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Melanie Henriksen, ND, MN

Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine

Bio

Dr. Melanie Henriksen is the Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the naturopathic program; the development, delivery and assessment of the naturopathic program; and oversees the NCNM residency program.   

Dr. Henriksen graduated from NCNM’s naturopathic and Chinese medicine programs in 2005 and then completed two years of residency at NCNM. Following residency her private practice was focused on women’s health and prenatal care. She further advanced her education by obtaining a Master of Nursing degree (Certified Nurse Midwife) in 2009 from Oregon Health & Science University.

In addition to her administrative duties Dr. Henriksen sees patients at the NCNM Clinic and oversees student clinic shifts. She is passionate about collaborative medicine and evidence informed practice. In her free time Dr. Henriksen enjoys spending time working in her garden, biking, or camping with her husband and two young daughters.

Courses taught:
•    CLE 811 Clinic Primary Rotation
•    CLE 709 Clinic Secondary Rotation

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION  
Master of Nursing/Certified Nurse Midwife June 2009
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR  
   
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine June 2005
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR  
   
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine June 2005
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR  
   
Bachelor of Science, Biology June 1999
Portland State University, Portland, OR  
   
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE  

Dean, School of Naturopathic Medicine
Interim Dean, School of Naturopathic Medicine
National College of Natural Medicine

Administration of day-to-day programmatic operations and curriculum development. Full administrative responsibility for the oversight of the NCNM residency program.

Nov. 2012 – Present
Sept. 2012 – Nov. 2012
Associate Dean, School of Naturopathic Medicine
National College of Natural Medicine
Jan. 2012 – Aug. 2012
Assist the Dean in the administration of day-to-day programmatic operations and curriculum development. Full administrative responsibility for the oversight of the NCNM residency program.
   
Residency Program Director, Attending Physician, Adjunct Faculty
National College of Natural Medicine
Sept. 2009 – Present
Administrative: Full responsibility for maintenance and expansion of the NCNM residency program, ensuring compliance with CNME regulations and creating and maintaining excellence in the NCNM residency programs on and offsite. Directly supervise 14 ND residents and one administrative assistant on site at NCNM, as well as ensure CNME compliance and a quality education for 10 distant residency sites and 27 ND residents in 9 states.

Clinical Instruction: Direct patient care on a dedicated women’s health shift, as well as clinical supervision and education of 8–10 medical students (per shift) during their 3rd and 4th years of medical education.

Didactic Instruction: Gynecology Lab; Introduction to Clinic; Clinic Education; Grand Rounds; Clinic Synthesis

Naturopathic Physician
National College of Natural Medicine

Direct patient care in a primary care setting as well as clinical supervision and education of 8–10 medical students (per shift) during their 3rd and 4th years of medical education. 

Resident
Sept. 2005 – 2007

Adjunct Faculty
Sept. 2007 – 2009

Registered Nurse
The Pearl at Kruse Way (a medical rehab facility)

Dec. 2007 – Oct. 2008
Provided direct care and evaluation of patients recovering from a range of conditions including, but not limited to, orthopedic, cardiac and gastro surgeries with a typical patient load of 12 –15 individuals per shift.
Naturopathic Physician/Acupuncturist – Private Practice
NCNM & Natural Health Works
May 2006 – Aug. 2008
Primary care practice with an emphasis on women’s health & midwifery.  Patient care across the lifespan, including well child visits, infertility, treatment of pregnancy related complaints, and menopausal symptoms.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

NCNM Adjunct Faculty
Clinical Instruction: Direct patient care on a dedicated women’s health shift, as well as clinical supervision and education of 8 – 10 medical students (per shift) during their 3rd and 4th years of medical education.

Didactic Instruction
Gynecology Lab; Introduction to Clinic; Clinic Education; Grand Rounds; & Clinic Synthesis

Faculty Assistant, Oct. 2005 – Sept. 2007
As an NCNM resident, part of each week is spent in the classroom as a teaching assistant for students in a didactic setting. Throughout my residency, I assisted in teaching “Clinical/Physical Diagnosis” for 2nd year medical students and “Gynecology Lab” for 3rd year students.

LEADERSHIP ROLES

  • CNME (Counsel on Naturopathic Medical Education) – Site Visit Evaluator

  • NPGA (Naturopathic Post Graduate Association) – Board of Directors Member

  • Postgraduate Medical Education Committee – NCNM – Committee Chair

  • Graduate Education Curriculum Committee – OHSU

  • College Housing Northwest – Board of Directors – Vice Chair

LEADERSHIP TRAINING

  • Communicating with Tact and Skill for Managers and Supervisors

  • Essential Skills of Dynamic Public Speaking

  • Perspective on Leadership in Challenging Times; Practical Tools for Leaders

  • Oregon Independent Colleges Association (OICA) Leadership/Management Series –half completed

Special Projects and Committees

  • Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (JEBCAM) – Editorial Board Member

  • NCNM Vanguard Faculty Member: Subset of faculty with advanced training in evidence based medicine and curriculum – funded by NIH R25 Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Member; 2010 – present   

  • Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Member; 2010 – present 

  • American College of Nurse Midwives, Member; 2008 – 2010