Alumni Updates

Erica-Peirson_webClass of 2006

Erica Peirson, ND, is executive director of Down Syndrome OPTIONs, where she helps share awareness that the symptoms of Down syndrome are treatable. She also serves on its Scientific Advisory Board. In addition to lecturing about Down syndrome, Dr. Peirson is owner of the Down Syndrome Treatment Center of Oregon, where she treats patients from all over the world.

Ducat_webClass of 1979

Stephen Ducat, ND, PhD, is one of only two NDs in the country licensed as a clinical psychologist. He has now completed a four-year postdoctoral training program from the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. In February, he presented his dissertation, “The Marriage of Psychoanalysis and Integrative Medicine: Shotgun Wedding of Dialectical Synthesis.” Specializing in integrative mental health, Dr. Ducat’s aim is to bring together the best of a relational approach to psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with a functional and natural medicine orientation to neurochemistry. He believes that by simultaneously attending to how patients metabolize the world psychologically as well as nutritionally, psychiatric conditions can be addressed in the most holistic manner possible. He recently lectured at the March conference of the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

angelaClass of 2013

Eve Pagliaro, MAc, is concentrating on sports medicine acupuncture in Eugene, Ore. She shares clinic space with massage therapists, craniosacral practitioners and a nutritionist. Along with structural medicine, a large part of her practice involves working with patients going through a detox or cleansing program.

edwards-eliot-mrmcClass of 2002

Eliot Edwards, ND, FABNO, was re-elected for a second term as president of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP). He reports that the ILANP held its first two-day naturopathic conference in November. They’re working on plans for the 2014 conference, scheduled for Oct. 11-12. Dr. Edwards testified last year before the Illinois Senate Committee for Health Care Licenses on a bill to license naturopathic physicians in the state, and testified in March on the companion bill in the Illinois House. Anyone with connections in Illinois wishing to assist in the licensing effort should contact him at

MarciaPrenguberClass of 2000

Marcia Prenguber, ND, FABNO, is leaving her position as director of integrative medicine and residency/site director at Indiana University Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care. She has accepted a position as dean of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.

frangos_webClass of 1997

Karen Frangos, ND, was elected president of the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians and state representative to the AANP House of Delegates. She is joined by VP Travis Thurston, ND (’09), and Secretary Marsha Lowery, ND (’12), both of whom were her students when she taught at NCNM. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at NCNM who contributed to writing testimony in opposition to the Hawaii Senate bill that threatened our prescribing privileges here in Hawaii. The bill has been pared down to a requirement for CE only, with no changes to our formulary and no monitoring of our prescribing practices by MDs. Over 1,400 letters of opposing testimony were recorded from all over the country, including quite a few from Oregon, which, no doubt, helped our cause.” Dr. Frangos and four other NDs, including NCNM alums Kathryn Taketa-Wong, ND, MSOM (’11), and Miles Greenberg, ND (’89), visited several senators in Honolulu prior to the hearing and learned about effective lobbying.