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.
Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, is a naturopathic physician with board certification in naturopathic oncology. She maintains a part-time naturopathic oncology practice with Naturopathic Specialists in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her undergraduate degree in medical anthropology is from Brown University and her naturopathic doctorate is from Bastyr University. She is the coauthor of The Definitive Guide to Cancer and The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer. Alschuler is the chief medical officer of the iTHRIVE Plan.
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 is a naturopathic and Chinese medicine practitioner in New York’s Hudson Valley region, as well as adjunct faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM). He completed his postdoctoral research at NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute, where he focused on biomarker and psychometric assessment of the restorative and therapeutic effect of natural environments. He is the founding co-chair of the Health & Nature subcommittee of the Intertwine Alliance, a 150+ member coalition of nonprofits, governmental agencies, and private businesses promoting the parks, trails, and natural areas of the Portland Metro region. Dr Beil speaks frequently on the health benefits of contact with nature, and maintains a Facebook group (“Naturopaths for Nature”) about this topic. He can be reached at email@example.com or www.hudsonvalleynaturalhealth.com.
Bill Benda, MD, is an emergency medicine physician, lecturer, writer, and researcher committed to the integration of alternative and conventional medicine. Dr. Benda graduated cum laude from Duke University, received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Benda is Associate Editor of both theJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Integrative Medicine A Clinician's Journal.
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, 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, 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, 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, has been a licensed naturopathic physician, practicing in Portland, Oregon, since 2000 and focusing on risk assessment, prevention, and drug-free treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as general healthy aging, and acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. Chong has also completed certificate training in cardio-metabolic medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is an active member of the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE). In addition to his clinical work, Chong serves as a clinical consultant for Boston Heart Diagnostics Lab.
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, 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, 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.
Alan R. Gaby, MD, received his BA from Yale University, his MS in biochemistry from Emory University, and his MD from the University of Maryland. He is the author of the newly released textbook Nutritional Medicine. He is past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and has provided expert testimony to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine regarding the cost-effectiveness of nutritional supplements.
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
Jane Guiltinan, ND, is the dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington. She was the co‒medical director for the first publicly funded integrated health clinic in the United States and served on the board of trustees for Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. She is a past-president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and current president of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc, is the 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.
Heather A. Hausenblas, PhD, is a nationally and internationally renowned physical activity and healthy aging expert, researcher, and author. Her research focuses on the psychological effects of health behaviors across the lifespan. In particular, Hausenblas examines how physical activity and diet (including supplementation) relate to healthy aging. Hausenblas is the coauthor of 5 scientific books, and she has published more than 80 scientific journal articles. She has conducted more than 200 national and international scientific presentations. She has also been the receipt of several research grants to examine the psychological effects of physical activity across the lifespan and its relationship to “healthy aging.” Hausenblas obtained her doctorate from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She was a faculty member and director of the Exercise Psychology Lab at the University of Florida from 1998 to 2012. She is currently an associate professor at Jacksonville University in the College of Health Sciences. She also serves as a scientific advisor for Reserveage Organics.
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, 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, 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 "Duffy" MacKay, ND, is Senior Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). MacKay oversees CRN’s science and regulatory affairs department to ensure that the association’s scientific, policy, and legislative positions are based on credible scientific rationale. His expertise combines practical knowledge of industry regulation and scientific product development with hands-on experience as a medical practitioner. He is a licensed naturopathic doctor who still sees patients on a part-time basis in an integrative medical practice. MacKay serves on the advisory board for the American Botanical Council and on the NSF International Joint Committee on Dietary Supplements. He is also chair of the Steering Committee for the Standardized Information on Dietary Ingredients (SIDI) Work Group. MacKay earned his degree in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his naturopathic degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
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, 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.
Michael T. Murray, ND, is President and CEO of Dr. Murray Natural Living and is Chief Science Officer for Enzymedica. Dr. Murray is a graduate, faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University, where he received his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. He is co-author of A Textbook of Natural Medicine and the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. He has also written over 30 other books including his latest book, The Magic of Food. For more information please visit http://doctormurray.com/.
Cheryl Myers, RN, is recognized as an expert in the health and dietary supplement field. She writes, gives public appearances, and acts as a research and media consultant. She graduated from Purdue University, and also has clinical certifications in oncology and gerontology, and has a second degree in psychology. Cheryl's nationally published articles have addressed a variety of health applications for natural products, and Cheryl has been a featured guest on radio shows, and is frequently interviewed by a variety of periodicals, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Prevention Magazine, and Healthy Living.
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 is the Director of Integrative Care for Goshen Health System. She practices naturopathic oncology in the integrative Goshen Center for Cancer Care, is the director of a naturopathic oncology residency program, and is participating in the development of an integrative heart and vascular program. She is past president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), the accrediting body for naturopathic programs in the US and Canada. She is also on the board of the Academic Consortium of Complementary and Alternative Health Care, working with a network of national complementary and alternative medicine educational organizations and agencies to promote interdisciplinary health care education. Prenguber is a founding member and serves on the Executive Committee of the Naturopathic Post Graduate Association, established to further the development of residencies for newly graduated naturopathic physicians. She was named the 2008 Naturopathic Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for exhibiting excellence in leadership, ethics, individual achievement, and advancement of the naturopathic community. She is a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland OR, Johns Hopkins University, California State College - Fullerton, and St. Joseph College.
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, 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, 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, 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.
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, 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, 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 31 years.
Marcus Webb, BSc (Hons), 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.
Eric Yarnell, ND, is assistant professor in the department of botanical medicine at Bastyr University and past chair of the department of botanical medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. He is chief medical officer at Northwest Naturopathic Urology, Inc. in Seattle, WA, where he has practiced for the past 6 years. He completed a residency with Silena Heron, ND, in Sedona, AZ, and has also practiced in Colorado. He is author or coauthor of many textbooks including Naturopathic Gastroenterology, Naturopathic Urology and Men’s Health, and Clinical Botanical Medicine, 2nd ed. More information is available at urologynd.com.
Heather Zwickey, PhD, is Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and a professor of immunology at the National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, as well as Director of Helfgott Research Institute. Currently, she heads several pilot studies looking at the effects of botanicals, hydrotherapy, energy medicine, and diet on immunological parameters. Zwickey trained at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colorado. She received her doctorate in immunology and microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University.