Portland’s “Top Docs” List Honors NCNM Faculty & Graduates

Ten National College of Natural Medicine faculty and 14 of the medical school’s graduates were featured in Portland Monthly magazine’s annual “Top Docs” issue, which is on newsstands this month. This was the first time that the magazine included complementary medicine in its listing of top medical practitioners. Portland Monthly compiled this year’s list by including Portland-area acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians, chiropractors and massage therapists alongside medical doctors and nurse practitioners in its yearly survey.


Nearly a third of the practitioners listed in the magazine’s Top Docs sections on acupuncture and naturopathy are NCNM faculty:

·         Acupuncture: Dr. Satya Ambrose; David Berkshire; Xiaoli Chen

·         Chiropractic: Dr. Daniel Delapp

·         Naturopathic Medicine: Dr. Satya Ambrose; Dr. Regina Dehen (NCNM Chief Medical Officer); Dr. Carrie Jones; Dr. Martin Milner (cardiopulmonary medicine); Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis (Gastroenterology); Dr. Kimberly Windstar (Women’s Health)


The Top Docs issue is one of the magazine’s most popular, with a readership of approximately 394,000. The list is viewed as a patient guide for the finest healthcare practitioners in a city known for its prominence in medical education in both conventional and natural medicine.


NCNM President David J. Schleich, PhD, and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Andrea C. Smith, EdD, both offer their congratulations to the NCNM faculty and graduates who were named in the issue. Schleich noted “This is a bellwether of the changing face of medicine. It shows the very positive contribution National College of Natural Medicine has made locally as well as nationally—and an acknowledgement that the general public values natural medicine and the health benefits it produces.”


Schleich added that it was a particular honor for NCNM Clinic, “which continues to treat thousands of patients every year and where students hone their medical skills under the supervision of so many of our dedicated and talented healthcare professionals.”



Founded in Portland in 1956, NCNM is the oldest naturopathic medical school in North America and an educational leader in classical Chinese medicine and CAM research. NCNM offers three accredited four-year graduate medical degree programs in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine, as well as a Master of Science degree in Integrative Medicine Research and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition. NCNM practitioners and students attend to approximately 40,000 patient visits per year at the campus-based NCNM Clinic and numerous low-cost community clinics located throughout thePortland area. Until July 2006, NCNM was known as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. The name change reflects the diversity of the college’s programmatic degree offerings. Visit www.ncnm.edu for more information.


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It continues to be unfortunate for Oregonians that media like Portland Monthly and the Oregonian (latest: 12/25/13-"Chinese medicine focuses on prevention, detection") seem to think they are qualified to advise on such an important subject as their choices in health care providers. Like advising passengers choose flight attendants to sub for pilots. PM says it is "Smart"--Not very; "Authoritative"--based on what?; "Entertaining"--Yes. Definitely good for laughs. I suggest that before PM incurs liability by providing such "guidelines" (even if they are a "trusted source for your health care needs-proudly sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.thrive"), that their appropriate staff put in some study about scientific evidence based medicine. They might start with http://www.scienceinmedicine.info, clk. on ISM Fellows, and check out the credentials/writings of some--perhaps Stephen Barrett, Rodney Crislip, Harriet Hall. Perhaps the Lund Report should also include some caveats re NCNM info it provides?