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Dr. Samantha is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist based in Portland Oregon and working remotely with clients across the country. With 17 years of experience working as an integrative physician practicing both Western and complementary medicine Dr. Samantha is uniquely positioned to design a health plan that is tailored to your needs, based on your health values.
To see her in Portland, visit the clinic site.
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Growing up, I didn’t eat well.
My father worked in product development for a large food company, so our cupboards were full of the newest, coolest foods. What I know now is that although new and cool, they were also extremely processed, and not very healthy. As a headstrong and defiant child I snubbed my mother’s cooking (turns out she was a foodie ahead of her time) and picked out my own foods at the grocery store and prepared them for myself: SpaghettiOs, peanut butter and fluff sandwiches (that’s marshmallow spread for those of you who aren’t from the Northeast) and case after case of Tab.
I literally didn’t eat a vegetable other than iceberg lettuce from the time I could say NO until the time I was seventeen.
As you can probably imagine, I was sick constantly. There had to be another way.
My weight fluctuated and my self-esteem suffered. This led to restrictive dieting, overeating and more unhealthy food choices. In college I was introduced to all kinds of new ideas, health food being one of them. I became a vegetarian (a bit heavy on bread and cheese at the time but that’s another story), developed a passion for cooking healthy and delicious food, and started taking part-time jobs in the food industry while I was in school. First as a baker in a macrobiotic restaurant and later in a health-food deli, catering, and a number of restaurants.
Through this community I was introduced to alternative medicine. As a psychology major with a new-found holistic approach to my own life, I knew that there was a mind-body connection missing in the traditional psychology classes I was taking. On my quest to find that link I spent a summer studying massage and therapy in Northern California.
There, I learned about Naturopathic Medicine & a new world opened up to me.
I ordered a catalog for the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, and never looked back. After switching my major to pre-med and adding an additional year of undergraduate studies to complete the prerequisites for my medical degree, I took six months off to spend living in a meditation center. I had many jobs there, including helping to plan programs for children and teenagers.
I finally landed in Portland in 1992 and completed my medical degree in 1996. During school I had the opportunity to co-found a vegan restaurant (a short venture – turns out it’s not a great idea to open a restaurant when you’re a full time student, go figure). I had been vegan for years and thought this would be a cornerstone of my practice but through school I worked with many patients and found that although I was vegan, that this wasn’t the right approach for everyone and I began to counsel on a variety of approaches.
By the end of my third year of medical school, recently separated, my own stress level was very high and I came down with a bad case of mono. My energy tanked and I could barely function for months. It became clear that a vegan diet was no longer working for me and I had to re-invent my own health from the ground up, once again. It took years before I completely recovered.
What I learned is that there are certain things I need to do to keep myself healthy, energetic, and vital. There are certain places where I simply don’t have wiggle room and other places that I can be flexible with my choices.
Now, after 18 years in private practice I know without a shadow of a doubt that there is a vitality sweet spot for every single person.
Your sweet spot is where you are doing what you need to do to care for yourself with your healthcare, nutrition, and lifestyle. A place where everything lines up and the changes that might have seemed daunting are second nature to you. A place where you feel the best you can — given the life you’ve got. I’m here to help you discover where that spot is for you.
My passion as a physician is to educate, present choices, and then empower YOU to find your unique path to health.
Dr. Samantha Brody is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and acupuncturist and the owner and founder of Evergreen Natural Health Center in Portland, Oregon. She earned her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 1996 and her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2001 from the National College of Natural Medicine, also in Portland, Oregon. She has a general medical practice with an emphasis on empowering patients to make changes that are in alignment with their health values and goals. She is a skilled diagnostician, most often finding answers by looking at the whole picture, instead of simply at a symptom.
Her technique as physician is to educate, present choices, and then empower patients to find their unique path to health. She is both a health educator and coach who can help introduce patients to new ways of caring for themselves.
Dr. Brody has been a featured expert in publications and on sites such as the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Shape, Livestrong, Mothernature.com, Natural Living Today, For Women First, Prevention Health Books and the Metro Parent. She has been published in Bottom Line Newsletters, Thompson Reuters AltMedDex, written a monthly column, “Ask Dr. Samantha,”; and published in numerous newsletters. Her blog can be found here and is updated regularly with articles, health news, recipes and opinions on current health trends.
Dr. Brody has been a consultant on dietary supplement development and products for mass-market companies such as Emerita, Nutrition Now, Diamond foods and Warner Lambert. With Emerita she traveled extensively as a subject matter expert speaking to groups about women’s hormones. Since moving into full time private practice she has spoken on a wide range of topics to both professional and lay audiences across the country. She has lectured on Stress and Women’s Health for Portland Female Executives, the Oregon Menopause network and has lectured and taught in numerous other venues including classes for nurses and educators at Yale New Haven hospital.
She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Endocrine Society, and the North American Menopause Society.
Dr. Brody lives with her husband and eight year old son in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Samantha’s Training
- Received doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR.
- Licensed to practice primary care medicine in the State of Oregon.
- Training in clinical nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, physical medicine, natural childbirth, exercise therapy, minor surgery, pharmacology, gynecology, hydrotherapy, health education, counseling and stress management. (See complete details on Naturopathic Medical Training.)
- Received Masters in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine Classical Chinese Medicine Program.
- Licensed to practice acupuncture in the State of Oregon.
- Mt. Holyoke College, Holyoke Community College, Portland Community College, and Reed College
- B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA
- Training in Massage Therapy and Body/Mind Therapies.
- Extensive writing and lecturing for both professional and lay audiences across the country.
- Consulting on product development for nutritional supplement companies.