Editorial Board

Natural Medicine Journal is led by an esteemed group of healthcare professionals in the integrative health field representing a diverse spectrum of disciplines within medicine.

Editorial Board

Matthew Baral ND

Matthew Baral, ND, received his naturopathic medical degree from Bastyr University in 2000. He is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). Dr. Baral also designed the first Naturopathic Pediatric Residency program in naturopathic medicine and serves as its Director. His private practice at SCNM focuses on primary pediatric care and autism. Dr. Baral also serves as the Medical Director of the Hamilton Elementary School Clinic, a free pediatric clinic that provides care to the students of one of the poorest school districts in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kurt Beil ND, LAc, MPH

Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH, is a research investigator at National University of Natural Medicine’s (NUNM) Helfgott Research Institute where he completed a postdoctoral research program on biomarker and psychometric assessment of the restorative and therapeutic effect of natural vs. built urban environments. Beil holds a master’s degree in public health focused on the benefits of green space as a sustainable public health promotion tool, and speaks and writes regularly about these topics. He has taught courses on these topics at NUNM and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), has been an advisor to the Children & Nature Network’s “Nature Research Database,” and was the founding cochair of the Nature & Health subcommittee of the Intertwine Alliance in Portland. Beil also moderates a Facebook group (“NDs for Nature”) for the naturopathic medicine community on the clinical health benefits of contact with nature. He maintains clinical naturopathic and Chinese medicine practices in Sandy, Oregon. He can be reached at drkurt@rosenaturalhealth.com or www.drkurtbeil.com.

Robin Bernhoft 

Robin Bernhoft, MD, FACS, is a former general surgeon with subspecialty training in liver and pancreatic surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, completed his residency at University of California, San Francisco, and did a fellowship at Royal Postgraduate Med School in London. When Bernhoft became ill from environmental exposures, he retrained in environmental medicine and clinical metal toxicology in order to regain his health. He is now Medical Director of the Bernhoft Center for Advanced Medicine in Ojai, California, and president-elect of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Bernhoft speaks at national and international meetings on genomic medicine and environmental medicine. Visit his web site: www.drbernhoft.com.

Shauna M. Birdsall ND, FABNO

Shauna M. Birdsall, ND, FABNO,  is the Vice Chief of Staff and Director of Naturopathic Medicine at Western Regional Medical Center. She provides clinical oversight to the naturopathic physicians, has programmatic responsibility for the department, and provides patient care in an integrative team based environment. Dr. Birdsall earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2000. She is board certified in Naturopathic Oncology and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Dr. Birdsall collaborates with other CTCA clinicians to provide integrative cancer care. Her focus is on the safe and effective use of natural therapies to help with side effects of conventional treatment, improve quality of life, and prevent herb-drug-nutrient interactions.

Timothy C. Birdsall ND, FABNO

Timothy C. Birdsall, ND, FABNO, is Chief Medical Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and a graduate of Bastyr University. He has been with CTCA since 1998, when he joined the staff at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, IL, the flagship hospital for CTCA, where he helped pioneer an innovative, interdisciplinary, team-based approach to cancer care, the first of its kind to fully incorporate naturopathic physicians into the care of every patient. From 2002 to 2012, Dr. Birdsall served as Vice President of Integrative Medicine for CTCA, with programmatic responsibility for nutrition, naturopathic medicine, mind body medicine, pastoral care, oncology rehabilitation, chiropractic and acupuncture. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.

Jaclyn Chasse ND

Jaclyn Chasse, ND, is the Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs at Emerson Ecologics and Wellevate, and a practicing naturopathic physician specializing in men's and women's reproductive health and infertility. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at Bastyr University. Chasse is a graduate of Bastyr University and has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She has coauthored several scientific journal articles in the field of medical biophysics and integrative medicine, and has been very involved throughout her career in improving healthcare access and education. Chasse is the immediate Past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Daniel Chong ND

Daniel Chong, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician, practicing in Portland, OR since 2000. Chong's focus is on healthy aging of the brain and body, as well as risk assessment, prevention and drug-free treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. He also maintains a virtual practice via the internet for group and individual coaching in cardiovascular disease prevention.

In addition to his degree in naturopathic medicine, Chong has completed certificate training in Cardio-Metabolic medicine with Drs. Mark Houston and Joel Kahn, at The Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He is also a contributing editor in cardiology for the Natural Medicine Journal and a clinical consultant for Cleveland Heart Lab.

You can learn more about him at DrDanielChong.com.

Mark Davis ND

Mark Davis, ND, is an internationally known expert on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), fecal microbiota transplantation, and helminthic therapy. He sees patients at the IBD Specialty Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and via telehealth for Californians at IBDsolution.com. He's also licensed to practice in Oregon and the District of Columbia. Davis is full-time faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health and serves on the board of directors of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Fecal Transplant Foundation. He consults with groups setting up FMT stool banks and programs all over the world. He's a 2011 graduate of National University of Natural Medicine.

