacking, and learning how to roller skate. She can also be found sipping tea while reading a book on a rainy day.

Matthew Brown, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Matthew Brown is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his first year of residency at NUNM. He graduated from NUNM in 2019 with his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Brown received his Bachelor of Science in General Science from Portland State University.

Dr. Brown’s clinical education focused on primary care with rotations in mental health, IV therapy, community health, physical medicine, and minor surgery. In addition to his training at NUNM, he completed external rotations in primary care with a focus on family practice and gastroenterology. Dr. Brown’s clinical interests include working with underserved populations, focusing on the integration of conventional and naturopathic modalities to restore health.

In his free time, Dr. Brown enjoys spending time with his two dogs at the beach, hiking, camping, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Rachel Surprenant, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Rachel Surprenant is a licensed naturopathic physician, currently completing her first year of residency in women’s health and pediatrics. She will be starting her second year of residency in a split position with A Woman’s Time and NUNM in January 2020. While in naturopathic medical school, she completed rotations in family medicine, mental health, women’s health, naturopathic gastroenterology, and natural childbirth. Dr. Surprenant received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Natural Medicine and earned her undergraduate degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

Dr. Surprenant thrives on collaboration with your medical team, and believes patients do, too. She blends the best of integrative medicine–collaborating with your other providers—with the best of naturopathic medicine; focusing on the foundations of health, the individual, and addressing root cause of disease. When she’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Surprenant can be found either in the woods hiking with her dog or in the kitchen putting an anti-inflammatory spin on favorite recipes.

Sarah Tindall, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Sarah Tindall is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated from NUNM in 2018, earning both a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Nutrition. Dr. Tindall’s clinical interest is centered around evidence-based, integrative primary care with an emphasis on women’s health. As a medical student, her clinical rotations predominantly focused on primary care, but were diversified by preceptorships and specialty rotations in pediatrics, women’s health, gastroenterology, IV therapy, environmental medicine, oncology, minor surgery, and mental and community health. Dr. Tindall is deeply passionate about promoting naturopathic medicine both within the medical world as well as the broader community.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Tindall earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She graduated cum laude with distinction as a university scholar and university research scholar for successful completion of the honors curriculum and involvement in a myriad of undergraduate research projects.

Outside of clinic, Dr. Tindall can be found exploring the outdoors, absorbed in environmental medicine projects, cooking delicious food, gardening, and enjoying time with her family and friends.

Sierra Goncharoff, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Sierra Goncharoff is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated from NUNM in 2019 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Goncharoff received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Humboldt State University.

Dr. Goncharoff’s clinical education focused on primary care with rotations in women’s health, pediatrics, gastroenterology, minor surgery, and physical medicine. Additionally, she has provided medical care to underserved communities abroad as she has a passion for bringing naturopathic health care to those in need.

In her free time, Dr. Goncharoff enjoys dancing, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Susanne Lietz, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Susanne Lietz graduated from Bastyr University with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. During her studies, Dr. Lietz focused her clinical education on primary care with an emphasis on family medicine, women’s health, and pediatrics. She completed additional coursework in advanced pediatrics and physical medicine, including craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation. Dr. Lietz is completing her first year of residency at NUNM, where she is working with highly experienced doctors and students providing a team-based approach to patient care.

Prior to her medical training, Dr. Lietz received her Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University, during which she worked with clinics and organizations in the Bay Area to help provide health care and reproductive care to underserved communities.

Dr. Lietz has a strong interest and passion in preventive care and patient empowerment. To establish this, she emphasizes patient education and a shared decision-making approach. Dr. Lietz has a particular interest in physical medicine, homeopathy, counseling and nutrition.

Outside of clinic, Dr. Lietz enjoys being active outdoors, hiking the mountains, playing ultimate frisbee and tennis, as well as enjoying farmers markets and spending time with friends and family.

Valentina Benitez, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Valentina Benitez is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her first year of residency at NUNM. She graduated with her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Natural Medicine in 2019. She is also completing studies in classical Chinese medicine. Her clinical interests include primary care, botanical medicine, nutrition, pediatrics, cardiology and endocrinology.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Benitez earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey. During this time, she competed as a division one collegiate springboard and platform diver, and worked for several years in an exercise psychophysiology lab―which led to her passion for nutrition and naturopathic medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Benitez spends time with her friends and family, plays a lot of soccer, goes to concerts, frequently supports the Portland theatre scene, whole-heartedly cheers on the Portland Thorns, and practices self-cultivation through qigong and meditation.

Second-Year Residents

Brittany Blackford, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Brittany Blackford is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her second 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.

Matthew Knudsen, ND, MS, LMTMedical Resident

Dr. Matthew Knudsen is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his second 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.

Elyse Ortiz, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Elyse Ortiz 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 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.

Emma Neiworth Petshow, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Emma Petshow is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her second 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, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Signe Poquette is a licensed naturopathic physician completing her second 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.

Christopher Randolph, NDMedical Resident

Dr. Christopher Randolph is a licensed naturopathic physician completing his second 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.