How I Practice
I am a naturopathic primary care physician specializing in evidence informed, body positive, integrative treatment approaches. I treat you as a whole person, not a set of symptoms. I take the time to get to know you, discussing your concerns, goals, and questions at each visit. To make sure you have a plan that is right for your individual needs, I use everything from herbal formulas to diet recommendations to conventional pharmaceutical medications in my practice.
My top priority is making certain that my recommendations are based on the best available science. Naturopathic medicine continues to improve its base of research. In addition to historical uses, clinical observations, and case reports, natural products are being studied in rigorous scientific studies across the world. I have a master’s degree in integrative medicine research and have worked as an investigator on several clinical trials. I love reading new research and sharing it with my patients, especially when it involves natural medicine.
As a big man myself, I know how important it is to have access to body positive health care. I have a special passion for working with patients in larger bodies to provide competent, informed, compassionate care. All bodies deserve respect, no matter their size. I practice within the model of Health at Every Size, emphasizing optimal health instead of body size or weight.
There are many definitions of “integrative medicine.” In my practice, it means taking into consideration all available therapeutic options to provide the absolute best care for my patients. I also frequently work with patients who are already seeing other providers to offer integrative medicine recommendations for overall health and wellness that can complement their existing treatment plans.
In addition to my work at Heart Spring Health, I teach the men’s health curriculum at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), supervise medical students on clinical rotations, and have been involved in numerous research projects at Helfgott Research Institute. I also provide naturopathic services at the Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Center, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility, helping men with substance abuse and mental health issues.
What I Offer
- Wellness and Preventive Medicine
- Diet and nutritional counseling
- Exercise and movement
- Stress management
- Mental, emotional, and social health
- Chronic Disease Management
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid conditions
- Men’s Health
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hormone optimization
- Prostate health
- Sexual health and wellness
- Health at Every Size
- Body positive primary care
- Weight-neutral diet and exercise counseling
- Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat
- Allergies and sinus problems
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Common cold, flu, sore throat
- Culturally sensitive care for LGBTQIA patients
- Respectful, competent primary care
- Sexual health and wellness
- Gender affirming care for trans and gender non-conforming patients
- Mental Health and Lifestyle Medicine
- Sleep issues
- Substance use and addiction
Education and Affiliations
I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and developed a passion for herbal medicine from many hours spent in my mother’s herb garden. I completed my undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. During my time at UNC-CH, I was a member of Student Global AIDS Campaign, an advocacy organization that helped shape my passion for community health.
I completed my medical training and three years of residency at National University of Natural Medicine, where my education focused on primary care. My internship included a one-year mentorship in naturopathic cardiopulmonary medicine with Dr. Martin Milner and Dr. Nathaniel Bingham. I also completed numerous rotations working with underserved populations in NUNM’s community health centers, as well as traveling with Naturopaths Without Borders to provide medical care at mobile clinics in rural Northern Haiti. During residency, I completed a one-year mentorship in naturopathic EENT (eyes, ears, nose and throat) with Dr. Richard Barrett. During my clinical training, I completed external rotations in integrative medicine, pulmonology, and infectious disease with doctors at OHSU, Providence, and the VA Hospital.
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I have lectured on naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine for addiction recovery, and body positive health care at numerous conferences and institutions including the University of Oregon, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians annual conference, and the Naturopathic Medical Student Association annual conference.
I enjoy spending time hiking and camping in the great outdoors across the Pacific Northwest, exploring Portland’s food scene, powerlifting, and talking about North Carolina.
Contact and Scheduling
To schedule an appointment, please call (503) 956-9396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Online scheduling is available for return patients only and not all available appointments may be shown online.