Symposium Speakers

jessie blackJessica Black, ND

Dr. Jessica Black graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine where she obtained her medical training. In 2006, Dr. Jessica published The Anti-inflammation Diet and Recipe Book after working on perfecting her recipes and selling locally for a couple of years. In 2010, she co-authored Living with Crohn’s and Colitis; A Comprehensive Naturopathic Guide to Health and Wellness with Dede Cummings.

Dr. Black enjoys dividing her time between her two Oregon clinic locations offering family healthcare to Multnomah, Yamhill, and surrounding counties. She specializes in women’s medicine including natural hormone balancing for menopause, and childhood wellness including chronic asthma and acute and chronic illness in children. She continues to study and research vaccinations, hormones, new treatment ideas, and cutting edge techniques used to improve people’s health. She is currently working on two additional books: one covering childhood development, vaccinations, nutrition, at-home treatments and another one covering inflammation, diet and recipes, chronic illness, and disease prevention.

Dr. Black also serves on the board for a non-profit organization, MamaBaby Haiti dedicated to providing midwifery services and naturopathic care to women and children in Haiti.

wendy hodsdon, NDWendy Hodsdon, ND

Dr. Hodsdon is in private practice at Portland Alternative Medicine, LLC in Portland, Oregon where her focus is immune system disorders including allergies, asthma and autoimmune conditions.  She

has been adjunct faculty at NCNM for the past 3 years mentoring students and teaching in the Masters of Integrative Medicine (MSiMR) program.  After graduation, Dr. Hodsdon conducted a study and published a paper in the Natural Medicine Journal, and wrote a book chapter for the Textbook of Natural Medicine about food allergy testing methods.  Her passion is watching patients heal and assisting their transformation.  More information about Dr. Hodsdon can be found on her website:

martin_milner_headshotMartin Milner, N.D.

Dr. Milner has been in private practice since 1983 and is the medical director of the Center for Natural Medicine, Inc. CNM functions as an integrated group medical practice, a naturopathic patient centered primary care home and as a teaching clinic of National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM). CNM is also active in research with both Helfgott Research Institute and Naturopathic Education and Research Consortium. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious NCNM-OANP Living Legend Award.

Dr. Milner is the professor of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine at NCNM and has been since 1987. He continues to supervise and mentor forty-eight N.D. student interns per year in the Heart & Lung Wellness Program, which he has maintained since 1999, and trains two N.D. residents each year, one who assists him in the Heart & Lung Wellness Program, and one in his private practice.

Dr. Milner is actively pursuing the creation of the first board certification program for N.D.’s in Naturopathic Cardiology with Dr. Jeremy Mikolai. Drs. Milner and Mikolai co-founded the Naturopathic Institute of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine, developing a rigorous curriculum of post graduate education in naturopathic cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine. In December 2013 NCNM announced the formation of the first in the world Center of Excellence in Naturopathic Cardiovascular Medicine, a collaborative alliance between the Center for Natural Medicine’s Heart and Lung Wellness program, NCNM and the Helfgott Research Institute.

MMorsteinMona Morstein, ND

Dr. Mona Morstein received her B.S. summa cum laude in Foods and Nutrition from Arizona State University, in Tempe, Ariz., and her ND, naturopathic physician degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR. Following graduation from NCNM she did a Family Practice residency there for a year.  Dr. Morstein established a successful private practice in Great Falls, MT that she ran for 13 years.

Dr. Morstein joined the faculty of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002 and worked for the school until Sept 2013. She was a full professor, Chair of Nutrition, Gastroenterology professor, and Supervising Physician of Students in the out-patient medical clinic at SCNM, and had her own part-time private practice.

Dr. Morstein, now fully back in private practice, sees all ages of patients, both sexes, for all acute and chronic diseases.  She is recognized in the naturopathic profession as an expert on pre-diabetes and diabetes, and also specializes in gastroenterology and hormonal disorders, and continually speaks at medical conferences each year.  She treats patients using the modalities of nutrition, western botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, nutraceuticals, lifestyle counseling, and naturopathic manipulation therapy. She is still an active international speaker, speaking at multiple conferences yearly, and has been published in numerous magazine and newspaper articles.  She was interviewed on CNBC, for their “dlife” TV program for the use of alternative medicine with diabetes.  She has created the well-received conference called “Insulin Intensive Seminar”, a two seminar where she teaches medical professionals and students how to use insulin in all types of diabetic patients, in all situations, which she has taught throughout North America.

