Himalayan Odyssey

When disaster struck the Nepali village of Karmidanda, alumna Erin Moore was the only doctor for miles. Nepal, the ancient Himalayan country tucked between India, China and Tibet, is a mystical and mysterious place to Westerners. Although Southern Nepal is a hot and tropical river valley, most of the rest of the small country is …

Back in the Day: NCNM’s Early Community Clinics

From the earliest days of the NCNM clinics, invaluable real-world experience for naturopathic and Chinese medicine students has gone hand-in-hand with helping the vulnerable and poor get better through free or low-cost care. Dr. Laurent Chaix, a 1995 graduate of NCNM’s naturopathic medicine doctoral program, was a resident in one of the first community clinics. …

Beaverton Clinic a Hit in Washington County

Last year, as NCNM’s community clinic at the Elsie Stuhr Center in Beaverton was set to close, administrators looked for a new, permanent location that would serve as a pilot project for a new community clinics model. The idea was to create a professional clinic space that would attract existing patients, but also set the …

Learning and Healing in NCNM’s Clinics

Back in the mid-90s, alumnus Dr. Chris Meletis wondered how NCNM could broaden help for people without adequate health care. NCNM’s Community Clinics were born. In 1992, a naturopathic physician, later the chief  medical officer and dean of clinical services at  National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in  Portland, Oregon, was leaving his clinic shift …

In a Prison a Sunflower Blooms

Visiting the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, is a study in contrasts. As we wind our way up the long driveway to the women’s prison, there is the expected: barbed wire, fences, metal detectors and watchful guards. But past the minimum security check-in, we step into an inner courtyard bright with life—sunflowers and tomatoes, Oregon silverspot butterflies dance among the flowers. …

Companies Help Fill Residency Funding Gap

According to the American Medical Association’s online AMA Wire, medical residencies go back more than 125 years. Residents once actually lived in the hospital—thus the name—and were in a great position to work with patients from admittance to discharge, on the way to becoming full-fledged physicians. Although one could argue that the ancient Chinese and …

I am NUNM: Bill Tribe

If Bill Tribe collected all of the hats he’s worn at NCNM, he’d have quite an assemblage of figurative fedoras by now. He also helped found the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, rather sizable feathers in those caps. Tribe, now NCNM’s alumni officer, was a naturopathic student for …