Maria Valdez, ND
Location: Helfgott Research Institute, 2220 SW 1st Ave.
Maria Valdez is an Oregon board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor and primary care physician based in Portland at Integrate Health & Wellness; PDX. After graduating from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in 2010, she pursued a path in global health--living, working, volunteering and travelling primarily in Tanzania, East Africa; other East African Countries; as well as Southeast Asia. Prior to studying at NCNM, Maria worked as a mental health case manager and behavioral counselor to children and families in West Palm Beach, Florida.
While a student at NCNM, Maria completed internships in community outreach clinics, integrative cancer care and cardiology. She has maintained a private practice since 2010 centered primarily around mind/body medicine, physical medicine, and nutrition and lifestyle counseling in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease. Maria promotes health and wellness by empowering and educating individuals and communities with the wisdom of Naturopathic medicine, in tandem with Ayurvedic and Five Element Chinese medicine philosophies.
Maria is involved in various community health and global health development projects based in Portland and is an adjunct faculty member at the Helfgott Research Institute at NCNM as part of the Masters of Science in Integrative Medicine Research/Global Health program and Masters of Science in Nutrition program. Maria has assisted as a clinical advisor and mentor on various global health student research projects at Helfgott. As a student, she assisted on a project investigating the herb Vitex agnus-castus for female infertility. She teaches global health experience courses in Tanzania as part of a study-abroad program and as part of the development of the global health program at NCNM. Maria is also a musician, writer, an avid student of Ashtanga yoga, and a lover of the great outdoors and travel.