Paul Kalnins, ND, MSOM

Assistant Professor


Through his teaching, research and clinical work, Dr. Paul Kalnins strives to synthesize traditional and modern medical approaches to patient care. In addition to his studies of naturopathy and classical Chinese medicine, he has found inspiration in anthroposophic medicine, a unique system of healing based on the premise that body, soul, and spirit form an integrated whole. 

Currently, Dr. Kalnins teaches the core series of integrative biomedicine courses for students in the MSOM program. Through an in-depth exploration of the anatomy, embryology, physiology, and pathology of the human organ systems, these courses seek to train students of classical Chinese medicine in multiple modes of clinical knowing. An emphasis is placed on cultivating a multi-dimensional perspective of the human being both in health and illness.

Courses taught:
•    CCM Integrative Biomedicine I-VI
•    CCM Integrative Pharmacology
•    ND/CCM Integration                                
•    Integrative Phytotherapy
•    Clinic Secondary Rotation
•    Clinic Primary Rotation

Additionally, Dr. Kalnins serves as an attending physician and clinical supervisor at NCNM's primary outpatient teaching clinic. He and his team of naturopathic and dual-degree medical students provide general primary care services for a variety of conditions, with treatment emphasis placed upon the use of botanical medicine, acupuncture, and anthroposophic therapies.  Finally, he actively participates in ongoing clinical research and student mentoring through NCNM's Helfgott Research Institute. He has been involved in a range of projects, including studies examining the electro-dermal properties of acupuncture points, as well as studies focused on the clinical applications of herbal medicines. 

He is an avid bicyclist and hiker; enjoys playing the piano, reading, gardening; and from time-to-time has dabbled in watercolor painting.

Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) 1998
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR  
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) 1998
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR  
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics & Physics, with Honors 1992
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH  
•   Licensed Naturopathic Physician in Oregon (Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners)
•   Diplomate National Certification Commission Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM): Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism
•   Licensed Acupuncturist (Oregon Board of Medical Examiners)
Toxemia and Terrain: The Evolution of Intestinal Dysbiosis and Hyperpermeability. 3/1998
Goethean Phenomenology: An Alternative to Phytochemical Reductionism. 6/1998 
•   Evidence-Based Medicine in CAM short course 2008-2011
•   NCNM Vanguard Faculty Member 2008-present
•   Helfgott Research Institute Faculty Investigator 2010-present
•   Chair of basic science division, NCNM School of Classical Chinese Medicine 2009-present
•   Member: NCNM Clinic Guidelines Committee 2010-present
•   Member: NCNM Academic Review Committee 2009-present
•   Advancement of Biotherapeutic Drainage Association (ABDA) 1998-present
•   Anthroposophical Medicine Journal Club 2000-2008
•   Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SPARC) 4/2009-2011
•   Practice-Based Research: Designing Surveys to Improve Patient Care 1/2011
•   Presentation: The Gastrointestinal System: Review of Gut Physiology & Pathology 6/2011
•   Presentation: Naturopathic Approaches to Hypertension, Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) 4/2011
•   Presentation: Integration of Temperament, Miasm & Chinese Medicine 11/2009-2010
Assistant Professor, National College of Natural Medicine 2008-present
Instructor, Clinical Attending Physician, Helfgott Faculty Investigator  
Courses taught: Integrative Biomedicine 1-3, Biomedical Pathology 1-3, Pharmacology of Botanical Medicines, Biomedical Pharmacology, ND/CCM Integration  
Adjunct Faculty, National College of Natural Medicine 2004-2008
Lecturer in cellular bio-systems (biochemistry, physiology) and pathology, School of Classical Chinese Medicine 
Medical Consultant 2004-2007
Naturopathic medical consultant to clinic of John Takacs, DO, and Kevan Kane, DO, Portland, OR  
Naturopathic Physician & Acupuncturist 2004-2010
Private practice in Portland, OR (sole proprietor)  
Research Assistant 2004
OHSU pharmacognosy studies including plant fractionation and TLC preparations of various herbal extracts 
Naturopathic Physician & Acupuncturist 1999-2004
New Health Horizons (clinic director Robert Ironside, MD), combining conventional internal medicine with complementary therapies  
Naturopathic Physician & Acupuncturist 1999
Private practice in Portland, OR (sole proprietor)  
Technical Writer, Medical Consultant 1999
NF Formulas, Wilsonville, OR  
Resident Physician 1998-1999
Office of David Greenspan, ND (Tigard, Oregon)  
Medical Student/Intern 1994-1998
Observed/assisted 200+ hours in naturopathic/acupuncture/medical (private practice and hospital ER/ICU) clinics, in addition to the 1000+ hours of clinical rotation in the primary and secondary clinics managed by NCNM  

Updated Nov. 15, 2012