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Jennifer Brusewitz, ND

 Adjunct Faculty

Bio

As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Jennifer Brusewitz collaborates with patients in order to create balance for deep and lasting healing. Areas of specialty include digestive disorders, endocrine and metabolic issues, women’s health, and wellness support through nutrition, stress management and movement. She bases her treatments on the foundational principle of naturopathic medicine known as Nature Cure, using modalities that include nutrition, plant and mineral medicine, stress management through movement and meditation, and hydrotherapy. Dr. Brusewitz uses food as a source of medicine in the tradition of Weston A. Price.

Dr. Brusewitz was born and raised in the Midwest, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in history and studio art. After years of dabbling in herbal medicine and holistic nutrition, she was drawn to naturopathic medicine by the comprehensive training offered and wide variety of healing modalities used.  Following completion of a doctorate in naturopathic medicine at National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 2000, she was appointed a two-year family practice residency at NCNM’s clinics. Dr. Brusewitz currently develops quality assurance standards in the NCNM Medicinary and is a clinical supervisor at NCNM’s busy community clinic Mercy & Wisdom. She is dedicated to her family and community, and she enjoys cooking, biking, music and laughter.

Curriculum Vitae

EMPLOYMENT  
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon  
Adjunct Clinical Faculty 2006–Present
Naturopathic Physician  2000–Present
Areas of focus include women’s health, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic & degenerative disease.  Treatment modalities include Nature Cure therapeutics, food and healthy cooking as medicine, lifestyle modification, nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine and homeopathy.  
   
Pettygrove Classical Chinese Medicinary Manager 2002–2009
Maintain daily operation of the clinic’s medicinary, provide medicines and customer service to patients, hire and supervise students & staff, develop and implement policy & procedure, track revenue, and product development.  
 
Resident Physician 2000–2002
2-year appointment as a clinical supervisor at the college’s main & satellite teaching clinics, providing clinical skills enhancement and mentoring to students, as well as overseeing patient care.  
   
Additional Training External rotations in a variety of specialties, including OB/GYN, internal medicine, psychology, endocrinology and oncology.  Seminars: Tori Hudson’s Institute of Women’s Health series, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions lectures, Seroyal’s Biotherapeutic Drainage seminars.  
 
Maiden Spirit Mentorship Program  2007–Present
Monthly meetings with girls offering holistic learning through song, story and art,   
in preparation for a conscious rite-of-passage.  
   
EDUCATION  
School of Traditional Western Herbalism 2011, 2012
Advanced training with Matthew Wood, Portland, OR  
   
Evidence-Based Medicine Short Course 2011, 2012
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR  
   
Life Blessing Institute, Oregon City, OR 2007–2008
Mentor training – Girls Rites of Passage Curriculum  
   
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR 2002–2006
Coursework in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine  
   
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR 2000–2002
Two-Year Naturopathic Residency – Family Practice  
   
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR 1996–2000 
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.  Thesis entitled Naturopathic Principles at Work-Getting to the Bottom of Gastrointestinal Distress.  
 
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1985–1989 
B.S. in History and Art.  Areas of concentration - Graphic Arts and American Women’s History
Dean's Honor List 1988-1989  
   
PUBLICATIONS  
“Whole-fat Dairy Consumption Associated with Lower Metabolic Risk Factors and Lower  March 2012
Incidence of Diabetes,” Natural Medicine Journal  
   
"Applying Traditional Dietary Principles to Heal Modern Digestive Distress," Naturopathic Doctors News & Review March 2012
   
“Cell Phone Exposure Shown to Increase Brain Glucose Metabolism,” Natural Medicine Journal June 2011
   
CERTIFICATIONS, AFFILIATIONS & HONORS  
•  Licensed Naturopathic Physician (Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners)  
•  Member of The Weston A. Price Foundation  
•  Member of Physicians for Social Responsibility  
•  Benedict Lust Award, NCNM, 2011  
•  Vanguard faculty appointment, NCNM, 2011 – training in evidence-based medicine, funded by NIH R25 grant

Updated Feb. 11, 2013