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 Pediatric Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (SCNM), Tempe, Arizona, where he teaches pediatrics in the classroom and supervises student clinicians on clinical rotations. Baral designed the first naturopathic pediatric residency program in naturopathic medicine and serves as its director at SCNM. He is also the founding and current president of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Kurt Beil ND, LAc, MPH

Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH, is a Research Investigator at NUNM’s 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 a clinical naturopathic and Chinese medicine practice in Sandy, Oregon, focusing on chronic disease. He can be reached via email or www.drkurtbeil.com.

Ramneek Bhogal DC, DABCI

Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI, enjoys private practice at Wolfe Family Chiropractic in Metamora, MI. 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 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, a nonprofit organization committed to bringing healthcare to the globally underprivileged.

Shauna M. Birdsall ND, FABNO

Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO, graduated from National University of Natural Medicine in 2000 and completed a 2-year residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Illinois in 2002. She provided patient care and supervised naturopathic medical residents at CTCA in Illinois until 2008, when she transferred to CTCA in Phoenix, Arizona, as director of naturopathic medicine. Birdsall was elected as vice chief of the CTCA Phoenix Medical Staff in 2011 and served in that elected role until 2018. She also chaired the Medical Executive Committee, Credentials Committee, and Peer Review Committee and served as the medical director of integrative oncology at CTCA until 2018. She joined Avante Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2019, as well as Advanced Oncology Associates at Anchorage Radiation Oncology Center and Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center in Soldotna, Alaska. She is board-certified by the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Birdsall and her husband, Tim Birdsall, ND, FABNO, started a virtual practice in 2020, Resilience Health, providing telemedicine consultations to oncology and general medicine patients. She is strongly committed to providing individualized, compassionate, evidence-based care to empower and provide hope to her patients.

Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton ND

Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND, is vice president of scientific & regulatory affairs at Emerson Ecologics and Wellevate and a practicing naturopathic physician specializing in reproductive health and infertility. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at Bastyr University. Chasse is a graduate of Bastyr 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 involved throughout her career in improving healthcare access and education. Chasse is 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 who has been practicing in Portland, OR, since 2000. He earned his naturopathic doctorate from National University of Natural Medicine. Chong’s focus is on risk assessment, prevention, and drug-free treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In addition to his degree in naturopathic medicine, Chong has completed certificate training in cardiometabolic medicine at The Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a BaleDoneen Method Preceptorship, and served for 4 years as a clinical consultant for Boston Heart Diagnostics. He currently  maintains a telehealth-based practice. You can learn more about him at cardiowellnessconsults.com.

Mark Davis ND

Mark Davis, ND, is an 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. 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 the 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. Dean is a contributing author of the textbooks Integrative Gastroenterology (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Krause’s Food & Nutrition Care Process (Saunders, 2016).

Jean-Yves Dionne BPharm

Jean-Yves Dionne, BPharm, is a pharmacist, trainer, clinical consultant and scientific advisor on natural health products. Dionne currently teaches at Université Laval and Université de Montreal. In addition, through his Apothecary Academy (apothicaire.ca), he offers clinical and independent training on natural health products to healthcare professionals. Jean-Yves acts as a collaborator and reviewer for several scientific and popular publications such as Natural Medicine Journal (USA), actualité pharmaceutique and Montréal en santé.

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 retired chiropractor, certified classical homeopath, certified mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) practitioner, and ordained interfaith minister in family practice since 1980. Gahles’ unique method, the Triumvirate Technique, integrates the best of the mind/body/spirit disciplines including nanomedicine, diet, lifestyle, meditation, yoga, qi gong, breath and bodywork, cognitive behavioral techniques, spirituality, palliative care, end of life issues, and positive potential practice. Her website is drnancygahles.com.