Sheila Dean DSc, RD, LD, CCN, CDE

Sheila Dean, DSc, RD, LD, CCN, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian, board certified clinical nutritionist, certified diabetes educator, and exercise physiologist. She completed her undergraduate training through Rutgers University, internship and graduate training with University of Rhode Island and Brown University's teaching hospitals, and doctoral training in nutritional genomics and pharmacology through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dean owns Palm Harbor Center for Health & Healing, an integrative medicine based nutrition private practice and wellness center in Florida. An experienced scientific and technical writer, Dean is a contributing author of the medical textbook Integrative Gastroenterology (Oxford University Press, 2011) and the clinical nutrition textbook Krause’s Food & Nutrition Care Process (Saunders, 2016).

Jean-Yves Dionne RPh

Jean-Yves Dionne, RPh, is a scientific advisor and natural health products consultant for several companies and professional organizations. He teaches at Université de Montréal and Université Laval. He is a collaborator and scientific reviewer for many publications both in French and English and is the author or co-author of several books including Herbs, Everyday Reference for Health Professionals. Mr Dionne also sits on the board of directors of the Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada (www.nhprs.ca). His research focus is the interaction between natural health products (NHPs) and pharmaceuticals as well as between conventional medicine and CAM. He is presently involved in a research project evaluating the risk benefit assessment of NHPs.

Geovanni Espinosa ND, LAc, CNS
Geo Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS, RH (AHG), is a renowned naturopathic and functional medicine doctor recognized as an authority in urology and men’s health. Espinosa is the founder and director of the Integrative and Functional Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) and lectures internationally on the application of integrative urology in clinical settings. He has been recognized as one of the top 10 Health Makers for Men’s Health by sharecare.com created by Dr. Mehmet Oz and WebMD. Espinosa is the author of the popular book Thrive, Don’t Only Survive: Dr. Geo’s Guide to Living Your Best Life Before & After Prostate Cancer. On his time off from work, he enjoys writing on his popular blog, DrGeo.com and spending time with his family.
Nancy Gahles DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM

Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM is CEO and Founder of Health & Harmony Wellness Education and Center for Integrative and Holistic Healthcare, TeleHealth & Harmony and Spirit of Love~The Rockaway Sangha. She is a Chiropractor (Ret.), Certified Classical Homeopath, Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner and Ordained Interfaith Minister in family practice since 1980 specializing in the stress that underlies disease and pain management.

Dr. Gahles’ unique method, the Triumvirate Technique, integrates the best of the mind/body/spirit disciplines including nanomedicine, diet and lifestyle, meditation, yoga/QiGong, breath/bodywork, cognitive behavioral techniques, spirituality in health and medicine, palliative care and end of life issues and positive potential practice. www.drnancygahles.com

Carl Hangee-Bauer ND, LAc

Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc, is past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and owner of San Francisco Natural Medicine where he integrates naturopathic medicine with acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine to provide natural health solutions to improve health and treat disease. He received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. He is a founding member and past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and is one of the first naturopathic doctors to be licensed in California. In 2004, he was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council.

Tori Hudson ND

Tori Hudson, ND, graduated from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine (NUNM) in 1984 and has served the college in several capacities, including: Medical Director, Associate Academic Dean, & Academic Dean. She is currently a clinical professor at NUNM, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University. Dr Hudson has been in practice for more than 32 years, is the medical director of her clinic “A Woman’s Time” in Portland, OR, and director of product research and education for VITANICA. She is also the founder and co-director of NERC (Naturopathic Education and Research Consortium), a non-profit organization for accredited naturopathic residencies. Dr. Hudson has recently been appointed as a faculty member of the Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. For more information, visit www.drtorihudson.com.

Ellen Kamhi PhD, RN

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, has been involved in Natural Medicine since 1973. Dr. Kamhi attended Rutgers and Cornell Universities, sat on the Panel of Traditional Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical School, and is a Clinical Instructor at Stony Brook Medical School, and at NY Chiropractic College, where she teaches Botanical Pharmacology. A respected authority in the field of natural healing, Dr. Kamhi is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) and is nationally board certified as a holistic nurse (a-HNC). She is the author or co-author of many books including Cycles of Life, Herbs for Women, and The Natural Medicine Chest. For more information visit www.naturalnurse.com.

Iva Lloyd ND, RPP

Iva Lloyd, ND, RPP, is a Naturopathic Doctor, Registered Polarity Practitioner, and Reiki Master. In 2002, she founded Naturopathic Foundations. She teaches part-time at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and writes for various journals and magazines. She is editor of the Vital Link - the journal for the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. Lloyd is the author of four books: Building a Successful Naturopathic Practice, Messages from the Body, A Guide to the Energetics of Health, The Energetics of Health, a naturopathic assessment and History of Naturopathic Medicine, a Canadian Perspective.

