The Goat Herder and the Master

A love of plants and animals—and the teachings of Sun Simiao—lead to a vibrant life of teaching and scholarship. As a girl growing up in Bavaria, Germany, Sabine (pronounced “SaBEEna”) Wilms, PhD, loved animals and plants. There was just something about raising and tending to them that attracted her and enriched her spirit. Today, as …

Spring Unfolding

Ah, spring in Oregon: Sunshine, rain, hail—sometimes all at once. The sun peeks out and thoughts turn to shorts and long, lazy days by the river. The warmth disappears behind a cloud bank, and suddenly it’s jackets and sweaters again. But then purpley crocuses emerge, closely followed by a rainbow of camellia blooms. Soon Oregon’s …

The Gift of Plants

Medicinal plants are at the very core of NCNM instruction, clinics and alumni practices. Eric Brand could hardly contain his excitement. The owner of the Colorado-based herb supply company, Legendary Herbs, and avowed “herb nerd” had been to China many times, was fluent in the language and had developed a deep understanding of the Chinese …

New Integrative Mental Health Program Launches

A new Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health (MSiMH) degree program has also been approved by the NWCCU. Classes are scheduled to begin fall term 2015. The new program is designed for students who already have licenses to work with patients or are currently enrolled in a healthcare degree program. Admissions Director Brandon Hamilton …

It’s History: NCNM To Offer Undergraduate Degrees

For the first time in its history, NCNM will offer undergraduate degrees to go with its expanding roster of postgraduate degrees. The college received approval in March from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) to launch two programs in fall 2016. Both undergrad offerings are two-year, pre-med and pre-health degree completion programs that …

Philanthropy: Kirkman Nutritional Supplement Company

NCNM Partners are companies with values and future visions that align with NCNM’s. Their financial support helps fund original research, residencies, clinics, scholarships and other college programs. Kirkman is a 66-year-old Portland, Oregon-based firm that makes high-quality, pure supplements, specially formulated for those with sensitivities. The company, and its CEO David Humphrey, are especially well …

Feels Like Home

It took a while and a go at other professions, but NCNM Librarian Noelle Stello has found her calling. Rows and rows of shelved books towered like mountains over her, forming passageways that seemed like they could hide a secret tunnel or some other wondrous discovery. To one side, a kindly librarian presided, ever ready …

Nutrition is for Inmates, too

Courtney Jackson, ND (’08), and Julie Briley, ND (’11), are used to spreading the nutrition gospel far and wide, but the Food as Medicine Institute (FAMI) docs are teaching where few NDs have gone before: prison. FAMI is helping inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, a women’s prison in Wilsonville, Oregon, with a cooking, …

Beaverton Clinic: Marching into Washington County

NCNM’s newest clinic in Beaverton not only expands the college’s footprint outside of Portland for the first time, it is also a much needed resource for low-cost healthcare services for uninsured, underserved and other patients seeking natural medicine. Also, with many Latino clients in the mix, the clinic allows the college’s bilingual staff and licensed …

I am NCNM: Node Smith

He calls himself the Naturopathic Pilgrim. Node Smith, a student in the naturopathic medicine program, is riding his bicycle from near the Canadian border in Washington state to Austin, Texas. The year-long journey will take him down the entire West Coast, up through Arizona, Utah and Colorado to Montana. Then he will head east through …

NCNM Gets New, Old Digs

The newest building on campus has been there since 1886. NCNM recently purchased and renovated “the white house” just east of the Administration building. The building, rededicated as the Spaulding House in honor of NCNM co-founder Dr. Frank Spaulding, is being used for offices and as an event venue. The house is located on SW …