I was in private practice from 1993 – 2008, at which time I sold my practice to relocate to the Portland area and teach at NCNM. I hope to start up practice in the Portland area soon. I truly enjoy being an ND, and some years ago I began using Hawthorn for respiratory illnesses, particularly asthma, with great success. I have since published several articles reporting the results of informal clinical trials using Hawthorn in my practice. I also teach around the country, mostly botanical medicine.
• NPH410/511/610 Naturopathic Philosophy I, II, III
• PHM412L Hydrotherapy labs
Getting to Know Dr. Frances Birthplace: Buffalo N.Y. High School: Cassadaga Valley, Sinclairville, N.Y. Activities: I am currently working on my first book, and have done a fair bit of professional writing. In addition to my work as a naturopathic physician I teach classes in animal communication, Deepening into the Feminine through Mythology and the Goddesses (I have a recorded set of CD’s from this class available for sale), and Dream Groups. I am involved in a Native American Spiritual practice and am part Lakota myself. I have had horses the past 10 years and am passionately in love with them. Before that I used to cross country ski and hike. Now I camp with the horses and see lots more country in half the time. I have a daughter in Seattle and a new grandson, born November 2007. Music: I love jazz, especially piano and vocals. Sitcom: Yuck, I hate sitcoms. Hobbies: Horses, horses, horses. Did I mention horses? Favorite Vacation Spot: Local forests. What I like best about Portland: Everything. The people are warm, friendly, upbeat, helpful and optimistic. Despite being a fairly large city, Portland continues to have the feel of an oversized country town, pretty down to earth.
Updated December 5, 2008
National College of Naturopathic Medicine
Southern Oregon State College (now University)
Pre med – no degree 1983-1985
Edward J. Meyer Memorial School of Nursing
Buffalo, New York
Majored in English literature 1968-1970
Buffalo, New York
I had the opportunity to mentor with Dr. John Collins, N.D., when he practiced in Southern Oregon
1981 – 1985
Ongoing course with Dr. Francisco Eizayaga, M.D., Argentine homeopath.Course included several weekends per year.
1983 – 1985
Spring 2008 ongoing
Adjunct Professor National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon
1993 - 2008
Family Practice in Naturopathic Medicine
Full family practice utilizing constitutional homeopathy, botanical medicine, manipulation, hydrotherapy, energy work, psychospiritual counseling, and Lakota Native American traditional healing with nutrition and lifestyle issues setting the foundation.Practice is based on the vitalistic principles fundamental to naturopathic medicine.Homeopathic practice includes emphasis on LM potencies in chronic cases.
Nursing 1973 to 1986
• Worked in various hospitals in Intensive-Coronary Care (ICU – CCU), psychiatry and general duty from 1973 to 1982
• Worked in nutritionally oriented family practice 1982 – 1985
• Home health nurse, supervision 1980
• Psychiatric nursing, in patient unit county hospital Buffalo, NY.Experience included facilitation of daily group therapy, head nurse, charge nurse of the unit, staff conferences and general nursing, including counseling (Buffalo, NY)
• “Helpline” 1980’s sometime worked as volunteer coordinator and trainer for Crisis hotline in Medford, OR.
• Informal training with Dr. Emalene Bramble, Ph.D, in Jungian dreamwork and process bodywork 1986 – 1988.
In 1987, halfway through naturopathic school, I became seriously ill and spent the next three years in bed which offered me an opportunity to integrate the teachings of naturopathic medicine at a deeply personal level.My work with Dr. Bramble, Ph.D., continued during this time.
Ongoing 1989 to present
Mentoring numerous students over the years from National College of Natural Medicine, Bastyr University and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) National Convention
Panel participant on four occasions
Regular lecturer at Botanical Conferences across the country, including:
• Southwest Botanical Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
• Northwest Botanical Conference, Portland, OR
• Medicines From the Earth, Black Mountain, NC
• Ashland Herb Fest, Ashland, OR
United Plant Savers Conference
Williams, ORSummer 2006
Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) annual case conference
Seattle, WAMarch 2002
Co-taught in gynecology curriculum for two years 1997 – 1999
Elective in Plant Spirit Medicine weekend class 1998
Frequent guest lecturer, Bastyr University, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Regular teacher in Herb Pharm Apprenticeship program 1995 – present
I have also taught and facilitated many classes and workshops – some geared specifically for naturopathic students and some for the general public.
Facilitate inner process work, psychotherapy utilizing dreams or body symptoms, draws largely on Jungian psychology1989 – present
Medical Herbalism. Boulder, CO, contributing editor with frequent published writings since 1995
“Crataegus for Asthma:Case Studies”, Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 2, Seattle, Fall 1998, pp:20-24
Simillimum, Jourmal of the Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP).“A Case of Suppression”, Vol. VIII, No. 3, Fall 1995, pp. 63 – 66 and again “Arnica for Infection”, Vol. IX, No. 2, Summer 1996, pp. 87 -91
Journal of the American Herbalist’s Guild, “Botanical Interventions in the Treatment of Psychoemotional Disorders”, Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2002, pp. 12- 18
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