In 2012, Dr. Morstein received the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians “The President’s Award”, honoring her comprehensive work for the naturopathic profession during her career.  In 2014, Dr. Morstein was awarded “The Most Outstanding Physician” by the SCNM student body.

BNedrow_webBonnie Nedrow, ND

Dr. Bonnie Nedrow, a graduate of Bastyr University in naturopathy and midwifery, practices family medicine at Hidden Springs Wellness Center in Ashland, Oregon. She has lead hundreds of clients through the Seasonal Cleanse program at her clinic in Ashland and with Skype clients throughout the country.

Dr. Nedrow is a national speaker on environmental medicine and reproductive health, presenting at Naturopathic Medicine schools and professional health conferences throughout the country. She sits on the board of the Naturopathic Association of Environmental Medicine (NAEM) and is an officer of Southern Oregon Birth Connections (SOBC). She has co-written two how-to books, The Cleanse Companion Cookbook, with Chef Jeff Hauptman and The Seasonal Cleanse Workbook, with Dr. Rod Newton, DC. She is currently working on her third book outlining a Preconception Optimization program.

doc-okeefe_webJames H. O’Keefe, MD

Dr. James H O’Keefe, is a Board Certified Cardiologist and Director of both the Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center and the Preventive Cardiology service at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. He is also Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His postgraduate training included a cardiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr O’Keefe is board-certified in Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiac CT Imaging. He is consistently ranked among the ‘Top Doctor’ lists regionally and also as one of America’s Top Rated Physicians in Cardiology and was named as one of USA Today’s Most Influential Doctors.  Dr O’Keefe has contributed more than 260 articles to the medical literature and is author of best-selling cardiovascular books for health professionals including: The Complete Guide to ECGs, Dyslipidemia Essentials, and Diabetes Essentials. He lectures extensively on the role of therapeutic lifestyle changes and drug therapy in cardiovascular risk reduction. Dr O’Keefe recently participated in a TedX talk, in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, regarding excessive exercise. Dr O’Keefe is coauthored, with his wife Joan, of the best-selling consumer health book, The Forever Young Diet and Lifestyle and their new book, Let Me Tell You a Story, released February 2013. He is actively involved in both patient care and research.

Lisa-Shaver-cropLisa Shaver, ND, LAc

Dr. Lisa Shaver graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon with a Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine and a Masters of Science in Oriental medicine. Dr. Shaver is a licensed primary care doctor, a Chinese medicine practitioner and a licensed acupuncturist. She co-founded and runs Everyday Wellness Clinic in downtown Portland, where she maintains a private practice. Dr. Shaver is an adjunct professor at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, lecturing on celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy and food sensitivities.  She is the branch manager for the Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland.

Dr. Shaver’s practice focuses on chronic lifestyle diseases such as digestive disorders such as IBS, IBD, SIBO, celiac disease and non-celiac gluten-sensitivity, intestinal yeast overgrowth and parasites.  She also has interests in endocrinology, mental and emotional imbalances.

Dr Shaver is adjunct faculty at NCNM and lectures in the Advanced Gastroenterology class on Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, food sensitivities and food allergies to medical students.

zeff_cropJared L. Zeff, ND, LAc

Jared L. Zeff, ND, LAc. is a licensed doctor of naturopathic medicine and a licensed acupuncturist. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Zeff currently is an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University, College of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle and on the faculty at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California in 1974, Dr. Zeff graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1979, and from the Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 1987. In 1988 he accepted the position of Academic Dean at National College, which he held until 1993, when he returned to full-time practice. He is currently Senior Editor and Chair of the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project

Dr. Zeff is considered a traditionalist, practicing a classical form of naturopathic medicine. He began a private practice in McMinnville, Oregon, based around obstetrics and family medicine. In 1993 he moved his practice to the Portland area, and in 2001 moved to Vancouver. He currently works primarily with chronic disease.

He was named “Naturopathic Physician of the Year” in 1989 for his contribution to the development of naturopathic principles and clinical theory. In April, 2002, he was given the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the Northwest Naturopathic Physicians Association for his contributions to naturopathic medical education