Laurie Menk Otto, ND, MPH

Naturopathic Medicine | Portland, Oregon

About Naturopathic Medicine

Training and Education

Naturopathic physicians (NDs) are licensed in the state of Oregon as primary care providers. All licensed NDs have completed a 4-year in-residence program and have passed two sets of medical board exams. NDs can diagnose illness, prescribe medicine, order labs and imaging, and work in collaboration with medical practitioners including conventional medical primary care providers and specialists and other allied health professionals.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic physicians (NDs) are trained in primary care medicine with special emphasis on non-invasive and natural healing methods. Dr. Menk Otto uses the appropriate medical science to treat each patient individually using a combination of therapies, both conventional and complementary. The focus of treatment is to treat the source of illness while strengthening the body’s systems to support optimal health. With each patient, contributors to illness and barriers to health are investigated. Treatment plans are tailored to the unique life demands of each patient.

The principles of Naturopathic Medicine are as follows:

  1. Identify and treat the cause: Naturopathic physicians make every attempt to identify and treat the cause of disease or imbalance rather than focusing the treatment on the removal of a symptom.
  2. First do no harm: Appropriate treatments with the lowest risk profile are favored. Symptom suppression is avoided.
  3. Doctor as teacher: Ultimately, many aspects of your health are under your control. Naturopathic physicians work closely with patients to provide information on the many factors that contribute to health and illness. Empowered and informed patients are their own best advocate.
  4. Treat the whole person: Recognizing that people are a complex whole, naturopathic physicians regard the relationships among bodily systems. Mental, emotional, social, spiritual and genetic factors as well as physical factors are considered when developing treatment plans.
  5. Prevention: Prevention of disease and/or disease progression is the ideal outcome, which facilitates healthy productive years and a sense of well-being. Individual risk factors are taken into account to develop interventions to prevent disease before it develops or worsens.

For more information on naturopathic medicine, please consult the following resources:

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Bastyr University

National College of Natural Medicine

National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine