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.

Ramneek Bhogal DC, DABCI

Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI, enjoys private practice in Metamora, MI, where he blends his 20 years in academia with clinical expertise in technique and integrative work. A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, he is also a diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists and has trained with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Bhogal is a popular lecturer providing continuing education and often speaks at national and international conferences. He has been published in peer-reviewed journals and recently coauthored a chapter in a pediatric chiropractic textbook with his wife, Stephanie O’Neill Bhogal, DC, DICCP. Together, they also established Peak Potential Outreach, an international nonprofit organization committed to bringing healthcare to the globally underprivileged.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jacob Teitelbaum MD

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is one of the most frequently quoted integrative, pain and fibromyalgia medical authorities in the world. He is the author of the best-selling From Fatigued to Fantastic!Pain Free, 1,2,3!, the Complete Guide to Beating Sugar AddictionReal Cause Real Cure, the Fatigue and Fibromyalgia SolutionDiabetes Is Optional, and the popular free smartphone app Cures A-Z. He is the lead author of 5 studies and 3 textbook chapters on effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and a study on effective treatment of autism using NAET.

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.

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.