Douglas MacKay ND

Douglas ‘Duffy’ MacKay, ND, is senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs for CV Sciences, a market leader in consumer products that contain hemp extracts with cannabidiol (CBD). MacKay previously spent 10 years with the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) where he served as the senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs. Before joining CRN, MacKay spent 8 years working as a medical and nutrition expert for 2 companies in the dietary supplement industry. MacKay has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Dietary Supplements, as well as the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research, and the official publication of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Natural Medicine Journal. MacKay also serves on the Advisory Board for the American Botanical Council. He earned his degree in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his naturopathic medical degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Keri Marshall ND

Keri Marshall MS, ND, is the director of global lipid science and advocacy for DSM Nutritional Products and is also in private practice in the Washington, DC, area. She is a licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in pediatrics and chronic disease management. Marshall received her naturopathic medical degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine, her masters in epidemiology from SUNY at Buffalo, and her bachelor of science from George Washington University. She has authored many journal articles, has served on several advisory boards and on the NH Board of Naturopathic Examiners, and appears regularly in the media.

Mona Morstein ND

Mona Morstein, ND, has been a practicing naturopathic physician for 29 years. She is recognized as an expert on prediabetes and diabetes, and also treats conditions involving reproductive, thyroid, and adrenal hormones. Her 560-page book Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach to Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes is an in-depth, evidence-based, accessible educational book for both patients and physicians. Morstein is the founder and Executive Director of the Low Carb Diabetes Association, a 501(c)(3) education nonprofit. She has lectured on many different hormonal conditions and treatments at conferences and webinars.

In 2012, Morstein received the President’s Award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians in honor of her comprehensive work for the naturopathic profession.

Cheryl Myers RN

Cheryl Myers, RN, is an integrative health nurse, author, and expert on natural medicine. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Prevention Magazine. Her articles have been published in such diverse publications as Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Nutrition in Complementary Care, and her research on botanicals has been presented at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the North American Menopause Society. Myers is the head of Scientific Affairs and Education for EuroPharma, Inc.

Lyn Patrick ND
Lyn Patrick, ND, graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 and has been in private practice as a licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona and recently in Colorado for the last 30 years. Patrick is a published author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has been a contributing editor for Alternative Medicine Review, a Medline-indexed journal of complementary/alternative medical research. She speaks internationally on the integrative medical treatment of chronic hepatitis C, environmental medicine, liver disease, endocrine disruption, and other topics. She is a past consultant to the Board of Directors of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and a planner and faculty member for ACAM's continuing medical education conferences, lecturing in the area of environmental medicine and metal toxicology. She is also a physician-member of the Hepatitis C Ambassadors Team, a national interdisciplinary team of integrative medicine providers and hepatologists seeking answers to chronic hepatitis C treatment through research and education in complementary/alternative medicine. The book Choices, which she coauthored, is available at no cost to physicians and patients at hepcchallenge.org.
In 2013, along with fellow naturopathic physician and educator Jessica Tran, she started Progressive Medical Education, an online continuing education site for primary care providers.
Kasra Pournadeali ND

Kasra Pournadeali (pour-na-deli), ND, the Director of the Northwest Center for Optimal Health, has been a healthcare provider since 1992. He serves on the Foundation for Care Management, an ACCME and ACPE-Accredited CME granting organization, and is a graduate of Oklahoma and Bastyr University where he serves as faculty. Dr. Pournadeali speaks and writes locally and nationally, is Past President of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and led the administration that modernized the naturopathic scope in Washington in 2004 and again in 2005.

Marcia Prenguber ND, FABNO

Marcia Prenguber, ND, FABNO, is the Director of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport. In addition to her leadership role in the academic and clinical aspect of the program, she see patients in the student clinic, teaching and guiding the care of patients with oncologic diagnoses. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Integrative Care at the Center for Cancer Care in the Goshen Health System. She practices naturopathic oncology in that setting, serves as the director of the naturopathic oncology residency program. She is past president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), and served on the board and continue to work as a Clinical Working Group Co-Chair for the Academic Consortium of Integrative Healthcare (ACIH), working with a network of national complementary and alternative medicine educational organizations and agencies to promote interdisciplinary health care education. Prenguber was a founding member of the Naturopathic Post Graduate Association (NPGA), assisted in the transition of the application and match processes to the AANMC, and continues to serve the residency committee of the AANMC. She was named the 2008 Naturopathic Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). She is a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland OR, Johns Hopkins University, California State College - Fullerton, and the University of St. Joseph, who recognized her as a Distinguished Alumna in 2017.