Jeff Gladd MD

Jeff Gladd, MD, graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2001. In 2006, he lost 50 pounds, transforming both his personal and professional focus toward true “health” care. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship. He is currently the chief medical officer at Fullscript and runs GladdMD Integrative Medicine, a consultative practice in Indiana where he blends health-promoting care with high-access technology. He is a regular speaker on physician entrepreneurship, social media, and technology in healthcare.

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. She is currently a clinical professor at NUNM, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Bastyr University. Hudson is the medical director of A Woman’s Time in Portland, Oregon, and director of product research and education for VITANICA. She is the founder and codirector of Naturopathic Education and Research Consortium (NERC), a nonprofit organization for accredited naturopathic residencies. Hudson is a faculty member of the Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

Douglas MacKay ND

Douglas ‘Duffy’ MacKay, ND, is senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs for CV Sciences. MacKay spent 10 years with the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Dietary Supplements, as well as on the editorial board for several journals. 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 more than 3 decades. She is recognized as an expert on prediabetes and diabetes and also treats conditions involving reproductive, thyroid, and adrenal hormones. She authored Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach to Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, an in-depth, evidence-based book for both patients and physicians. Morstein is the founder and executive director of the Low Carb Diabetes Association. 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, Arizona, at Naturopathic Specialists, LLC, Rubin has focused on the integration of naturopathic care with the conventional medical system. Rubin is vice-chairperson of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Board, is 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 naturopathicspecialists.com.

Paul Richard Saunders PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH

Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH, completed his PhD in forest ecology at Duke University, his naturopathic degree at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and his homeopathic residency at National University of Naturopathic Medicine, where he also earned a second naturopathic degree. He is professor of materia medica and clinical medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine; senior naturopathic doctor, Beaumont Health System, Troy Hospital, Michigan; and adjunct professor of integrative medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School and has a private practice in Dundas, Ontario. Saunders was part of the transition team that formed the Office of Natural Health Products of Health Canada.

Alexander Schauss PhD, FACN

Alexander Schauss, PhD, FACN, is the CEO and senior director of research of Seattle-based consultancy AIBMR Life Sciences. 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 for the US Pharmacopoeia (USP) Convention; and a reviewer for the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements database. A certified food scientist, Schauss has served on numerous Generally Recognized As Safe expert panels and USP’s Extended-Release Dietary Supplement Expert Panel. 

Dugald Seely ND, MSc, FABNO

Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO, runs a clinical practice with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare practitioners at the Centre for Health Innovation (home of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre). Seely is the executive director for the Patterson Institute for Integrative Oncology Research at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as well as serving as an affiliate investigator for the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and adjunct professor with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. Seely completed his master of science in cancer research at the University of Toronto and has been awarded over 11 million dollars in grant research funding. Past-president for the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and recipient of the 2017 Rogers Prize, Seely aims to build on the evidence for naturopathic oncology and the practice of integrative oncology as a whole.

Raja Sivamani MD

Raja Sivamani, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and Ayurvedic practitioner who serves as the lead scientific advisor and editor for Dermveda and LearnSkin. He is 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. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento. Sivamani has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook titled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition. 

Fraser Smith ND

Fraser Smith, ND, is assistant dean of naturopathic medicine at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill. Smith graduated from Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where he later served as a 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 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 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome treatments, and a study on treatment of autism using Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET).

Michael Traub ND, DHANP, FABNO

Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO, is a leading expert in dermatology. He graduated from National University of Naturopathic Medicine in 1981, where he also completed a residency in family practice and homeopathy. Traub served as president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) Physician, 2001–2003. He is 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. He has served as medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, for more than 3 decades.

Beverly Yates ND

Beverly Yates, ND, is a diabetes expert and author who has more than 27 years of experience working with those who struggle with blood sugar issues related to type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Yates is the creator of the Blood Sugar Mastery program, a simple and effective lifestyle-based program for people who have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, to lower blood sugar levels, and achieve healthy A1C and fasting blood sugar levels. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, in 1994. She earned her undergraduate in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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. 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.