David Riley MD

David Riley, MD, is a medical editor/writer and is an adjunct professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, Maryland and National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has participated in the development of health research reporting guidelines beginning with CONSORT in 2000; in 2011 he led the development of reporting guidelines for case reports—the CARE Guidelines. David consults internationally on scientific writing and health care policy. He is married and lives in Portland, Oregon

Barry W. Ritz PhD

Barry W. Ritz, PhD, is the Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Atrium Innovations, Inc., and is an active researcher in the emerging field of nutritional immunology. Ritz completed his master's and doctorate degrees at Drexel University. He is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. Ritz has presented his research at national and international meetings, has numerous publications in scientific journals, and authored a chapter on the use of nutraceuticals for immune restoration in the elderly in the Handbook on Immunosenescence: Basic Understanding and Clinical Applications.

Daniel Rubin ND

Daniel Rubin, ND, is a board-certified naturopathic oncologist. He received his naturopathic medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Practicing in Scottsdale, Ariz., at Naturopathic Specialists, LLC, Dr. Rubin has focused on the integration of naturopathic care with the conventional medical system. Dr. Rubin is Vice Chairperson of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Board, Vice Chairperson of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. For more information visit www.naturopathicspecialists.com.

Alexander Schauss PhD, FACN

Alexander Schauss, PhD, FACN, is the CEO and senior director of research of AIBMR Life Sciences, a scientific and regulatory consultancy headquartered in Seattle. He has been a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Alternative Medicine, Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council; a member of the Ad Hoc Developmental Planning Committee of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements; a reviewer of botanical standards and information monographs for the US Pharmacopoeia (USP) Convention; and a reviewer for the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements database. A certified food scientist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition, Schauss has served on numerous Generally Recognized As Safe expert panels, and USP’s Extended-Release Dietary Supplement Expert Panel. He is the author of nearly 250 publications, including 23 books and 37 chapters.

Dugald Seely ND, MSc, FABNO
Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO, leads the clinical practice and cancer research program for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. In addition to his clinical role as a naturopathic doctor, he also serves as the executive director of research & clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, affiliate investigator for the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and vice president for the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Seely completed his master of science in cancer research at the University of Toronto and is a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. As a clinician scientist, Seely has been awarded competitive grant and trainee funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, the SickKids Foundation, the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and the Gateway for Cancer Research Foundation.
Raja Sivamani MD

Raja Sivamani, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and serves as the lead Scientific Advisor and Editor for Dermveda and LearnSkin. He is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and serves as the Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit with a focus on engineering, nutrition, and microbiome focused clinical studies. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento. He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research, with a focus on the gut and skin microbiome and lipidome. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook titled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition. He has a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

Fraser Smith ND

Fraser Smith, ND, is Assistant Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill. Dr. Smith graduated from Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where he later served as faculty member and eventually Dean of the Naturopathic Program. He is also the author of the textbook An Introduction to Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Medicine. For more information about National University visit www.nuhs.edu.

Michael Traub ND, DHANP, FABNO

Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO, completed pre-med studies at the University of California at Irvine. He graduated from National University of Naturopathic Medicine in 1981 and completed a residency there in Family Practice and Homeopathy. In 2006, Traub was honored with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) Physician of the Year Award in recognition for his many years of service, which included serving as AANP president from 2001 to 2003. His father was a dermatologist, and this inspired Traub to undertake extra study in this subject and become the leading expert in dermatology in the naturopathic profession. He has taught dermatology at 5 of the 7 accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America and is the author of Essentials of Dermatologic Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics. A fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Traub has been actively engaged in clinical research throughout most of his career and is currently a co-investigator in the Canadian/US Integrative Oncology Study. His most recent major publication, “Impact of Vitamin D3 Dietary Supplement Matrix on Clinical Response,” appears in a 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Traub has served as medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii for the past 34 years.

Marcus Webb ND, DO

Marcus Webb, ND, DO, is an osteopath, naturopath and medical acupuncturist with clinics in North London and the West Coast of Scotland. He qualified in 1988 from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (formally the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy) where he served as a part-time lecturer for 4 years. He has a professional interest in osteoporosis management and the use of acupuncture in pain management. Webb is also enjoys the benefits and privileges of being a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. For more information, visit: www.hhc.healthcare.

Heather Zwickey PhD

Heather Zwickey, PhD, is a professor of immunology and chair of the Department of Health Sciences at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She launched the Helfgott Research Institute, which advances the science of natural medicine. Zwickey founded the school of graduate studies and developed masters programs in research, nutrition, and global health. Zwickey has received the Champion of Naturopathic Medicine Award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, as well as several teaching and research awards from the National University of Natural Medicine. She currently leads a National Institutes of Health–funded clinical research training program focused on integrative medicine research and studies the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation.